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Oct 10th


Sharing community stories: Website showcases youth and senior reflections on Minnesota's recent past

Documentaries, plays, even a cookbook are just some of the joint productions by youth and seniors in the "Sharing Community Stories" program launched by the Minnesota Historical Society in 2010. A new companion website for the program is now available——to showcase this work.

Funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the "Sharing Community Stories" program brings the young and old together to reflect on local history. Additionally, each group produces a unique product designed to record and celebrate these stories.

Jan 5th–Feb 13th: Macy’s Downtown Minneapolis Store Bridal Expo

Macy’s Minneapolis announced a full 40-day bridal expo starting January 5. Couples can get access to everything they need to help plan for their wedding day and beyond.

Brides can view new and exclusive bridal gown collections during trunk shows featuring top designers including Demetrios, Marisa, Watters, Jorge Perez de la Habana and even consult one-on-one with some of them. Watch out for the dates of their appearance at the Macy’s website. Those who attend the trunk shows will also have the opportunity to win a free wedding gown.

Coalition fi ghts against legislative cuts

Coalition fi ghts against legislative cutsOn Tuesday, Jan. 4, Minnesotans gathered on the front steps of the Minnesota State capitol Building in St. Paul. Organized by the Minnesota Coalition for a People's Bailout, the action coincided with the opening of the Minnesota State legislature.

Linden Gawboy, of the Twin Cities-based Welfare Rights Committee said, "Because of the recent election, right-wing Republicans have control of the Minnesota House and Minnesota State Senate. In the past several years, we have seen them come up with crazy ideas - based on poor-bashing, racism and greed. They have tried to take away the programs and services that we need to survive, especially now, in these times."

Living Spirit UMC shares the gift of Dr. King

Living Spirit UMC shares the gift of Dr. KingLiving Spirit UMC will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, January 16th. Church member Virginia Richardson will deliver a keynote address on, “The Gift of Dr. King and the Movement to Us Today.” Richardson’s family was an integral part of the civil rights movement in Minneapolis in the 1960s. The service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the church, 4501 Bloomington Ave. South, Minneapolis, 55407

“Dr. King has a great legacy in my life,” Richardson said. She met Dr. King on three different occasions. Richardson’s late husband, Samuel Richardson, went to school with Dr. King and was the President of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP in the 1960s. He led a delegation of 58 adults who participated in the 1963 march on Washington when Dr. King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. “It’s bringing up lots of memories,” Richardson said of speaking at the upcoming church service.

Food: Where do you get it and What do you do with it

Community gathering asks North Minneapolis residents to discuss "Food: Where do you get it and What do you do with it"

On Thursday, Jan. 13, The Northside Healthy Eating Project (NHEP) will host a community wide gathering at The University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC), 2100 Plymouth Avenue North.  The purpose of this gathering is to seek direction from North Minneapolis residents in designing the resources and priorities for a new way of looking at gardening, farming and developing food-related businesses in North Minneapolis.  The meeting takes place 6 – 8 pm  and is free and open to the public. Delicious food will be provided.

Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy at M L King Park

The first meeting of a series of public meetings to focus on how best to honor Martin Luther King, Jr at a southwest Minneapolis park named after the civil rights leader will take place Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

Meetings will be interactive discussions that will result in a plan to honor Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy. Topics to be reviewed include the Freedom Form sculpture that was installed to honor Dr. King, the park as a whole, and park programming.

Everyone interested in the honoring King’s legacy at the park is encouraged to attend this and future meetings. Information about future meetings will be posted on

Information about the park and park history are also available at

Hunger increases across America

Reports that corporations that received federal bailout dollars are doing better, even making a profit, gives many economists a reason to smile.  Unfortunately, that corporate cheer isn’t trickling down to the average American, many of whom still struggle to make ends meet.  This isn’t about paying bills.  Rather, many Americans aren’t getting their most basic need met: the need for food.
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