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Jan 29th

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Building the power of Minnesota’s communities

With the MN Legislature often hopelessly dead-locked, nonprofits are finding new ways to ensure that communities continue to strengthen.

Sarah Catherine Walker, of the MN Second Chance Coalition, admits that we have to change the methods in how we change minds. She says that they have been working at the city and county levels to reform felony rehabilitation, in hopes of taking their successes to allies at state agencies and to local representatives.
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Camp Noah help kids and families recover from disaster

Camp Noah help kids and families recover from disasterChildren, like adults, need special support to recover from losses following a natural disaster.  They may have lost their home, their own personal treasures, a daily routine and friends who may have moved to another community.

To help children recover from the recent tornado, several churches along with Lutheran Social Service of MN will be offering a week-long day camp called Camp Noah filled with music, games and fun.   Activities are designed to help children process their feelings and fears, develop resiliency and coping skills, make new friends and offer support.  Camp Noah will serve kids from first through sixth grade.  All children are welcome.
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North Minneapolis neighborhood beat…

The Folwell Neighborhood Association, 7pm-9pm.Thursday August 4 at Farview Park, 2700 Lyndale Ave N.,  presents “In The Community”  a meeting to discuss the RiverFIRST vision for Upper Riverfront Parks.

Minneapolis Public Works staff has created a draft list of traffic calming locations based upon the feedback of block club leaders along Emerson Avenue and now seeks community comment on the recommendations. Traffic calming improvements would slow down motorists, improve pedestrian safety, and add greenery to the street.  These changes would also pave the way for Emerson Avenue to be designated as a north-south bicycling route, connecting the Webber Parkway bike path with future bike lanes on Emerson and Fremont Avenues south of 33rdAvenue.  The list will be discussed at a community meeting 6:30pm Wednesday August 17 at, Webber Park Recreation Center, 4400 Dupont Ave N.  For more information contact 4th Ward City Council Member Barbara Johnson at 612 673-2204 or Shaun Murphy at 612-333-2450.
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The ‘what next’ challenge

The ‘what next’ challengeWill growing disparities continue to diminish America’s global competitiveness?
    
It took 19 days and laying off over 20,000 state workers before Governor Mark Dayton signed a $35.7 billion budget on Wednesday, July 20th. This feat was accomplished as a result of an agreement to delay payments, borrow funds, and apply the use of ‘creative’ accounting maneuvers.  Sadly, in the end, neither Democrats or Republicans were pleased.  Disparities in taxation remain firmly in place. Further budgets cuts were made to already underfunded programs, and now it is back to business as usual. 
 
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Community orchard in Frogtown/Summit-University

Community orchard in Frogtown/Summit-UniversityFrogtown/Summit-University is in the running to win a free community orchard for the empty lot/burgeoning community garden at Victoria Street & Concordia Avenue. The site at Victoria & Concordia was once a vacant lot. Over the past year, residents and community gardeners have been working to create a community green space. A community orchard will serve as a community asset and gathering place, helping neighbors and other community members build stronger relationships with one another, grow healthy food and help the neighborhood have more green spaces.  The contest is operated democratically, where the top 5 communities with the most votes each month win. 
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Neighborhood beat…

Webber-Camden Neighborhood Association/Folwell Neighborhood Association
The Folwell Neighborhood Association is holding “In The Community” meetings to discuss about the RiverFIRST vision for Upper Riverfront parks. Meetings are 7-9pm Thursday July 28 at the Bottineau Park Recreation Center 2000 2nd St NE, and Thursday August 4 at Farview Park 2700 Lyndale Ave N. 
 
Penn Ave Closing
Penn Avenue from Dowling to 36th will be closed  July 25 - August 8.  Alternate routes will be Dowling and Lowry, east and west, and Lyndale or Fremont Avenues for north-south access.  37th between Penn and Queen Avenues will be excavated to receive an underground storage box.  When the installation is complete the street will be paved for auto traffic. 
The Minneapolis Police Department, 4th Precinct and Traffic Control will have added patrols to ensure that traffic on the side streets and 36th Avenue North is appropriate.
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Summer of Solutions: Youths develop skills for the green economy

Summer of Solutions: Youths develop skills for the green economyFor the fourth year in a row, Summer of Solutions, a training program for young leaders in the green economy, is in session. This summer, about fifty youth ages 14 to 30 have been learning about what it means to be Solutionaries; people who work with others to create green solutions in their communities, thereby finding a niche in which they can become green entrepreneurs.
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