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Noted Master Storyteller, Nothando Zulu to perform in the Folklife Festival at Historic Smithsonian Museum in DC

Twin Cities Northside resident and Master Storyteller, Nothando Zulu has been invited to perform her storytelling magic at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC June 24 through July 5th. The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo.
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Mayors: Brace for deep cuts and significant property tax increases

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Minnesotans need to prepare for significant property tax increases and major cuts to public safety, libraries, parks, and other city services, mayors said in response to the announcement that Governor Tim Pawlenty will unallot $192 million of funding to Minnesota cities.

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NALAC Fund for the Arts announces fifth funding cycle National Latino Arts Grant is open to artists and organizations

The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) announces the fifth funding cycle for its grant program, the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA).  The NALAC Fund for the Arts provides grant support to Latino artists and small and mid-sized organizations in all regions of the United States.  Through the NFA, NALAC has awarded more than $523,000 to Latino artists and organizations in four years, representing a significant investment in the creative and cultural assets of the nation.
Launched in 2005 with major support from the Ford Foundation, the NALAC Fund for the Arts is the only national arts fund in the country that provides support specifically for Latino artists and arts organizations working in all artistic disciplines.

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CBC presses White House for fairness in advertising

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – U. S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is pressing the White House and the president’s cabinet on the apparent void in federal government advertising in Black-owned newspapers and radio.
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Ellison condemns hate crimes, home grown terrorism

Minnesota 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison this week condemned the rise in hate crimes in the United States, including the Wednesday murder of Stephen T. John, a guard on duty at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the recent murder of physician Dr. George Tiller while he attend his Sunday church service.
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Obama targets 5,000 schools nationwide for closing, reopening

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - President Barack Obama has targeted 5,000 schools across the country to be closed then reopened with new faculty and administrators over a five-year span.
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Police, fire fighters compete to help Memorial Blood Centers

The Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments this month are partnering with Memorial Blood Centers in a competitive blood drive with their St. Paul counterparts.  The program, known as the Battle of the Badges, pits Minneapolis versus St. Paul departments in a friendly competition for a traveling trophy based on the total number of donors representing each organization.
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Court affirms ranked choice voting in Minneapolis

In a unanimous opinion, the Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed the Minneapolis ranked choice voting (RCV) law.
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Ellison Health Care Reform legislation ties insurance costs to patient care

Ellison Health Care Reform legislation ties insurance costs to patient careKeith Ellison (D-MN5) this week introduced health care legislation in anticipation of upcoming Congressional action on health care reform.  Ellison’s The Good Care Act of 2009 requires that all health plans participating in the proposed “health insurance exchange” spend a minimum of 90% of the health care premiums they charge on health care services for their patients.
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Metropolitan Council approves more projects for stimulus funding

ST. PAUL—June 10, 2009--The Metropolitan Council today approved more metro area transportation projects for federal stimulus funding. The Council action marks the final allocation of about $250 million in stimulus funding for transportation projects in the metro area. An additional $70.6 million has been targeted for transit.
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U.S. Representative Betty McCollum and Bremer Bank announce new funds to aid foreclosure recovery efforts

 U.S. Representative Betty McCollum and Bremer Bank announce new funds to aid foreclosure recovery effortsCongresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) announced last week $250,000 will be distributed by Bremer Bank in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area to assist low-income homebuyers. These funds are part of the Urban First-time Homebuyer Fund of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. These dollars are part of more than $123 million in funding that Bremer has received from FHLB Des Moines during its long-term partnership.
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