Along with the latest snow emergency, the Minneapolis Public Works Department issued a plea to property owners to shovel their sidewalks.

So far this winter, the city has received 2,168 complaints about unshoveled walks, street maintenance director Mike Kennedy said. Kennedy said this week that the city is looking for “innovative ways” to get the word out that walks must be shoveled.

The city has issued 332 work orders to clear unshoveled sidewalks. In 65 cases, property owners did the job before city crews arrived. When complaints come in, the city sends the property owner a warning letter. Property owners are given a day or two to clear the sidewalk before being assessed for the work.

Tim Harlow