New Windom block club to combat drug sales

Allison Little has noticed drug activity becoming a problem in her Windom neighborhood. She said residents have watched from their homes as drug deals occur.

To combat the problem, Little said neighbors have started a block club, with the help of a Minneapolis Police SAFE crime-prevention team and advice from 5th Precinct Commander Capt. Kris Arneson.

Little said she set out a signup sheet at her National Night Out party Aug. 3 and at least 15 residents signed up -- from Stevens to Nicollet avenues and from Diamond Lake Road to West 58th Street. She said she hopes neighborhood participation grows.

The group plans to meet quarterly, with the next meeting in early December. Little said she hopes that by employing small safety measures, such as leaving porch lights on and watching out for drug-related activity, residents can eliminate nearby drug sales.

The Windom Community Council (WCC) discussed Little's efforts in its September meeting and said that the impetus for residents to mobilize was frustration over slow or no police 911 response after drug calls.

For more information about Little's block club, call the WCC office at 866-8027. To learn how to start a block club, visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/outreach/blockclubs-home.asp