Insight News

Feb 13th


WE WIN Youth Garden

WE WIN Youth GardenAs you travel on Olson Highway (highway 55) in North Minneapolis, take a look at the south end of Zion Baptist Church. On the hill, you will see a beautiful garden that has flourished and produced many healthy fruits and vegetables despite the hot temperatures we had this summer.

The garden, located on 621 Elwood Avenue North, was tilled, cultivated, planted, and watered by the children of WE WIN Institute’s summer program.

WE WIN’s summer theme was, “Love, Hope, and Faith Renewed.” What better way to show love for yourself, hope for good results, and faith that the garden will produce great harvest because of the hard work and tender loving care. The children planted an array of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, cabbage, peppers, broccoli, kale, chard, herbs, and greens.

Stokely and Sylvia Williams: African American giants

Stokely and Sylvia Williams: African American giantsStokely Williams is known to most as the lead singer of the singing group, Mint Condition, which was started by Williams and his Central High School friends in the late 1980’s. He not only sings, but is the group’s drummer and percussionist. Mint Condition has a diversity of sounds which range from conventional jazz to popular R&B; they play funk as well as Latin sounds. In 2008, the group was presented with the Album and Group of the Year from the SoulTracks Readers' Choice Award.
Williams is a man who has a clear understanding of his culture and history. He believes in giving back to his community. He was named after the revolutionary, Stokely Carmichael, who is best known for the statement, “Black Power.” Williams father, the Elder Mahmoud El Kati, is an African American professor emeritus, legendary historian and sage for African Americans in Minnesota and the country. It is no wonder that Williams has a love for his community and for the children.

Camden Bridge restoration complete, opens to traffic

Camden Bridge restoration complete, opens to trafficThe Camden Bridge, closed since April 12 for extensive rehabilitation work, recently opened to traffic, re-connecting traffic routes between North and Northeast Minneapolis. The bridge work, made possible through $10 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, included improvements that drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will all enjoy.

“We’ve created a better bridge for this critical crossing of the Mississippi River,” said City Council President Barbara Johnson, who represents the Fourth Ward, on the west end of the bridge. “Thousands of commuters were inconvenienced by this construction over the past four-and-a-half months. They’ll see that it was worth the wait to get the bridge we have now. The new Camden Bridge will do a better job serving our drivers, cyclists and walkers for decades to come.”

Dr. Dorie McKnight brings the message of recoverry and healing to the stage

Dr. Dorie McKnight brings the message of recoverry and healing to the stage“Love Covers”, a stage play by Dr. Dorie McKnight at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403 on Saturday, August 28th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and August 29th at 7:00 pm. A special guest appearance from Ambassador Dr. N. Cindy Trimm.

The show will feature talent such as: recording artist and actress Tonia Hughes Kendrick, who has worked with Penumbra (Black Nativity) and the Guthrie; Bernice Gregory, an internationally known gospel singer; Marion Robinson, a music director and founder of Kingdom Reality Group; and Sheila Raye Charles, the daughter of the legendary Ray Charles, who travels the world sharing the music of her father. Sheila also is reaching out to incarcerated men and women to help rehabilitate them during their road to recovery.

Tickets are available at or you may call (952) 239-7939.

Security guru Ken Bower gives tips on bicycle commuting safety

Security guru Ken Bower gives tips on bicycle commuting safety“Sharing the road with bicyclists is very important, especially when commuting on busy city streets,” writes security guru Ken Bower, Vice President and General Manager for AlliedBarton Security Services, the industry’s premier provider of highly trained security personnel “Today, bicycling has become popular as an environmentally friendly and cost effective transportation alternative as well as a fun and healthy recreational activity. Novice and experienced cyclists need to make safety a top priority. Ken Bower offers Insight News the following tips on Bicycle Safety:

Cyclists must obey traffic laws - Do you think that riding on the sidewalk is safer than riding in the street? Cycling on the sidewalk means having to dodge pedestrians, pets, garbage cans, parking meters and signs. Bicycles are considered vehicles and cyclists should obey the same traffic laws as motorists. Travel on the right side of the road with traffic, and do not ride on the sidewalk. Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings. Use proper hand signals before making any lane changes or turns.

Choose a route that is safe for cyclists - When considering your route, don't think like a motorist. Think like a cyclist. Pick the most pleasant route. Consult Google Earth or to research your trip. Ask your local department of transportation if they have a bike route map. Talk to a professional at your local bike shop or bike club to find out what routes are the safest. Additionally, many cities have implemented bike lanes specific for bicycle commuters. Be aware of other users on bike paths, such as folks with strollers or dogs. Announce that you are passing on the left when overtaking someone on the bike path.

Minneapolis youth awarded Certificates of Commendation for work with Tree Trust

Minneapolis youth awarded Certificates of Commendation for work with Tree TrustAt a youth recognition picnic on Thursday, August 12, Ecajima Davis and Linda Xiong, residents of Minneapolis and participants in Tree Trust’s Youth Conservation Corps program, were awarded Certificates of Commendation. The certificates, signed by Governor Tim Pawlenty, recognized Ecajima’s and Linda’s exemplary work ethic, leadership, and personal improvement over the course of the nine week program.

Ecajima’s and Linda’s great work with Tree Trust exemplifies how the Youth Conservation Corps program helps youth create lasting, positive changes in their communities and in their own lives.

Gospel Phat Fashion Show & Glow Concert

Gospel Phat Fashion Show & Glow ConcertRefuge Christian Center (RCC) youth will release the Gospel Phat clothing line, T-Shirts, Skullies, Hoodies, and Jogging suits for men and women at the Clothing Line Release & Glow Concert on August 21, 2010 at Refuge Christian Center, 225 Cleveland Ave South in St. Paul. Doors open at 6:30pm. Event Time: 7:00-8:30pm. Free Will Offering.

Experience the newly released fashion line glowing in the dark and an opportunity to purchase apparel, wristbands and glow necklaces. This is a fashion show and musical concert for the whole family.

Founded by Pastor Marcus Cage, RCC has a seven-year history and is invested in growing spiritual seeds in youth and community through leadership, entrepreneurial development, and artistic expression.

For more info: or 763-607-8544.
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