Twin Cities Daily Planet | Latest Headlines https://tcdailyplanet.net/columnists en State Fair's west side gets a makeover and new entrance https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/state-fairs-west-side-gets-makeover-and-new-entrance <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/07/29/state-fairs-west-side-gets-makeover-and-new-entrance" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="https://tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/29/web_statefair2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A longtime exhibit and entertainment area at the Minnesota State Fair, most recently known as Heritage Square is, well, history, with a shiny, multimillion-dollar upgrade rising in its place.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/07/29/state-fairs-west-side-gets-makeover-and-new-entrance"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A longtime exhibit and entertainment area at the Minnesota State Fair, most recently known as Heritage Square is, well, history, with a shiny, multimillion-dollar upgrade rising in its place.<!--break--></p><p>In the view of the fair’s general manager, Jerry Hammer, both the new West End Market and adjacent transit hub are improvements long overdue.</p><p>“The Heritage Square facility was originally built in 1964 as the Teen Fair, and that type of construction was never intended to last,” said Hammer. “The whole area was in desperate need of replacement for 30 years. The only thing holding much of it together was the paint.”</p><p>On the transit side, Hammer said, the fair has outgrown its space for bus parking south of Como because of the popularity of park-and-ride lots.</p><blockquote><p><em>This article is reposted from TCDP media partner <a href="http://www.parkbugle.org">Park Bugle</a>. Check out the links below for other recent Park Bugle stories:</em></p><ul><li><em><a href="http://www.parkbugle.org/city-seeks-input-on-future-of-como-lakeside-pavilion/">City seeks input on future of Como Lakeside Pavilion</a></em></li><li><a href="http://www.parkbugle.org/local-familys-farm-transformed-into-prairie-preserve/"><em>Local family’s farm is now a prairie preserve</em></a></li></ul></blockquote><p>“While traffic has decreased significantly in the neighborhoods surrounding the fair during the past two decades, on Como it’s actually grown more congested because of additional buses,” he said. “Moving the transit hub on-grounds has been something we’ve planned for many years, and it should have a major positive impact on traffic and safety.”</p><p><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/July/web_state-fair.jpg" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" height="209" width="315" />Heritage Square was an elevated area, and a lot of earth has been moved to lower the site to street level. While formerly there were only two entrance and exit points, the West End Market will be open for easy access and egress.</p><p><em>Left: The entrance to the West End Market is marked by an arch that once welcomed streetcar riders to the fair.</em></p><p>It will be anchored on the west by a new amphitheater that will continue to offer old-time, bluegrass, polka and the other musical styles that were favorites at Heritage Square.</p><p>In the same area, Lulu’s Public House, developed by the Axel’s Family of Restaurants, will be offering food and drink, as will the Blue Barn, operated by the Blue Plate Restaurant Co., at the opposite end of West End Market.</p><p>Also on the east side is the new State Fair Museum, developed in cooperation with the Minnesota Historical Society. Adjacent to it is the old log cabin that was saved from Heritage Square.</p><p>The old train depot and several railroad cars have been retained, the cars exhibited on a berm that forms the northern boundary; in the center of the plaza are six permanent pavilions that will be home to concessionaires.</p><p>The Minnesota Newspaper Museum, a replica of an old-time newspaper office that prints a daily edition during the fair, has moved from the site to the arcade of the 4H Building on Cosgrove Street.</p><p>“I think they’re going to be pleasantly surprised at how much traffic they get there,” Hammer said. “At Heritage Square, you really had to work to find them.”</p><p>Instead of dropping off and picking up passengers at the lots on Como Avenue, buses will continue on to the University of Minnesota Transitway, then north to the new transit hub. There, fairgoers will pass under a restored historic arch as they enter the grounds.</p><p>“In the past, Como Avenue tended to get backed up both ways on busy days,” Hammer said. “By not having buses maneuvering around and then people having to cross Como, it should really smooth things out.”</p><p>For now, the park-and-ride buses that drop fairgoers off at Snelling Avenue and Midway Parkway will continue to do so.</p><p>To simplify the process of getting visitors arriving by car through the Larpenteur or Hoyt avenue entrances, each driver will be charged only for parking. Once on the grounds, the car’s occupants will then pay for admission at new ticket gates.</p><p>The gate at West Dan Patch/Commonwealth Avenue will be closed to all but service vehicles. Pedestrians arriving from the west will be directed to enter the fairgrounds at Buford Avenue and continue on to the new admission gate at the transit hub. Fairgoers on foot can also enter at the Canfield Street gate on Como Avenue across from the fire station.</p><p>Signs at Cleveland and Commonwealth avenues will direct vehicles to enter on either Larpenteur or Hoyt avenues. Only service vehicles and pedestrians will be able to enter the fairground parking lot at Buford Avenue.</p><p>Overall, Hammer conceded that there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to predicting how everything’s going to work, so traffic cones and temporary signage will be in place for a while.</p><p>“We know we’re going to learn a lot,” he said.</p><p>The West End Market, transit hub and related improvements are budgeted at $16 million, $12 million of which is being financed by fair board-issued bonds and the rest from operating income.</p><p><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/July/web_statefairmap.jpg" height="647" width="500" /></p><p><em>This map shows the West End Market and transportation hub in the northwest side of the fairgrounds.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Park Bugle </div> </div> </div> https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/state-fairs-west-side-gets-makeover-and-new-entrance#comments State Fair Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:00:17 +0000 Roger Bergerson 99838 at https://tcdailyplanet.net TC Spotlight | Outdoor tours: Segways, trolleys, riverboats and more! https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/tc-spotlight-outdoor-tours-segways-trolleys-riverboats-and-more <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/07/29/tc-spotlight-outdoor-tours-segways-trolleys-riverboats-and-more" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="https://tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/29/collage_729.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/paige-elliott" title="View user profile.">Paige Elliott</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TC Daily Planet </div> </div> </div> <p>Summers in Minnesota are beautiful but short. A great way to savor the summer days is to take a tour of all the gorgeous rivers, lakes, and historical sights the Twin Cities has to offer. So, for TC Spotlight this week &nbsp;we’ve highlighted just a few of the many outdoor tours around town to help you get out and soak up the rest of the summer. Share your favorite summer tours and activities in the comment section below.&nbsp;</p><p></p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/07/29/tc-spotlight-outdoor-tours-segways-trolleys-riverboats-and-more"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Summers in Minnesota are beautiful but short. A great way to savor the summer days is to take a tour of all the gorgeous rivers, lakes, and historical sights the Twin Cities has to offer. So, for TC Spotlight this week &nbsp;we’ve highlighted just a few of the many outdoor tours around town to help you get out and soak up the rest of the summer. Share your favorite summer tours and activities in the comment section below.&nbsp;</p><p><!--break--></p><p><a href="http://www.trolleyride.org/CHSL_Main/intro.html"><strong>Como-Harriet Streetcar Line tour</strong></a></p><p><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/July/_20140728_204406_1.jpg" width="400" height="294" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />Make a trip on the trolley part of your next visit to the Lake Harriet and enjoy bit of 1900s, electric mass-transit era history on the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, the “museum on wheels.” The Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and operated through cooperation of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, used to run around Minneapolis and St. Paul. Today the trolley makes regular trips between the west shore of Lake Harriet (at Queen Ave. S and West 42nd St.) to Lake Calhoun (Richfield Rd. just south of West 36th St.). &nbsp;The ride is approximately 15 minutes long and no reservation is needed. Please note, the streetcar is not handicap accessible.</p><p>Board at 4200 Queen Avenue, S., Minneapolis</p><p>Summer hours:</p><p>Monday – Friday: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.</p><p>Wednesday Afternoon: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.</p><p>Saturday &amp; Sunday: 12:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.</p><p>$2 per person; children under 3 ride free</p><p>More details on the <a href="http://www.trolleyride.org/CHSL_Main/intro.html">website</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.riverrides.com/pages/public/sightseeing.html"><strong>Padelford Riverboat sightseeing cruise</strong></a></p><p>Enjoy a narrated sightseeing excursion on the Mississippi River. The tour narrator provides historical information about sights, including the High Bridge, Minnesota River mouth, Pike Island, and Fort Snelling. The ride is 1 ½ hours and includes a full bar and light refreshments of hot dogs and popcorn. &nbsp;<strong><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/July/_20140728_211426.jpg" width="400" height="189" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /></strong></p><p>$16 (+port fee) for Adults</p><p>$14 for Seniors (65+)</p><p>$8 for Children 3-12 (2 &amp; under free)<br /> Mondays: $8 (+port fee) for everyone.</p><p>Visit the <a href="http://www.riverrides.com/pages/public/sightseeing.html">website</a> for more information</p><p><strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong><br /></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><strong><a href="Summit%20Avenue%20Walking%20Tour %20http:/events.mnhs.org/calendar/Results.cfm?EventID=2174%0b"><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/July/2014-07-27_07-39-14-735.jpg" width="400" height="300" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />Summit Avenue walking tour</a></strong></strong></p><p><strong><strong><a href="Summit%20Avenue%20Walking%20Tour %20http:/events.mnhs.org/calendar/Results.cfm?EventID=2174%0b"></a></strong></strong>There's nothing like a summer stroll! The 90-minute Summit Avenue walking tour highlights the historic Summit Hill neighborhood’s architecture, social history and current preservation issues. Led by a guide from the James J. Hill House, the tour covers 1.5 miles of public sidewalks and parks, starting at the Hill House and concluding at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. &nbsp;All areas are handicap accessible but some side streets are cobblestone and stone curbs. Go&nbsp;<a href="http://sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/james-j-hill-house/summit-avenue-walking-tour">here</a>&nbsp;for scheduling information and more details.&nbsp;</p><p>James J. Hill House&nbsp;</p><p>240 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul</p><p>Saturday 11 a.m. &amp; 2 p.m.</p><p>Sunday 2 p.m.</p><p>$12 - $8; $2 discount for MNSH members</p><p>651-297-2555</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/July/segway_collage.jpg" width="400" height="300" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /></p><p><strong><strong><a href="http://www.magicalhistorytour.com">Segway tours</a></strong></strong></p><p>If trolleys, boatrides or long walks aren’t your cup of tea, how about a trip down memory lane on a Segway? Segway tour locations include the Mississippi riverfront area in St. Anthony Main, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and a Saint Paul tour, allowing for an opportunity to glide on through the historic Summit Hill neighborhood while giving your feet a rest.</p><p>The Magical History Tour lasts around 3 hours and includes training on Segway operation and safety, a 5-7 mile historic route, and helmet use. The Minneapolis Magical Historical Tour riverfront tour includes free Mill City Museum entrance ticket and refreshments, and 25% discount on some area eateries. Pick the tour and location that works for you! Visit the website for more details.</p><p>125 SE. Main St., Minneapolis</p><p>952-888-9200</p><p>Summer hours:</p><p>Open 7 days a week: 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.</p><p>$80 + tax</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3><strong>Honorable mentions:</strong></h3><p><a href="http://thehitchingcompany.com/services/"><strong><span><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/July/hitching.jpg" width="150" height="267" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />Horse drawn carriage rides</span></strong></a></p><p>A horse drawn carriage ride is another charming way to see the sights of the city. The Hitching Company offers a nostalgic tour to popular landmarks around downtown Minneapolis with sights that vary per tour selection. &nbsp;Tours run May through August, by appointment only. &nbsp;Call 612-338-7777 to set up a time. Visit the <a href="http://thehitchingcompany.com/tour_pricing">website</a> for more informaton.</p><p><span>925 N 5th St, Minneapolis</span></p><p>Taste of the City $55 (30 minutes)</p><p>Grand City Tour $105 (60 minutes)</p><p><span>612-338-7777</span></p><p>(photo from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thehitchingcompany?v=wall&amp;filter=3">Facebook</a>)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.nps.gov/miss/planyourvisit/bike.htm">Bike with a Ranger tour&nbsp;</a><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/July/bike_with_a_ranger.jpg" width="200" height="213" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /></strong><a href="http://www.nps.gov/miss/planyourvisit/bike.htm"></a></p><p>Another great way to see the sights along the Mississippi is the Bike with a Ranger tour, a three-hour, nine mile ride that provides outdoor fun for the entire family. The tour runs from June through September. Helmets are provided if you need one, and <a href="http://www.missriverfund.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&amp;SEC=%7b57CE02EE-A325-4C64-9B97-3A56ED7FBB17%7d">registration</a> is required.&nbsp; Go <a href="http://www.nps.gov/miss/planyourvisit/bike.htm">here</a> to pick the tour and city that works best for you.</p><p>$8 / $5 for Mississippi River Fund Members</p><p>Free for kids under 10.</p><p>10 a.m. - 1 p.m.</p><p><span>651-293-0200</span></p><p>(photo from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1472603239623615/?ref=22">Facebook</a>)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © Paige Elliott </div> </div> </div> https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/tc-spotlight-outdoor-tours-segways-trolleys-riverboats-and-more#comments Calhoun community East Harriet Minneapolis St. Paul sightseeing Twin Cities tours Communities Daily Planet Originals Lifestyle Local Neighborhoods Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:50:06 +0000 99836 at https://tcdailyplanet.net Parents, educators, legislators continue fight to keep racial integration efforts alive https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/parents-educators-legislators-continue-fight-keep-racial-integration-efforts-alive <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/07/29/parents-educators-legislators-continue-fight-keep-racial-integration-efforts-alive" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="https://tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/29/frontcrosswinds-building.52.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/isaac-peterson" title="View user profile.">Isaac Peterson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, <a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/99533">part one of this story</a> described how Crosswinds, a special Integration District school created by the settlement of a 1990s NAACP lawsuit to end segregation in Minnesota, was nearly taken over by another school district seeking to enhance its revenue and facilities. Following a legislative stalemate in the 2013-14 session, the takeover attempt failed and the school survived to continue its mission. This week’s conclusion describes the outcome of this struggle to date.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/07/29/parents-educators-legislators-continue-fight-keep-racial-integration-efforts-alive"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last week, <a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/99533">part one of this story</a> described how Crosswinds, a special Integration District school created by the settlement of a 1990s NAACP lawsuit to end segregation in Minnesota, was nearly taken over by another school district seeking to enhance its revenue and facilities. Following a legislative stalemate in the 2013-14 session, the takeover attempt failed and the school survived to continue its mission. This week’s conclusion describes the outcome of this struggle to date.<!--break--></p><p>According to State Representative Carlos Mariani, who fought for Crosswind’s continued independence, a meeting at the school after the end of the session led to those seeking to absorb the school into another district finally agreeing, “‘Okay. We’ll let someone else run the school.’ That’s when the Perpich Center for the Arts stepped up and said, ‘We’ll run the school and we’ll promote integration with it.’”</p><blockquote><p><em>This article is reposted from TCDP media partner <a href="http://www.spokesman-recorder.com">Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder</a>. Check out the links below for other recent Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder stories:</em></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.spokesman-recorder.com/2014/07/24/younger-generation-provides-valuable-feedback-to-governing-boards/"><em>‘Younger generation’ provides valuable feedback to governing boards</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.spokesman-recorder.com/2014/07/28/removing-toxic-chemicals-from-the-environment-requires-new-emission-limits/"><em>Removing toxic chemicals from the environment requires new emission limits</em></a></li></ul></blockquote><p>The marriage of the two schools would seem to make it a perfect match, as Crosswinds is a school that emphasizes the arts, and the Perpich school, by its own nature, has extensive experience in those areas as well. One of Crosswinds’ features is that it boasts probably the most racially and culturally diverse student orchestra in Minnesota.</p><p>Talks with the Perpich school had begun the previous year. Perpich is State-funded but does fundraising, has its own foundation, reports to the governor, has its own board, and does training for teachers across the state.</p><p>Harambee, the other school created in the East Metro Integration District to mitigate racial isolation, had an offer from the Roseville school district to take over the school. The only proposal for Crosswinds was from Washington County, one that the school’s family organization found unacceptable, as the school would then be diverted from its original integration mission. The only acceptable proposal was from Perpich.</p><p>While Representatives Mariani, Ryan Winkler, JoAnn Ward and Peter Fischer, all DFL, were very interested in keeping the schools open, members in the Senate were not so receptive, blocking the measure, and supporters of the schools were not able to so much as have a hearing in the Senate.</p><p>“In the meantime,” Rep. Mariani said, “I authored a bill to do a total revamp of our Integration Program, because when the Republicans were in control, they sunsetted the entire program. They just don’t want to do any racial integration work whatsoever.</p><p>“And I said, ‘No, that’s wrong; it’s hurtful for us to allow racial segregation to happen in the state of Minnesota, and we think it will happen unless you have a powerful rule and a powerful revenue program to support schools’ efforts to racially integrate.’</p><p>“However, the way I reformed it, is I also added academic achievement goals for it. And that came from communities of color, especially African American communities who said, ‘We obviously get racial integration, but we’ve been living under racial integration plans for decades, and our kids are not doing well in the schools. Period.’</p><p>“We had a task force; we worked up a set of recommendations that basically said the State will continue to invest in integration programs, but only in integration programs that advance academic achievement for all students. So we married both of those together.”</p><p>The Mariani faction was not able to get final passage of the legislation they had championed before the close of the 2013 legislative session, but did agree to reintroduce it when the legislature reconvened. The fate of the school remained unresolved until the closing moments of the recently concluded session of the legislature, with the final passage of bonding and finance bills that granted the Perpich school the authority to run Crosswinds.</p><p>Parents of Crosswinds students and people involved with running the school are happy to see the successful culmination of their years-long efforts to keep the school open. Following are some assessments from parents and faculty regarding the importance and value of the school’s special approach to educating a diverse student body.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Crosswinds Principal Carla Hines</strong></p><p>“I think that Minnesota would probably rise to the top, as opposed to being at the bottom of the education gap [if all schools were like Crosswinds]. If teachers are comfortable with allowing the different perspectives to come into the room, where the learning is really happening with the student, then all perspectives are being opened. You have the opportunity to have a true dialog between the different cultures and the different social/economic status in order to become more open minded when it comes to decisions that have to be made for society.</p><p>“So to have a safe environment to start learning those different aspects, they are actually preparing themselves to be global citizens, and to be able to market themselves in corporate America, because they have learned communication skills. They have learned how to critically think and to synthesize and analyze; those things the districts are really pushing their students to do. But here it’s just done naturally, because they are in that environment where they have to be inquisitive and have to inquire about their environment, and to be able to say, ‘I didn’t know that.’</p><p>“And it’s okay. Because now that you do know, what are you going to do?"</p></blockquote><p><em><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/July/frontcrosswinds-principal.web_.jpg" height="340" width="597" /></em></p><p><em>Crosswinds Principal Carla Hines</em></p><p><strong>Parent Eric Celeste:</strong></p><blockquote><p>“What’s beautiful about Crosswinds is that it’s a school you walk into, and even though there are kids from all over the East Metro there of every color and culture, you walk into the lunchroom and they’re all sitting together at tables. It’s a space where the kids respect one another and learn about one another’s culture.</p><p>“Every family with kids at the school made a choice to be there. It’s not forced busing; it’s not a neighborhood school. I think the thing that makes it work as an integration school — which is very different from the dynamics that happen in open enrollment, which tends to segregate kids — is that transportation is provided.</p><p>“This is important: that there was some effort to maintain that kind of transportation, because when kids can get on a free school bus and the parents don’t have to pay to get them out to the school, it makes it possible for a lot of families [to be able to send their children to that school they chose]. In open enrollment, you can enroll in any school you want, but you have to get your kids there every single day yourself.</p><p>“This is a world society now, and you want a work force that can be productive and work with people who aren’t just like them, from different cultures and can respect one another. We need what’s happening there.”</p></blockquote><p><strong>Parent Tami Bayne-Kuczmarski:</strong></p><blockquote><p>“My daughter chose Crosswinds. She chose to go into a year-round curriculum. She thrived.</p><p>“She loved it there at Crosswinds; it felt like family, and that’s a lot of what she wrote in some of her writing… I think those teachers in the high school were one of the best-kept secrets, just making people think outside of the box. That’s one of the things she noticed at her other school, was a lot of people she had to help with assignments.</p><p>“She took charge and she’s learned some good leadership skills from going to Crosswinds. Some of those people weren’t on the same page as her; they were below academically, and to her that was just kind of frustrating. She wanted to be back at Crosswinds where people were kind of on the same level, and if they weren’t, the teachers worked with them.”</p></blockquote><p><strong>Parent Dan Larson:</strong></p><blockquote><p>“I have two sons that went to Crosswinds and one that went to Perpich. My oldest son had some social issues. He was the kid that everybody picked on; he was not athletic; he was artistic and didn’t have any friends. He was the type of kid that his elementary school teachers said they didn’t feel safe around. Kids were reporting that he was beating kids up.</p><p>“We were worried whether or not our son was even going to finish school.</p><p>“The end of his first year, we went to a meeting at Crosswinds and they said they weren’t seeing any of the behaviors alleged at his previous school. They wanted to take him off his individual education plan [IEP, for special ed students].</p><p>“He thrived. He’s very artistic, and with the arts focus and the integrated curriculum, he was able to use his art talents within the curriculum with what he was learning and after a couple of years he was getting mostly A’s. Then, when he finished, he applied for Perpich, and he went there two years and graduated with honors.</p><p>“Now he’s a freshman at Maryland Institute and College of Arts and he’s doing well. He got a partial scholarship there, and has made the Dean’s list.”</p></blockquote><p><em>Isaac Peterson welcomes reader responses to <span class="spamspan"><span class="u">ipeterson</span> [at] <span class="d">spokesman-recorder [dot] com</span></span>.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder </div> </div> </div> https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/parents-educators-legislators-continue-fight-keep-racial-integration-efforts-alive#comments Education Race/Ethnicity Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:18:29 +0000 99832 at https://tcdailyplanet.net Minneapolis may restrict flavored tobacco products https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/minneapolis-may-restrict-flavored-tobacco-products <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/07/29/minneapolis-may-restrict-flavored-tobacco-products" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="https://tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/29/tobacco_summit_1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Insight News </div> </div> </div> <p>The City of Minneapolis could be changing its ordinances to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/07/29/minneapolis-may-restrict-flavored-tobacco-products"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The City of Minneapolis could be changing its ordinances to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products.<!--break--></p><p>Local activists argue that despite recent statewide tax hikes, the tobacco industry continues to target inner-city youth with cheap, candy flavored tobacco products. Cigarillos in particular, cost significantly less than a regular pack cigarettes and are better at covering up the harsh taste, even though they are more detrimental to one's health. And despite restrictions on advertising, smoking cigarillos continues to play a heavy role in hip-hop culture and social media.</p><p>Many hope that the City of Minneapolis will emulate an initiative taken by Brooklyn Center to make it more difficult for youth to purchase flavored tobacco products. The city ordinance changes had originally been recommended by Brooklyn Center Police Chief Kevin Benner because of the frequent use of cigarillos as drug paraphernalia.</p><blockquote><p><em>This article is reposted from TCDP media partner <a href="http://insightnews.com">Insight News</a>. Check out the links below for other recent Insight News stories:</em></p><ul><li><a href="http://insightnews.com/commentary/12429-what-about-the-other-border"><em>What about the other border?</em></a></li><li><a href="http://insightnews.com/sports/12385-twins-players-and-stadium-on-display-for-all-star-game"><em>Twins players and stadium on display for All-Star game</em></a></li></ul></blockquote><p>On April 28, the Brooklyn Center City Council voted to replace existing ordinances relating to the sale of tobacco and tobacco-related products. It went into effect June 1 and states that, "it shall be a violation ... for any retail establishment to sell, offer for sale, or distribute a single cigar unless the cigar is sold in an original package of at least five cigars" unless the smaller cigars were individually sold at a minimum price point of $2.10.</p><p>It replaces all of the language with updated provisions, including tightened language on the definitions of tobacco-related products and terms, procedures need to procure a license, legal restrictions relating to the sale of tobacco products to underage consumers, and mandatory compliance checks. Also added to the ordinance was a ban on the sale of individual cigarettes, which have traditionally been a cheaper means of tobacco use over purchasing an entire pack.</p><p>A summer tobacco summit was hosted on July 17 by the Breathe Free North Youth (BFN) at the University of Minnesota's Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center (2001 Plymouth Ave. N) to discuss the results of a youth tobacco use survey and whether the ordinance changes in Brooklyn Center could work in Minneapolis.</p><p>BFN is a tobacco education program that is working with youth to help reduce the number of stores in north Minneapolis that sell flavored cigarettes, singles cigarettes, and other tobacco product that disproportionately increase tobacco use among residents in north Minneapolis. During the last year, BFN surveyed 530 youths in north Minneapolis on their tobacco use. 279 of them were under the age of 18 and said that they had used a tobacco product at some point.</p><p>Thirty-five percent of those who admitted to regularly smoking say that they use flavored tobacco products "most of the time." While 31 pecent said they have used and electronic cigarette. Twenty-eight percent of those surveyed admitted to having tried their first tobacco product between the ages of 11 and 13; some of them even younger.</p><p>Traditional surveys tend to under represent youth tobacco use because of the fear that an answer may not remain confidential. Starnisha McClellan, 18-years-old, said she has been involved with BFN since she was 12 and was one of the leads in the youth survey.</p><p><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/July/tobacco_summit_6.jpg" height="195" width="560" /></p><p><em>Left: BFN Youth educator leading group breakout session; Right: BFN Youth Educators with LaTrisha Vetaw, the Breathe Free North program manager</em></p><p>"I so am grateful to be a part of this program because I love being able to work in the community," said McClellan. "(Our surveys) show that youth prevention needs to start earlier."</p><p>The survey also included assessing the marketing tactics of the 30 retailers selling tobacco products within north Minneapolis. They found that regular cigarettes and flavored cigarillos have the most shelf space and are most frequently given price promotions. However, the surveyors also discovered that three of the stores did even not have a tobacco license. In addition, many of the youth respondents admitted to having personally bought a tobacco product from a store while under the age of 18.</p><p>Minneapolis City Council Member Blong Yang (Ward 5), the first Hmong-American elected to the Minneapolis City Council and whose ward includes the North Loop area up to the Jordan neighborhood, believes that the change made by Brooklyn Center is a good stepping stone for other cites to follow with similar initiatives.</p><p>"We have to create a world where smoking is the exception and not the norm," said Yang. "It's disturbing to me that there are retailers selling tobacco without a license. It means that we aren't doing our job. My fear is, however, that when you create these types of regulations it has the tendency to disproportionately affect people of color, but the health risks are too great for us to not do anything. I am committed to passing some type of ordinance to address this issue in the coming year."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Insight News </div> </div> </div> https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/minneapolis-may-restrict-flavored-tobacco-products#comments Business Health Youth Policy Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:51 +0000 Lydia Schwartz 99831 at https://tcdailyplanet.net Grant to Neighborhood Health Source prompts business shuffle on Central Ave. https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/grant-neighborhood-health-source-prompts-business-shuffle-central-ave <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/07/29/grant-neighborhood-health-source-prompts-business-shuffle-central-ave" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="https://tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/29/steveknutson_0.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/gail-olson" title="View user profile.">Gail Olson</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Northeaster </div> </div> </div> <p>In about a year, at least two Central Avenue blocks will look completely different, when a three-business change—involving a medical clinic, a mortuary, and a Walgreens drug store—gets fully underway.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/07/29/grant-neighborhood-health-source-prompts-business-shuffle-central-ave"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In about a year, at least two Central Avenue blocks will look completely different, when a three-business change—involving a medical clinic, a mortuary, and a Walgreens drug store—gets fully underway.<!--break--></p><p>The planning started two years ago, when Neighborhood Health Source won a $3 million federal grant to replace its Central Avenue Clinic at 2610 Central Ave. NE.</p><p>“Ours was one of four projects in Minnesota awarded the grant,” said Steve Knutson, Neighborhood HealthSource Executive Director, who added that there were more than 1,500 grant applicants. “We acquired an adjacent piece of property, an 8-unit apartment building to the north, in anticipation of our need to renovate and expand.”</p><p>Knutson said that the clinic, the oldest of their four buildings, has occupied its site since the mid-1980s. “It is a small space and it needs upgrading. In the time between our grant application and the award, we started having conversations with potential partners.”</p><p>One potential partner was Walgreens, who was seeking space for a large building in Northeast. Semper Development, a downtown Minneapolis company working on Walgreens’ behalf, offered to buy the Central Avenue Clinic building, and Neighborhood HealthSource agreed to sell. “Then the question was, where would we go?” Knutson said. “We had no interest in leaving the area. When the Methven Taylor funeral home was identified as a possibility, that culminated in our decision to buy that piece of property.”</p><p>Methven-Taylor, a local funeral home business owned by Tim Taylor and Peter Methven, has owned the three-story, 10,000 square foot Larson-Osborne Mortuary, 2301 Central Ave. NE, since 2003. When they sold the northeast-based mortuary to Neighborhood HealthSource, they relocated the Larson-Osborne business to another of their sites, Miller Heights Chapel in Columbia Heights. The relocation was effective May 30.</p><p>Knutson said that they had con-sidered remodeling the mortuary—which was built in the 1920s —but found that renovating it would cost more than demolishing it and building a new clinic. The mortuary’s former owners had added onto it twice, in the 1940s and 1950s, and each floor had various levels. “I held onto the hope that maybe we could renovate, but the issue—besides the additions—is that there were two steps up, four steps down, in different parts of the building,” he said. “To fix all that would be very expensive.”</p><p>Walgreens already owns the Central Avenue Clinic; Neighborhood Health Source will pay rent until it can move into its new building three blocks south. Knutson estimates the date of completion as February 1, 2015. Demolition of the mortuary might begin in August; construction will probably take five to six months, he said. “The new building will be double our present size, from 7,000 to 13,000 square feet. We’ll have twice as many exam rooms. We probably will eventually hire more staff; that was the intention of the government in awarding the money.”</p><p>John Rode, of RSP Architects, will design the new building. “RSP is part of the community and has experience in medical facility design,” Knutson said. “They have worked for Abbott Northwest Hospital, and have designed other clinics in other states.” RSP Architects is based at the Grain Belt Brewery campus at Marshall Street and 13th Avenue NE.</p><p>Joe Bove, chair of the Windom Park Citizens in Action (WPCIA) neighborhood group, said that Knutson had explained the plan to neighbors. “There are always going to be varying opinions in a group, but I felt that Steve’s point of view was fair and responsible. It looks like at this point it [the mortuary] will be a teardown.</p><p>“You want to do what you can to preserve what you can,” Bove added. “When you look at Central Avenue there are probably things you’d rather seen torn down. The mortuary looks nice on the outside, but it’s not a stand-out building. We’re Minnesotans, we like being sensible, and it is important to be realistic from a business perspective. Steve explained about the multiple levels. Clinics typically have certain physical requirements for the workflow. It would be very difficult to convert this building. I’m sure some people won’t like the tear down of the building, but eventually they’ll accept it and understand. I’m looking forward to improvements to the face of Central Avenue.”</p><p><strong>The Walgreens component</strong></p><p>Semper Development spokesperson Howard Bergerud said, “When the clinic moves out in nine months to a year, that’s when our construction starts. Hard construction will start next July.” He said that Semper has been involved with Walgreen projects for more than 20 years. “The new building will be larger and will have a drive through. Walgreens will acquire the corner grocery store [at 26th and Central] and a little office building next door. We’re working on finalizing that.</p><p>“The new Walgreens won’t look like the one on 49th and Central [in Columbia Heights],” Bergerud added. “In connection with the neighborhood groups and the City of Minneapolis, we agreed that it will be specially designed for this community. It will have a very specific design with a neighborhood feel. There will be more parking than the old store has and the entrance will be on the north end of the building. It will be a 15,000 square foot building.”</p><p>Phil Caruso, Walgreens spokesman, said that when the new store opens sometime in 2015, Walgreens will close the old store at 2647 Central Ave. NE. “All the employees will be going across the street. Prescription files will be automatically transferred to the new store. The new store will have a drive-through, so we will be able to offer our customers more services.” He said he could not give an exact date for the store opening, but would have more information once the project gets moving.</p><p><strong>Clinic history</strong></p><p>Neighborhood HealthSource, which owns four clinics in Northeast and North Minneapolis, traces its roots in Northeast back to the 1940s, to the Beltrami Health Center at Broadway and Spring Street. The clinic served uninsured patients, and the staff was comprised of volunteers. Beltrami Health Center merged with Fremont Clinic on the North Side in the 1970s.</p><p>In the 1990s, the clinics were renamed Fremont Community Health Service and had three sites, two in Northeast—Central Avenue Clinic and the Sheridan Clinic, 342 13th Ave. NE—and one in North Minneapolis at 3300 Fremont Ave. N. In 2010, administrators changed the name to Neighborhood Health Source. Two years ago, they opened a new clinic in the Heritage Park senior center in North Minneapolis, 1015 4th Ave. N., which serves seniors 50 and older.</p><p>Since the mid-1990s, the clinic has been a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), which means it receives federal operating grants for serving an underserved population. They received the recent federal grant, Knutson said, because “our organization has a good track record of serving this community. We are the only sliding fee schedule, primary care clinic, in the area. We see all patients with no restrictions. We take Medicare and commercial insurance. Predominantly, we see Medicaid patients and uninsured patients. We have on site staff in every clinic to help people with insurance enrollment in MnSure and MnCare. We serve about 10,000 patients and have 20,000 patient visits [at all four clinics combined] a year.”</p><p>He said they employ 65 full and part time staff members and nine providers, including four doctors and five nurse practitioners and physicians assistants. Neighborhood HealthSource doctors are not affiliated with local hospitals.</p><p>“We don’t have imaging or X-Ray equipment here; that’s one of the things we’re considering right now. Mammograms are important for our population.” They also plan to expand the clinics’ mental health services, he added. “A psychologist works here now and rotates through all four sites. We might hire another.”</p><p>Knutson said that the Central Avenue plan was part of a very complicated real estate transaction, and has caused him a few sleepless nights. “This is the largest project we’ve undertaken in 48 years,” he said.</p><p>Neighborhood HealthSource’s phone number is 612-588-9411, website <a href="http://www.neighborhoodhealthsource.org/">www.neighborhoodhealthsource.org</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Northeaster </div> </div> </div> https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/grant-neighborhood-health-source-prompts-business-shuffle-central-ave#comments Audubon Park Business Neighborhoods Holland Windom Park Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:52:56 +0000 99830 at https://tcdailyplanet.net COMMUNITY VOICES | The Western media iron dome... over the Israeli assault on Gaza https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/western-media-iron-dome-over-israeli-assault-gaza <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/07/29/western-media-iron-dome-over-israeli-assault-gaza" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="https://tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/29/gaza-10.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/ahmediatv" title="View user profile.">ahmediatv</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Community Voices </div> </div> </div> <p>I started to believe that the main job of the western media is to justify Israeli aggression.</p> <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/07/29/western-media-iron-dome-over-israeli-assault-gaza"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I started to believe that the main job of the western media is to justify Israeli aggression. Since the savage attack of the Israeli on the helpless Palestine population, mostly what we hear is justification for the Jewish state aggression. The headlines read with a qualification and explanation; that the attack is mainly a reaction to rockets coming from Gaza, or to destroy the tunnels. Media is over playing and showing the world the fear that is inflicted on the innocent citizens of Israel. The reporters on the ground in Israel desperately jostle looking for a tense moment a photo-op of human story. Mostly ignoring the massive human tragedy of the trapped Palestine civilians (1.8 million) under daily bombardments by the Israeli war machine. The latest ground troop invasion of the Jewish state is always followed with a justification with a logic, a western logic that has been working for years since the colonial era, blame the victim, demonize them, stripped them from their humanity to justify killing them and the destruction of their neighborhood. The news that is fit to print at the New York Times leads the pack with headlines like, “Israeli Military Invades Gaza, With Sights Set on Hamas Operations” … Israeli military… not the Jewish state of Israel, just the military, as if this killing field is between an Israeli military and Hamas Muslim extremist, with no Palestine population involved, or killing or dislocation of thousands Palestinians, about 100,000 so far. Times goes on to frame the conflict in the old tired argument that we have heard since the establishing of the Jewish state; self-defense. But dropping 7000lb bomb on Palestine population seems ok, no self defense for the Palestinians.</p> <p><a href="http://i0.wp.com/ahmediatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Gaza-15.jpeg"><img src="http://i0.wp.com/ahmediatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Gaza-15.jpeg?resize=162%2C121" alt="Gaza 15" class="left" height="121" width="162" /></a>Here is the Times again…” .. Israeli tanks rolled into the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday night and naval gunboats pounded targets in the south …” then went to explain “ after 10 days of aerial bombardment failed to stop Palestinian militants from showering Israeli cities with rockets failed to stop Palestinian militants”. Notice the distinction, between Israeli troops, Palestine militants, as if the Palestinians at one point were giving the chance to have a state of their own, with troops, navy , armies and chose to have militants and extremists instead. The Israeli occupy lands, kill and assassinate Palestinian leaders, destroyed their neighborhoods, infrastructures and governments buildings, then they label any resistance left of being terrorists extremists. BBC reporters goes on and justify the Israeli attack by explaining the fear under which Israeli citizens live… , but casualties in Palestine’s are just numbers devoid of any human stories, no families grievances, no destroying of human dreams. According to Palestinian health minister, , according to Gaza health official, The death toll of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip reached 1150 on Monday, and more than 10000 Palestinians had been wounded; mostly women and children. These killing and chilling of civilians are always explained and reported as a response and a reaction to Palestine Militant attacks. A Media coverage that is mostly devoid of relevant context or history; no refugee, no siege, no war crimes has been committed all these years by the Jewish state. You wont find a serious report on the racist and outrageous explanations of Israeli officials; from characterization of Palestine as animal… Netanyahu called the killers of the three Israelis “human animals.” This will justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people, looked at them as faceless Palestinian enemy. <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/dorsey/israeli-crowd-cheers-as-missile-hits-gaza-live-on-cnn">CNN reporter Diana Magnay,</a> deleted her tweet about Israelis citizens cheering for the booming of the Palestinians. On Friday, CNN removed her from her post covering the Israeli invasion of Gaza in retaliation the tweet.</p> <p>NBC News’ Ayman Mohyeldin, an award-winning Egyptian-born journalist who had an excellent coverage of Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2008-2009 and knowing for his objective reporting on the current Israeli war, was suddenly pulled from the region.</p> <p>As it was reported he was removed after he described via social media and video the murder Wednesday of four Palestinian children by Israeli gunboats as the youth, between the ages of 9 and 11 and all from the same family, played soccer on a Gaza beach near hotels used by foreign journalists.</p> <p>Mohyeldin tweeted, “4 Palestinian kids killed in a single Israeli airstrike. Minutes before they were killed by our hotel, I was kicking a ball with them.” with photos and a video of the devastated parents.</p> <p>In NBC’s Nightly News broadcast later, Mohyeldin was strangely absent, as his report on the killing of the Palestinian youth was pumped out by NBC chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, reporting from Tel Aviv. Engel, who has shamefully mouthed State Department propaganda from every recent war zone, including Libya and Syria, has been assigned to replace Mohyeldin in Gaza.</p> <p>These incidents underscore the monophonic rigidly enforced self-censorship practiced by the corporate-controlled media, which hardly bother any longer hide their role as purveyors of government lies and propaganda. Any evidence of sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians, any hint of criticism of Israeli war crimes is met with immediate banishment, and blacklisting.</p> <p><a href="http://i0.wp.com/ahmediatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Gaza-20.jpeg"><img src="http://i0.wp.com/ahmediatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Gaza-20.jpeg?resize=209%2C116" alt="Gaza 20" class="left" height="115" width="208" /></a>The Israeli notion that Arabs understand only violence has been perpetuated again by the talking heads on Sundays talk shows. Which is a historical racist fallacy, Lawrence Davidson in his blog, explains why the Israeli are repetitively violent. He stats one of the many rationalizations offered by the Israelis for their violent behavior “ the assertion that the Arabs, and Palestinians in particular, “only understand force.” So you must use force, it is imperative to use it use force against them, and if you don’t ”… they interpret its absence as a sign of weakness and this only encourages them to stand against the Zionist state” Mr. Davidson explains. The host of PBS Weekend Edition Saturday, Scot Simon, asking Hamas spokesman, I’m here paraphrasing his question or assertion, Knowing that the Israeli will retaliate in such way, why launch rockets” the host assumes that Hamas started this war, and shown the inevitability of the western mind that justifying using forces without any limits when it comes to Israel.</p> <p><a href="http://i0.wp.com/ahmediatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Gaza-kids.jpeg"><img src="http://i0.wp.com/ahmediatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Gaza-kids.jpeg?resize=190%2C126" alt="Gaza kids" class="left" height="125" width="190" /></a>The western narrative When Jew misbehave, as killers, crocks, financier greedy, criminals, spies they are identified either as Israelis, Americans, or Russian citizens, but when some Palestinian, Pakistani, Egyptians, Iraqis, Afghanis citizens misbehave they are identified as Muslims extremist; condemning the whole religion or culture. Thousands of foreigners jews are joining the onslaught on Gaza, jewish jihadists are fighting along side IDF forces, no media mention and no serious investigative reporting as the expansive coverage of Muslim jihadist. I never understood this media narrative, Western media like to use strange and foreign names to Arab Muslims who challenges western global interests, Arabic names like Taliban, Qaeda, Hamas, Madrassa, Hezb Allah, which for its audience a scary foreign uncivilized connotation. Jewish settlers however who really look scary at time to me, carry machines guns and kill innocent Palestinians and live by the literal of their religion, are just Israeli settlers, never extremist, never Taliban(pupils/students) never going to Madrassa (school) never Jihadists just are misbehaving Israeli citizens. The misbehaving Arab citizens or even those who are fighting for their own sovereignty and independency, they are Islamic extremist,jihadists and terrorists and deserve the Israeli onslaught. Not so much the Iron dome that American providing to Israel to shoot down incoming missile , it is the media iron dome that shoot down any criticism..</p> <p>Ahmed Tharwat/ Host of Arab American TV show BelAhdan</p> <p>Airs on Public TV, every Monday at 10:30pm</p> <p>Public Speaker, Freelancer writer,</p> <p>Blogs at In the Middle /ahmediatv.com</p> <p><a href="http://www.ahmediatv.com" title="www.ahmediatv.com">www.ahmediatv.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Ahmed Tharwat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-relatedevent"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/event/2007/09/08/arab-israeli-palestinian-conflict-peace-possible.html">The Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Is Peace Possible</a> </div> </div> </div> https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/western-media-iron-dome-over-israeli-assault-gaza#comments atrocity Gaza IDF Israel media Middle East Nazi Holocaust Palestine propaganda war Zionist Community Voices World Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:29:28 +0000 99817 at https://tcdailyplanet.net More than art: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl promotes healthy eating https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/art-crawl-feeds-more-community-s-hunger-redefinition <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/07/29/art-crawl-feeds-more-community-s-hunger-redefinition" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="https://tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/28/fot3777_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="600" height="440" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/sshahid" title="View user profile.">S.Shahid</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TC Daily Planet </div> </div> </div> <p>This year’s <a href="http://flownorthside.org/">FLOW Northside Arts Crawl</a> brought more than just great art. Organizers promoted healthy eating as one of the main messages of the festival.</p> <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/07/29/art-crawl-feeds-more-community-s-hunger-redefinition"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This year’s <a href="http://flownorthside.org/">FLOW Northside Arts Crawl</a> brought more than just great art. Organizers promoted healthy eating as one of the main messages of the festival.</p> <p>The event, held on July 26, transformed over a mile and a half of West Broadway into a dynamic and culturally diverse artistic spectacle. The art crawl was comprised of 25 sites and featured 300 hundred visual and preforming artists from the Northside community.</p> <p>The arts festival had its common sights, such as art installations, live mural paintings and free Pedicab rides. But unlike most art crawls, it also provided access to healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables, which organizers said was an intentional push to encourage healthy eating in an area that has historically had poor access to fresh produce.</p> <p>“We don’t always think about what we’re putting into our bodies,” said ShaVunda Horsley, a member of the Not Bad Rap hip-hop collective who performed and spoke at the crawl. “I’m very amped to bring what I have studied about food justice and food access into my community.”</p> <p>The group hosts lectures, workshops on spoken word and hip-hop, and conducts cyphers (a group freestyle of poetry preformed in a circle). They performed these cyphers throughout the day in front of C and J barber shop but they also focused their talks on the importance of nutrition and handed out healthy snacks.</p> <p>The social justice nonprofit Emerge handed out old plastic bottles repurposed into flower pots and encouraged event goers to start their own gardens at home as a sustainable solution to getting access to healthy foods. The plastic bottle flower pots were created by high schools students who teamed up with members of Emerge as part of an art project that aimed to encourage community members to start thinking about their eating and recycling habits.</p> <p>FLOW’s messages this year reflects the same efforts the Minneapolis Health Department has been making recently to close the widening disparities in produce consumption seen in North Minneapolis compared to other areas. As part of the department’s continued fight against diabetes and obesity caused by unhealthy diets, MHD has given particular support to businesses and organizations on the Northside that encourage healthy living.</p> <p>Appetite for Change is one of those programs and they hosted a variety of visual and performing artists during the crawl at their soon-to-be headquarters on West Broadway.</p> <p>“I think art is such a great vehicle to say a lot of things,” said Appetite for Change project manager Zoe Hollomon. “The message that is going out when people are coming together is really important and it’s an opportunity to talk to people about fresh and local food, the development of new spaces, and ways that they can get engaged.”</p> <p>It’s important that the community comes together to generate creative ideas for art just as much as the more concrete ideas of growing vegetable gardens, Hollomon said, and Appetite for Change hopes to implement some of the ideas generated from the community that day into their future programs.</p> <p>Bedlam Theater performing artist Farrington Starnes expressed his desire to cultivate positivity out of all the negativity surrounding the Northside communities, at the crawl, especially concerning the stereotypes of African Americans.</p> <p>“I’m really trying to wake black people up and let them know that you’re more than what the world is telling you that you are and that the possibilities of what you can be are really endless,” Starnes said. “It’s time to stop limiting ourselves.”</p> <p>Regardless of how FLOW fueled its participant’s minds and creativity, the reception of the art crawl has been overwhelmingly positive amongst attendees. Dozens of participants flocked to the KMOJ stage to see the performances of national headliners. Several families lingered at the Juxtaposition campus with their children. All in all, the community grew a bit together as it planted the seeds of redefining unity.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Sagirah Shahid </div> </div> </div> https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/29/art-crawl-feeds-more-community-s-hunger-redefinition#comments Minneapolis Arts Daily Planet Originals Food and restaurants Health Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:31:48 +0000 99809 at https://tcdailyplanet.net 1964 Civil Rights Act Anniversary observance to conclude with celebration July 31 https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/28/1964-civil-rights-act-anniversary-observance-conclude-celebration-july-31 <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/07/28/1964-civil-rights-act-anniversary-observance-conclude-celebration-july-31" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="https://tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/28/toni_newborn.jpg" alt="" title="" width="600" height="440" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> KFAI Radio </div> </div> </div> <p>This summer the City of Minneapolis and partners from across the state have collectively hosted events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/07/28/1964-civil-rights-act-anniversary-observance-conclude-celebration-july-31"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This summer the City of Minneapolis and partners from across the state have collectively hosted events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.<!--break--></p><p>A closing ceremony is scheduled for the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday, July 31st at 5pm. Toni Newborn is assistant director of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and chair of the closing ceremony.</p><p>She talked with KFAI's Xan Holston, who asked why it's important to remember the anniversary of the passage of a piece of legislation.<strong> [Audio below]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mediagroup"><div class="field field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="https://tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/14/28/0728_newborn.mp3" length="6966170" type="audio/mpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 KFAI Radio </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-relatedevent"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/events/summer-civil-rights-closing-ceremony">Summer of Civil Rights closing ceremony</a> </div> </div> </div> https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/28/1964-civil-rights-act-anniversary-observance-conclude-celebration-july-31#comments history Race/Ethnicity Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:28:42 +0000 Xan Holston 99795 at https://tcdailyplanet.net Central Avenue train switchover hits delays https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/28/central-avenue-train-switchover-hits-delays <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/margo-ashmore" title="View user profile.">Margo Ashmore</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Northeaster </div> </div> </div> <p>The rumors are true, the “shoo-fly” project to take trains around the railroad viaduct between 14th and 18th avenues on Central is three to four weeks behind schedule. And it’s due to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) having issues with getting materials in to build their part of the solution.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/07/28/central-avenue-train-switchover-hits-delays"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The rumors are true, the “shoo-fly” project to take trains around the railroad viaduct between 14th and 18th avenues on Central is three to four weeks behind schedule. And it’s due to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) having issues with getting materials in to build their part of the solution.<!--break--></p><p>Jeff Lohaus, a metal artist in the Northrup King Building with a “ringside seat” at the end of the dock next to the tracks, said, “They finished building the bed for the rail bypass about mid-June and since then there are only a few guys working just a few hours on just some days. Other days no one comes at all.”</p><p>The latest word from the railroad is that the track is all laid. They say they are now trying to schedule a window of time to have the track not in use so that they can disconnect the old tracks, put in the switchover pieces (that are now sitting on the triangular lot at 14th and Central) and be ready for the next train to use the new track.</p><p>Meanwhile, some Central Avenue businesses report that their loyal local customers are still finding them despite the closed road, but their drive-by traffic is down as predicted. And neighbors are seeing, also predicted, that traffic on the “informal detour” streets such as Monroe and Fillmore (where the buses run) is up and sometimes impatient.</p><p>Bobbie Dahlke, public relations representative for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, responsible for replacing the bridge, said “we don’t want to throw our partners under the bus.” MNDOT’s contractor completed building the earth mound onto which the railroad would need to construct their new temporary rails. “In the legal hierarchy, we are at their mercy,” Dahlke said of the railroad. “Since then, we have been working with them and they’ve been trying to expedite” the base rock and tracks which they’d been trucking in to save time.</p><p>Amy McBeth of BNSF said “We did experience some delays getting the materials on site, but we are looking at ways to reduce the time needed during subsequent stages of the project.”</p><p>She added, “A bridge project requires significant work windows, which means taking this main route out of service while crews are working. The work windows are planned so that reroutes can occur or traffic can be held at other locations, which impacts our rail network.”</p><p>“Similar to road construction on the highways, we do maintenance and expansion projects during this time of year. We need to complete the work before it freezes and before our peak season, which is later in the year during the period that leads into the holidays.”</p><p>McBeth said this next step will require two six to ten-hour windows (one for each direction) in which trains would be held up elsewhere or re-routed.</p><p>“We’re fairly confident that we’ll get the street open by winter,” Dahlke said, but will have to finish the work in spring with single-lane closures, rather than being able to work with all lanes open. Workers have expressed hope, she said, that they can catch up, but it all depends on what they find once they start demolishing the old bridge.</p><p>Kim Robinson at the Ideal Diner on the Broadway side said her business has been affected. On the other side of the barrier, at The Mill NE, 19th and Central, co-owner Mandy Zechmeister said it would appear that their weekday evening business is down. They opened in late fall last year so they don’t have year-to-year data to compare to. Across the street, Isela Perez Pachecho of Maya Cuisine, said she can tell that her traffic that usually would come from downtown Minneapolis “has disappeared. They don’t know how to find me.”</p><p>The Central Avenue Closure Committee announced on its Facebook page a potential block party slated for September 6. The group meets at Diamonds Coffee Shop every other Wednesday at 7 p.m.</p><p>Dahlke said that there are weekly construction meetings which anyone can attend, 9:00 a.m. in the 1620 Central Avenue building, “walk in the front door and off to the right, it says ‘MNDOT’ but we would like to know if someone’s coming. Sometimes the meetings only last 10-15 minutes.” She said people can call her at 651-234-7503 if they want to sit in, or if they need someone to come out to a meeting.</p><p>The Northeast Network may feature Central Avenue as the topic of their Aug. 14 meeting at a place to be announced, 7:30 a.m.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Northeaster </div> </div> </div> https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/28/central-avenue-train-switchover-hits-delays#comments Transportation Neighborhoods Holland Logan Park Northeast Park Windom Park Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:15:22 +0000 99789 at https://tcdailyplanet.net Palestine supporters say Gov. Dayton backs Israeli Zionists https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/28/palestine-supporters-say-gov-dayton-backs-israeli-zionists <div class="field field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-preview emvideo-youtube"><iframe id="media-youtube-html5-1" title="YouTube video player" class="media-youtube-html5" type="text/html" width="360" height="300" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/63B3toUjoQ0?autoplay=0&rel=0&hd=1" frameborder="0" allowFullScreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/bill-sorem" title="View user profile.">Bill Sorem</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Uptake </div> </div> </div> <p>"There are not enough children to be killed to be safe," says Karen Redleaf Schraufnagel, a Jew and an organizer for Minnesota Coalition for Palestinian Rights, spoke to the now weekly gathering of support for Palestinian victims of the Israeli bombing of Gaza. The previous day, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton had met with a congregation in Minnetonka, MN voicing unconditional support for the Israeli action.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/07/28/palestine-supporters-say-gov-dayton-backs-israeli-zionists"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"There are not enough children to be killed to be safe," says Karen Redleaf Schraufnagel, a Jew and an organizer for Minnesota Coalition for Palestinian Rights, spoke to the now weekly gathering of support for Palestinian victims of the Israeli bombing of Gaza. The previous day, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton had met with a congregation in Minnetonka, MN voicing unconditional support for the Israeli action.<!--break--></p><p>Schraufnagel pointed out that the bombing of hospitals and schools is a violation of International law.</p><p>This was the second rally at Summit and Snellling in St. Paul. Weekly actions are planned until the bombing ceases.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 The Uptake </div> </div> </div> https://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/07/28/palestine-supporters-say-gov-dayton-backs-israeli-zionists#comments Israel Palestine Global/Local Politics & Policy Public Safety Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:07:33 +0000 99787 at https://tcdailyplanet.net