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Building Bridges: Reconnecting communities divided by race, time, and 35W

Recent race-based dialogue about a dog park has highlighted our need to build stronger relationships and understandings between neighbors of diverse race, culture, and age.

The mission of Building Bridges is to understand how race and racism impact our communities and to build the future of our neighborhoods together.  Building Bridges is a project led by neighbors from South Minneapolis neighborhoods East and West of I-35W, including Central, Bryant, Kingfield, Regina and Northrop. Attend these events:
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East Culture Center Grand Opening in May

Come develop your understanding and knowledge of Chinese people: An invitation to Students, Teachers, Business Professionals and Civic Leaders

Are you studying an Asian language? Or are you interested in traveling to, or doing business in the Far East?  Or you may just be curious and want to understand the intricacies of Chinese culture, history and protocol. Or right here in the Twin Cities you want to develop relationships and friendships with members of the Asian Community. A new and unique opportunity is on the way.
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Barajas named UROC Executive Director

Barajas named UROC Executive DirectorRobert J. Jones, senior vice president for the Office of System Academic Administration at the University of Minnesota, has announced the appointment of Heidi Lasley Barajas as executive director of the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC).

Barajas is the associate dean for engagement and faculty development in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and an associate professor (and founding chair) of postsecondary teaching and learning. She has been coleader of the interim executive team guiding UROC since its May 2010 grand opening in North Minneapolis as a hub for university-community research partnerships aimed at strengthening urban communities.
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Dishing up energy, water savings on Lake Street

Dishing up energy, water savings on Lake StreetYou wouldn’t know it as you dine at Lucia’s, chat it up at the Fuji-Ya’s sushi bar, break your fast at Denny’s, or feast on local Mexican at Las Mojarras, but all of these popular restaurants are saving water and energy with every dish, bowl, and glass they wash.

Several restaurants along Lake Street, including those listed above, are installing a free high-efficiency pre-rinse spray valve. Each spray valve will save the restaurants $200–$700 a year in water and energy costs, while making a statement about how restaurants can play a role in energy efficiency in a real way.
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Kids connect, gain life skills at Operation: Military Kids summer camp

Military kids and families from around the state are invited to attend Operation: Military Kids camp this summer. There are currently approximately 17,000 kids in Minnesota who are affected by having a family member deployed.

Operation: Military Kids will offer eight opportunities for youth and families to attend camp this summer. Camps are delivered by University of Minnesota Extension’s 4-H program and other partners to help youth understand the deployment process, cope with the stress of a deployment, build communication skills valuable for a homecoming, and connect with other Military youth.  There is no tuition to attend, but a low program fee will cover the cost of camp t-shirts and other minor expenses.
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HmoobTeen Magazine launches fundraising campaign

HmoobTeen Magazine launches fundraising campaignFor the past 14 years, Hmong American Partnership’s HmoobTeen Magazine has been the premier publication for Hmong teens to speak and be heard. The magazine has published stories of the struggles and accomplishments of today’s teens and challenged teens to think beyond their own realities with themes such as power, crime and punishment, the melting pot of America and many more. More importantly, it has decreased the sense of isolation among Hmong teens. With more than 20,000 readers per issue, this free magazine has reached out to Hmong teens across the nation.
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County honored with economic development award

The Minnesota Association of Professional County Economic Developers has awarded Hennepin County the 2010 Outstanding Economic Development Effort Award for the relocation and expansion of the energy technology company Open Systems International (OSI).  OSI, whose main offices are located in Plymouth, is building a new 100,000-square-foot facility at the intersection of Highway 55 and Arrowhead Drive in Medina.
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