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Melanie Danke is our neighborhood correspondent in Northrop. Tell her about the garage sale, or the community garden - ask her how to register and get your profile on TC Daily Planet!

Melanie lives in the Northrop neigh-borhood, but crosses the river to her Two Smart Cookies shop in St. Paul. She is excited to be involved in community journalism as a neighborhood correspondent, and looks forward to hearing from you. You can hear from her on her blog, Plumb Tuckered Out.

Melanie says her favorite spots include, "Any of the many beautiful Twin Cites libraries... despite my habitually massive fines."

Contact Melanie at melaniedanke [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net

Field Regina Northrop is conveniently located less than 5 miles from downtown Minneapolis just east of 35W, roughly midway between Lake Harriet and Lake Nokomis. Our neighborhood is bordered to the south by Minnehaha Creek, along which runs a path for walking, running, in-line skating or biking. The business district at 48th and Chicago is home to restaurants ranging from Mexican to Sushi and businesses ranging from hardware to tennis supplies. McRae Park and Recreation Center is the focal point for a number of youth activities; and in the spring the park serves as the location where the neighborhood holds a festival to celebrate the diversity of its residents 

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