Seward Neighborhood Group

Home Security Checklist

  1. Are your doors locked whether you are in the house or not?
  2. Is your front door locked while you are in the back yard (and vice versa)?
  3. Do you lock your doors when you leave the house for even a few minutes?
  4. Do you pin your windows? Are they locked when closed?
  5. Are your basement windows locked or permanently secured with screws or bars?
  6. Do you keep your garage doors closed and locked at all times?

Does your home look occupied?

  1. When you are gone for the evening, do you leave an outdoor and outdoor light on?
  2. Do you leave a radio or TV on when your home is not occupied?
  3. When you go on vacation do you have someone:
  • watch your house?
  • move drapes, shades, and blinds?
  • mow the lawn/shovel snow?
  • collect mail and newspapers?

Do you practice yard security?

  1. Do you keep valuables such as bicycles and lawn equipment locked up and out of sight?
  2. Do you lock up tools and ladders after you use them?
  3. Do you keep shrubbery and bushes well trimmed?
  4. If you have a fence, can your neighbors see through it or over it?
  5. If you have exterior lights, do they prevent shadows where burglars could hide at night?
  6. Do you have lights on dusk to dawn at entrances?

Do you practice overall security?

  1. Do you have a block contact list with neighbors’ names, phone numbers, and addresses by your phone?
  2. Do you know how to report suspicious activity or crimes to the police? Do your children know how to report?
  3. Do you ask strangers at your door for proper identification before talking to them?
  4. Do your children tell strangers that you’re “busy” rather than you’re “not home”?
  5. If someone came to the door needing help, would you make the phone call to the police (or other necessary calls) rather than letting the person come in?

For further crime prevention resources, please visit here.

Register your Bike!

Do you plan on going for some springtime bike rides?

Keep in mind that thousands of bikes are stolen in Minneapolis every year. Though many are recovered, most lack identification and are never returned to their owners.

Find out how to register your bike and help ensure that if yours if ever lost or stolen, it can be returned to you here.


Railroad Bridge over the Mississippi

Photo by Kerry Cashman

Photo by Kerry Cashman.

Seward Garage Sale Days

The Seward Garage Sale Days are coming up! Friday May 15th and Saturday May 16th will be the official dates.  Seward Neighborhood Group puts together a map of the participating houses and advertises the event. This is a great opportunity for some spring cleaning and neighborhood fun!

Registration is $18 and gets you on the official map that is advertised widely.

Registration Deadline is Friday, May 8th.

Register here!


Seward Spread Joy Fund

Seward Spread Joy Fund: Winner Announcement

The Seward Spread Joy Fund is a grant program made possible by an anonymous donor and administrated by the Seward Neighborhood Group. Its intention is to provide up to $1,000 every year to allow one Seward resident to have an experience that benefits them or the neighborhood that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. Applicants must not receive physical gain from the grant, they must have lived in Seward for at least three years, and they must make a report of their experience.

At the Seward Neighborhood Group Board meeting in January, qualifying applications for the Seward Spread Joy Fund were placed in a jar to be chosen at random. This year, the winner is Seward’s own Sonja Casey!

Sonja Casey will use the support she received from the Seward Spread Joy Fund to travel as a volunteer Spanish/English interpreter to Quiroga, Bolivia this March. She will be traveling with a non-profit organization MELA (Medical Educators for Latin America) and will be working to open a health center with another non-profit Mano a Mano.  Mano a Mano is a non-profit that opens clinics in rural Bolivia to serve their communities.

During this trip, Sonja plans to travel to Peru to explore Machu Picchu and climb the Inca trail with a few colleagues.  Congratulations Sonja! We look forward to hearing about your experience!


Stay tuned for more information about the Seward Spread Joy Fund! Next year’s winners will be picked at SNG’s Annual Meeting in November.

King’s Fair Planning Committee

This year’s King’s Fair is scheduled for Saturday, September 19th and will be bigger and better than ever before! SNG is forming a planning committee for this event. If you are interested, please call Kerry at 612-877-1928 or email at