December 10, 2015

Note from Gene's Disposal

Dear Residents,
If you have too much cardboard to fit in your recycle can, it should be cut to a size that would fit in your recycle can and bundled.

Reminder: Garbage cans should not be overfilled. The lid of the can should be able to close, when cans are overfilled the excess trash falls out of the can when the truck lifts it.

Thank You,
Gene’s Disposal Service

November 20, 2015

Your home will be visited this Saturday morning, November 21 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 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.
Thanks again and see you Saturday morning!

October 15, 2015

Sprinkler Winterization Schedule

Please see below for notes about sprinkler winterization tips for keeping Shawn on schedule.

Saturday is completely full.  Sunday has a little more wiggle room,  but not much.

It sounds like Saturday morning may be a little cool so I hope that does not slow down the process.

The times on the list are a window of when I hope to be in your area.  If you need updates on the progress you can call or text but my response time back may not be immediate since I will be concentrating my efforts on moving through the list or you could take a drive through the neighborhood to see how things are progressing as per the list.

If anyone has a conflict with the schedule on Saturday they can be moved to Sunday late afternoon/early evening as there is some limited availability.

Things to remember to make everything go smoothly:
1. Turn your water supply line to the irrigation system off. it is usually in the basement, the night before the service.
2. Make sure there is easy access to the controller (usually in the garage) or if arrangements have been made to use the valve boxes, that all valve boxes are uncovered, marked and soil/debris removed from around the valve inside the box so that they can be found and opened quickly.
3. If zones do not work from the controller I can still winterize the zone if the valve boxes are located, but I will not be able to spend a lot of time locating and fixing issues with systems and still keep on schedule.  This would need to be rescheduled.    
4. $50 Cash or Check to Shawn Herman.
Thanks to everyone in advance and I am looking forward to a very busy weekend.

Shawn Herman
Classic Lawnscape Inc.

Saturday, Oct. 17th

8:00 AM - Poets Green
Heckman, Primeau, J. Johnson

9:00 AM – 11:30AM - Garden Way South to Jardin
Pinault, Sears, Schwab, Schleiss, S. Anderson, Bridgeman, Stanko, Sears

11:30 – 12:30 - Jardin
LaNasa, Privette/Norr, Hermann, Phillipson

12:30 – 2:30 - Arbre
White, Roberts, D. Mader, Gloege, J. Mader, Crep 

2:30 – 3:30 - Garden Way North from Arbre to Victor Hugo Blvd.
S. Carlson, C. Carlson, Warner

3:30 – 4:30 - Cosette Way
Kubow, Coleman, Berger

4:30 – 5:15 - Garden Way
Weaver, Viker

5:15 – 7:15 - Cosette Lane
Kluska, McGlone, Rogers, Weir, Bixby                        

The following will be late on Saturday.  Probably around 7:00 pm or later.  You can be moved to later afternoon on Sunday if that works better so you would have a more definite time.
Wannerstrum (Cossette), Powers (Victor Hugo Blvd), Bosch (VH Blvd), G. Olson (Valjean)

Sunday Oct. 18th

11:00 AM - Val Jean
Setter, Beriou 

12:00 PM – 1:00 - Everton Ave
Sanders, Savard, Not Confirmed - Starr , George

1:00 – 3:00 - Provence Way
Buetow, Nelson, Farrell, Hageman, Urban, Halverson-Boyd

3:00 - Everton Ave

3:30 - Val Jean Blvd.

4:00 - Grantaire

September 22, 2015

Sprinkler Winterization

It's that time of year again - irrigation winterization! Shawn Herman with Classic Landscape has been doing winterizations in the neighborhood for several years.  He is planning on the weekend of October 17 and 18.  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 17th 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 18th 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.

September 9, 2015

Pool closed for the season

Victor Gardens' pool is now closed for the season. It will re-open Memorial Day weekend.

August 27, 2015

Lawn Care - $40 Core Aeration Service

Jeff Ambrose has offered his lawn aeration services to Victor Gardens residents for a number of years and does a very professional job. He's offering a Victor Gardens discount rate of $40/per lawn (slightly higher for larger lawns). That's less than what most others charge for this service. For do-it-yourselfers, this is a pretty good deal considering the cost of renting the machine, time and effort involved, plus the cost of gas. Jeff did a great job on our lawn over the last seven years, and I would recommend his service.
Core Aeration Promotes Healthy Grass

Call Jeff Ambrose directly at (651) 274-1535. He's currently coordinating a schedule of Victor Gardens appointments.

If you're unfamiliar with core aeration, the U of M Extension Service describes it pretty well, "Core aeration is the best method of dealing with the problem of compaction in the lawn. Aeration promotes moisture and air penetration into soils, resulting in deeper and healthier root systems on the grass plants. ... The best time of year to aerate the lawn is late August to early October. Aeration can be done in the spring but will lead to additional weed seeds being brought to the surface where they may germinate. In fall, weed seeds will also be brought to the surface, but they will not sprout."


SFV Board Meeting set for September 23

Here's a reminder for Single Family Village residents. The next Victor Gardens Single Family Village Homeowners Association's board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7pm. The meeting location has been changed to Hugo City Hall.

In addition to it's regular duties, the SFV Board will discuss stepped-up enforcement of applicable Rules, Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Easements. The Board will also discuss options for a new, professionally managed community website and other communication tools.

Any SFV owner wishing to speak to the Board will be welcomed and encouraged to participate.

Digital copies of the Master Association and the SFV Rules, and CC&R's are available at

Update 9/9/15 & 9/22/15: Location changed to Hugo City Hall. Added agenda item.

July 24, 2015

National Night Out

National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug 4th!  It is a national event designed to help people meet their neighbors and make communities safer.  The Victor Gardens event will be held at Arbre Park from 6-8pm. 

Highlights for 2015
- Fiesta Cancun will be serving dinner.  $5 for 2 tacos served with chips and salsa.  $1 for drinks.  Cash only!!
- Cake, snacks and lemonade... free!  Generously sponsored by KinderGardens childcare (
- Free bottled water.  Generously provided by members of Living Waters Lutheran Church.

Entertainment - all free!
- Performance by Lorenz Dance Studio at 6:30 pm.  Music Provided by Birch Landscape
- Performance by Ultimate Martial Arts at 7:15pm
- Crazy Hair
- Face painting
- Glitter Tatoos
- Bounce houses
- Police and Fire visits throughout the evening
- Giant twister, checkers, tick- tack- toe and more

In order to make this event a success we need YOUR help!  Volunteer shifts are only 30 minutes long so you can spend most of the evening with your family and neighbors.  Please give up a half hour of your time to make this event a success.  Kids are welcome to help alongside an adult.  Please see to sign-up for a shift.  Sign-up early to get your first choice!

Please contact Lisa at or 651-353-2619 or Kasey at or 763-300-5683 with questions or suggestions.

July 23, 2015

Clearwater Cove - City Planning Commission Meeting Tonight

Tonight, the City of Hugo's Planning Commission will meet to discuss the proposed DR Horton neighborhood east of Victor Gardens (and south of Frenchman Road).  The development area, known as "Clearwater Cove", is adjacent to Victor Gardens Creek Side Villas sub association.

Clearwater Cove is also described in this The Citizen news article: National home builder looking at LaValle property

The agenda's numerous pages describe the Clearwater Cove project in great detail. This includes its relationship to Victor Gardens, Everton Ave., trail connections, etc.  

Also on the agenda is discussion of a new Park Dental commercial building to be built next to Kwik Trip.  The details of that proposal were discussed at this month's Victor Gardens Architectural Review Committee meeting.  The ARC approved two phases of the design.

The agenda for the meeting has been published and a copy of it may be found here:

The public is welcome to attend this Hugo Planning Commission Meeting, Thursday July 23, 2015 7:00pm at Hugo City Hall.

July 8, 2015

Fire safety issue with grills on decks


The City of Hugo has been notified of concerns with grills on decks of multi-family buildings. After discussions with the City, Fire Chief, and Fire Marshal and review of the Minnesota State Fire Code, the City would like to clarify its position on such matter:

The City of Hugo recognizes that during the warmer months of the year, residents enjoy spending time outside, grilling. The City Council did not believe in prohibiting such activity and believes residents of Hugo can use sound judgment when using this summertime luxury.

Appendix H in the State Fire Code relates to regulating fires or barbecues on balconies or patios. However, the rules in Appendix H are optional rules and are only enforceable if the appendix is specifically adopted by a local ordinance. The Hugo City Council considered adopting such an ordinance in 2009, but after significant discussion at several public meetings, the Council decided to prohibit turkey fryers and fire pits, but they did not prohibit grills.

The City of Hugo would like to remind residents to take precautions while grilling to reduce the likelihood of starting a fire.

If residents should have any questions or concerns on this matter, please feel free to contact the Hugo Fire Marshal.

Thank you for your interest in this matter and have a wonderful summer.

Colin Emans
Hugo Fire Marshal 612-384-0583

Anoka-Washington Judicial Ditch 3 Historical Review Public Information Meeting

The Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD) will be holding an informational meeting Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 6:30p.m. in the Hugo City Hall council chambers, 14669 Fitzgerald Avenue No., Hugo, Minnesota. Information will be presented regarding Anoka-Washington Judicial Ditch 3, including a discussion on how the RCWD is proposing to correct the drainage system record, which includes the functional alignment, dimension and grade of this public drainage system. A map of the system can be found at or at the District office at 4325 Pheasant Ridge Dr. NE, Suite 611, Blaine, MN 55449. 763-398-3070


June 9, 2015

Summer is here!

Summer is finally here!  The pool is open... if you are having trouble accessing the pool building with your keyfob please contact Jennifer Campbell at Community Development  (763) 225-6462 or  Please be respectful of others in the neighborhood.  Remember there is a guest limit of 4 people, please keep food outside the pool area, and clean up after yourself.

Ice Cream Sundae/ Root Beer Float Nights at the pool house
- Thursday, June 25th 6:30- 7:30
- Monday, July 20th 6:30- 7:30
Free!  Come enjoy a summer treat while visiting with your neighbors.  We will begin serving ice cream at 6:30 and will continue until either 7:30 or when the ice cream runs out.  We do need volunteers for both dates to serve ice cream.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer with your kids.  Please contact Lisa at if you can help.

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 4th from 6-8 at Arbre Park.  Bounce houses, food, face painting, games and much more!  More information to come but mark your calendar now so you don't miss out on this fun evening.

Are you willing to volunteer but find it hard to make scheduled events due to your busy schedule?  We have the job for you!!!  One of our signs is looking for a new keeper.  You will receive an email about a week ahead of time with a lettering suggestion and dates for the sign to be out.  Summer is typically the busiest because it tends to be when most of our events are. Please contact Lisa at with questions or to volunteer. 

Do you have an idea for a fun neighborhood event?  We would love to hear from you with fresh ideas!  Please contact Lisa at to volunteer.  We have money in the budget available if needed. 

June 1, 2015

SFV Play Equipment Clarification

The Victor Gardens Community Association's Board of Directors (AKA the Master Board) clarified language regarding play equipment within Single Family Village Homeowners Association:

For the purpose of defining items are that are NOT considered allowable playground equipment as defined in the Section 7.15 of the Master Covenants: 

Certain play equipment may be used temporarily during the day, but must be stored inside overnight: 
  • Portable basketball backboards (permanent backboards are not allowed).
  • Soccer/hockey/lacrosse and similar nets. 
Certain items must be approved in writing by the Single Family ARC prior to use, and are only granted under special circumstances: 
  • Above ground trampolines 
  • Ice rinks 
  • Inflatable play equipment and/or inflatable seasonal d├ęcor 
  • Play structures

April 13, 2015

A reminder...

The Board wishes to remind property owners of the restrictive covenants and rules applicable to all Victor Gardens properties. The covenants were adopted for the purpose of protecting our property values and ensuring that Victor Gardens remains a pleasant and desirable community, so it is in the interest of all of us to make certain that the covenants are honored.

Now that Spring is here, Community Development Inc (our Community Managers), are active in enforcement of the covenants and rules for the common benefit of all property owners of Victor Gardens.  Residents are reminded that any changes to the exterior of their homes or landscaping requires written Architectural Review Committee (ARC) approval.

Victor Gardens Community Association's ARC ensures that any new home built in Victor Gardens is appropriate to the neighborhood and maintains our existing owners expectations.  For those who are already living here, those high standards also apply.
  • Single Family Village Homeowners Association owners should refer to the SFV ARC page before planning any outside project. That includes replacing garage doors, adding new screen doors or decks, modifying landscaping or paint colors and many more. A complete list of potential projects (and their requirements) is available on the SFV ARC page, along with helpful advice and the Single Family Village Architectural & Landscape Change Application.
  • Victor Gardens Creek Side Villas owners should contact their sub-association board for details, as there are some new changes Creek Side residents should be aware of. 
  • All other Victor Gardens Condo owners should follow instructions on the VG Condo ARC page.

Annual Meeting - Single Family Village Homeowner's Association

Dear Victor Gardens Single Family Village Homeowners,

It's that time of year again for the Victor Gardens Single Family Village (SFV) annual Homeowners Association meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:00-8:30 PM at The Rice Lake Center at Public Works, 6900 137th Street North Hugo, MN. It is our goal to keep the meeting informative and brief as possible.

In order for your Homeowner’s Association to operate, residents must attend the Annual Meetings or send in their proxies. Your cooperation is very appreciated.

Especially important is the Election. This year there will be no new elections to the SFV Board as each Director’s terms are 3 years and 2 members were elected in 2013 and three in 2014. These Directors represent your interests in our neighborhood. SFV Directors will be appointed to represent our Association on the Master Board and Master Architectural Review Committee.

SFV owners were mailed a packet, in which you will find the following documents:
This year the Board of Directors will update Homeowners on neighborhood news as it relates both to the Single Family Village and the Master Associations. We truly believe that providing Homeowners with this information during the meeting is beneficial to everyone. You can look forward to hearing updates on new Social Committee initiatives, landscape renovation projects in our parks and Common Areas, new homebuilder news, remaining Single Family lot updates and more. We will also leave ample time at the end of the meeting for new business and a Homeowner Forum. This will give you an opportunity to talk about issues that are important to you. We want to hear from you and welcome this type of involvement from our community.

Please check the day before the meeting in case of a time/location change or for any important announcements. In the interim, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact any of your Single Family Village Board members.

We hope everyone can attend the meeting. See you on April 30th! Sincerely,

Victor Gardens Single Family Village Homeowners Association Board of Directors

Thinking about having a Garage Sale?

It's time to start thinking about garage sales! The last couple of years we've done the Victor Gardens Neighborhood sale the same weekend at the Clearwater Creek Sale/ Hugo Good Neighbor Days. This is June 4, 5, and 6.

Is there interest in doing a neighborhood sale (this weekend or another)? If so, we need someone to coordinate. At absolute minimum the person coordinating needs to submit advertising to the Citizen and Craig's list. Ideally the coordinator would also collect a list of addresses and times that we could put on the website as well as make some signs about a neighborhood sale (each sale also would be encouraged to have their own signs).

Please e-mail Lisa at if you are interested in having a sale or are willing to coordinate.

Quality Window Cleaning - Flat Rate Offer for Residents

Quality Window Cleaning is offering a special $175 flat-rate for Victor Gardens Single Family Village residents. This price includes cleaning all windows, screens and doors inside and outside. This is the same company Tony Schwab has recommended for a number of years, and reports of their work were very positive. Please contact Grant Dahl at (763) 656-8519.

Similar flat-rate discounts were offered last year for Condo residents.  Last year's $100 Condo price included cleaning all windows, screens, and doors inside and outside.   This offer extended to the Villas, Gables, North & South Village, etc...  

Please contact Grant Dahl at (763) 656-8519 for more info.

$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) 429-6896.

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April 11, 2015

Scouting for Food & Feeding the Need update

Update: 4/11/15 2pm

We have great news!  Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts have completed their collection drive for today.  Together, these teams fanned out throughout the City of Hugo and collected over 2425 pounds of donations.  That's a 46% increase over last November's effort.

Even with over 100 volunteers, covering nearly every neighborhood in Hugo is a big task.  It's possible that Scout teams, however, were not able to make it to your home this morning. We did miss a few bags and we're working to pick them up this afternoon and tomorrow.

To request a pickup, please email .  Please leave your address and unit number.  Alternatively, you can drop off any donations to the front porch at 4545 Garden Way N. this weekend.  We'll make sure they're delivered to the Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf right away.

- MV

April 9, 2015

Food Shelter Collection Drive Saturday Morning

Your home will be visited this Saturday morning, April 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 individual 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!

Thanks to Dawn LaFontsee!

Dawn LaFontsee served on the Master Association's Long Term Planning Committee, the Master Association's Landscape Committee, and as VG's Creek Side Villas Liaison to the Master Board.  She and her husband John were great neighbors and friends to many in our neighborhood.  Although they've moved away, their positive impact on our community will remain.  We wish Dawn and John all the best in their new home and thank them for their years of service and friendship.

Spring projects

Over the last few months the Victor Gardens Community Association's Board (also known as the Master Board) has taken action on a variety outdoor maintenance and improvement projects.  As Spring rolls in, you'll start to see work finishing up on projects such as:
  • The Victor Square pond fountain has been started up for the season.
  • Repairs have been completed at our Neighborhood Activity Center.
  • Pool and Neighborhood Activity Center key fob access has been upgraded along with improved security camera recording systems.
  • As the ground warms up, the uneven area under the broken Poet's Green Fountain will be dug up, re-leveled, and re-set.  The fountain will be converted to a planter in the same location, installed with drip irrigation, and professionally planted and maintained.
  • Repairs to Jardin Fountain have begun.  A few replacement parts have already been installed.  The fountain will be re-started up after the repairs are completed.
  • The City of Hugo will complete its work at Poet's Green.
  • Electrical service will be completed at Victor Gardens main entrance at Frenchman Rd. and Victor Hugo Blvd.  This work will facilitate the future installation of holiday lighting, landscape lighting, etc. near the wooden arbor and surrounding median area south of Frenchman Rd.

March 5, 2015

Egg Hunt and Petting Zoo

The annual egg hunt and petting zoo will be held at Arbre Park on Sat, March 28th.  The egg hunt begins at promptly 4:00 (don't be late... it lasts just minutes!).  The petting zoo from Walton's Hallow will run from 4:15 - 5:15.  Don't forget to bring quarters for animal feed.

Can you help make this fun event happen?  We need volunteers on Monday, March 23rd at 6:30pm to fill the eggs in the activity center (pool house).  Kids are welcome (you may want to discuss beforehand how much candy they can eat while helping...).  We also need help with set-up at 3:00 at Arbre Park on Sat, March 28th.  Please contact Lisa at or 651-353-2619 to volunteer or if you have questions.

February 9, 2015

Is this your dog?

Lab found in Victor Gardens

REUNITED: From Otter Lake Animal Care
Her owner has reclaimed her!
Date found 02-07-15 Date reunited 02-11-15

Previous message....
This dog was found in Victor Gardens on Garden Way North early Saturday morning.  Can you help find her owner?

Date Found: 02-07-2015 3:30 AM
Breed of Dog: Labrador Retriever
City where found: Hugo
Nearest Intersection? Garden Way North
Zip Code: 55038
Gender: Female
Neutered / Spayed? Unknown
Color or Markings: gray around face
Approximate weight: 50-60 lbs
Approximate Age: Senior
Have you checked the dog for microchip? Yes, no microchip was found
Dog was wearing: Wearing Collar, Wearing Tags
Any information on how found, description information, color of collar, etc. : Wearing choke chain and rabies tag - will be pursued.
**This dog is not for adoption - finder will only accept calls/emails regarding locating this dog's family**
Where is the dog being held? Otter Lake Animal Care Center
Contact's name: Brittany Harmon
Contact's Phone Number: (715) 220-1332
Alternate Phone Number: (612) 616-6135
Contact's E-mail:

February 4, 2015

Feb. 10 ARC Meeting Cancelled

Victor Gardens Community Association' ARC meeting scheduled for Feb. 10 is cancelled.  There were no complete Architectural Applications submitted by the 7-business prior deadline.

The committee members are now in the process of rescheduling ARC's March meeting to avoid absences due to the March school spring break.  Upcoming, tentatively scheduled ARC meetings are posted on Victor Gardens News' calendar. 

February 3, 2015

SFV Board meeting location change

Update: Victor Gardens Single Family Village's Board of Directors meeting will meet at Rice Lake Centre on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 6:00pm.  The meeting's location has been moved due to construction in our Victor Gardens Neighborhood Activity Center.

Winter Carnival at Oneka Elementary

Looking for something to do with the kids this Friday night?  Come to the winter carnival on Fri, Feb 6th from 6-8pm at Oneka Elem.  Cost is $10/ child or $25 for 3 kids and covers all games and activities.  The carnival will feature a bounce house, mad science experiments, games, face painting, a raffle, book walk, Nordy from the MN Wild and much more!

January 29, 2015

Support Tristan Kalos' Eagle Project

Your neighbor and Victor Gardens resident, Tristan Kalos, is a remarkable young man. He's a volunteer generous with his spare time and talents. Working regularly with Hugo's Good Neighbors Food Shelf and with younger boys in Cub Scouts, he's now turned his attention to his next effort.  Tristan's currently a "Life Scout" with Hugo’s Boy Scout Troop 151 on his way to earning Scouting's highest award- Eagle Scout.

With his Eagle Project, Tristan will continue to give back to his community by making improvements at Central Middle School in White Bear Lake.  In order to complete the project he’ll be raising funds to pay for materials and supplies.  He’ll also be in charge of coordinating the many volunteers needed to complete the job.  Please follow this link for details and donation information.

It’s easy to be proud of a self motivated young man like Tristan. I hope as neighbors we can all help financially support his ambitious project.  Thank you for supporting Tristan!

- Mark V.

January 26, 2015

Habitat for Humanity

Did you know that Habitat for Humanity is coming to Hugo?  Want more information?  Attend an informational session on Wednesday, January 28th from 6:30-8 pm at the St. Genevieve Community center (6995 Centerville Rd)
Learn About:
What is Habitat for Humanity??
Building a Habitat Home
Owning a Habitat Home
Supporting Habitat in our Community

A Light Supper will be Provided.  For more information contact Julie at

January 24, 2015

Changes to the Social Committee in 2015

After 3 years Kelly Farrell has decided to step back from leading the social committee.  If you see Kelly please thank her for all her hard work over the last 3 years (especially her work on National Night Out!). 

We welcome Kasey Birch as the new co-chair of the social committee.  Kasey and Lisa are working to plan events and budget for 2015.  If you have any suggestions, concerns, or would like to volunteer to run an event please let us know! 

Kasey: or 763-300-5683
Lisa: or 651-353-2619

Check back in the next couple of week for a more complete list of events but for now mark your calendar for Sat, March 28th at 4:00 for the annual egg hunt and petting zoo!  Hope to see you there!

January 23, 2015

Place your garbage and recycling cans away from each other

Single Family Village residents: Gene's Disposal has requested that trash and recycling bins be put on opposite ends of your driveway on pick-up days.

They have switched over to automated trucks, so they need a little extra room to grab the bins. If you cannot put them on opposite ends of the driveway, they said a two foot space between that bins would also work.

Gene's would greatly appreciate your cooperation with this request. If you have any questions, you may contact them at 651-426-1224.

January 21, 2015

ARC meetings are on VG's calendar

As a reminder, all Architectural Review Committee meetings for Victor Gardens Community Association (the Master Association) are open to VG owners.  If you're interested in seeing the process by which new home designs are discussed and approved by the ARC- attending these meetings is a good opportunity. Visit our ARC page for more background info.

After applications are submitted, the ARC's members generally have at least 7 days to review them.  Members arrive to the meeting ready to discuss the details of each application and vote if necessary.

The ARC's meetings appear on our Victor Gardens Calendar page.  The next one is scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 6:30pm at VG's Neighborhood Activity Center.

In some cases where applications aren't received on-time or there's nothing for the committee members to discuss, the ARC meetings are cancelled.  Keeping an eye on the calendar will alert you to any changes in the schedule.

January 8, 2015

Snow removal update

After today and this evening's light snow passes thru, the winds are expected to increase causing overnight drifting.  Expect that snow removal services will clear the city sidewalks Friday morning. 

Visit our Snow Removal page for snow service provider info.

January 6, 2015

Next week's ARC meeting cancelled

VG's Architectural Review Committee's regularly scheduled monthly meeting (Tuesday, Jan. 13) has been cancelled.

Submissions must have been received by VG's Community Manager Jennifer Campbell at least 7-days prior to a scheduled ARC meeting.  The committee members need this time to review the materials at home prior to discussing and voting on applications during the committee meeting. 

All future scheduled monthly meetings appear on the Victor Gardens News calendar.

Any interested VG homeowner is welcome to attend any of ARC's meetings.  Sometimes ARC meetings are cancelled when there aren't topics or applications for the committee members to discuss.  That's why ARC's Jan. 13 was cancelled.

Activity Center

According to Community Manager Jennifer Campbell, on Jan. 2. a burst pipe in the Activity Center which caused damage inside.  Contractors are working to cleanup and make repairs.

SFV Board Meeting rescheduled

Tonight's Single Family Board meeting has been rescheduled tentatively for Feb. 3, 6:30pm.