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The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board presents its first-ever Minneapolis Bike Tour
For the first time in decades, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is closing parkways and roadways to all motorized traffic! The tour will conclude with a post party, which will include exhibits, great entertainment, food and merchandise.

September 16, 2007
Tour begins between 7:30am and 9:00am
Meet at the Parade Grounds
400 Kenwood Parkway

The Minneapolis Bike Tour includes 41- and 15-mile car-free routes and provides individuals and families the opportunity to enjoy Minneapolis’spectacular Grand Rounds.

There is a fee to register, so register early. Proceeds will benefit The Foundation for Minneapolis Parks to support and enhance the Minneapolis park system.

For more information, visit www.minneapolisbiketour.com


Metro Minute

In the City of Minneapolis an unattached trailer may not be stored or parked on a public street.

Trailers unattached to a vehicle are subject to ticketing and an immediate tow by Traffic Control or the police.

Rose Hart's OutSide
When the Outdoors comes Inside

Raccoons Procyon Lotor
racoon Raccoons are smart, clever, persistent animals and it takes some ingenuity on the part of the homeowner to discourage their feeding at, and nesting in, your house. The name raccoon comes from the Algonquian Indian word "arakun", which means "scratches with his hand."

Raccoons are omnivorous and will exploit any opportunity to acquire food. They can open windows and doors, open jars, climb gutter downspouts, climb in and out of dumpsters and will even remove roofing material to access the attic. A hole four inches in diameter is all a raccoon requires to enter the house; they den in basements, attics and in chimneys. Raccoons do not gnaw on wood, they tear it, so if there are obvious teeth marks it's more likely a squirrel that's attempting access.

Discouragment is all you're permitted unless you have a permit to trap or shoot them. There is no effective or approved poison. One method of discouraging racoons is placing rags soaked in regular household ammonia, or leave piles of moth balls at the area they frequent. However, these must be replaced at regular intervals as the odor dissipates.

Long term solutions include: Trim back any overhanging tree branches, replace any soft, rotting wood at the foundation and fascia, cover any small openings with wire mesh or sheet metal, do not leave pet or animal food out or open, do not grow sweet corn or melons in your backyard garden and fasten garbage can lids to stakes in the ground. Raccoons will continually return to any site where tasty food is available. The Wisconsin DNR web site has excellent information on Raccoons. www.dnr.state.wi.us. Also, note that many of the deterrents used against raccoons are also effective against squirrels.

Bats
Bats don't look like beneficial insect hunters when they are dive-bombing your head in the dark, but they are. In the metropolitan area the most common bat is the brown bat, whose body is only about 2.5 inches long. An opening of one-quarter to three eights of an inch is all a bat requires to enter the house. Unlike a bird in the house, bats are impossible to trap under a towel. Since they can hear an insect from fifteen feet, they'll be able to hear you thinking about sneaking up on them.


"Midnight, in bed and half-asleep, I heard scratching on the floor next to the bed. My first thought was that it was the dog, but then I thought, she hasn't been able to climb up the stairs in two years! Then something furry brushed across my face and arm. That's when I jumped out of bed screaming and cussing. After several minutes of fearful cowering, we formulated the plan to open the window. However, it didn't seem to want to use this convenient exit; preferring to loop and whirl around and around the room, executing crisp, precise dives at our heads when we dared to peep from under the blankets. Then I decided to turn on all the lights. With a blanket over me, I crawled on all fours across the room and hit the big lights. It worked. We found it laying on the bottom of the shower, where it was then an easy task to get it under a bucket, slip carboard underneath and carry the entire affair outside and fling it far into the night. Getting back to sleep that night, however, was problematic".

Bats prefer forested areas, and the metro area is well-known for its dense canopy. The numerous small exterior openings of the city's older homes are all potential bat nesting sites. If you hear squeaks and scratches in the walls or in the attic after dark, you can check for bats by standing outside a half hour before dusk and watch the eaves for bats leaving. Plug all but one hole in daylight and then wait a couple days for all the bats to exit the one remaining hole. It's important to be sure all the bats are out, and it's important to keep count of how many leave. The University Extension Service has good information about bats: http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/naturalresources/DD1141.html

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