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Community Innovation Grants—Application due by September 30th

The North Oaks Community Foundation is pleased to be offering two $500 innovation grants. Interested groups or community members that see a need for a project or service within our community are encouraged to download the Community Innovation Grant Application Form and prepare a brief proposal and statement why it should receive a community innovation grant and drop it off at the NOHOA office no later than September 30th. The NOHOA staff will direct it to the attention of the North Oaks Community Foundation. The Foundation board will review all proposals and announce the recipients of the three community innovation grants in November.

Raising Funds for "A Playground for Everyone" at Turtle Lake Elementary School

Today almost 20% of the kids at Turtle Lake Elementary School live in North Oaks. Many of them are second generation Mounds View school district students. For many years, North Oaks has attracted families to the community because of the Mounds View school district and its great reputation.

Turtle Lake Elementary School is trying to set another standard of excellence with its "A Playground for Everyone" project. This playground will provide a barrier-free play experience for all families and will be the first of its kind in the northern metroplex.

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North Oaks Community Foundation Accepting Donations for the Highway 96 Re-surfacing Project

You may have heard about the re-surfacing project on Highway 96 which is scheduled for this summer. Part of the surface of the road will be removed because it creates a very loud sound when cars drive over the road, affecting the nearby neighborhoods in and around the North Oaks Golf Club area. One resident has even measured the decibel level of noise at 75, which equates to a loud laundry machine or lawn mower.

When the surface was put on several years ago it was federally required, but was not recommended by the county engineer. The surface was added to obtain federal funding, but the federal requirement was eliminated shortly afterward. A Ramsey County engineer that spoke to an interested group of homeowners explained that this section of the road is the only known remaining roadway in Minnesota with this issue. He also said the noise was "deafening."

Ramsey County has the equipment necessary to fix this problem this summer, and has agreed to incorporate this project into its schedule. However, the County will not pay for the project because the road will not require a repair of this kind for 10-20 more years. The cost of the project is estimated to be $37,700. The City is not in a position to contribute to this project either, so the responsibility is falling to the affected homeowners. Ramsey County will only have the required equipment available this summer. The City agreed in its April council meeting to provide administrative functions and act as a project liaison with the County.

Because the road noise impacts more than just the homeowners near Highway 96, the North Oaks Community Foundation has agreed to solicit donations to help fund the cost of this important project, which will help reduce the noise from Highway 96 that carries into North Oaks. The Foundation is accepting tax deductible donations to help cover the cost of the re-surfacing. It will give the City the money it raises, which will then be paid to Ramsey County. To make an online donation click here or send to the North Oaks Community Foundation, 100 Village Center Drive, Suite 240, North Oaks, MN 55127.    For more information on this project click here.

North Oaks Community Foundation raises money selling old street signs

Own a piece of North Oaks history. Going once, going twice….. bidding on the street signs is brisk. To bid on your favorite signs call or email the NOHOA office until Friday 6/3 at 4 pm. Join us at the fair to place your bids from 11-2pm at the North Oaks Community Foundation table. Bid winners will be announced at 2:15pm and you can pick up your sign until 3pm or the following week in the NOHOA office. All donations are tax deductible and will support projects funded by the North Oaks Community Foundation.

Connect • Engage • Inspire
The North Oaks Community Foundation lifts off!

The first official meeting of the North Oaks Community Foundation (NOCF) took place on March 8th in the North Oaks community room. New Foundation directors, Tom Dougherty, Katy Ross, Lugene Olson and Deb Peters met with Foundation creator, Peter King, and attorney, Jennifer Forbes. The purpose of the Foundation is to connect giving with growing so community members can make tax-deductible donations to worthwhile projects that benefit the North Oaks community. Read More »

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