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Hennepin County District Court invests in calendar display monitors

Twelve flat screen monitors were installed in the Hennepin County Government Center to display daily court hearings by a party’s last name for cases heard downtown at the Government Center, Public Safety Facility and City Hall. 

The monitors operate similar to airport information monitors and are located on the wall near the C Tower weapons screening entrance.

In the event a case is not listed or a member of the public is unable to read English, a phone next to the monitors will offer assistance from Violations Bureau staff.  Cases in Family are listed on a limited basis.  Juvenile and suburban cases are not posted on the monitors.
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New Minnesota manufacturing careers website offers resources for job seekers, educators

Students, job seekers and teachers interested in exploring careers in manufacturing have a new online resource: www.MNManufacturingCareers.org.

"Visitors to the Minnesota Manufacturing Careers website will be able to research manufacturing careers, learn about education options and find manufacturing employers," said Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Dan McElroy. "In addition, educators will find an abundance of resources and creative ideas for guiding student exploration and inciting interest in manufacturing."
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Annual rankings listed of the top grantmakers in Minnesota

The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) today released its annual rankings of the top grantmakers in Minnesota based on cash grants paid in 2009. The annual rankings lists include: Top 50 Minnesota Grantmakers by Grants Paid; Top 50 Minnesota Grantmakers by Assets; Top 25 Minnesota Corporate Grantmakers; Top 25 Minnesota Private Foundations; and the Top 25 Minnesota Community and Public Foundations.

New this year is an additional list describing noncash charitable contributions by some of Minnesota’s large corporate grantmakers.
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Remarkable friendship spurs community action; Friend’s spirit inspires the homeless

Remarkable friendship spurs community action; Friend’s spirit inspires the homelessFriends of Wes Revely continue his powerful legacy of community involvement

“Wes was a dear, personal friend, an incredibly talented person,” said Jeanna Brown, life coach, author and Twin Cities native now living in California who spoke in Wes Revely’s honor last Saturday, October 9 to At Home Group’s homeless clients in downtown Minneapolis. “I am excited to be able to honor Wes and continue his legacy of volunteerism and community involvement,” said Brown.

Revely’s friends describe him as an amazing man, a gifted Lockheed Martin engineer who was awarded six patents during his 10-year employment with the company in Eagan, MN. He was a mentor to Twin Cities youth and a tireless advocate of volunteerism and community involvement. Revely touched hundreds of lives with his kindness and support and was deeply mourned when he lost his battle with sickle cell disease in April of this year.
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More community dialogue needed on drastic plan to close North High

State Rep. Bobby Champion (DFL – Minneapolis) and State Rep. Jeff Hayden (DFL – Minneapolis) recently responded to Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson’s plan to close Minneapolis North High School. Champion, a graduate of North High, said closing the cities most storied high school sends the wrong message to the people of North Minneapolis. 

“I am not ready to give up on our future, but that appears to be what some people think we should do,” said Champion. “This is my home and this is our community. We need to stand together for our schools, for our children, and for our community. Now is not the time to cut and run.”
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Mary David receives Arc Housing Award

Mary David receives Arc Housing AwardMary David, who supports people with developmental disabilities living independently in South Minneapolis, received the Inclusive Housing Award from The Arc of Minnesota. David received her award at The Arc of Minnesota Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Breezy Point Resort in Breezy Point, Minnesota.

The Inclusive Housing Award honors individuals, agencies, and organizations that provide outstanding support for persons with developmental disabilities so they can live in the community as independently as possible. David, who works for Opportunity Partners, is being honored for her outstanding work of supporting people who live semi-independently. She assists individuals through the entire process of finding appropriate housing, facilitates the transition from their current living situations to their new homes, anticipates challenges and creates solutions, and supports people once they are settled. She also advocates with policymakers at the Capitol to support housing for individuals with disabilities.
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October is Get Going Living Green Month

October is Get Going Living Green MonthAs we prepare for fall, make sure you take time to add a bit of green to your routine. If you are up for the challenge, pick one thing that you will try or do this month. Here are some examples, and feel free to add your very own. I want to hear about what you are doing! If you email or Facebook me back, I will enter your name in a drawing to receive 1 of 10 eco-friendly gifts this month. So, what shade of green are you?

Invest in a water bottle. Over 100 million plastic bottles make it to US landfills EVERY DAY! Purchase a refillable bottle, and soak up the savings.

Buy a CFL light bulb( the spiral kind) and save up to $ 60 a year on energy costs. My husband and I switched all of our light bulbs to CFL’s and within a year our energy bill was cut in half!
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