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Oct 30th

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The Economy and You

Minnesota Public Radio and the Minneapolis Urban League are collaborating on a three-part series, “The Economy and You.” The public is invited to attend each installment of the series, where Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell will answer questions about personal finance, the business climate and the economy. MPR’s Jeff Horwich and Insight News’s Al McFarlane will be the moderators for the series.
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Roundy's "Doing Our Part" reusable bag program expanded

Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. launched “Doing Our Part,” a new reusable bag program at Pick ’n Save, Copps, Rainbow and Metro Market stores throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Through “Doing Our Part,” customers will receive a 5-cent credit for each Roundy’s reusable bag brought in during their shopping trip and used to pack their groceries. The program has been expanded to include more reusable bags.
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Minneapolis libraries change to Hennepin County library's 952- area code

As part of the ongoing consolidation of the Minneapolis Public and Hennepin County library systems, phone numbers for Minneapolis libraries will change to Hennepin County Library's 952-847-#### numbers this year.
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Hawthorn Crossings Public Plaza: Public meetings to design a new community market and event space at Hawthorn Crossings

February 7 was the first of three public meetings for the West Broadway Community Development Expo. About 140 people turned out for the event, and there was a lot of excitement for the many projects on display which will contribute to building an improved West Broadway in North Minneapolis.
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(Artspeak) Lest We Forget...

(Artspeak) Lest We Forget...I have learned over time that it is always good to listen when Elders speak.  And when someone as prolific and sanguine as John Edgar Wideman opens his mouth, we’d be fools not to hungrily hang onto his every word.  Wideman is one of the most profound writers living today, as well as a two-time winner of the PEN/Faulkner award and a MacArthur Fellowship recipient.  His reading last month (February 5, 2009) from the latest work-in-progress (and what will be his tenth book), both provocative and unsettling, was part of the Givens Foundation’s Fifth Annual Nommo African American Authors series (http://www.mespa.net/African_American_Literature_Givens_Foundation.html).
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Minneapolis uses electronic billboards to send a message to Johns: People who solicit prostitutes in the city will also face tougher prosecution

Electronic billboards and tougher prosecution are two ways Minneapolis is getting tough on people who try to solicit prostitutes in the city. Clear Channel Communications is donating space on electronic billboards in the city to send a clear message to would-be Johns. The billboards feature a blurred mugshot and a reminder that Minneapolis posts photos of people arrested for soliciting prostitutes on its Web site. The billboards also include a new Web address where the public can view those mug shots, www.johnspics.org.

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(Artspeak) Transcending Sound-Affirming Humanity: Sweet Honey... “She Rocks!” the Twin Cities

(Artspeak) Transcending Sound-Affirming Humanity: Sweet Honey... “She Rocks!” the Twin CitiesThose of us who go to concerts, and are not part of the deaf and hard of hearing communities, take sound for granted.  We listen with our ears, occasionally move our bodies to rhythms and beats that we hear, and clap loudly when we are pleased with what we hear.  But what if your world is soundless? How do you appreciate a concert?  Sweet Honey in the Rock (www.sweethoney.com) has the key to this conundrum.
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