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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie rejects turning voting from a right to a privilege

Recently, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie responded to the proposal to amend the Minnesota Constitution to require eligible voters to present a photo ID in order to vote.

“The proposal to amend the Constitution to require eligible voters to present a photo ID before being allowed to cast a ballot would change voting from a right to a privilege.  The impact on absentee voters and the elderly would be especially negative. As Secretary of State, I have worked hard to ensure that our servicemen and women can exercise their right to vote. I  do not support efforts that could deny them this fundamental right,” said Secretary Ritchie.

Secretary Ritchie urged lawmakers to support Governor Dayton’s Task Force on Election Integrity, which was created to ensure bi-partisan support for any future election reforms.
 

Memorial Wall dedication honors fallen Minnesota troops

A memorial wall in tribute to fallen Minnesota troops will be dedicated on June 11, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the 934th Officers’ Club at Ft. Snelling in Minneapolis.

The wall will honor those who have been killed in action or died of wounds during military service in Afghanistan or Iraq.
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Super Satursday Donation Drive

A 1 day mega donation drive to support North Minneapolis residents impacted by the May 22nd Tornado disaster is set for Saturday June 11th. 6am to 6pm at 2818 Washington Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55411 ( off I-94 frontage road btw 28th and 29th Ave).

SPECIFIED DONATION ITEMS
- Non Perishable foods (Preferred canned foods)
- Hygiene Products
- Gift Cards
- Water
- Pet food
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What They Said

Morning After Reactions of Governor Mark Dayton and other public officials during a Monday morning walking tour of the West Broadway/Penn neighborhood disaster area. The May 29th tornado cut a diagonal swath through North Minneapolis demolishing some homes and businesses, uprooting thousands of lives and trees.

“What we saw last night was people being very cooperative.  We didn’t know how it would go with no lights.  The bottom line is people behaved and it was a very quite night.” -- Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan

“There were 40 people here at church when the tornado struck.  Virtually every car that was parked here got their window smashed by falling bricks.” -- Minneapolis 5th Ward City Council Member Don Samuels
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The eye of the storm

Moving our community from crisis to stability
  
In a split second, on what began as a normal Sunday in Minneapolis, the harsh winds of change wrought the most shattering tornado to hit our community in some 30 years. In its wake is devastation projected to exceed $166 million as damage assessments continue to reveal ruined homes, compromised non-profit and government facilities, wrecked businesses, and destroyed infrastructures. 
    
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Klobuchar, Franken, Ellison urge President to expedite disaster declaration for tornado and storm-damaged areas

Washington, D.C.  - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representative Keith Ellison sent a letter to President Obama urging him to quickly issue a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Anoka and Hennepin Counties that suffered severe tornado and storm damage last weekend.  A federal preliminary damage assessment found the storm caused over $16 million in damage to public infrastructure, as well as additional widespread damage to homes and businesses in the area.
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President Obama proclaims June 2011 as African-American Music Appreciation Month

A PROCLAMATION
By the President of the United States

The music of our Nation has always spoken to the condition of our people and reflected the diversity of our Union. African-American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters have made enormous contributions to our culture by capturing the hardships and aspirations of a community and reminding us of our shared values. During African-American Music Appreciation Month, we honor the rich musical traditions of African-American musicians and their gifts to our country and our world.
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More than 1,200 people served during first day of Disaster Recovery Center

More than 1,200 people have been helped at the Disaster Recovery Center located at the Farview Recreation Center, 621 29th Ave. N. in north Minneapolis. Organizers will evaluate the ongoing hours of the center based on the needs of the community in the first few days.
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Disaster Recovery Center open over Memorial Holiday weekend

Located at Farview Recreation Center - 621 29th Ave. N.

Services provided include:
• Applications for Food Support
• Temporary family shelter
• General public assistance programs120
• Behavioral health services and counseling

The Disaster Recovery Center will be open: Saturday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m.

Red Cross shelter for families displaced by tornado moves to North Commons Recreation Center

The temporary shelter set up for individuals and families who were displaced from their homes after the May 22 tornado is being moved to the North Commons Recreation Center at 1801 James Ave. N. in Minneapolis. The new shelter location is closer to the areas hardest-hit by the tornado, so families will be closer to home as they continue the recovery process following this devastating storm. The Red Cross will provide shelter residents with a safe place to sleep, food and beverages, health services, mental health services, resource referrals, and long-term recovery planning.
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Call 311 to volunteer for North Minneapolis tornado cleanup

People interested in volunteering to help cleanup debris in North Minneapolis can call the city’s 311 hotline. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Operators will take down caller information and then get back to them about scheduling a day and time to help. The biggest need is for groups to volunteer together.
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