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Apr 01st


25 Twin Cities area historic places compete for $1 million in preservation grants on Facebook

25 Twin Cities area historic places compete for $1 million in preservation grants on Facebook25 Twin Cities historic places have been chosen by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to participate in the 2011 Partners in Preservation program, a community-based program that will bring $1 million in preservation grants to historic places in the Twin Cities.

Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic and cultural places. The Partners in Preservation program also seeks to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic sites at the heart of their communities.

3M receives Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

3M receives Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom AwardDr. Clifford Stanley, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (left), and David McGinnis, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (right), present the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award to Ian Hardgrove, senior vice president, marketing and sales, 3M, in Washington, D.C. The Freedom Award, presented September 22 during National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week as proclaimed by President Barack Obama, is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their outstanding support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.  Earlier in the day Hardgrove met with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

Jeff Hayden wins DFL primary for state senate seat

Jeff Hayden wins DFL primary for state senate seatState Representative Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) beat out five contenders to win the DFL primary for the vacant State Senate seat in SD61. Hayden garnered nearly 60% of the vote with 95% of precincts reporting. The DFL, along with prominent labor, environmental and LGBT organizations, endorsed Hayden in the weeks leading up to today's primary.

Urban Ag Tour

Urban Ag TourOn Tuesday, August 30 residents of North Minneapolis, neighborhood youth, and grassroots youth advocates grew one step closer to reaping the fruits of their labor.  Over 60 urban farm enthusiasts participated in this year's 3rd annual Urban Agriculture Bus Tour. The tour was sponsored and coordinated by The University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota SARE, and the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. The Olive Garden located at 1422 Oliver in North Minneapolis and Eco-City founder/CEO, Immanuel Jones were one of the many twin cities urban farm sites highlighted on this year's tour.

Huddle resumes after summer break

The Hawthorne Huddle, resuming from a July hiatus, held its monthly meeting from 7:30-8:45am Thursday, September 8 at Farview Park, 621 29th Ave N.  The meeting consisted of representatives from local organizations discussing efforts to improve education among youth.  Organization on the panel included Northside Achievement Zone; Achieve Minneapolis, Project Success, Youth Frontiers, Harvest Preparatory School and Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC).

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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

CLAC will be hosting community forums in Willmar, Marshall, St. Cloud and St. Paul

The Minnesota Chicano Latino Affairs Council (CLAC) is announcing the dates (below) on which we will be hosting five community forums in the Twin Cities, Willmar, Marshall and St Cloud.
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