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Sep 03rd


Velma Warder: River Hills United Methodist Church organist retires

Velma Warder: River Hills United Methodist Church organist retiresAfter 26 years as the organist for River Hills United Methodist Church in Burnsville, Velma Warder has retired as of September 26, 2010. The Rev. Duane V. Sarazin is pastor. Previous to this position, she was organist for 23 years at Temple Baptist Church, Minneapolis.

Temple has since merged with another church. Positions at the former Sabathani Baptist Church and Zion Baptist Church (when it was on Lyndale Avenue North) rounded out a total of 67 years as a church musician. Longtime Minneapolis folk will remember the years of D.J. Wade and Willie B. Hale at Zion and the Rev. Stanley King at Sabathani as music directors.

Historic Old Highland identifies 67 significant properties

Historic Old Highland identifies 67 significant properties“The Old Highland Project is a fantastic example of community members coming together to take stock in their shared past, dig deep to learn more about the distant past of the places where they live, and then tie it all together in a meaningful package that serves the future needs of their neighborhood.  They are a model of initiative, resourcefulness, and citizen-based preservation,” staid Jack Byers, Manager of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department, Preservation and Design Section.

Historic Old Highland is a three-part project to update and expand the Old Highland Walking Tour. The Old Highland Neighborhood, just minutes northwest of downtown Minneapolis, is a portion of the original northern section of the Fort Snelling Military Reservation, which was claimed for the United States in 1809 by Lt. Zebulon Pike.  Today Old Highland is a charismatic and progressive neighborhood in transition, home to a growing population of middle-class professionals who have discovered and rehabilitated the area's century-old Victorians and working-class bungalows. Within the neighborhood there are many rich layers of history and a strong sense of community.

Kwanzaa Community Church: One ministry, two locations

Kwanzaa Community Church, PCUSA has moved from 2100 Emerson Ave. N. into a new church building in the Folwell and McKinley neighborhoods. The new church location is at 3700 Bryant Ave. N. in Minneapolis.

Last Sunday October 31, Kwanzaa Community Church held its first worship service at the new building. The new sanctuary allows plenty of room for growth. “Through the gift of an additional church building, we were blessed with the uncommon opportunity to expand our ministries. We are now in the unique position of being one church with two buildings; enabling us to introduce our ministries to a larger part of the Northside, including the McKinley and Folwell neighborhoods,” said the Rev. Alika Galloway, Co-Pastor of Kwanzaa.

Hennepin County District Court invests in calendar display monitors

Twelve flat screen monitors were installed in the Hennepin County Government Center to display daily court hearings by a party’s last name for cases heard downtown at the Government Center, Public Safety Facility and City Hall. 

The monitors operate similar to airport information monitors and are located on the wall near the C Tower weapons screening entrance.

In the event a case is not listed or a member of the public is unable to read English, a phone next to the monitors will offer assistance from Violations Bureau staff.  Cases in Family are listed on a limited basis.  Juvenile and suburban cases are not posted on the monitors.

New Minnesota manufacturing careers website offers resources for job seekers, educators

Students, job seekers and teachers interested in exploring careers in manufacturing have a new online resource:

"Visitors to the Minnesota Manufacturing Careers website will be able to research manufacturing careers, learn about education options and find manufacturing employers," said Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Dan McElroy. "In addition, educators will find an abundance of resources and creative ideas for guiding student exploration and inciting interest in manufacturing."

Annual rankings listed of the top grantmakers in Minnesota

The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) today released its annual rankings of the top grantmakers in Minnesota based on cash grants paid in 2009. The annual rankings lists include: Top 50 Minnesota Grantmakers by Grants Paid; Top 50 Minnesota Grantmakers by Assets; Top 25 Minnesota Corporate Grantmakers; Top 25 Minnesota Private Foundations; and the Top 25 Minnesota Community and Public Foundations.

New this year is an additional list describing noncash charitable contributions by some of Minnesota’s large corporate grantmakers.

Remarkable friendship spurs community action; Friend’s spirit inspires the homeless

Remarkable friendship spurs community action; Friend’s spirit inspires the homelessFriends of Wes Revely continue his powerful legacy of community involvement

“Wes was a dear, personal friend, an incredibly talented person,” said Jeanna Brown, life coach, author and Twin Cities native now living in California who spoke in Wes Revely’s honor last Saturday, October 9 to At Home Group’s homeless clients in downtown Minneapolis. “I am excited to be able to honor Wes and continue his legacy of volunteerism and community involvement,” said Brown.

Revely’s friends describe him as an amazing man, a gifted Lockheed Martin engineer who was awarded six patents during his 10-year employment with the company in Eagan, MN. He was a mentor to Twin Cities youth and a tireless advocate of volunteerism and community involvement. Revely touched hundreds of lives with his kindness and support and was deeply mourned when he lost his battle with sickle cell disease in April of this year.
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