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Feb 09th


Summit Academy OIC host Expo: Educating women in training and construction opportunities

Summit Academy OIC, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit educational and vocational center, is hosting a Women in Construction Super Expo on Tuesday, June 21 to educate women about training and construction opportunities that currently exist in the field. Summit offers 20-week programs that include hands-on training and job placement assistance for individuals who complete the program.

“Our partners in the construction industry have told us that they want to hire women but that they can’t find female workers that possess the skills they need to do the job,” said Louis King, president and CEO of Summit Academy OIC. “We want to fill that need and also provide opportunities for these women to develop a career that will last a lifetime.”

Summer meals available through the MPS Summer Food Service program

The Minneapolis Public Schools Summer Food Service program begins June 13 and runs thru August 18 providing meals to children at select school and community sites. Last summer, over 300,000 meals were served in the Minneapolis public schools during the Summer Food Service program. The program is paid for with federal dollars available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Meals will be provided to all children ages 1‐18 without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Participating summer program meal sites.

Multicultural markets matter

The 2010 Census results made it clear beyond any reasonable doubt that minority, immigrant and multicultural consumers are driving the growth of the U.S. population and its economy.  Similarly, multicultural markets are fueling the employment pipeline for many industries, especially for the restaurant, foodservice, and lodging segments. 

All this growth in multicultural consumer segments means that there is business opportunity in serving the needs of these populations.  The U.S., as well as global markets, is fast becoming multicultural in nature. Urban areas all across America have high concentrations of Black, Asian, and Latino residents. In fact, in many of these communities, they we actually represent the majority.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport gains new Frontier Airlines service to Kansas City

Travelers wishing to visit the home of cool jazz and hot barbeque for business or pleasure now have a new option: Frontier Airlines’ non-stop service to Kansas City International Airport.

"The introduction of a competitive air service alternative for people flying between the Twin Cities and Kansas City is great for consumers, providing more scheduling options and keeping fares in check," said Jeff Hamiel, executive director of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which owns and operates Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) and six general aviation airports. "I am very pleased to see Frontier Airlines expand operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport."

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie rejects turning voting from a right to a privilege

Recently, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie responded to the proposal to amend the Minnesota Constitution to require eligible voters to present a photo ID in order to vote.

“The proposal to amend the Constitution to require eligible voters to present a photo ID before being allowed to cast a ballot would change voting from a right to a privilege.  The impact on absentee voters and the elderly would be especially negative. As Secretary of State, I have worked hard to ensure that our servicemen and women can exercise their right to vote. I  do not support efforts that could deny them this fundamental right,” said Secretary Ritchie.

Secretary Ritchie urged lawmakers to support Governor Dayton’s Task Force on Election Integrity, which was created to ensure bi-partisan support for any future election reforms.

Memorial Wall dedication honors fallen Minnesota troops

A memorial wall in tribute to fallen Minnesota troops will be dedicated on June 11, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the 934th Officers’ Club at Ft. Snelling in Minneapolis.

The wall will honor those who have been killed in action or died of wounds during military service in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Super Satursday Donation Drive

A 1 day mega donation drive to support North Minneapolis residents impacted by the May 22nd Tornado disaster is set for Saturday June 11th. 6am to 6pm at 2818 Washington Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55411 ( off I-94 frontage road btw 28th and 29th Ave).

- Non Perishable foods (Preferred canned foods)
- Hygiene Products
- Gift Cards
- Water
- Pet food

What They Said

Morning After Reactions of Governor Mark Dayton and other public officials during a Monday morning walking tour of the West Broadway/Penn neighborhood disaster area. The May 29th tornado cut a diagonal swath through North Minneapolis demolishing some homes and businesses, uprooting thousands of lives and trees.

“What we saw last night was people being very cooperative.  We didn’t know how it would go with no lights.  The bottom line is people behaved and it was a very quite night.” -- Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan

“There were 40 people here at church when the tornado struck.  Virtually every car that was parked here got their window smashed by falling bricks.” -- Minneapolis 5th Ward City Council Member Don Samuels

The eye of the storm

Moving our community from crisis to stability
In a split second, on what began as a normal Sunday in Minneapolis, the harsh winds of change wrought the most shattering tornado to hit our community in some 30 years. In its wake is devastation projected to exceed $166 million as damage assessments continue to reveal ruined homes, compromised non-profit and government facilities, wrecked businesses, and destroyed infrastructures. 

Klobuchar, Franken, Ellison urge President to expedite disaster declaration for tornado and storm-damaged areas

Washington, D.C.  - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representative Keith Ellison sent a letter to President Obama urging him to quickly issue a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Anoka and Hennepin Counties that suffered severe tornado and storm damage last weekend.  A federal preliminary damage assessment found the storm caused over $16 million in damage to public infrastructure, as well as additional widespread damage to homes and businesses in the area.

President Obama proclaims June 2011 as African-American Music Appreciation Month

By the President of the United States

The music of our Nation has always spoken to the condition of our people and reflected the diversity of our Union. African-American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters have made enormous contributions to our culture by capturing the hardships and aspirations of a community and reminding us of our shared values. During African-American Music Appreciation Month, we honor the rich musical traditions of African-American musicians and their gifts to our country and our world.
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