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Oct 07th


Minnesota citizens redistricting commission public meetings

Statewide commission members are seeking community input on redistricting for the state of Minnesota.  Draw the Line Minnesota, believes that those district boundaries, which can hold communities together or split them apart and ultimately impact our ability to choose meaningful representation, are best drawn by the people living in them. Citizen Commission Hearings will be held all across the state allowing members of the commission to learn directly from the people what your community looks like.

The Riverfront: A new view of North Minneapolis

The Riverfront: A new view of North MinneapolisThe August 4th meeting of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Minneapolis Riverfront Development Initiative (MRDI) told area stakeholders about benefits and opportunities that will come from restoring the Riverfront, a long neglected community asset. 

The MRDI builds on Minnesota’s rich Mississippi River heritage of passion for parks, nature and wildlife.  The initiatives goal is to bring life to places along the Upper Riverfront where neighborhoods and businesses can grow. 

The meeting at Farview Park 601 29th Av. N. provided information about RiverFIRST, the competition-winning vision for new riverfront parks along the North and Northeast sides of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.  

North Minneapolis neighborhood beat…

St. Anne's Place   
With a generous $250 donation from its foundation, the Edina Realty Marketing Department purchased and planted flower borders and a beautiful garden at St. Anne's Place. Boston Scientific donated seedlings and fresh vegetables for their heart-healthy garden. 

Next Step Housing also received a makeover in June. Volunteers Ted and Cindy Kopacek and Patti Lisberg donated trees, shrubs, flowers and lawn furniture to its newest building.

Building the power of Minnesota’s communities

With the MN Legislature often hopelessly dead-locked, nonprofits are finding new ways to ensure that communities continue to strengthen.

Sarah Catherine Walker, of the MN Second Chance Coalition, admits that we have to change the methods in how we change minds. She says that they have been working at the city and county levels to reform felony rehabilitation, in hopes of taking their successes to allies at state agencies and to local representatives.

Camp Noah help kids and families recover from disaster

Camp Noah help kids and families recover from disasterChildren, like adults, need special support to recover from losses following a natural disaster.  They may have lost their home, their own personal treasures, a daily routine and friends who may have moved to another community.

To help children recover from the recent tornado, several churches along with Lutheran Social Service of MN will be offering a week-long day camp called Camp Noah filled with music, games and fun.   Activities are designed to help children process their feelings and fears, develop resiliency and coping skills, make new friends and offer support.  Camp Noah will serve kids from first through sixth grade.  All children are welcome.

North Minneapolis neighborhood beat…

The Folwell Neighborhood Association, 7pm-9pm.Thursday August 4 at Farview Park, 2700 Lyndale Ave N.,  presents “In The Community”  a meeting to discuss the RiverFIRST vision for Upper Riverfront Parks.

Minneapolis Public Works staff has created a draft list of traffic calming locations based upon the feedback of block club leaders along Emerson Avenue and now seeks community comment on the recommendations. Traffic calming improvements would slow down motorists, improve pedestrian safety, and add greenery to the street.  These changes would also pave the way for Emerson Avenue to be designated as a north-south bicycling route, connecting the Webber Parkway bike path with future bike lanes on Emerson and Fremont Avenues south of 33rdAvenue.  The list will be discussed at a community meeting 6:30pm Wednesday August 17 at, Webber Park Recreation Center, 4400 Dupont Ave N.  For more information contact 4th Ward City Council Member Barbara Johnson at 612 673-2204 or Shaun Murphy at 612-333-2450.

The ‘what next’ challenge

The ‘what next’ challengeWill growing disparities continue to diminish America’s global competitiveness?
It took 19 days and laying off over 20,000 state workers before Governor Mark Dayton signed a $35.7 billion budget on Wednesday, July 20th. This feat was accomplished as a result of an agreement to delay payments, borrow funds, and apply the use of ‘creative’ accounting maneuvers.  Sadly, in the end, neither Democrats or Republicans were pleased.  Disparities in taxation remain firmly in place. Further budgets cuts were made to already underfunded programs, and now it is back to business as usual. 
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