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Oct 08th


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.

More than 1,200 people served during first day of Disaster Recovery Center

More than 1,200 people have been helped at the Disaster Recovery Center located at the Farview Recreation Center, 621 29th Ave. N. in north Minneapolis. Organizers will evaluate the ongoing hours of the center based on the needs of the community in the first few days.

Disaster Recovery Center open over Memorial Holiday weekend

Located at Farview Recreation Center - 621 29th Ave. N.

Services provided include:
• Applications for Food Support
• Temporary family shelter
• General public assistance programs120
• Behavioral health services and counseling

The Disaster Recovery Center will be open: Saturday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m.

Red Cross shelter for families displaced by tornado moves to North Commons Recreation Center

The temporary shelter set up for individuals and families who were displaced from their homes after the May 22 tornado is being moved to the North Commons Recreation Center at 1801 James Ave. N. in Minneapolis. The new shelter location is closer to the areas hardest-hit by the tornado, so families will be closer to home as they continue the recovery process following this devastating storm. The Red Cross will provide shelter residents with a safe place to sleep, food and beverages, health services, mental health services, resource referrals, and long-term recovery planning.

Call 311 to volunteer for North Minneapolis tornado cleanup

People interested in volunteering to help cleanup debris in North Minneapolis can call the city’s 311 hotline. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Operators will take down caller information and then get back to them about scheduling a day and time to help. The biggest need is for groups to volunteer together.

RBC WM donation to aid North Minneapolis tornado relief efforts

To help Minnesota’s tornado relief efforts, RBC Foundation – USA has made a $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross to aid the victims of the storm that ripped through the northern metro area this past Sunday. If you are interested in making a personal donation, you may do so and follow the regular gift-matching procedure. This match will count against the annual maximum of four gift matches or $500. Please note that the Foundation can only match U.S.-based public charities and strongly encourages employees to donate to reputable organizations such as the American Red Cross, as scams are common when disasters of this nature occur.

North Side tornado tree debris pickup begins

Public Works and Park Board crews will collect tree debris that can be brought to the boulevard beginning Wednesday, May 25 through June 10 for properties affected by the tornado in the city west of Interstate 94 and north of Highway 55 (Olson Memorial Highway). This service is for property owners clearing their property of tree debris after storm damage only—it is not for contractors doing work for property owners or for regular tree pruning. It is only for tree debris, not construction and demolition debris, garbage or other materials.
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