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Feb 08th


Community orchard in Frogtown/Summit-University

Community orchard in Frogtown/Summit-UniversityFrogtown/Summit-University is in the running to win a free community orchard for the empty lot/burgeoning community garden at Victoria Street & Concordia Avenue. The site at Victoria & Concordia was once a vacant lot. Over the past year, residents and community gardeners have been working to create a community green space. A community orchard will serve as a community asset and gathering place, helping neighbors and other community members build stronger relationships with one another, grow healthy food and help the neighborhood have more green spaces.  The contest is operated democratically, where the top 5 communities with the most votes each month win. 

Neighborhood beat…

Webber-Camden Neighborhood Association/Folwell Neighborhood Association
The Folwell Neighborhood Association is holding “In The Community” meetings to discuss about the RiverFIRST vision for Upper Riverfront parks. Meetings are 7-9pm Thursday July 28 at the Bottineau Park Recreation Center 2000 2nd St NE, and Thursday August 4 at Farview Park 2700 Lyndale Ave N. 
Penn Ave Closing
Penn Avenue from Dowling to 36th will be closed  July 25 - August 8.  Alternate routes will be Dowling and Lowry, east and west, and Lyndale or Fremont Avenues for north-south access.  37th between Penn and Queen Avenues will be excavated to receive an underground storage box.  When the installation is complete the street will be paved for auto traffic. 
The Minneapolis Police Department, 4th Precinct and Traffic Control will have added patrols to ensure that traffic on the side streets and 36th Avenue North is appropriate.

Summer of Solutions: Youths develop skills for the green economy

Summer of Solutions: Youths develop skills for the green economyFor the fourth year in a row, Summer of Solutions, a training program for young leaders in the green economy, is in session. This summer, about fifty youth ages 14 to 30 have been learning about what it means to be Solutionaries; people who work with others to create green solutions in their communities, thereby finding a niche in which they can become green entrepreneurs.

Minnesota Historical Society's historic sites and museums to reopen July 23 after state shutdown ends

The Minnesota Historical Society, its museums, historic sites and library will reopen to the public on Saturday, July 23, following the state of Minnesota government shutdown.  All programs scheduled beginning Saturday will resume as initially planned.  Hours of operation and special programs are outlined at This reopening schedule is contingent upon the passage of a budget bill by the legislature and signing by the Governor.

Committed to end of shutdown that lifts up all Minnesotans

As your state representative I share your frustration and disappointment in our government shutdown. I deeply regret the pain and difficulty this is causing thousands of families and businesses throughout our state.

Along with thousands of workers who have been laid off, the ripple effects of the shutdown are immense. For example, I recently visited child care providers at the Mary T. Wellcome Center. They have provided child card in Minneapolis for 87 years and are now struggling because over 20% of the families they serve have lost their child care assistance. The result of the shutdown means the loss of jobs, income, and severe hardships for families who can no longer afford child care.

Obama Administration launches Strong Cities, Strong Communities to support local development

Washington, D.C. – The Obama Administration launched Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2), a new and customized pilot initiative to strengthen local capacity and spark economic growth in local communities while ensuring taxpayer dollars are used wisely and efficiently. To accomplish this, federal agencies will provide experienced staff to work directly with six cities: Chester, PA; Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Fresno, CA; Memphis, TN; and New Orleans, LA.  These teams will work with local governments, the private sector, and other institutions to leverage federal dollars and support the work being done at the local level to encourage economic growth and community development. 

Disaster Loan Outreach Center opens in Minneapolis

A Disaster Loan Outreach Center will open Tuesday, July 12th at Lucy Laney School, 3333 Penn Ave. N. Minneapolis to assist residents, business owners, and property owners with applying for available tornado recovery loans.

The hours are:
Tuesday, July 12 - Friday, July 15 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 16 9 a.m. - noon
Monday, July 18 - Tuesday, July 19 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
*There will be City and County translators available to assist people in Hmong, Spanish, Somali, and Oromo.
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