Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Everything you need to know about painting your house: stripping, powerwashing, fixing damaged wood and choosing paint colors. Sponsored by Home Depot.
It’s that time of year again and you’re outside, enjoying your yard. Then you start nosing around—maybe you’re inspecting your plants, or reviewing the condition of your lawn or setting up your sprinklers—and before you know it, reality hits. You need to paint the house. A daunting task. An expensive task. A necessary task—because it's not just about how your house looks, it's about your home's value. Neglect is not an option. Take heart, however. Information and resources have never been more easily available to help you through this project. Know Your Options Your options are to either hire a contractor or paint it yourself. Hiring a contractor is an expensive option, but if it's in your budget and you do the necessary research to …
As part of our new Smart Spending series, Patch wants to uncover the true going rate for various goods and services in town, so you'll know exactly how much you should pay for what you need. Help us out by replying in the comments.
This week: How much do lawn services cost? How much do you pay for your lawn service? And what does that cover—just mowing, or does it cover weeding, pruning, planting? Please share in the comments below—we promise we won't judge you! And if you've got a lawn service you love, tell us that too. Here are some Hopkins businesses that provide lawn and gardening service: This is the first of an ongoing series, "What's the Going Rate for..." where Patch seeks to uncover how much things cost so you never have to ask again.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The community had an 83.7 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in the 2012 election.
Hopkins had a high voter turnout in the 2012 election for a state that is itself already well above the national average. Minnesota fell to third in the country—behind only Mississippi and Wisconsin, according to data the U.S. Census Bureau made public Wednesday evening. Although it had the highest levels in the country of voter turnout in the 2008 election, the 73.2 percent of citizens who voted here in 2012 is still comfortably above the national average of 61.8. (The Census Bureau’s rates are different from those from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, which lists a 76.11 percent voter turnout rate. The Census Bureau’s rate for Minnesota is listed as having a margin of error of ± 2.1 percent.) The Census Bureau didn’t provide …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Want to make a real difference in the world? Consider one of these seven "green" careers that help protect -- and improve -- our planet. Provided by Jobs at AOL.
The following story was provided by AOLJobs.com By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuilder Have you ever had an itch to quit your job and instead do work that makes a real difference in the world? In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we've compiled a list of seven jobs that help people live a better life – from the buildings they work and live in, to the energy that fuels their homes, to the air they breathe. 1. Conservation scientist: Conservation scientists are hired to help preserve and protect natural habitats. They usually work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to find the best ways to use and improve the land while conserving the environment.* If you’re looking for a green job in Hopkins, check out our jobs page. 2…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
City leaders are upset about potential loss of tax base and redevelopment opportunities.
Hopkins leaders are mounting an effort to keep out the Southwest Light Rail Transit operation and maintenance facility that will service trains along the corridor. On Wednesday, the Hopkins Business and Civic Association (HBCA) board sent out an e-mail reminding members about a public meeting on the controversial facility and encouraging them to attend. And last month, Mayor Gene Maxwell sent the Southwest LRT project office a letter criticizing the way the sites were selected. “Hopkins is very interested in making this project a success, but fairness to our residents, property owners, and disadvantaged populations must be part of the discussion,” Maxwell wrote. Click the PDF to the right of this article to read the full letter and see the…
A Long Lake woman is accused of breaking into a Hopkins home and destroying pictures inside. Nothing was stolen.
A Long Lake woman is accused of breaking into a Hopkins home and destroying pictures of a woman who had dated the same man as her, according to court documents released Tuesday. Several witness told police that they saw a woman drive up to the 16th Avenue North home April 27 in a black SUV, break a window with a hammer, kick down a door and enter the residence, Detective Renee Meuwissen wrote in the criminal complaint.When officers went inside, they found that several picture frames had been broken and pictures were torn up on the kitchen table. As they were investigating, 48-year-old Barbara Jennings Tolchiner went to the Police Department to file a harassment complaint against the owner of the burglarized home. Officers noted that she …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The groups will perform July 19 and 20.
Rocket Club, The Devon Worley Band and Tim Mahoney will be playing this year’s Raspberry Festival, the organization announced Sunday. Rocket Club and The Devon Worley Band both performed at last year’s festival. Attendees can catch the country bands again July 19 and 20 when they take the stage, along with Tim Mahoney, at Ninth Avenue and Mainstreet. Check out a video of one of Rocket Club's songs in the player above. There is a $5 cover charge. For more information, visit www.hopkinsjaycees.com or call 952-931-0132. In other Raspberry Festival news, the organization’s spaghetti dinner and silent auction in April raised raise $4,800. The money will go toward the royalty program and help offset the cost of scholarships.
Dlayla Chakolis made the shot during the state AAU qualifying tournament at Bloomington Jefferson High School.
Move over Blake Hoffarber. Hopkins has a new buzzer beater in town. An Eisenhower Elementary School sixth grader Dlayla Chakolis sank a half-court shot Sunday during the state AAU qualifying tournament at Bloomington Jefferson High School, the Pioneer Press reported. The efforts of Chakolis, a North Minneapolis resident who’s nicknamed "Lay-bron," didn’t keep her team, the Stars, from losing to Crossfire. But they’re scheduled to go up against each other again during the state sixth-grade championship at the end of May. Watch the highlight, uploaded by her father, in the video above.
Wetsch pleaded guilty Monday to charges of robbing five banks and admitted robbing more than two dozen more.
The person accused of being the 'Man in Black' bank robber admitted on Monday that he stole $3,106 from the Hopkins US Bank branch. Mark Wetsch, 49, of Minneapolis, made the admission as part of guilty plea to five charges of bank robbery at other Minnesota banks between April 26, 2011, and Dec. 27, 2011. Wetsch had previously pleaded guilty to a 2012 bank robbery in Brewster, MN, that led to his arrest. The robbery charges result from the theft of: Wetsch admitted "he wore a black mask and brandished a firearm believed to be real," according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for Minnesota. Prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of 14 years. Prosecutors did not charge Wetsch with the Hopkins robbery, but it was one of 25…
Friday, May 3, 2013
There will be more than 100 art and craft vendors.
Residents don’t have long to wait before Mainstreet Days returns to Hopkins’ Downtown. The annual event, sponsored by the Hopkins Area Jaycees, takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 on Mainstreet, between Eighth and 11th Avenues. More than 100 art and craft vendors will be present, along with several food vendors. There will also be family entertainment—including train rides, a balloon twister and more.