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Sep 22nd

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Burglary, fraud in the wake of Sunday's tornado

The Minneapolis Police Department 4th Precinct has noted an increase in burglary in the areas hardest hit by the May 22nd tornado.   Two distinct MOs have been reported. In some cases burglars are kicking in doors of damaged homes. There are also reports of burglars backing a truck up to damaged homes and loading it with stolen property. The MPD is asking all residents to be watchful.

The MPD also anticipates an increase in door to door home repair and contracting scams over the next several weeks. Although we have not yet received any complaints, it is typical for scam artists to take advantage of tornados and natural disasters like this.
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City-owned vacant lots available for community gardens

The City of Minneapolis has 12 vacant lots available for qualifying groups to lease for community gardens. The Community Garden Pilot Program began in 2010 with 18 lots to help make Minneapolis more beautiful, provide healthy food and build community. The City of Minneapolis supports community gardens in its commitment to promoting access to good nutrition, improving the ecological footprint of the city, encouraging active and healthy living and providing spaces for human interaction, food production and beauty in our daily lives. In addition to these lots, Minneapolis already has about 100 community gardens throughout the city.
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Turning guns into art

Turning guns into artDeseria Galloway of the Twin Cities Anti-Violence Coalition and Wellspring Second Chance Center is one of the few dedicated community members who is committed to keeping the Twin Cities safe. “The Twin Cities Anti-Violence Coalition’s mission is to support efforts in the community by addressing violence on every level, specifically gun violence,” said Galloway who recently took the guns she and others collected last year at the ‘Bury Our Guns, Not Our People’ Gun Buy Back and turn them into art.

With the help of Smith Foundry sculpture John Poole and Lieutenant Gregory Reinhardt of the Minneapolis Police Department, Galloway was able to melt over 70 weapons down into two separate sculptures that will be given to NorthPoint, Inc. and Shiloh Temple International Ministries, host sites, to the buy back. Galloway believes for each gun they have collected about two lives have been saved. She truly feels it is important to take these symbols of negativity and turn them into symbols of positivity and change.
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City approves operator of new bike walk center in north Minneapolis

Center will help increase access to biking and walking in the area

A proposal by Redeemer Center for Life to operate a new bike walk center in north Minneapolis that will help improve access to, and affordability of, physical activity opportunities for north Minneapolis residents while encouraging them to bike and walk more for transportation and recreation was approved. The Minneapolis City Council. Redeemer Center for Life is a non-profit, faith-based, community development organization located in the Harrison neighborhood.
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Help Sabathani win dream makeover

Help Sabathani win dream makeoverHelp Sabathani Community Center win a $50,000 building makeover by simply going to your computer and logging on to maxwellhouse.com, then vote for Sabathani as your favorite community house.

Sabathani is in the running with 9 other community centers across the country to win the makeover of their dream. The five community houses that receive the most votes between now and June 17th will receive a $50,000 makeover.
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Peers honor Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds

Peers honor Professor Nekima Levy-PoundsProfessor Nekima Levy-Pounds from University of St. Thomas (Minn) has won this year's Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award announced The Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education. Professor Levy-Pounds is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, were she has taught since 2003.

Levy-Pound’s commitment to teaching and achieving social justice is best exemplified by her vision in founding the Community Justice Project (CJP), an award winning civil rights clinic.  The University of St. Thomas School of Law website describes the CJP as follows:
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It’s Your Affair presents The Big Hat Luncheon

It’s Your Affair presents The Big Hat LuncheonOn May 21, 2011, It’s Your Affair will host an annual charitable event, The Big Hat Luncheon. The purpose of this event is to enrich the lives of women and girls and provide attendees with a memorable experience and information that is valuable to life’s journey.

The theme of The Big Hat Luncheon is “Giving Back to our Youth: Providing Young Ladies with Building Blocks for the Future.” The keynote speaker is Neda Kellogg, Founder and CEO of Project DIVA. Project DIVA provides coaching and consulting services to young ladies in the Twin Cities area with the goal of inspiring and motivating them to be tomorrow’s leaders.
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