Insight News

Oct 04th


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.

Composition by Edward Green

Composition by Edward GreenEdward Green's new composition, "Once Upon A Time" will be premiered in two free concerts by the Minnesota Sinfonia this January.

Edward Green is an award-winning composer and educator currently teaching at the Manhattan School of Music. His compositions include works for chamber ensembles, chorus, and symphony orchestra, as well as solo music for piano, guitar, and other instruments. He is also an active composer for theater and film, and is staff composer for Imagery Films and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman. His Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award in the category "Best Classical Contemporary Composition." More information is available at

Minnesota Sinfonia soloist Gary Levinson performing Vieuxtemp's Concerto No. 5 for Violin with the Minnesota Sinfonia. Concerts will be held 7 p.m. Friday, January 7 at Metropolitan State University's Founders Hall at Maria Ave and East 6th Street in St. Paul, and 4 p.m. Sunday, January 9 at Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave S, Minneapolis. Admission is free and children are welcome to attend. Audience members should arrive early-all concerts are first-come, first-seated.

Additional Minnesota Sinfonia concert information is available at 612-871-1701 or

HOPE: The perfect gift for the Twin Cities

HOPE: The perfect gift for the Twin CitiesThe holiday season is here, and people both are busy -- frantically searching for the perfect gift. As we look ahead to starting a new year, this is also a great time for individuals and organizations to re-commit, refocus and reignite our dedication to mission and purpose.

Sadly, for far too many of us, this holiday season may be less than a joyful time.  For some, the month of December is associated with despair, stress, and mounting debt. Without question, the holiday season is meant to be yet another special time to create memorable moments with friends and loved ones, but when misguided value systems, low self-esteem, despair, underachievement, and internalized oppression make people think that gifts, trinkets or designer labels can soothe the emptiness that lingers in the depths of their souls, the true meaning of this season has become lost.

How colored colony came to Fergus Falls

How colored colony came to Fergus FallsI had to share with you the article and a little bit about our weekend reunion in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. It was powerful. There were 90 descendants of 8 families that came to Fergus Falls around 1897. In 1897 there were 85 Blacks that came to Fergus Falls. The 90 represented several generations – from babies to Dorothy Parsons who is 91 years old and was born and raised in Fergus.

The presentation at the Historical Society that Friday was informational, interesting and enlightening. Many people were able to recognize for the Historical Society people in the pictures as well as correct some of the information they had. We searched articles and the archives and found a lot of information we did not know. For the reception that evening we invited white residents who may have known some of the Black families and any current Black residents living in Fergus.

Ethiopians celebrate Holy Days

Ethiopians celebrate Holy Days Choir members from the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Our Savior in Minneapolis sang their traditional praises in Amharic, the Ethiopian national language, and in Ge’ez, the Ethiopian Orthodox church language, at the Mall of America for the 18th Annual Holy Days and Holidays of Thanksgiving Around the World on Sunday, November 21st.

Some fifteen other groups shared their sacred arts during this two day event of “Spirituality and the Visual & Performing Arts” in the Sears Court at the Mall. One audience member said she was moved to the thrill of joyful tears by the chanting and drumming in spite of not knowing the Ethiopian words being sung adding that it was obvious that all of these choir members believed and truly felt the meanings of their praises and thanksgiving.
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