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Sep 02nd

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Woodbury student First Runner Up in teen pageant

Woodbury student First Runner Up in teen pageantWhat can you get for $3.39 these days? For Woodbury resident, Jahreya Evans it meant winning first-runner-up honors in the Miss Photogenic competition at the Nationals’ 2010 Miss Jr. Teen Minneapolis/ St. Paul pageant. A week before the July 18th competition at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Jahreya snapped a picture of herself with her digital camera while seated in her parent’s car. After convincing them she had created a winning photograph, Miss Evans entered the self-portrait into the contest and nearly won the whole thing gaining the coveted spot as the First Runner -Up in that category. Miss Evans says the honor will help in forwarding her desire to be a model in print media.

Miss Evans was originally accepted for the competition based on the details contained in her application and her mastery of an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Minneapolis/ Saint Paul Pageant Coordinator.
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Businesses and artists celebrate North Minneapolis

Businesses and artists celebrate North MinneapolisSince 2006, FLOW has become the premier art event in North Minneapolis. Highlighting the uniqueness of North Minneapolis, this free, family event is a unique collaboration between the business and arts communities that showcases artists of all ages who live and/or work in North Minneapolis. FLOW is a self-guided art event featuring visual and performing artists at businesses, studios and organizations along West Broadway in North Minneapolis.

Start your crawl at the Penn & Broadway cluster, where the new 5 Points building will be open to the public. Now home to KMOJ, this building has already installed façades by Souliyahn Keobounpheng, and work has begun for a kinetic sculpture and bus shelter. Three floors of visual art, art-making activities, photo-booth and the 5 Points Lounge with food, beer & wine and a stage will bring new life to this historic building on West Broadway.
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Searching for African American Descendants of Fergus Falls, Minnesota

We are planning a historical trip to Fergus Falls, MN, August 20-21, 2010.  This trip will include a visit with the Historical Society on Friday, Aug. 20, to learn how and when Blacks came to Fergus Falls, primarily from Kentucky; a trip to the cemetery and a tour of where Blacks lived, went to school, worked, and worshiped.  There will be a picnic Saturday, Aug. 21 at Pebble Lake.  Please contact Jeff  Tate at (612) 281-1052, Jon Anderson at (612) 919-6735 or Sylvia Loveless Amos at (612) 302-3102 for more information.

Donna Dempewolf leads inclusive congregation

Donna Dempewolf leads inclusive congregationThe Rev. Donna Dempewolf joined Living Spirit United Methodist Church on July 1, 2010 as the new Pastor. Living Spirit UMC is committed to serving all of God’s children by breaking barriers of race, class, ethnicity, and fear. The congregation is a culturally and racially diverse, inclusive community. It was formed by the joining together of the former Asbury UMC and Oakland UMC churches in 2009.

“I’m looking forward to meeting neighbors and friends in South Minneapolis. Our diversity is a gift from God, something we must simply celebrate,” said Dempewolf. “My life has been enriched by the people I’ve met along the way, especially those whose backgrounds differ from my own.”
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Dog park proposal meeting

The Minneapolis Park Board will host a community conversation on a proposal for a dog park on Thursday, July 22,, from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Martin Luther King Park Rec Center, 4055 Nicollet Avenue South in Minneapolis.

The Park Board currently has installed dog parks in 4 of its 6 park districts. One area not served by a dog park is south central and southwest Minneapolis.

Neighbors from Kingfield and Bryant neighborhoods have organized to request support from the Park Board for a dog park location in MLK Park. Three potential locations have been proposed:  1) The NE corner of the park (behind the tennis bubble and next to the pedestrian bridge over I-35W); 2) The SW corner of the park (along the soundwall near 42nd Street); 3) The NW corner of the park (at the corner of Nicollet and 40th Street).
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Klobuchar, Franken, Ellison announce $1.2 Million for bus service improvement in Twin Cities

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Congressman Keith Ellison announced today that the Department of Transportation has awarded the Metropolitan Council in St. Paul $1.2 million to expand the use of transit signal priority and improve bus service between neighborhoods, commercial areas, and high-population centers.

“Projects like these create jobs and bolster a transportation network that thousands of Minnesotans have come to rely on,” Klobuchar said. “By investing in our infrastructure today, we are laying the groundwork to address Minnesota’s transportation needs in the future.”
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Simone McIntosh competes for The Miss Jr. Teen Minneapolis/Saint Paul Title

Simone McIntosh competes for The Miss Jr. Teen Minneapolis/Saint Paul TitleSimone McIntosh of Brooklyn Park was recently selected to participate in Nationals’ 2010 Miss Jr. Teen Minneapolis / Saint Paul pageant competition that will take place on July 18, 2010. Simone learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition as Nationals, Inc. announced their selections on Monday afternoon. Simone submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Minneapolis / Saint Paul Pageant Coordinator.

Simone will be competing in the Miss Jr. Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies between the ages of 7 and 19 competing in modeling routines which include casual wear and formal wear. She will also compete for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Most importantly, Simone will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s Minneapolis / Saint Paul judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.
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