November 29, 2014

Found Kitten

Is anyone missing a kitten?  A neighbor on Valjean Blvd found a black kitten with a little white patch on its chest. It looks about 6 months old and was really hungry and cold.

Please contact Steph at 612-414-1871 with any info. Kitten likes to be pet, but isn't real fond of being held by strangers.

November 19, 2014

Thanks for giving... this Saturday morning.

Your home will be visited this coming Saturday morning, November 22, by Hugo's Boys Scout Troop 151, Cub Scout Pack 151 or one of Hugo's many Girl Scout Troops to collect non-perishable food and personal item donations.

You'll likely see familiar faces as there are many Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts (and volunteer leaders) living right here in our Victor Gardens neighborhood.

If you're not planning to be home Saturday morning, you can leave donations on your front porch for the Scouts to collect. You can also leave any donations from now through Saturday on Viker's front porch at 4545 Garden Way N.

Over the last few years "Scouting for Food / Feeding the Need" has become increasingly successful. They've collected thousands of pounds of donations that are distributed to Hugo families. The Scouts hope that you'll support their efforts again as you have so generously in the past.

Thanks again and see you Saturday morning!

Hugo's Good Neighbors Food shelf currently needs:

From past experience, we know that a few of you shop specifically for this annual event. (That's amazing!) We appreciate any donations, but there are a few categories the Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf needs now: Diapers, baby care items, personal care items, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner, paper towels, toilet paper, bar soap, and laundry detergent.

Nonperishable items are always welcome including hearty soups, canned pasta, canned meat (tuna and chicken), canned fruit, mac & cheese, spaghetti sauce, pasta, coffee, pancake mix and syrup, beef stew, boxed potatoes, flour, sugar and baking supplies.

November 18, 2014

Flips Open Gym

Are the kids aching to get out to run and play?  Bring them to our neighborhood open gym at Flips Gymnastics in WBL on Sunday, Dec 28th from 4-5:30.  This is a special open gym just for Victor Gardens residents!  Kids can play on the equipment and a bounce house will be available.  For kids 1 - 12 years (kids under 3 must have a parent with them on the floor).  Parents are not allowed on the equipment.  Cost is $8/ child.  First 25 kids to RSVP will get in free!

Waiver needed if you have never been there.  You can find it under "events" at or fill it out upon arrival.

RSVP needed no later than Wed, Dec 17th.  RSVP to Lisa at 651-353-2619 (call or text) or  Payment due upon arrival (cash or checks to Lisa Houchins - I will write one check for the group).  Remember the first 25 kids to RSVP will get in free!

November 17, 2014

Adults Holiday Gathering

Haven't seen your neighbors since the snow flew?  Join us at Blue Heron on Sat, Dec 6th from 7:30- 9:30.  Get out of the house and enjoy some free appetizers. 

October 17, 2014

Sprinkler Winterization Schedule for Oct 18 and 19

Below is the tentative time-line sent from Shawn Herman (Classic Landscape).  You should see your address listed below if you contacted him about performing your sprinkler winterization.  In order to keep the day on schedule please make sure the irrigation water supply (located in the house) is turned off and make sure that Shawn has access to your control panel (likely in the garage).  Cash or check payment is due tomorrow.  If you have any questions or problems please contact Shawn directly at 763-780-7231 or

Victor Gardens Winterizations 2014  - Saturday, Oct 18
8:00 AM - Poets Green
14382 Poets Green
14348 Poets Green
14336 Poets Green

9:00 AM – 10:30AM - Garden Way South to Jardin
14322 Garden way
14262 Garden Way
14252 Garden Way
14246 Garden Way
14212 Garden Way

10:30 – 12:30 - Jardin
14160 Jardin
14152 Jardin
14148 Jardin
14136 Jardin
14143 Jardin
14157 Jardin

12:30 – 1:30 - Arbre
14241 Arbre
14251 Arbre Lane
4344 Arbre Lane
4376 Arbre Ln

1:30 – 2:30 -Garden Way North from Arbre to Victor Hugo Blvd.
14303 Garden Way
14341 Garden Way
14351 Garden Way

2:30 – 5:30 - Cosette Way
14326 Cossette Way
14318 Cosette Way N
14292 Cossette Way
4503 Cossette Way
4489 Cosette Lane
4477 Cossette Way
4429 Cossette Way
4545 Garden Way

5:30 – 7:00 - Val Jean
4540 Val Jean
4653 Val Jean
4662 Val Jean
4685 Val Jean

Sunday Oct. 19th - 1:00 PM – 3:30 Everton / Provence Way
14415 Everton Ave N
14445 Everton
4704 Provence Way
4677 Provence Way
4636 Provence Way
4672 Provence Way
14444 Everton Ave N

October 8, 2014

Eternity Homes signs

On some lots within Victor Gardens Single Family Village, new Eternity Homes signs have been posted.  Homes proposed for those lots will go through the Victor Gardens Community Association (Master Association) Architectural Review Committee's process.  That process includes initial review by the ARC's new Liaison, Teresa St. Amant, and a full review by the ARC's members.  As of today, the ARC has not received info, requests or applications from Eternity Homes.

To learn more about building a new home in Victor Gardens please visit our ARC page.  It contains the criteria for which home proposals are judged, details about the review process, along with the required application forms. 

September 26, 2014

Potluck Sat, Sep 27th at Valjean Park?

Due to the lack of RSVP's and a grill master there will be no official potluck tonight.  Hope to see some people out enjoying the beautiful weather.

Guys Golf Night

Neighborhood guys golf night will be held on Thursday, Oct 2 at Tanner Brook (north on Hwy 61 near Forest Lake).  Tee-times will begin at 4:30.  Please call or text Steve at 651-262-7813 for more info or to RSVP.

September 22, 2014

Lawn Care - $50 Sprinkler Winterization - Sat. Oct. 18

Shawn Herman, of Classic Lawnscape Inc., is again offering discounted services for Victor Gardens residents. Shawn offers a VG resident discount to perform seasonal blowing out and shut-down of individual sprinkler systems. Shawn's offered this service for the last few years.

His price for blowing-out sprinklers is again $50.00 per home, payable on that day. He plans on performing the work on Saturday, October 18 and possibly Sunday, October 19.

Shawn wrote me last week about this, 

"I know that as usual, this is MEA weekend and does not work for everyone.  Separate appointments are available but the Saturday special will not be valid for those that choose this type of service.

The route would also be the same starting at Poets Green at 8:00 AM and proceeding south along Garden Way to Jardin.  Then up along Arbre to Garden Way and around the corner to Cossette Way, Victor Hugo Blvd., Garden Way, and Cossette Lane.
Then down Val Jean to Everton and finally around Provence Way.

As far as estimated timing for the three areas,  In the past the Garden Way – Arbre area was 8:00 til about noon.  Cossette – Garden Way area was noon til about 4:00 pm with Everton  - Provence Way area after 4:00pm.  Of course this will totally depend on the number of people interested. "

If you'd like to sign-up for this service, please contact Shawn Herman directly at (612) 366-6088 or

September 11, 2014

Movie Night - Friday

Rio 2 will be shown at Valjean Park at dark (around 8:00) on Friday, Sept 12.  Snacks (including hot chocolate!) provided.  Bring your blankets, lawnchairs, and coats to enjoy an outdoor movie!

Tour de Hugo - Saturday!

It’s not too late to come out and “Bike the Beauty” this Saturday September 13th, at the 4th Annual Tour de Hugo community bike ride.  There is a 6 mile, 20 mile, 32 mile and a 48 mile route, perfect for any level of biker.  You can still register to ride at City Hall or the morning of the event.  Cost is $25 per adult and $20 for kids 12 and under.  Or sign up as a team (5 or more people) and cost is $20 per adult rider, $15 for kids.  The first 200 riders get a bike bag full of great items from our sponsors, plus a Tour de Hugo T-shirt, bike bottle and commemorative bandana.  Plus, lunch from Festival Foods is included after the ride.  It’s a great event that supports the Hugo Park and Recreation Department.  Registration starts at 7:00am the Hugo City Hall, with the first ride leaving at 8:00am  We look forward to seeing you this Saturday to “Bike the Beauty.” 

August 20, 2014

Root Beer Floats

Root Beer Floats have been rescheduled for Monday, Aug 25 from 6:30-7:30 at the pool house.  Thanks to Janelle for volunteering.  Hope we have a great turn-out!  Please remember to enjoy your treats outside of the pool area.