News & Features

Mayor's Minutes: March 2, 2021
03/03/2021
It’s time for another Mayor’s Minutes episode. New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken provides an update on city projects, events and happenings.
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March In the Pipeline Available Online
03/02/2021
The latest issue of In the Pipeline is available online. This news brief can be found in the monthly utility bill or online and includes details about upcoming events, important reminders and news tidbits.
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Now Hiring: Building Inspector
03/02/2021
The city of New Hope is hiring a full-time building inspector.
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Contract Awarded for 2021 Infrastructure Project
02/27/2021
The infrastructure improvements coming in 2021 include street, water main, sanitary sewer and storm sewer improvements in residential areas along Erickson Drive and the Lions Park neighborhood.
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Contract Awarded for Ice Arena Roof Replacement
02/26/2021
Roof improvements are coming to New Hope Ice Arena. New Hope City Council awarded the construction contract for the project to Jackson & Associates at its Feb. 22 meeting.
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Public Comment Opportunity for Body-Worn Cameras
02/25/2021
The New Hope Police Department is anticipating the implementation of body-worn cameras in 2021.
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New Hope's ‘AA’ Credit Rating Reaffirmed
02/23/2021
New Hope has received a ‘AA’ long-term credit rating from Standard & Poor’s on $2,020,000 in general obligation tax abatement bonds and a reaffirmed ‘AA’ rating on the city’s existing general obligation bonds.
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NHPD Launches Community Engagement App
02/22/2021
The New Hope Police Department is increasing community engagement efforts with a new app, helping residents connect with the police department, view alerts and submit anonymous tips from their mobile device or computer.
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2020/2021 New Hope Snowman/Snow Sculpture Contest
02/18/2021
Have some fun in the snow! The New Hope Citizen Advisory Commission is sponsoring the fourth-annual snowman/snow sculpture contest this winter.
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New Hope Uses GreenSteps to Reach Sustainability Goals
02/11/2021
The city of New Hope understands the importance of being sustainable and environmentally-friendly. One way the city achieves this is through participation in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program. The program's framework is used to guide projects, initiatives and goals by implementing proven best practice actions.
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Tax Assistance
02/11/2021
It’s that time of year when many are working on filing their state and federal taxes. Preparing your taxes can be daunting, but help is available. Here are details about programs available to New Hope residents.
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New Hope Police Department K9, Kody, to Retire
02/09/2021
New Hope K9 Kody is retiring after serving the New Hope community for the past eight years.
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State of the City Replay Times
02/08/2021
Mayor Kathi Hemken and City Manager Kirk McDonald presented a virtual State of the City presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The presentation is being replayed several times on cable and may also be watched online.
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Online Payment Now Available for Building Permits
02/01/2021
The city of New Hope knows not all home improvement projects are completed during normal business hours. That’s why we’re making it easier to apply and pay for permits as well as schedule inspections when it works for you.
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Possible Scam Alert: Unemployment Insurance
02/01/2021
The New Hope Police Department is aware of a scam involving Minnesota Unemployment Insurance.
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New Hope Aquatic Park is Now Hiring!
01/28/2021
The New Hope Aquatic Park is getting ready to open this summer and now hiring for a number of positions.
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Now Hiring: Seasonal Public Works Positions
01/26/2021
New Hope Public Works is now hiring for parks, utilities and stormwater full-time seasonal positions.
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Keep Comfortable and Save Money on Energy
01/21/2021
The city of New Hope and Home Energy Squad are partnering to bring warmth and energy savings into your home this winter.
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Tax Return Scams and How to Help Protect Yourself
01/20/2021
Tax season means a significant increase in scammers attempting to take advantage of residents by posing as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
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New, Returning Council Members Sworn In
01/12/2021
Re-elected Mayor Kathi Hemken and Council Member Hoffe, along with newly elected Council Member Michael Isenberg, took the oath of office prior to the New Hope City Council’s first regular meeting of 2021.
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Frazier Commended by New Hope City Council
12/30/2020
At his final New Hope City Council meeting on Dec. 14, Council Member Cedrick Frazier was commended for his devoted service and contributions to the New Hope community by Mayor Kathi Hemken and his fellow city council members.
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Utility Rate Changes for 2021
12/17/2020
At the Dec. 14 New Hope City Council Meeting, council approved increases to multiple incremental utility rates for 2021. The total impact of the utility fee increases on an “average” residential utility customer (who uses 5,000 gallons of water per month) is predicted to be approximately $4.34 per month.
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New Hope Announces Photo Contest Winners
12/15/2020
The eleventh annual New Hope In Focus Photo Contest concluded on Monday night as the 2020 winning photos were presented at the New Hope City Council meeting.
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New Hope City Council Approves 2021 Budget
12/15/2020
The New Hope City Council approved the 2021 city of New Hope budget and tax levy at its Dec. 14 meeting. The 2021 budget focuses on continuing to provide existing services and programs with current resources and on public safety.
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Hennepin County Essential Services: Helping COVID-Positive Residents in Isolation
12/11/2020
Hennepin County residents who test positive for COVID-19 and need assistance staying in isolation may reach out to Hennepin County’s COVID-19 Essential Services for support.
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New Hope Employee of the Year, Aaron Thelen
New Hope Announces Employee of the Year
12/10/2020
Aaron Thelen, New Hope Recreation Supervisor, was named New Hope’s 2020 Employee of the Year at the employee recognition event held Dec. 3.
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New Hope Cuts Fees to Help Local Businesses
11/25/2020
At the Monday, Nov. 23 New Hope City Council meeting, council voted unanimously in favor of two resolutions to help the businesses most directly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns.
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Connecting Those in Need to Community Services: New Hope Police Department to Share Embedded Social Worker with Neighboring Communities
11/24/2020
The city of New Hope has approved a two-year agreement with Hennepin County for an embedded social worker to be shared by the cities of New Hope, Crystal and Robbinsdale.
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New Hope Streets on Road to Improvement
11/19/2020
New Hope’s 10-year pavement management plan addresses the city’s street pavement needs. Each year, New Hope Public Works staff and the city engineer rate approximately one half of all New Hope streets.
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2020 City Services Survey Results
11/17/2020
The 2020 City Services Survey was conducted July 5 to Sept. 18, and more than 800 responses were received – the most feedback in more than four years. The top rated city services include police, snowplowing, water supply and sanitary sewer.
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Self-Guided City Project Tour
11/05/2020
Each year, New Hope City Council, Commissioners, legislators and staff take a tour of the city’s development and redevelopment projects. This year looked a bit different due to COVID-19, with a virtual tour map and booklet created for self-guided tours.
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Rental Property Support Funding Now Available
11/05/2020
Funding available for tenants and landlords to cover costs of unpaid rent due to COVID-19.
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Online Inspection Scheduling Now Available!
11/04/2020
The city of New Hope now offers eScheduling for most inspection types, via the ePermits Portal.
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Home Energy Squad Virtual Home Audits
10/27/2020
The Home Energy Squad can help show you ways your home is using energy, as well as recommend ways to decrease your energy use.
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New Hope Council Adopts 2040 Comprehensive Plan
10/15/2020
New Hope City Council approved a resolution adopting the city’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan and placing it into effect at its meeting on Sept. 12.
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City of New Hope to Resume Select In-Person Residential Inspections
07/22/2020
The city of New Hope will resume in-person inspections for single-family rental, point-of-sale and business use certificate of occupancy (BUCO) permits on Monday, July 27.
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Door-to-Door Solicitation Reminders
07/15/2020
Summer is here and more people are getting outside, including door-to-door solicitors. As salespeople are making their way through the streets, it’s important to know the dos and don’ts of solicitation in New Hope.
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Free Virtual Home Energy Visits from Home Energy Squad
04/21/2020
The Home Energy Squad is offering free virtual home energy visits to help residents identify ways to be more energy efficient.
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Federal and State Assistance for Small Businesses
04/01/2020
A number of state and federal programs are available to help small businesses strugling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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