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Apr 16th

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Klobuchar, Franken, Ellison announce $1.2 Million for bus service improvement in Twin Cities

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Congressman Keith Ellison announced today that the Department of Transportation has awarded the Metropolitan Council in St. Paul $1.2 million to expand the use of transit signal priority and improve bus service between neighborhoods, commercial areas, and high-population centers.

“Projects like these create jobs and bolster a transportation network that thousands of Minnesotans have come to rely on,” Klobuchar said. “By investing in our infrastructure today, we are laying the groundwork to address Minnesota’s transportation needs in the future.”
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Simone McIntosh competes for The Miss Jr. Teen Minneapolis/Saint Paul Title

Simone McIntosh competes for The Miss Jr. Teen Minneapolis/Saint Paul TitleSimone McIntosh of Brooklyn Park was recently selected to participate in Nationals’ 2010 Miss Jr. Teen Minneapolis / Saint Paul pageant competition that will take place on July 18, 2010. Simone learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition as Nationals, Inc. announced their selections on Monday afternoon. Simone submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Minneapolis / Saint Paul Pageant Coordinator.

Simone will be competing in the Miss Jr. Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies between the ages of 7 and 19 competing in modeling routines which include casual wear and formal wear. She will also compete for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Most importantly, Simone will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s Minneapolis / Saint Paul judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.
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Zulu District preparing youth for leadership

Zulu District preparing youth for leadershipAfrican American boys are in a single-file line and stand focused, uniformed, and serious. They are in the middle of a Cub Scouts flag ceremony in their regular meeting place at Harvest Preparatory School in North Minneapolis. The boys, ranging in age from 6 to 10, are a part of Cub Scouts Pack 694 under the Zulu District, in the Northern Star Council of Boy Scouts of America. A quick glance of the room’s periphery shows a handful of supportive men and women, including parents and relatives who encourage the boys to live by principles of the organization. By participation, each Cub Scout universally pledges, “I promise to live my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to other people, and to obey the Law of the Pack.”
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2nd Annual Cops-n-Kids Fishing Tournament

2nd Annual Cops-n-Kids Fishing TournamentBrooklyn Park police officers took off their uniforms, threw on a t-shirt and shorts and took 100 of the City’s neediest kids fishing at Champlin Mill Pond (Doris A. Kemp Park) in Champlin last month.

It was all part of a community outreach effort to show children between the ages of 7 and 12 that police officers not only protect and serve, but love to fish.

Each child was assigned to an officer who taught them the basics of fishing. At the end of the event, an awards ceremony was held where kids were awarded prizes for the biggest fish.

As part of the event, each child received a rod, reel and tackle box to take home, courtesy of Target. Cabela’s and Dairy Queen also donated supplies and food for the event.

The event was the brainstorm of Lieutenant Mark Bruley, who is the police department’s SWAT commander and an avid, award winning
fisherman.

Healthy Changes in Store for Rondo Avenue Festival

“Imagine a community where a riot of warm colors, feelings and sounds with sight would make one from the rural portions of the South feel at home, or a person from Harlem or State Street feel at ease. Then call it Rondo.” That’s how Roy Wilkens, who grew up in the Rondo community, and later rose to prominence as head of the NAACP described his beloved neighborhood in 1927. And while the name of the community has changed, the sites, sounds and temperament of it remain essentially the same. And that’s one reason why for 27 years – and counting – the Rondo Avenue Festival continues to celebrate its legacy.

Over the years, the Rondo Avenue Festival has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to its yearly venues. This year’s theme “The Rondo Healthy Lifestyles 365” aims to re-frame Rondo to support the mindset that has become prevalent, not only in the Obama administration, the current federal health care bill, but in each of our collective mindsets. As a result, festival participants can become part of the “Rondo Healthy Lifestyles 365” generation by participating in several new events – and also those events that are tried and true – during the weekend of July 15-17th.
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Old Highland creates neighborhood narrative

Old Highland creates neighborhood narrativeOld Highland, one of the first platted neighborhoods of Minneapolis, has taken on the challenge of telling its unique and diverse community story by narrating its development and evolution through time. The Old Highland Neighborhood Association has contracted with Tammy Lindberg to work with residents to collect neighborhood history and to document contributing properties. The ultimate goal is to use the social history and architectural documentation to update and expand the existing self-guided Walking Tour Guide of significant properties in the Old Highland neighborhood.

The updated Walking Tour Guide will be a great promotional tool for Old Highland. It will be used to 1) increase public awareness of the historic and architectural quality of the homes in Old Highland; 2) encourage and support neighborhood interest and efforts in maintaining, enhancing and restoring the architectural integrity of individual homes and streetscapes, and 3) promote and market the neighborhood to potential new home owners who value and appreciate great housing and the strong sense of community among people who live here.
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From Candidate to Elected Official: How Does a Person Get to the Ballot and Elected to Office?

From Candidate to Elected Official:  How Does a Person Get to the Ballot and Elected to Office?Filing deadlines have passed, endorsement conventions are complete and we are getting ready for the statewide primary election on Tuesday, Aug, 10.   In this week’s column I will address the following questions:  How did the candidates get on the ballot?  What is the party nomination and how is that different from party endorsement? 

Minnesota has three major political parties, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) , the Republican Party (GOP), and the Independence Party (I).  Minnesota has one minor party, the Green Party.  All remaining political parties are, in fact, political committees. 
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