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Feb 09th


Hennepin County board approves legislative priorities and bonding requests

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved the following projects as priorities for state bonding in 2011:

* Access to I-35W from Lake Street: $6.75 million
* Hennepin County Sherriff’s 911 Communications Facility: $30 million
* The Interchange in downtown Minneapolis (LRT enhancements): $20 million
* Southwest Corridor LRT: $5 million

The board also voted to support two projects led by others:
* Northern Lights Express passenger rail line to Duluth: $5 million
* Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center $1.2 million

Minnesota bridges still at risk

Today, one out of every eleven bridges that motorists in Minnesota cross each day are likely to be deteriorating to some degree; and 8.8 percent of bridges statewide are rated “structurally deficient” according to government standards.
A new report from Transportation from America released on March 22 shows that Minnesota ranks 34th nationally in terms of the overall condition of the state’s bridges, with one being the worst, 51 being the best. The report includes a list of the most heavily used structurally deficient bridges in Minnesota, ranked by average annual daily traffic (ADT) counts. Nine of the ten bridges on the list are in Ramsey or Hennepin County.

Karen Charles launches Threads Dance Project

Karen Charles launches Threads Dance ProjectRemember how it feels to experience love for the first time, or be disillusioned by the violence we experience daily.  Now an ensemble of 14 dancers uses contemporary ballet to explore the human emotions of love, despair and hope.  Threads Dance Project’s inaugural performance ‘…But the greatest of these is love’ will premiere at The Lab Theater in Minneapolis’ Warehouse District for two performances April 1–2, 2011 at 8 pm.

Music ranging from Donny Hathaway to Vitamin String Quartet is used to illuminate the beauty and tragedy of the human condition; reminding audiences that despite differences in appearance and experience, there are common threads that bind us all.

Holocaust survivor builds African legacy

Holocaust survivor builds African legacyChris Mburu, human rights lawyer with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, will speak at William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, on Sunday, April 3, at 1:00 pm.  He will chronicle his journey from a small village in Kenya to Harvard Law School and a career in human rights, funded by an anonymous donor named Hilde Back, a German Jewish survivor of the Holocaust.

The powerful story of Hilde Back’s small acts to support Chris through primary school, high school, and then college is documented in the award-winning documentary A Small Act, which will be screened that same afternoon. An official selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, A Small Act explores the real-world power of simple acts of kindness.

Natasha Trethewey

Natasha TretheweyPulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey talks about her family's experience on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and how it led to her 2010 book Beyond Katrina (University of Georgia Press), which weaves together memoir, poetry, letters, and photographs on Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 pm at the Coffman Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Mpls.. Trethewey is the author of the poetry collections Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin), which won the 2007 Pulitzer, Bellocq's Ophelia (Graywolf), and Domestic Work (Graywolf), which won the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book by an African American author. She is Professor of English, holding the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry, at Emory University.

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition searching for deserving families

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition searching for deserving familiesDo you know a family whose home deserves an Extreme Makeover, or a family who simply deserves a home?  If so, the producers of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition want to hear from you.  
Ty Pennington and his crew have been all across the map and now they want to drive that famous bus to the St.Paul, Minneapolis MN area.

Catherine Kennedy: "The Baggage We Carry"

Catherine Kennedy: On exhibit now thru April 23, 2011
Obsidian Arts 

3501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis

Gallery Hours: M-F - 10a to 6p - Sat-Sun - 10a - 2p

Artist Catherine Kennedy has been artistically documenting the social and emotional unpacking of memories by a group of elder women refugees from war torn Liberia. Kennedy's work has culminated in a series of dynamic tension filled works that comprise Obsidian Arts' newest exhibition offering: “The Baggage We Carry.” 
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