April 10, 2017

$40 Spring De-Thatching/Raking Service

Bud Schneider is offering discounted machine de-thatching/raking services again this spring.  Tony Schwab has negotiated group rate pricing with Bud.  The cost is the same this year as in previous years: $40 per yard. 

Many residents have been hiring Bud Schneider for the last few years and he's done a great job.  Sure beats raking by hand!
Please contact Bud Schneider at (651) 334-8793.                                                                                                      
Please note there is a new phone number this year.

March 23, 2017

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Victor Gardens Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Petting Zoo will be held on Sat, April 8 at 4:00 in Arbre Park.  Don't be late!  The eggs go fast.  Bring a basket or bag to collect your eggs.  Petting Zoo will follow the egg hunt.

We need your help!!!  There are over 1500 eggs to fill.  Please join us on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:45 to fill eggs.  

February 2, 2017

Valentine's crafts and treats

Saturday, Feb 11 from 10:00am - noon please join your neighbors at the activity center (pool house) for some Valentine's Day crafts and treats. 

RSVP appreciated but not necessary.  RSVP to Kasey at 763-300-5683 or kasey.birch@icloud.com

January 27, 2017

Adults Gathering, Friday Feb. 24

Now that the holiday season has passed, we hope you'll join us for our "Last Friday in February Adults only Gathering." 

Friday, February 24
Blue Heron Grill

See you there!

January 16, 2017

Winter Coat Drive

Baby it's Cold Outside!! Tryg B., one of Victor Gardens' boys has a special request for you and your family. Tryg says, "I'm concerned about our homeless population in MN. They spend a significant time outdoors. I would like to ensure that they have warm outdoor gear to protect themselves from the weather." He's organizing a Winter Coat Drive, and is collecting new (or no longer needed) teen/adult sized coats, hats, mittens, and boots. 

Tryg will be collecting your donated items. He'll then bring them to the Dorothy Day Center for distribution. You're welcome to drop off donations to Tryg's front porch ( 14318 Cosette Way N., Hugo, MN 55038 ) anytime between now and 4pm January 27, 2017.
Please look through your closet, ask around, and let's all help Tryg in his effort. Thanks!

December 17, 2016

Snow Removal Update

Snow removal services in Victor Gardens is handled by a few different contracting companies and the City of Hugo. Public streets are cleared by the City of Hugo.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your sub-association's Community Manager.  You can look them up on our Snow Removal page.  The page includes a map if you're not sure which sub-association you live in.

Most of Victor Gardens' sub-associations and our master association is served by Birch, Inc.  They do an excellent job of communicating with our Community Manager and Board Members. Here's a letter Birch sent yesterday:

Winter is here and in a way, we haven’t seen in a couple years; below average temps and above average snow falls; which is going to make for a white Christmas. 

With this being the start to our winter season we would like to send out some friendly reminders.

·         Stay off the Snow Piles: Please stay off the snow piles to prevent them from spilling back into the street. This is also a safety concern for all.

·         Walkways Free From Obstacles: Please remove all pet tethers, extension cords, or anything else that maybe hidden under the snow, to prevent it getting damaged, causing damage to our equipment or possible injuring someone.

·         ‘Open-up’ Services: ‘Open ups’ happen on events with more than 4” of snow has accumulated prior to am/pm rush hour.  The priority with open-ups is to allow emergency vehicles access to the homes.  Second goal is to allow homeowner to get in and out of their garages.  Plowing to the edge of the streets and driveways will not happen during an open up, neither will any shoveling.  The full plow and shovel services will take place at cessation of the snow event.

·         ‘Full-plow’ services: ‘Full-plow’ of drives, private streets, and parking areas for most properties is to be completed within 12 hours after the cessation of a ‘snow event’ of 8” or less. For snow events of 8” to 12”, ‘full-plow’ of drives and parking areas to be completed within 16 hours.  In heavy snow conditions reasonable extensions will be granted.
·         Shoveling Services: Shoveling of sidewalks, garage aprons and entryways for most properties is to be completed within 12 hours after the cessation of snowfalls exceeding trigger depth and under 8”. Snowfalls over 8” will be completed within 24 hours. In heavy snow conditions reasonable extensions will be granted.
·         Parked Vehicles: Driveways and or other areas with vehicles parked in them during snow removal services will be skipped.  If BIRCH is asked to return to plow these areas the Association will be charged for this service.

·         Communication: Please have all communication, concerns, and questions go through the proper channels. The crews in the field are instructed to only take direction from their BIRCH, Inc. supervisor.
Accidents, miscues, and missed areas unfortunately do happen, but following the above guidelines will help execute the winter services in a timely manner. 

Dan Steuernagel, Vice President

November 11, 2016

Food Collection Drive Saturday Morning

Your home will be visited tomorrow morning, Saturday November 11, by a small group of Hugo's Scouts. They'll be part of a city-wide effort known as "Hugo's Scouting for Food & Feeding the Need".  Scouts all across Hugo will collect non-perishable food and personal item donations for our Hugo Good Neighbor's Food Shelf.  

This isn't just a fun Saturday morning activity for kids.  It's an effort we can all be proud of.  Young people learn to work together.  They help to solve a tangible problem and draw inspiration to greater service.

On Saturday morning, Scouts will ring your doorbell seeking donations.  If you're not available (or would rather not answer your door in your pajamas) you're welcome to leave a bag at your front door before 10am or drop off at Viker's front porch at 4545 Garden Way N. These will all be collected by Scouts. Thanks in advance for your generosity and the community spirit that Victor Gardens residents are known for.

Hugo's Scouting for Food & Feeding the Need is a growing collaboration that now includes many Hugo and White Bear Lake Girl Scout Troops, Boy Scout Troop 151, Boy Scout Troop 89, Cub Scout Pack 151, White Bear Lake's VFW, and Hugo's Good Neighbor Food Shelf volunteers.

Thanks again and see you Saturday morning!

October 24, 2016

Local Business Profile : Lake View Window Washing $3.50/pane

Tony Schwab recommends Jordan Hentges of Lake View Window Washing, who's offering Victor Gardens residents a special deal. Jordan will clean windows for $3.50 a pane. (That would be $7.00 for a double hung window, both sides.)

Tony reports that he's checked other window cleaner's rates and they are charging $5.50 to $7.00 a pane, so this is a good deal. Jordan is a bonded, single owner of Lake View Window Washing. He will clean inside and outside of each window, wipe each sill, dust the screens.

To set up an appointment, contact Jordan directly:

Jordan Hentges, Owner
Lake View Window Washing
(763) 439-5652

October 21, 2016

Irrigation Winterization Schedule

Below is the approximate schedule for the weekend.  Between email, text, and phone I think I have everyone.  If anyone needs to cancel please let me know.  I'm trying my best to route things as efficiently as possibly. 

 Just a reminder for everyone to have the irrigation water supply off and access to the controller before we arrive.  The schedule is pretty tight so have these things done will keep us on schedule.  If anyone has any questions please let me know and I will try to do my best to respond.

Shawn Herman
Classic Lawnscape Inc.

Saturday, Oct 22
14382 Poets Green
14348 Poets Green
14336 Poets Green

9:00 AM – 11:00AM
14282 Garden Way
14262 Garden Way
14252 Garden Way
14246 Garden Way
14212 Garden Way
14176 Garden Way

11:00 – 1:00
14160 Garden Way
14142 Jardin
14136 Jardin
14143 Jardin Ave.
14157 Jardin

1:00 -3:00
4377 Garden Way
14241 Arbre Lane
14251 Arbre Lane
4344 Arbre Lane
4362 Arbre Lane
4376 Arbre Lane

3:00 – 4:00
14303 Garden Way
14341 Garden Way
14351 Garden Way

4:00 – 5:00
14326 Cosette Way
14318 Cosette Way N

5:00 – 5:30
4545 Garden Way

5:30 – 7:30
14292 Cosette Lane
4540 Val Jean
4503 Cosette Lane
4477 Cosette Lane
4429 Cosette Lane

Sunday Oct. 23rd
11:00 AM
4653 Val Jean
4685 Val Jean

12:00 PM – 1:30
14415 Everton Ave N
14425 Everton
14435 Everton
14445 Everton

1:30 – 3:00
4704 Provence Way
4672 Provence Way
4611 Provence Way
4667 Provence Way
4677 Provence Way

14444 Everton Ave N
4662 Val Jean

14622 Grantaire Lane
14313 Grantaire Lane

4464 Cosette Lane
14305 Victor Hugo Blvd.
14338 Cosette Way
14322 Garden Way

October 19, 2016

Local Military Family Needs Help - home destroyed, all belongings and 2 pets lost.

In the past, many area families and Cub Scouts Pack 151 have supported efforts to lift the spirits of Soldiers, Sailors and Marines deployed abroad. We've just been offered the chance to step up again, this time to help a local military family at a very difficult time. The home of a Soldier's family with the 133rd Air Wing/210th burned a few months ago. The family is currently living in White Bear Township.

Chuck Haas, Hugo's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network leader, shared with me this morning a request for help, including a detailed spreadsheet of the family's current needs.  Here's the link to the PDF  
Please read through it and consider what you may be able to donate. With a request for specific items such as this there is the possibility that several people may provide the same item. So please, in your generosity, take a moment to call Kelly Wilkinson about what items are still needed, or alternatively, gift cards are always welcome.

At tomorrow's Cub Scouts Pack meeting at Oneka Elementary School at 6:30pm, we'll collect donated items to pass along to this family. You can also leave hand carry-able donations on my front porch at 4545 Garden Way N.  After tomorrow, you're welcome to follow up with Kelly Wilkinson regarding donations. Her contact info is:

Kelly J. Wilkinson, CMSgt (Ret)
Airman and Family Readiness Program Manager
133rd Airlift Wing
(O) 612-713-2367
(C) 612-741-8000

September 28, 2016

Irrigation winterization

It is getting to be that time of year again.  Irrigation Winterizations. 

The weekend of October 22 and 23.  The price will remain the same as last year which was $50.00 cash or check payable to Shawn Herman. 

Other times can be scheduled if this does not work for you but regular season rates will apply.

This is the tentative route I would use for the weekend based on last year numbers to help give residents a rough estimate of where they would be on the schedule.

On Sat. the 22nd the route starts at about 8 AM on Poets Green then to Garden Way West side of street heading south.  Around Jardin to Garden Way (usually mid morning), up Arbre, and around to catch the east side of Garden Way(usually early afternoon).  Then head east around to Cosette Way and take Victor Hugo down to Garden Way.  Go around the Park and back up the east side of Cosette Lane (mid to late afternoon) around to Victor Hugo.  From there I will head east down Val Jean to the Bridge.  Depending on response I will probably stop here due to darkness.

On the 23rd start time will depend on number of participants.  It probably would not be before 11 am.  I would begin again on Val Jean from the bridge heading east to Everton.  North on Everton, east side of street, to Provence.  Around Provence back down west side of Everton to Val Jean.  Then west down Val Jean to the Bridge.

As usual timing/scheduling will be totally dependent on the number participating and if there are any unforeseen problems encountered during the day. 

If you have any questions please let me know.

Everyone can sign up by contacting me directly as per the contact information below.


Shawn Herman
Classic Lawnscape Inc.
Cell/text – 612-366-6088.