Insight News

Dec 20th


Hawthorn Crossings Public Plaza: Public meetings to design a new community market and event space at Hawthorn Crossings

February 7 was the first of three public meetings for the West Broadway Community Development Expo. About 140 people turned out for the event, and there was a lot of excitement for the many projects on display which will contribute to building an improved West Broadway in North Minneapolis.

(Artspeak) Lest We Forget...

(Artspeak) Lest We Forget...I have learned over time that it is always good to listen when Elders speak.  And when someone as prolific and sanguine as John Edgar Wideman opens his mouth, we’d be fools not to hungrily hang onto his every word.  Wideman is one of the most profound writers living today, as well as a two-time winner of the PEN/Faulkner award and a MacArthur Fellowship recipient.  His reading last month (February 5, 2009) from the latest work-in-progress (and what will be his tenth book), both provocative and unsettling, was part of the Givens Foundation’s Fifth Annual Nommo African American Authors series (

Minneapolis uses electronic billboards to send a message to Johns: People who solicit prostitutes in the city will also face tougher prosecution

Electronic billboards and tougher prosecution are two ways Minneapolis is getting tough on people who try to solicit prostitutes in the city. Clear Channel Communications is donating space on electronic billboards in the city to send a clear message to would-be Johns. The billboards feature a blurred mugshot and a reminder that Minneapolis posts photos of people arrested for soliciting prostitutes on its Web site. The billboards also include a new Web address where the public can view those mug shots,


(Artspeak) Transcending Sound-Affirming Humanity: Sweet Honey... “She Rocks!” the Twin Cities

(Artspeak) Transcending Sound-Affirming Humanity: Sweet Honey... “She Rocks!” the Twin CitiesThose of us who go to concerts, and are not part of the deaf and hard of hearing communities, take sound for granted.  We listen with our ears, occasionally move our bodies to rhythms and beats that we hear, and clap loudly when we are pleased with what we hear.  But what if your world is soundless? How do you appreciate a concert?  Sweet Honey in the Rock ( has the key to this conundrum.

Artspeak: Men in Gray...Monknificent

Artspeak: Men in Gray...MonknificentLast Friday night, March 6, 2009, my mom and I had the pleasure of listening to the "Men in Gray," also known as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Pulitizer prize winning music director Wynton Marsalis. Their tribute to Thelonious Monk, performed at Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall, highlighted the range and genius of Monk's contribution to jazz. Born in 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Thelonius Sphere Monk lived in New York City with his family from the age of four onward. He attended Stuyvesant High School, but never graduated; and while his sister took piano lessons, Monk's affinity for music and the piano were essentially self-taught, and began as early as age nine, signaling him as a musical child prodigy.

Minnesota FoodShare announces record-breaking donation

Minnesota FoodShare last week announced a record-breaking cash donation of $450,000 from the Medtronic Foundation’s employee drive to help provide food and restock more than 260 food shelves across Minnesota. The donation will help address the growing demand for food which already is up 13 percent over last year.


Administrative judge recommends three new power lines but rejects conditions that would aid wind power

An administrative law judge has recommended that three new power lines be built in Minnesota, but rejected conditions suggested by environmental and renewable energy groups to ensure the lines would carry wind energy.
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