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Feb 06th


Community dialogue on racial and ethnic fairness in the courts

Community dialogue on racial and ethnic fairness in the courtsJudge Pamela Alexander convenes a community dialogue on racial and ethnic fairness in the courts, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Wednesday evening May 18th, 2011 at the Powderhorn Park Recreation Center in Minneapolis Minnesota. 

Alexander, former  Assistant Chief Judge at Hennepin County District Court., is president of the Council on Crime and Justice, which is sponsoring the dialogue in cooperation with The Fourth Judicial District Equal Justice Committee.

Event organizers say the community dialogue invites residents and stakeholders to “let your voice be heard by providing insights, perceptions, and experiences as the Justice System aims to best fulfill their mission of providing equal access and justice under the law for the citizens of Hennepin County.”

Doors open at Northside Women’s Space

Doors open at Northside Women’s Space“At Kwanzaa we share our stories, we’re called to make the world a better place. You can preach to people or you can help people, we are Christians doing Christ’s work,” said Deborah Isabelle a 3M employee and Clerk of Session at Kwanzaa Church Tuesday night, April 26, 2011. She was one of the many church members who joined community members, advocates, and sponsors at the open house of Northside Women’s Space. Kwanzaa Church in North Minneapolis is transforming their place of worship into a safe space for women and girls who are in the business of prostitution.

Franconia Sculpture Park expands to Northeast Minneapolis

Franconia Sculpture Park expands to Northeast MinneapolisFranconia Sculpture Park—a well-loved destination for day-trippers and artists alike—experiences a spring renewal each year, as new artists arrive at the park to make sculpture, staff prepare the grounds, and the number of visitors increases. This year, Franconia is also adding a new dimension to its public offerings as it inaugurates “Franconia in the City @ Casket,” its satellite sculpture park in Northeast Minneapolis. Three large sculptures by local artists Amy Toscani, Aaron Dysart, and Andrew McGuffie will be installed there.

Governor Mark Dayton unveils administration’s focus on jobs

Albert Einstein is credited with saying, “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them." Thomas Edison often said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it looks like work.” Noted wealth creation author of Rich Dad-Poor Dad fame, Robert Kiyosaki, shares that “inside every problem is opportunity.”
Clearly, Governor Mark Dayton is focused on reaching solutions and harnessing opportunity in spite of perceived problems for African Americans in Minneapolis. On March 30th at the Twin Cities Economic Summit Governor Dayton listened to community needs and swiftly responded with feedback detailing opportunities for improvement that can sow seeds of sustainable Job growth in our state.  For this the governor should be applauded. I am also appreciative of the leadership that made this summit possible provided by Representatives Bobby Joe Champion and Jeff Hayden, and Rev. Jerry McAfee and the summit organizers.  A review of the Governor’s April 8th Twin Cities Economic Summit Report outlines his intentional actions designed to seize opportunity and make it work.

Rainbow, Roundy’s Foundation donate more than $31,500 in food and money to Twin Cities food pantries

Rainbow, Roundy’s Foundation donate more than $31,500 in food and money to Twin Cities food pantriesRainbow Foods and the Roundy’s Foundation’s Focused on Feeding Families tour made a stop in the Twin Cities.  A truck loaded with food pulled into the Lake Street Rainbow store (2919 26th Ave S) on Wednesday, April 13 at noon to donate food and money to six local pantries and a local food drive.

The Focused on Feeding Families tour donates $225,000 in food and money to 50 food pantries in five days twice a year in the spring and fall.  Each pantry receives approximately 3-thousand pounds of food valued at $4,000, in addition to $500 to purchase perishable food items. 

Bruce Chamberlain named Minneapolis Parks parks post

Bruce Chamberlain named Minneapolis Parks parks postMinneapolis Park and Recreation Board Superintendent Jayne Miller last week announced the appointment of  Bruce Chamberlain as the new Assistant Superintendent for Planning Services.
“For more than a century, the Park Board has shaped the landscape of Minneapolis and I am elated to bring Bruce on board to serve in such an important role within the organization,” said Superintendent Miller. “Bruce understands the legacy of the organization and he has the skills and professional leadership to move us forward. He has a strong reputation in the community, has a strong record of public/private collaboration, and is known for his new ideas. He has extensive experience in visioning, strategic planning, community engagement, master planning, site design, construction budgeting, and personnel management.”

Road resurfacing for North Minneapolis

Road resurfacing for North MinneapolisThe Hennepin County Transportation Department will resurface West Broadway (County State Aid Highway 81 and CSAH 66) and Washington Avenue North (CSAH 152) starting this summer. One lane of traffic will be maintained throughout the projects, but residents should prepare for delays while workers mill and overlay the roads.
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