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Reduce rent option offers more affordable housing to older adults

Reduce rent option offers more affordable housing to older adultsA new reduced rent program allows elders who cannot afford market-rate rentals access to one-bedroom apartments at Augustana Apartments, an independent and assisted living community for people age 55+ in Elliot Park. Individuals must qualify for this program according to their incomes and Augustana Care provides a worksheet which helps people determine if they qualify.

“It can be difficult for those on fixed incomes with little to no assets to find affordable housing,” says Julianne Holt, marketing director at the apartments in Minneapolis. “Yet we know many people would like to take advantage of the convenience and programs they can find here.”
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Robin Hickman keynotes CBM King celebration

“Unarmed Truth:” The Blueprint for Lasting Change.” is the Council on Black Minnesotans theme marking the 25th anniversary of the Minnesota’s adoption of the federal Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. 

Independent TV/film producer and social impact activist, Robin Hickman, a community engagement consultant and president of SoulTouch, keynotes the MLK Holiday celebration program at noon, Monday, January 17 at Concordia University in St. Paul.
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Workshop to help individuals be successful renters

Lutheran Social Service to offer workshop on March 6 in Minneapolis

Keys to Successful Rental Living is a three-hour workshop that will be offered by Lutheran Social Service to help individuals learn how to be successful renters on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis, located at 2400 Park Avenue.

The class, funded by Minnesota Housing, is free and childcare is also available but pre-registration is required one week in advance of the workshop.
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57 DWI arrests in Minneapolis during Holidays

Despite significant reductions in DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) deaths in recent years, 2009 had the lowest alcohol-related death count on record—141. Impaired driving still accounts for one-third of all traffic deaths annually in Minnesota. Each year, more than 400 people are killed on the roads and one-third of those deaths are alcohol-related. Annually more than 30,000 motorists are arrested for DWI. That equates to one in seven Minnesota drivers with a DWI on their driving record.
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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—www.mnhs.org/communitystories—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.
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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.
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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."
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