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UPDATE: Statement from CenterPoint Energy 

Morning Nov. 12, 2019

Last night, CenterPoint Energy experienced an interruption in gas pressure on our pipeline system in Shakopee. As a result, gas service was shut off to about 600 residential and business customers in the Shakopee downtown business district and some areas immediately to the north and south of downtown.

CenterPoint Energy crews worked overnight to identify and correct the problem. Since early this morning, technicians have been going to the affected homes and businesses to ensure that gas service is safely restored. These technicians are clearly identified as being with CenterPoint Energy. If the customer is not available, the technician will return several times and ultimately leave contact information for the customer to call to get service restored.

The goal is to have all service restored today. CenterPoint Energy apologizes for this inconvenience to our customers.

Tree Care Information

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Research has shown that trees provide tremendous monetary, environmental and social value. They reduce storm water and utility bills, increase air quality and property values, along with a long list of other benefits.

Before you start digging a hole in the backyard for a new tree, here’s what you need to know:

What kind of tree should I plant?

You should always plant a tree that fits the site, e.g., do not plant an oak 10 feet from your house. Determine how much space you have for a tree and pick one that fits there at maturity.

Here is a list of recommended species for our area:

How do I plant a tree?

Giving your tree the best shot at a long, healthy life starts early. Many trees are planted improperly and end up dying at a young age or falling and causing damage. A great concise resource for tree planting and maintenance is the Tree Owners’ Manual.

Remember to always contact Gopher State One at 651-454-0002 prior to digging or planting to have underground utilities located. 

What’s wrong with my tree?

Are leaves falling off your tree in the middle of summer? Is the foliage of the tree off-color or different than it was last year? Are there strange bumps or ragged edges on the tree leaves? Have you noticed an increase in insects or caterpillars on your tree? The University of Minnesota has created a very user-friendly website to diagnose plant problems: What’s wrong with my plant?

If you would like additional help diagnosing what is wrong with your tree, please contact the Public Works Department at 952-233-9550 or publicworks@ShakopeeMN.gov.

There are many common tree problems that occur within Minnesota. Diseased trees within the city are managed according to the Shade Tree Disease Control and Prevention ordinance (City Code 130.15). Diseased trees on city property, such as parks, open space areas and road right-of-way, are managed according to the ordinance. The cost for the removal and stump grinding of these diseased trees is paid by the city. Diseased trees identified and marked on private property are the responsibility of property owner.

Here are some common diseases that affect Minnesota trees:

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