Monthly Archives: September 2015

Advertisements in Close to Home

webpage Our Bi-monthly Newsletter Close to Home is now including  advertising for local business in future issues of our newsletter to help partially offset our costs.

We are now offering two sizes for advertisements: 4” wide by 2” deep or a 4×4″ square option. The cost to place one smaller ad is $65, and $130 for the larger format per issue of the newsletter. In addition, if you purchase on year’s worth of advertisement space we will make your final issue free! That is six advertisements for the price of five. Your advertisement and will be delivered to almost 4,000 homes and businesses in our area. Several hundred newsletters are also available at some neighborhood businesses and gathering spaces. If you are interested in reserving space, this is what we need from you by the deadline which is 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 9th:

  • Reserve space by contacting, Stearline Rucker, FRNNG program manager. Call (612) 721-5424 or email at:
  • Mail or drop off a check payable to FRNNG for your
  • Email a completed digital press-quality PDF or JPEG of your ad to
  • The image must be high resolution at 300 DPI (1200 pixels wide by 600 tall for a standard size ad) or greater. Colors will reproduce better if the original is in CMYK.
  • Advertisements must meet these requirements to be published.
  • If you need assistance creating an ad, there is a one-time charge of $40 for this service and you will be provided with a digital proof of the advertisement. You may also contact any outside designer for assistance as long as they can meet our design requirements.

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Artistic Utility Boxes

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All over the world, artists and neighborhoods have been wrapping utility boxes in an effort to reduce graffiti and beautify their communities. We’ve started out by wrapping three utility boxes in Field Regina Northrop with pre-approved designs provided by the City of Minneapolis, but we have many more boxes to wrap! We want these boxes to reflect FRN’s values, history, diversity and strengths.

The beauty of this project is that the term “artist” is broad; you do not need to be a painter. Woodworking, graphic design, quilting, needlepoint, ceramics, photography, metalwork and more all apply! You could submit for consideration an existing piece or something you want to create just for this project. The artwork just needs to be something we can scale and reproduce into the utility-box format. For instance, if you are a sculptor, we may be able to use a photograph of your work on a wrap.

Any local artist who is interested in learning more about our utility-wrap project can apply by emailing Please tell us about your artwork and how the neighborhood’s values and strengths are displayed in it.

Artists will be compensated with a small stipend and a box description with artist info on the FRNNG website.

Clean Sweep 2015

Signup for Clean Sweep 2015
by filling out this online form.

A previous version of this page with an embedded signup form was causing some people problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Are you tired of the unwanted junk in your alley? Do you have items from spring cleaning that are still sitting around? Would you like to meet your neighbors in a fun, interactive setting while helping beautify our neighborhood? Please come join your neighbors in the October 3 Clean Sweep event!

The presence of debris, litter, graffiti, broken glass, and weedy yards and gardens is sometimes the first indication that people aren’t paying attention to their property or aren’t invested in the overall well-being of their neighborhood. Simply by spending time maintaining and cleaning up property, a community becomes safer as the appearance of the property improves and people become better acquainted. As a result, our quality of life is enhanced.

On Saturday, October 3, from 8 a.m. until noon, neighbors accompanied by trucks driven by city employees will roll through our neighborhood, picking up materials and debris that have accumulated or escaped weekly trash pick-ups and bi-weekly recycling collections. 

Benefits of Clean Sweep

The immediate benefits of Clean Sweep are numerous. Neighbors meet each other and help fellow neighbors toward the common goal of cleaning up properties. Unwanted materials from yards, garages, and homes are properly disposed of.

Among the items that are not accepted during the October 3 pickup are hazardous materials, batteries, tires, appliances, computers, TVs, and mattresses. Hazardous materials may be taken to the drop-off site at the Hennepin County drop-off facility, 1400 West 96th Street in Bloomington. Volunteers will provide vouchers to neighbors to offset costs of disposal at the South Transfer Station, 2850-20th Avenue South.

Who can participate?

Any resident of Field, Regina, and Northrop neighborhoods may participate
in Clean Sweep by filling out our online form or you can also contact Stearline in the neighborhood by office calling (612) 721-5424 or email  to sign up. Participation by four or more homes per block is required, with one neighbor from that block who is willing to load the trucks for two or more hours.

The twenty blocks with the highest levels of interest and participation by residents will be selected to take part in this year’s Clean Sweep. Residents (except for one per block) need not be present to have their refuse picked up, and there is no charge for the pick-up.

The chairman of the Community and Safety Committee, Ben Elliott, along with volunteer coordinators Mike Lyon and Deborah Spiesz, invite you start the day at 7:15 a.m. by having coffee and pastries with neighbors. Meet at the Parents in Community Action (PICA)—McKnight Early Childhood Family Development Center (Head Start) facility in the parking lot on the corner of 4th Avenue South and 42nd Street. See you there!