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Feb 13th


Kris Nelson dies peacefully

Kris Nelson dies peacefullyKris Nelson, who just turned 60, worked tirelessly over the past two decades to build strong bridges between the University, state and local governments, neighborhoods, and community organizations.

Nelson was director of neighborhood programs at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA).  CURA pursues its urban and regional mission by facilitating and supporting connections between state and local governments; neighborhoods, nonprofit organizations, and relevant resources at the University, including faculty and students from appropriate campuses, colleges, centers or departments.

Rebuilding neighborhoods

Founded in 2007, the Minnesota Foreclosure Partners Council (MFPC) says it has collectively assisted over 4,000 Minnesota families and prevented 25,000 foreclosures by working with local governments and with families in need. The non-profit is a coalition of housing organizations that serve as a network of information and legal services to homeowners, renters, and elected community leaders.

As federal and state funds to city and county governments continue to shrink, Minnesotans are given a challenge, and an opportunity, to ensure family and community stability across the state. Local leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to execute critical services. The May 22nd tornado in North Minneapolis has left neighborhoods with the financial burden to reconstruct from catastrophic storm damage, foreclosed and boarded properties, and manage an overwhelming amount of displaced families and children.

Hawthorne Huddle assesses neighborhood strengths

The May 22nd tornadoes have tested many residents of North Minneapolis. Fortunately, in this time of need, various organizations, public officials and neighbors, have come together to assist those most affected.

Farview Park, located at 621 29th Ave N, has been one of the main locations for assisting victims with food, hygiene products, and water. This is also where the Hawthorne Huddle meetings take place every first Thursday of the month from 7:30am to 8:45am.

Frogtown neighborhood unites in 15th Annual Peace Celebration

Frogtown neighborhood unites in 15th Annual Peace CelebrationUniting as neighbors seeking peace following acts of violence in 1996, Summit-University and Frogtown residents gather Friday, June 17, for the 15th consecutive year to celebrate folks turning division and conflict into a more harmonious and vibrant community.

The Growing Peace By Strengthening Our Community Roots 2011 peace celebration takes place Friday from 2:00–6:00 p.m. at the Ober Community Center, 376 Western Avenue, in St. Paul. The Peaceful Love Warriors (now the Community Peace Builders) organized the first celebration in 1997. In addition to the annual peace event, the group still plants peace poles in community gathering spots throughout the Twin Cities.

Comcast donates $50,000 to North Minneapolis relief efforts

Comcast last week contributed $50,000 in cash and in-kind support to the tornado relief efforts in North Minneapolis.  A donation of $30,000 from the Comcast Foundation went directly to the Minneapolis Foundation to assist with family and community needs in the aftermath of the devastating tornado that hit the community on May 22, 2011.  Comcast augments that contribution with a minimum of $20,000 of in-kind public service announcement support to help raise awareness of on-going relief efforts.

Church is all you really need…addressing domestic violence

Domestic violence ranks as the number one public health problem for women in America.  History has taught us all well, that whatever is disaffecting mainstream America, then Black America is really getting hit disproportionately hard.  There has not been a time in our history of American oppression that we were not able to look to our traditions of faith and find refuge and resources.

Minnesota Sinfonia's Magic of Music in St. Paul

Minnesota Sinfonia's Magic of Music in St. PaulFamilies are invited to join the Minnesota Sinfonia in experiencing great favorites from the movies, the classics and everything in between - all chosen especially for children.  Come listen to the story of Peter and the Wolf narrated by singer and actress Kathleen Hardy.

The program will focus on how we use music to describe magical moments and a wide range of our emotions. Music will be taken from Harry Potter, Peter and the Wolf, and favorites from ragtime, marches, dances and more.

The concert will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at John A. Johnson Elementary School at 740 York Ave, St. Paul, 55106. Admission as always is free. Audience members should arrive early—all concerts are first-come, first-seated.
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