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Voting in the September 13 Senate District 61 Special Partisan Primary?

Here’s what you need to know:
Twenty-three of the 131 Minneapolis precincts are involved in the upcoming Special Election for Senate District 61. A Special Partisan Primary will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, and the Special General Election will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Senate District 61 is an area in south central Minneapolis that includes the entirety of Ward 6 and portions of Wards 8, 9, and 10.
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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 ringold@minneapolisparks.org
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Artspeak: Destination Curaçao and the North Sea Jazz Festival

Artspeak: Destination Curaçao and the North Sea Jazz FestivalWhile Curaçao is a tiny country of less than 150,000 inhabitants, it pulled off an enormously successful music event for the second time on September 2&3, 2011.

If  you want beautiful beaches, friendly locals, and a cultural cornucopia of Papiamento, Dutch, Spanish, English, with residuals of Portuguese, African and indigenous native Americans, set sail for Curaçao and the North Sea Jazz Festival before Labor Day about this time next year.
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Ellison hails progress on Minnesota light-rail

Earlier this week, Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) welcomed the Federal Transit Administration’s approval to begin the preliminary engineering phase of the Southwest Corridor light-rail transit line. The project, the third of its kind in the Minneapolis region, will connect downtown Minneapolis with several suburbs, including Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and Eden Prairie. Projections estimate it will serve nearly 250,000 commuters. Ellison has long advocated for the line and secured $534,000 to help fund the project in 2009.
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Family Day unites community

Family Day unites communityPlymouth Avenue was transformed into an urban festival and marketplace during the 2011 Family Day on Saturday, August 27. Over 2000 community members enjoyed a full day of mainstage entertainment, information and health resources, food and merchandise vendors, and activities for the entire family.

To bring Family Day "Back on the Block," the Minneapolis Urban League partnered with Plymouth & Penn Corridor anchors: NorthPoint Health & Wellness, Estes Funeral Home, University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach Center (UROC) and Insight News. This collaboration ensured a comprehensive representation of community services available right in North Minneapolis.
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North Minneapolis neighborhood blog...

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 ringold@minneapolisparks.org.
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The Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy

The Martin Luther King, Jr. legacyThe Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Advisory Council, and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board hosted public officials and community residents at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S. on August 28th to celebrate the unveiling of the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC and the  South Minneapolis launch of initiatives to uplift Dr. King’s legacy.
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