Relay for Life of Osseo/Maple Grove!

The journey to end cancer starts with a single step. The American Cancer Society invites you to take that step with us by joining the global Relay for Life movement. When you walk to end cancer at a Relay event, it’s your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost, but also to raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from cancer and raise money to help fuel the world’s largest walk to end cancer.

This year, the City of Osseo is proud to host the Relay for Life of Osseo/Maple Grove event, scheduled for Friday, July 19, 2013 starting at 6:00 PM. The event will begin at the Osseo Senior High School. Detailed events can be found here.

The Opening Ceremony kicks off at 6:00 PM, which brings everyone together for a high-energy event kickoff to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, to inspire hope by sharing recent accomplishments and progress, and to remind everyone that while we are winning this battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority. Immediately following the Opening Ceremony will be the Survivors Lap. Upbeat music plays as all cancer survivors at the event take the first step around the track cheered on by other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer.

Next, the Caregivers Lap gives anyone who ever cared for someone with cancer a lap so they can be honored for their support. Caregivers walk this lap with the people they helped if they are also present at the event. At 9:30 PM, the Luminaria Ceremony begins. This is a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past. The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.

Next, the Fight Back Ceremony symbolizes the emotional commitment each make to the fight against cancer. The action taken represents what you are willing to do for yourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community to fight cancer year-round and to commit to saving lives. Finally, the Closing Ceremony is a time to remember the lives of those lost and to celebrate what everyone has committed, through participation in a Relay event, to fight back against this disease over the next year. A list of items to bring to the event can be found here.

No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at a Relay for Life event. Each dollar you raise will help save lives. How far will you go to make a difference in the fight against cancer? Your reason for participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event is as unique and special as the story that motivates you. If you have been affected by cancer in any way, being part of the Relay event empowers you to make a difference and fight back. This is your opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those we have lost to this horrible disease, and raise funds and awareness to help end cancer forever.

Come on out and participate in any way possible this Friday (July 19) starting at 6:00 PM at the Osseo Senior High School. Join your friends, family, neighbors, and all others in this fight against cancer.

You can help donate money to this cause by clicking here.



Riley Grams, City Planner, City of Osseo



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March to Osseo’s Beat! Join Us For The Marching Band Festival!

Osseo will once again welcome more than a dozen high school marching bands to compete in the 7th Annual Osseo Marching Band Festival on Saturday, June 29, 2013. As on of the largest competitive events in the State, the Osseo Marching Band Festival brings the best bands from around Minnesota to compete for prizes and prestige.

The day’s activities begins at 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM with the ever famous Waffle Breakfast Fundraiser Buffet at the Osseo Junior High School. This all-you-can-eat most important meal of the day includes delicious Dad’s Belgian Waffles with all the fixin’s, sausages, cereal, scrambled eggs, bagels, cream cheese, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk. The cost is only $10 per person with all the profits going directly to support the Band Festival. (Children under five eat free).

Bands being arriving in town around 9:00 AM and will stage in the streets on the east side of Osseo for several blocks around the starting point of the competition. No parking signs will be placed Friday afternoon. If you live east of 4th Avenue, please help us by parking your vehicles in the driveway or garage on Saturday from 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM. You are welcome to come out and watch the students warm-up for the event. Look for one of our volunteers in the bright orange safety vest and come say hi!

At noon, the main event begins – the band competition. Stating at 2nd Street NW and 6th Avenue NW, the bands will play four times on their way to the Osseo Senior High School. Be sure to find a great spot and sit at any of the Play Zones. Here’s a viewing tip: Bands always focus their performance to the own right side!

Play Zone 1: The warm-up area, begins on 2nd Street NE at 5th Avenue NE.

Play Zone 2: Judging, begins on 2nd Street NE just west of 3rd Avenue NE.

Play Zone 3: The media Play Zone, begins on 1st Avenue NW at 3rd Street NW.

Play Zone 4: The Finale, begins on 5th Street NW at 2nd Avenue NW.

There are 18 total marching units – 15 high school marching bands, the Osseo/Maple Grove American Legion Post 172 Color Guard, the Robbinsdale City Marching Band and the Osseo High School Alumni Marching Band. Viewing tip: The host band at all Band Festivals does not complete but are still evaluated by the judges.

After marching through the streets of Osseo, the bands gather at the High School stadium to cheer on their school as awards are presented. The awards event is FREE and open to the public. Concessions are available for sale and all proceeds go directly to the Band Festival.

Plan your day accordingly – come on out and enjoy this wonderful family event. Join us for breakfast and then cheer on your favorite school. Give applause to all the students who have been giving up the past 5 months of their free time to master their well-choreographed and exhilarating musical performance.

PS: We can always use more volunteers. If you would like to help out this year, please sign up at the following link:

The Osseo March Band Festival 2013 – the best thing happening this summer!



Riley Grams, City Planner, City of Osseo



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Get Your Popcorn Ready! Osseo Movies & Music In The Park Series Starts This Week

Each Tuesday evening throughout the summer months is a special event here in Osseo. The famed Movies and Music In The Park series offers residents and visitors a chance to get out and enjoy the (usually) beautiful Minnesota summer evenings, get together with neighbors and friends, and take in family friendly movies in a casual and inviting atmosphere.

The series of movies and concerts is sponsored by several civic organizations and is held in Boerboom Park, located across the street from Osseo City Hall. The park offers a band shell from which popular local acts perform a wide range of musical selections. Residents and visitors can bring their favorite camp chair or blanket and catch a great family movie or concert.

On Tuesdays when there is a concert, music will begin at 7:00 PM. All movies will begin at 8:30 PM. Residents and visitors who plan on attending are encouraged to stop by one of the many great downtown business to grab a bite to eat or finish up some last minute shopping before the movies and music events start. Don’t forget to bring your favorite snack as well!

The first movie will play on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. You can view the upcoming schedule for the 2013 summer season by visiting the City of Osseo’s website under the Calendar of Events page. We hope to see everyone in Boerboom Park for the wonderful movies and music in the park series this summer!


Riley Grams, City Planner, City of Osseo

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SCORE! Osseo City-Wide Garage Sale Coming Soon

With spring finally making its arrival, the garage sale season is in full swing. The upcoming Osseo City-Wide Garage Sale (June 6-8) will be paradise for buyers and sellers alike!

Spring cleaning typically leads to a large pile of stuff you wouldn’t mind getting rid of. Sowhy not sell the items and help pad your wallet this spring? Garage sales are integral to the American landscape. City-wide garage sales help the community build pride and character. They also give everyone a chance to earn some extra cash for their unwanted items. Have you cleaned out your garage or attic recently? Do you have a bunch of items you think someone would love to get their hands on? Put a sale sticker on them and watch the potential buyers line up!

If you plan on having a garage sale this year, you can register your sale at Main Street Pharmacy before June 2 to get your place on the sale map. Maps will then be available at Main Street Pharmacy starting June 6 (the first day of the city-wide garage sale event).

After the garage sale is over, the Salvation Army has volunteered to pick up any unwanted and unsold items from your driveway. Simply call the Salvation Army at 612-332-5855 (by June 2) and tell the operator you are part of the Osseo City-Wide Garage Sale Event and give your address. Leave all unsold and unwanted items in boxes (with Salvation Army clearly written). You can also request a receipt which you can use for your income tax deduction.

So come on out, enjoy the summer weather, walk around town, and check out all of the garage sales around town. You never know what treasures you can find!


Riley Grams, City Planner, City of Osseo


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