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Feb 08th


Bus cards, tokens no longer sold at Hennepin County Government Center Service Center effective Dec. 1

Effective Dec. 1, the Hennepin County Government Center Service Center will no longer sell MTC bus cards and tokens. Bus cards and tokens can be purchased at a number of locations. Go to the Metro Transit website – – for additional information.


J.D. Steele and the MacPhail Community Youth Choir – Youth from Twin Cities join in song and cultures

J.D. Steele and the MacPhail Community Youth Choir – Youth from Twin Cities join in song and culturesJ.D. Steele (of the Steele family singers) and MacPhail Center for Music have brought together youth in grades 7-12, from all corners of the Twin Cities, all walks of life, to join hands and voices in a new youth choir which was created last spring. The MacPhail Community Youth Choir (MCYC), is led under the direction of Steele.

The MCYC Winter Concert is December 1, 7 pm in Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music, 501 South Second St., Minneapolis. They will be in performance with the MacPhail Suzuki String Teens with music selections written by members of the MCYC.

Tickets can now be paid online or by phone

Recipients of tickets issued by the State Patrol, the Department of Natural Resources, or local law enforcement anywhere in Minnesota can now pay their fines via an automated phone system or online using a credit card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is only available for citations that do not require a court appearance, which are referred to as “payable citations.”

Payments can be made by calling 651-281-3219 in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, or toll-free at 1-800-657-3611. Payment can also be made through the Judicial Branch website Payments may still be made at the courthouse in the county where the ticket was issued, or by mail.

The Second Pastor's Anniversary of Robert P. McKenzie

The Second Pastor's Anniversary of Robert P. McKenzie Pastor Robert P. McKenzie, 39, celebrated his second pastoral anniversary on November 7, 2010. He is the founder and senior pastor of Word of Faith Church in North Minneapolis.

The Word of Faith Church stemmed from a Bible study of seven people that met once a week at Pastor McKenzie's home to learn the Word of God. The weekly meeting grew in membership and was moved to the Pastor's barbershop on Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis. Now after a few short months, the membership is quickly outgrowing their new space.

As mandated by God, McKenzie's vision is to help people win battles through insight and wisdom of the Word; bringing change to people's lives, growing strong and getting results.

Velma Warder: River Hills United Methodist Church organist retires

Velma Warder: River Hills United Methodist Church organist retiresAfter 26 years as the organist for River Hills United Methodist Church in Burnsville, Velma Warder has retired as of September 26, 2010. The Rev. Duane V. Sarazin is pastor. Previous to this position, she was organist for 23 years at Temple Baptist Church, Minneapolis.

Temple has since merged with another church. Positions at the former Sabathani Baptist Church and Zion Baptist Church (when it was on Lyndale Avenue North) rounded out a total of 67 years as a church musician. Longtime Minneapolis folk will remember the years of D.J. Wade and Willie B. Hale at Zion and the Rev. Stanley King at Sabathani as music directors.

Historic Old Highland identifies 67 significant properties

Historic Old Highland identifies 67 significant properties“The Old Highland Project is a fantastic example of community members coming together to take stock in their shared past, dig deep to learn more about the distant past of the places where they live, and then tie it all together in a meaningful package that serves the future needs of their neighborhood.  They are a model of initiative, resourcefulness, and citizen-based preservation,” staid Jack Byers, Manager of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department, Preservation and Design Section.

Historic Old Highland is a three-part project to update and expand the Old Highland Walking Tour. The Old Highland Neighborhood, just minutes northwest of downtown Minneapolis, is a portion of the original northern section of the Fort Snelling Military Reservation, which was claimed for the United States in 1809 by Lt. Zebulon Pike.  Today Old Highland is a charismatic and progressive neighborhood in transition, home to a growing population of middle-class professionals who have discovered and rehabilitated the area's century-old Victorians and working-class bungalows. Within the neighborhood there are many rich layers of history and a strong sense of community.

Kwanzaa Community Church: One ministry, two locations

Kwanzaa Community Church, PCUSA has moved from 2100 Emerson Ave. N. into a new church building in the Folwell and McKinley neighborhoods. The new church location is at 3700 Bryant Ave. N. in Minneapolis.

Last Sunday October 31, Kwanzaa Community Church held its first worship service at the new building. The new sanctuary allows plenty of room for growth. “Through the gift of an additional church building, we were blessed with the uncommon opportunity to expand our ministries. We are now in the unique position of being one church with two buildings; enabling us to introduce our ministries to a larger part of the Northside, including the McKinley and Folwell neighborhoods,” said the Rev. Alika Galloway, Co-Pastor of Kwanzaa.
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