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Nov 25th


Ellison hails progress on Minnesota light-rail

Earlier this week, Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) welcomed the Federal Transit Administration’s approval to begin the preliminary engineering phase of the Southwest Corridor light-rail transit line. The project, the third of its kind in the Minneapolis region, will connect downtown Minneapolis with several suburbs, including Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and Eden Prairie. Projections estimate it will serve nearly 250,000 commuters. Ellison has long advocated for the line and secured $534,000 to help fund the project in 2009.

Family Day unites community

Family Day unites communityPlymouth Avenue was transformed into an urban festival and marketplace during the 2011 Family Day on Saturday, August 27. Over 2000 community members enjoyed a full day of mainstage entertainment, information and health resources, food and merchandise vendors, and activities for the entire family.

To bring Family Day "Back on the Block," the Minneapolis Urban League partnered with Plymouth & Penn Corridor anchors: NorthPoint Health & Wellness, Estes Funeral Home, University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach Center (UROC) and Insight News. This collaboration ensured a comprehensive representation of community services available right in North Minneapolis.

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Webber Park redesign
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will hold a community survey and a multi-day design kick-off event for Webber Park. The planning process will bring together the community and a professional design team to create a vision for the future of Webber Park. This vision will guide $4 million in improvements in 2012-2013.  The Webber Park multi-day design kick-off event is scheduled for September 29, 30 and October 1 at 4400 Dupont Ave N.  The 6:30-8:30pm September 29 community meeting is for the design team and community to discuss demographics, program opportunities, natural resources, and community visions for the park. The 3-5pm September 30 design team will be working on concepts based on the September 29 meeting. Community members can watch progress and visit with the designers during the 3-5pm open studio.  From 9:30am-Noon, Saturday September 10, there will be a community open house to review.  For more information contact Jennifer Ringold at 612-230-6464, or

The Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy

The Martin Luther King, Jr. legacyThe Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Advisory Council, and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board hosted public officials and community residents at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S. on August 28th to celebrate the unveiling of the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC and the  South Minneapolis launch of initiatives to uplift Dr. King’s legacy.

Somali gourmet event supports famine relief in Horn of Africa

Somali gourmet event supports famine relief in Horn of AfricaSadia Abdi, owner of Sadia's Gourmet Sauce, threw a Tasting Party on Sunday, August 14 to celebrate four years in business by sharing her home cooking with customers. Abdi was the first Somali woman to bottle and sell a food product in the U.S.

The Celebration was held at The Uptown Farmer’s Market (29th Street & Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis) from 12-4pm.

Sadia’s Gourmet Tasting Party offered free servings of traditional Somali foods, kids’ activities,  and sales on Sadia’s Gourmet Sauce. The party also featured live music from local bands such as the Cactus Blossoms, the Southwest High School Klezmer Band and local Somali guitarist & poet Abdul Qadir.

Champion promotes Nice Ride as health benefit

Nice Ride is a non-profit organization that provides a subscription based bike sharing service that provides a fun and convenient transportation option.  On August 11, Mayor R.T. Rybak and Rev. Bobby Champion (DFL-58B) joined North Minneapolis residents in a bike ride to celebrate expansion of Nice Ride Minnesota in North Minneapolis.  The celebration was held at the Urban Research Outreach Engagement Center at 2100 Plymouth Ave N. 

“Floating islands” promote water stewardship

“Floating islands” promote water stewardshipThe American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) launched a campaign to raise public awareness and understanding of the landscape architecture profession with the installation of “floating islands” on August 17, 2011. The Minnesota Chapter (ASLA-MN) undertook one of the most ambitious events in the nation by launching seven “floating islands” on Spring Lake, an impaired lake in Minneapolis.
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