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COMMUNITY VOICES | Love Loring shows off the Loring Park Community

Love Loring, an annual fundraiser organized by the Citizens for a Loring Park Community, featured music, food, a silent auction, and an opportunity for community members to get together and talk about neighborhood issues. The event, held on April 10th at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis, was also dedicated to long-time neighborhood volunteer Gary Gliem, who passed away late last year.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Tenth annual Hotdish Revolution blends old and new Northeast

The best of old and new Northeast came together on April 6th for the tenth annual Hotdish Revolution. Hotdish Revolution, a project of the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association, is a hotdish competition that raises funds for the neighborhood group while also showing off what makes Northeast Minneapolis such a wonderful combination of residents and businesses.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Locals swarm to El Norteño Restaurant for Carrotmob

Owner Clemen Serna refills the buffet line for a hungry crowd.

Nearly 200 people showed up to El Norteño Restaurant in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 19, for a “Carrotmob” to support the efforts of the owners, Clemen and Estela Serna, to improve the energy eff

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E-DEMOCRACY | Minneapolis Public schools, attendance boundaries, and civil rights

Editor's note: Seward Montessori School is located at 2309 28th Avenue South, Minneapolis. According to its website, it became a K-8 school back in the 1990s. This E-Democracy discussion thread has two concerns: 1) What's a Montessori school for grades 6-8? and 2) Where should Minneapolis invest money in order to provide good schools for all students? 

From: Sue Kolstad Date: 7:26pm, Apr 19

An interesting illustration of what happens when you convert elementary and middle schools to K-8: Seward Montessori School. It was changed from K-6 to K-8. I have yet to see literature that explains how the Montessori Method is adapted to grades above approximately 3rd grade. The building capacity is 700 and the enrollment is 900. Two things at work. One is the popularity of the program and the other is the addition of 2 grades. Now the district plans to build a 3 story addition to hold the extra 200 students. What about using that money to improve programs at the under attended schools?

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COMMUNITY VOICES | My advice to anyone pursuing their dreams

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The fact of the matter is, following your dreams is SCARY. You will be scared out of your mind. I will not sugarcoat it. You will be confused, uncertain, and you will feel ALONE!

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Join 30 Days of Community with the Cleveland Neighborhood Association

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We're half way through 30 Days of Community, a series of community events in north Minneapolis put on by the Cleveland Neighborhood Association, but there's still plenty of time for you to join in

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COMMUNITY VOICES | University of Minnesota faculty statement on the visit of Dr. Condoleezza Rice

[Editor's note: This is the text of a petition/statement by University of Minnesota faculty members objecting to this week's visit by Dr. Condoleezza Rice.] On April 17, 2014, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit the University of Minnesota to give the Distinguished Carlson Lecture, an annual activity of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, endowed by a private gift from the Carlson Foundation. This year, the lecture has an additional significance, as it is part of the series of events entitled, "Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice," sponsored by the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the American Civil Rights Act of 1964. As the flagship speaker for the main event of the series, Dr. Rice is explicitly being honored as a civil rights leader and being brought in to speak about civil rights given her purported leadership and expertise on American civil rights.

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