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Make your voice heard this session

We are one month in to the 2011 legislative session. It’s been invigorating to get back to the State Capitol to represent our community and to work on the important challenges facing our state.

There is a lot at stake this session. We need to address a record $6.2 billion budget deficit and there are still over 200,000 Minnesotans out of work. My promise to you is that I will vigorously fight for fair solutions that raise up all Minnesotans. My challenge for you is to get involved. Talk with your neighbors, families and me about the concerns and ideas you have to make our community better. To help us both hold up our ends of the bargain, I will continue to provide regular updates in the newspaper, with e-mail newsletters, and on twitter and facebook so that you can track the action at the State Capitol and make your voice heard. 
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Juvenile crime continues to decline

The Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has reported a 10% reduction in the average daily population of the county’s Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) from 2009 through the 3rd quarter of 2010 by using community-based programs as an alternative to JDC.

The JDAI is a collaborative effort of the courts, probation, police, county attorneys, public defenders, schools, human services, and community members to create an effective, fair, and efficient juvenile justice system that produces positive outcomes for youth, while at the same time protecting public safety.
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WCCO to air United Negro College Fund's "An Evening of Stars" tribute to Chaka Khan

WCCO TV will broadcast United Negro College Fund’s television special, An Evening of Stars® Tribute to Chaka Khan., it was announced today by Brien Kennedy, WCCO TV Vice President and General Manager. The two-hour special will air Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 10:35 P.M.
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Jerry Kill at North YMCA leadership series

Jerry Kill at North YMCA leadership seriesCutting-Edge Programming, leadership development, and community relevancy continue to be integral components of the vision of executive director, Henry Crosby, for the North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center. Here is yet another opportunity for you to benefit from these efforts. If you missed the first Business Leadership Speaker Series Luncheon, you’ll want to be sure to mark your calendar for the second installment. It will feature the new head football coach of the University of Minnesota, and take place on Wednesday, February 9, at North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center, 1711 W Broadway, Minneapolis, MN. The schedule is as follows:
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Hallie Q. Brown Community Center to honor Judge Stephen Maxwell

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center unveiled two portraits of the late Judge Stephen Maxwell, the first African American district judge in Minnesota at its Annual Gala event on January 15.

“It was amazing as a fellow Morehouse Man to be able to honor him on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday in the Martin Luther King Center, himself also a Morehouse Man. Dr. King and Judge Maxwell exemplify what I and what anyone who seeks to do good things for this world should and do strive for. They were men of honor and integrity who stood as examples for us to follow”, said Jonathan Palmer, Executive Director of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center.
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Hennepin County Senior Volunteers Honored

Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions in the community were honored at special luncheons in the Twin Cities last month for their voluntary services to children and the elderly.

Foster Grandparents Program, along with its sister program Senior Companions, is part of the National Corporation for National and Community Service, which in Minnesota are sponsored by Lutheran Social Service.

Foster Grandparents, aged over 55, provide tutoring and one-to-one mentoring to children in schools, Head Start programs and shelters.
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Merrick Community Services names new executive director

Merrick Community Services names new executive directorMerrick Community Services (MCS) has named Daniel A. Rodriguez as its new executive director. Rodriguez succeeds Francis Ivory, who is retiring after serving MCS for 15 years.

Rodriguez joined MCS on January 10th, and will lead MCS into its next chapter as the organization works to provide social services to people living in St. Paul’s increasingly diverse East Side. “I’m very excited to be associated with an organization that is so aligned with my values and principles,” said Rodriguez. “The more I learn about the organization and meet people, who have a connection to it, the more impressed I become.”
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