Twin Cities Daily Planet | Latest Headlines http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/columnists en Five reasons to cancel Columbus Day http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/24/five-reasons-cancel-columbus-day <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/mary-turck" title="View user profile.">Mary Turck</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Day </div> </div> </div> <p>The Minneapolis City Council is scheduled to vote on Friday April 25 on a proposal to change that October holiday from Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/04/24/five-reasons-cancel-columbus-day"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Minneapolis City Council is scheduled to vote on Friday April 25 on a proposal to change that October holiday from Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day. Here are five reasons they should vote yes:</p><p>1) Setting history straighter: Celebrating Columbus Day reduces history to a simple-minded story, and one that's wrong on a lot of counts. He "discovered America?" Not exactly — there were already plenty of people living in the Americas. As <a href="http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/columbus-day-may-get-renamed-in-minneapolis">Bill Means told MPR</a>:</p><blockquote><p>"We had been edited out of existence in the public school system. ... To say Columbus discovered America is one of the first lies we're told in public education."</p></blockquote><p>2) Rejecting genocide: A legacy of racism and genocide began with Columbus and continued with those who came after him. He claimed the land and waters that indigenous people already farmed, fished and hunted. Then the genocide began: enslaving the Arawak and Taino people, working them to death in mines, and killing them outright.</p><p>3) Recognizing contributions of indigenous people: Renaming the holiday is a small beginning in recognizing their historic and ongoing contributions to history, culture, and economic life.</p><p>4) Healing the wounds of centuries of racism: That's a long journey. This is one step on the road. &nbsp;</p><p>5) Honoring indigenous people — in Minnesota, and around the world — by renaming the holiday as Indigenous People's Day. (South Dakota already celebrates Native American Day instead of Columbus Day.)</p><p>Columbus Day is a federal holiday, and also a state holiday in many (but not all) states. It's a Minnesota state holiday, <a href="https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=645.44">according to statute</a>. Sort of —</p><blockquote><p>However, for the executive branch of the state of Minnesota, "holiday" also includes the Friday after Thanksgiving but does not include Christopher Columbus Day. Other branches of state government and political subdivisions shall have the option of determining whether Christopher Columbus Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving shall be holidays. Where it is determined that Columbus Day or the Friday after Thanksgiving is not a holiday, public business may be conducted thereon.</p></blockquote><p>If you're interested in the federal holiday and if you believe in petitions, there's a <a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-united-states-replace-the-federal-holiday-columbus-day-with-indigenous-people-s-day-2">Change.org petition</a> to replace the federal holiday with Indigenous People's Day.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/24/five-reasons-cancel-columbus-day#comments Columbus Day Indigenous People's Day Daily Planet Originals Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:09:32 +0000 88993 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net Flex your filmmaker muscles during One Day in the Twin Cities Saturday http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/24/flex-your-filmmaker-muscles-saturday-during-one-day-twin-cities <div class="field field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-preview emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-1" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/88192447?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0#at=0" width="360" height="300"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/caitlin-burgess" title="View user profile.">Caitlin Burgess</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>Citizens across the Twin Cities are invited to pick up their camcorders and pull out their smartphones&nbsp;<span>Saturday, April 26 as part of the cities-wide media creation event,&nbsp;</span><a </p></a></p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/04/24/flex-your-filmmaker-muscles-saturday-during-one-day-twin-cities"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Citizens across the Twin Cities are invited to pick up their camcorders and pull out their smartphones&nbsp;<span>Saturday, April 26 as part of the cities-wide media creation event,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://onedayintwincities.org/">One Day in the Twin Cities</a><span>.</span></p><p>One Day in the Twin Cities is a local project of One Day on Earth to "inform the future of our cities," <a href="http://onedayintwincities.org/">according to the event website</a>. Eleven cities across the country, including the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, are taking part in the event.</p><p>How do can you participate? By investigating one or more of the following 10 questions and capturing it on film:</p><ol><li>Why are you in your city?</li><li>What do you love about your city?</li><li>What is the best thing happening in your city today?</li><li>What are your city’s biggest challenges?</li><li>Who is your city not serving?</li><li>What is the worst thing that could happen to your city?</li><li>What are the solutions that your city needs to implement?</li><li>How are people changing the future of your city?</li><li>What do you hope for your city in the next 20 years?</li><li>Ask your own question about your city.</li></ol><p>When your video is complete, upload it via Vimeo to the <a href="http://onedayintwincities.org/">One Day in the Twin Cities website</a>. The footage will used to create <span>a TV Series and Geo-tagged archive featuring the stories.</span>&nbsp;Those who plan to interview other people on film, need to get their subjects to sign <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/ning-files/releases/appearancerelease.pdf">releases</a>. The releases can be found and downloaded from the <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/ning-files/releases/appearancerelease.pdf">event website</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>For more information on One Day in the Twin Cities, go to&nbsp;<a href="http://onedayintwincities.org/">onedayintwincities.org</a>, or watch the video in the window above.</p><blockquote><p><em><strong><a href="http://tcdailyplanet.net/donate">Become a supporting member of the Twin Cities Daily Planet</a>.</strong></em></p></blockquote> </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/24/flex-your-filmmaker-muscles-saturday-during-one-day-twin-cities#comments film One Day in the Twin Cities Video Arts Communities Daily Planet Originals Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:30:30 +0000 88991 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net Minneapolis Public School Board video forum http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/24/minneapolis-public-school-board-video-forum <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minnesota 2020 </div> </div> </div> <p>This year, voters will elect two candidates to at-large school board seats, and one candidate to each of three district seats. To help our readers learn more about the candidates and the issues they'll be deciding on the school board, we invited each of them to our office to record a short video interview.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/04/24/minneapolis-public-school-board-video-forum"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This year, voters will elect two candidates to at-large school board seats, and one candidate to each of three district seats. To help our readers learn more about the candidates and the issues they'll be deciding on the school board, we invited each of them to our office to record a short video interview.<!--break--></p><p>We asked them each the same five questions, based on issues we've heard parent and community groups raise in recent months. We gave each of the candidates the questions in advance, so they all had time to research and prepare their answers. We gave each candidate two minutes to answer each question, though we encouraged them to consider that in an online video format, shorter, clearer answers might be more effective. With the exception of those false starts identified by the candidates, we're presenting their answers unedited from start to finish.</p><p>Below, you'll find a video for each question we asked, separated by at-large and district candidates. This is a bit of an experiment in civic engagement for us, and we're hoping it's a constructive contribution that helps Minneapolis voters make informed choices when they make their decisions. We hope you enjoy this video forum, and that you'll share it with others who will find it enlightening.</p><p><em>For ease of viewing, we've made playlists to make it easier to watch them all straight through:</em></p><p><em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYV_GBVXngWABcyL4QNd9Xcdfz6boS-0H" target="_blank">MPS District list</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYV_GBVXngWAmTE-Zb0delRgqQGdACsxZ" target="_blank">MPS At Large list</a></em><strong></strong></p><p><strong>Question #1: Parent and Community Power</strong></p><p><strong><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FHfuFbTFKOY" align="left" frameborder="0" height="247" width="300"></iframe><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cCOn652p-VA" frameborder="0" height="247" width="300"></iframe><br /></strong></p><p><strong>Question #2: Full-Service Community Schools</strong></p><p><strong><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DAqYQ6nXLvM" align="left" frameborder="0" height="247" width="300"></iframe><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nHXFiEySCK4" frameborder="0" height="247" width="300"></iframe><br /></strong></p><p><strong>Question #3: School Closures</strong></p><p><strong><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VUzk99u1vAA" align="left" frameborder="0" height="247" width="300"></iframe><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZurdEScJSfQ" frameborder="0" height="247" width="300"></iframe><br /></strong></p><p><strong>Question #4: Racial Bias in Special Ed</strong></p><p><strong><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Hyad57aJEDg" align="left" frameborder="0" height="247" width="300"></iframe><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eInjbextwvs" frameborder="0" height="247" width="300"></iframe><br /></strong></p><p><strong>Question #5: Access to Experienced Teachers</strong></p><p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dPL3WwW_OAE" align="left" frameborder="0" height="247" width="300"></iframe><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m793KKXM7OM" frameborder="0" height="247" width="300"></iframe><br /><strong></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Minnesota 2020 </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/24/minneapolis-public-school-board-video-forum#comments Education Elections Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:24:15 +0000 Steve Fletcher 88990 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net Should Minnesota require genetically modified food labeling? http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/24/should-minnesota-require-genetically-modified-food-labeling <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/andrea-parrott" title="View user profile.">Andrea Parrott</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Session Daily </div> </div> </div> <p>A “Produced with Genetic Engineering” label could one day make its appearance in Minnesota stores.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/04/24/should-minnesota-require-genetically-modified-food-labeling"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A “Produced with Genetic Engineering” label could one day make its appearance in Minnesota stores.<!--break--></p><p><a href="http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/membersR.asp?id=Rep_Karen_Clark">Rep. Karen Clark</a> (DFL-Mpls) sponsors <a href="http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?Billnumber=HF3140&amp;ls_year=88&amp;session_year=2013&amp;session_number=0" title="Information for HF3140" rel="http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billvnum.asp?Billnumber=HF3140&amp;ls_year=88&amp;session_year=2013&amp;session_number=0">HF3140</a>, which would regulate disclosure of genetically engineered food and seed. The House Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee held an informational hearing on the bill Thursday. There is no Senate companion.</p><p>“This is a bill about the basic right of consumers to know what’s in their food -- whether or not their food contains genetically modified compounds,” Clark said. “I want Minnesota to take its place among the other three, and now four, states that do require labeling of genetically modified foods.”</p><p>According to the bill, genetically modified foods for sale would be required to have a label conspicuously placed on the packaging or shelf (for unpackaged foods) that says “Produced with Genetic Engineering.” Genetically modified seed would have such labeling on the seed container, receipt or other form of product identification or possession.</p><p>Minnesota should label genetically engineered food, said Jim Riddle, co-owner of Blue Fruit Farm, because “GMOs are novel patented organisms that have never before been part of nature or part of the human diet.”</p><p>It’s difficult to determine which non-organic foods are genetically engineered, said Liz McMann, consumer affairs manager at Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op. As a result, she said the co-op has adopted a more restrictive policy for certain products that requires those products to be certified organic or non-GMO. Such certification can be expensive for producers, McMann said.</p><p>The bill also consists of enforcement provisions and a section describing some research into the negative effects of genetically engineered food such as herbicide resistance in weeds and an increase in the use of insecticides.</p><p><em><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/April/62a.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" height="225" width="175" />Right: Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Mpls) sponsors HF3140.</em></p><p>Perry Aasness, executive director of the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, said that science has shown that genetically engineered foods, or biotechnology, are “essentially identical to conventional varieties and pose no greater risk than non-GMO food products. … Biotech products are safe.”</p><p>He is not opposed to labeling requirements, but believes the federal government, through the Food and Drug Administration, should develop voluntary labeling standards.</p><p>Jamie Pfuhl, president of the Minnesota Grocers Association, agreed with allowing the federal government to enact labeling legislation. A state-by-state approach would create a “patchwork” of regulations, she said, a challenge for stores that receive products from other states and countries.</p><p>Foods exempted from the labeling requirements under <a href="http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billnum.asp?Billnumber=HF3140&amp;ls_year=88&amp;session_year=2013&amp;session_number=0" title="Information for HF3140" rel="http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/bills/billvnum.asp?Billnumber=HF3140&amp;ls_year=88&amp;session_year=2013&amp;session_number=0">HF3140</a> would include:</p><ul><li class="normal">food offered for immediate consumption, such as at a restaurant;</li><li class="normal">processed foods containing less than 0.9 percent of genetically modified ingredients;</li><li class="normal">certified organic foods or seeds; and</li><li class="normal">animals fed or injected with genetically engineered products</li></ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Session Daily </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/24/should-minnesota-require-genetically-modified-food-labeling#comments GMOs Food and restaurants Minnesota Politics & Policy Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:32:13 +0000 88984 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net Director defends Council on Black Minnesotans: 'We're growing our community. We're determined. We know we can do even more.' http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/24/director-defends-council-black-minnesotans-were-growing-our-community-were-determine <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/04/24/director-defends-council-black-minnesotans-were-growing-our-community-were-determine" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/24/ed-mcdonaldweb.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In March, the Minnesota’s Office of the Legislative Auditor’s (OLA) released their audit of Minnesota’s four councils: the Councils on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, Black Minnesotans, Chicano/Latino People, and Indian Affairs. Last week the <em>MSR</em> spoke in depth with Legislative Auditor James Noble about his report. “We laid out four options,” Nobles said, “but what we asked is, ‘What option is not just maintaining the status quo?’ Because we think that the voices of these communities need to be amplified and heard more.” The options:</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/04/24/director-defends-council-black-minnesotans-were-growing-our-community-were-determine"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In March, the Minnesota’s Office of the Legislative Auditor’s (OLA) released their audit of Minnesota’s four councils: the Councils on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, Black Minnesotans, Chicano/Latino People, and Indian Affairs. Last week the <em>MSR</em> spoke in depth with Legislative Auditor James Noble about his report. “We laid out four options,” Nobles said, “but what we asked is, ‘What option is not just maintaining the status quo?’ Because we think that the voices of these communities need to be amplified and heard more.” The options:<!--break--></p><ol><li>“Maintain the four councils, but clarify their primary purposes; require them to adopt strategic plans, develop policies and procedures, and work more substantively with state agencies; and encourage them to become more involved in the appointments process and better communicate with the public;</li><li>“Restructure the councils by placing them under the Department of Human Rights and requiring them to adopt certain operational changes;</li><li>“Eliminate the councils and create a new state agency — an Office of Minority Affairs — in the executive branch to address minority concerns;</li><li>“Eliminate the councils and selectively require that state agencies establish advisory groups to focus on disparities between Minnesota’s White, non-Hispanic and minority populations.”</li></ol><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/2014/04/22/redlining-targets-black-minnesotans-and-neighborhoods/"><em>Redlining targets Black Minnesotans and neighborhoods</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.spokesman-recorder.com/2014/04/22/in-memory-of-three-great-men/"><em>In memory of three great men</em></a></li></ul></blockquote><p>We subsequently spoke with Council on Black Minnesotans' Executive Director Edward McDonald regarding his response to these recommendations and last week’s comments from Nobles, who was critical of both the governor’s office as well as the legislature for not providing more support and direction to the councils.</p><p>In response to the report, McDonald said, “Sometimes they [the audit findings] were just footnoted so that the reader would be confused and only read the generalizations and falsehoods and irrelevant information. Things like ‘board members only attended 52 percent of the required meetings in the year 2012.’ Well, if they know anything about 2012 and wanted some information about 2012, they know that our board met more times in 2012 in order to meet the prerequisite 12 meetings that the bylaws call for us to meet that would require a quorum. [As a result] there are more opportunities for members to miss meetings.”</p><p>Nobles spoke positively of the fact that the COMB drafted and introduced 13 bills that were submitted to the legislature this session.</p><p>“Yes, that’s what the community wants to see us do,” McDonald told the <em>MSR</em>. “We have felt that the narratives that we would provide to the governor and legislative leaderships were not having the impact they used to have. Therefore, we then explored putting the recommendations of our community into legal form, which any Minnesotan can do.</p><p>“We also have that ability under our statutory charge to be able to write those in legal form — in the language that the legislators are accustomed to when they convene over there — so that there’s no confusion about the plain English narrative and the legal form narrative. And then we find authors who are friends and allies of the African heritage community to author those bills for us, introduce them into sessions, and then work with us to navigate the social/political deliberation processes so that our community can be heard.</p><p>McDonald also said, “The Council on Black Minnesotans’ biggest disappointment is that 12 African heritage community-driven bills were introduced in the House that our community wanted to have testimony on, that we believe would have taken a big bite out of, or eradicated, disparities. Only five of those bills got heard in the House of Representatives.</p><p>“Only two of those bills found authors in the Senate, and none of them got a hearing. In fact, the only thing the Senate would do was invite us over to discuss the OLA audit… They wanted to review that [audit] versus the strategies our community — who is the victim of disparities — has to remedy disparities. I find that to be a disgrace.”</p><p>Concerning Nobles’ comments that things have turned around since McDonald took over, giving him credit for turning over 10 years of records when other councils couldn’t: “That is a testament to the people that were here before me,” McDonald said, “that understood the importance of the stewardship of a council of this nature. Anyone employed by the council understands the seriousness of the work that we are required to do. We have statutory mandates; we adhere to them.</p><p>“All the previous directors — Lester Collins, Steve Belton — those are people that I look to. They created a lot of pathways for me, and I don’t purport to try and fill their shoes. I just try to step in place and continue the great work that they’ve done.</p><p>“Yes, they kept meticulous records, they archived everything. They were and are available if I need consultation on anything. They are completely loyal to the African heritage community. They’re completely loyal to the Council on Black Minnesotans</p><p>“We understand that this journey is not necessarily a sprint; it’s a marathon. And after Edward McDonald there will be someone else who will step in here on a continued quest to ensure that the quality of life of African heritage people constantly improves.</p><p>“There was one point when we settled into Minnesota [when] we had literally nothing. But today we enjoy $3 billion worth of spending power [and] 12,000 business enterprises. We contribute a half-billion dollars in taxes. Those 12,000 businesses generate over a billion dollars in sales. We have — even without a formal relationship — been able to work with the governor and others on trade missions to Africa, been able to facilitate $200 million worth of exports.</p><p>“So we’re doing it. We’re growing our community. We’re determined. We know we can do even more.</p><p>“We are at the table. We are, as I’ve said in many of these hearings, we’re not monolithic ‘minorities.’ We are first and foremost humans. We’re African heritage people. We’re Minnesotans. And we’re Americans. Earned, or given, or whatever: We are those things. We see no separation between those governmental operations and our existence here in Minnesota.”</p><p><strong><em>Next week: </em></strong><em>McDonalds discusses the option of restructuring the council under the human rights department.</em></p><p><em>Isaac Peterson welcomes reader responses to<a href="mailto:" target="_blank"> <span class="spamspan"><span class="u">ipeterson</span> [at] <span class="d">spokesman-recorder [dot] com</span></span>.</a></em></p><p><em><em><strong>Related stories:</strong></em></em></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/88504"><em>State auditor clarifies intent: Make 'minority councils' better, more effective</em></a><em><em>, by Isaac Peterson (Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, April 2014)</em></em></li><li><em><em><a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/88836">BEHIND THE STORY | Ensuring legacy funds serve all communities</a>, by Sheila Regan (April 2014)</em></em></li><li><em><em><a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/88310">Audit questions need for Council on Black Minnesotans, Council director calls the report 'flawed,' its recommendations 'a disgrace'</a>, by Isaac Peterson (Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, March 2014)</em></em></li><li><em><em><strong></strong><a>Councils of color are critical of Legislative Audit</a> (Asian American Press, March 2014)</em></em></li><li><em><em><a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/71613">Council on Black Minnesotans has new director, new agenda, new vision to get beyond tolerance</a>, by Vickie Evans-Nash (Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, March 2013)<br /></em></em></li></ul> </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> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/24/director-defends-council-black-minnesotans-were-growing-our-community-were-determine#comments Government Minnesota Race/Ethnicity Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:26:57 +0000 Isaac Peterson 88982 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net This weekend, it's jazz-related concerts galore! http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/04/24/weekend-its-jazz-related-concerts-galore <div class="field field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-preview emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-2" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/38797597?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="360" height="300"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Brooklyn-based ensemble Red Baraat makes its debut at Orchestra Hall on Friday, April 25 at 8 pm. Critics have described their performance as “a shot of pure adrenalin.”</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/arts/2014/04/24/weekend-its-jazz-related-concerts-galore"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Brooklyn-based ensemble Red Baraat makes its debut at Orchestra Hall on Friday, April 25 at 8 pm. Critics have described their performance as “a shot of pure adrenalin.”<!--break--></p><p>Established in 2008, Red Baraat is an eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. The brainchild of Sunny Jain, the group has been celebrated worldwide for its live performances of original sound — a blending of North Indian bhangra rhythms, New Orleans brass band, jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip hop.</p><p>Sunny Jain is known as a rising star in the jazz world. He was awarded the designation of Jazz Ambassador by the U.S. Department of State and the Kennedy Center, and appeared regularly in <em>DownBeat</em> magazine critic polls, as he has led his own bands and worked along side Norah Jones, Kyle Eastwood and many others.</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/2014/04/22/redlining-targets-black-minnesotans-and-neighborhoods/"><em>Redlining targets Black Minnesotans and neighborhoods</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.spokesman-recorder.com/2014/04/22/in-memory-of-three-great-men/"><em>In memory of three great men</em></a></li></ul></blockquote><p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EqmYpArvehc" frameborder="0" height="350" width="425"></iframe></p><p><em>Red Baraat performing "Shruggy Ji" (live)</em></p><p>Jain says, “We are simple creatures that desire community. If we can unite people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to partake in the exuberance of life through the universal language of music, then life is that much sweeter.”</p><p>In 2013 Red Baraat released <em>Shruggy Ji</em>. It was the band’s second full-length and first properly distributed record, which debuted at #1 on the <em>Billboard</em> World Music charts.</p><p>Red Baraat includes Sunny Jain, Dhol/MC; Rohin Khemani, Percussion; Tomas Fujiwara, Drumset; Mike Bomwell, Soprano Saxophone; Sonny Singh, Trumpet/Vocals; MiWi La Lupa, Bass Trumpet/Vocals; Ernest Stuart, Trombone and John Altieri, Sousaphone/Vocals.</p><p>For more information and tickets, go to <a href="http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org" target="_blank">www.minnesotaorchestra.org</a>, or call 612.371.5656.</p><p><strong>Miguel Zenón to perform with JazzMN Orchestra</strong></p><p><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/April/mzenon_almaadentro.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" height="297" width="300" />On Saturday, April 26, the final concert of the JazzMN season takes place at 7:30 pm in The Auditorium at Hopkins High School. The JazzMN Orchestra will feature the extraordinary special guest alto saxophonist, composer and conceptualist, Miguel Zenón who is well-known and respected by the public and his peers for his intriguing and attractive modern interpretations of Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.</p><p>A snapshot of Zenón’s career includes stints with the Village Vanguard Orchestra, The Mingus Big Band, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, and gigs alongside fellow original SFJazz Collective alumni Bobby Hutcherson, and Steve Coleman, among others. In 2008, he received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.</p><p>Zenón, who has recorded eight albums as a leader, has also received Grammy nominations for his previous Marsalis Music albums <em>Esta Plana</em> and <em>Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook</em>. <em>Esta Plana</em> was supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His early albums, <em>Jibaro</em> and debut album, <em>Ceremonial,</em> also from Marsalis Music, are impressive too, and reveals a real leadership quality in the making.</p><p>His most recent release, <em>Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico</em> (Miel Music) was released in 2013 and features Zenón with The Rhythm Collective. Although Zenón ‘s recordings are indeed superb, to truly appreciate and enjoy his music making, you must go and experience the allure of his forward-thinking music and imaginative improvised solos live. Not only does he create memorable moments on the fly, he visibly has fun doing it.</p><p>Zenón is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. He studied classical saxophone at the Escuela Libre de Música in Puerto Rico before receiving a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from Berklee College of Music, and a master’s degree in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.</p><p>The JazzMN Orchestra, the Twin Cities’ premier professional jazz ensemble, performs a broad range of jazz repertoire spanning classic and contemporary styles, showcasing outstanding musicians from throughout the region, and featuring world-class guest artists.</p><p>Formed as a nonprofit arts organization in 1998, JazzMN, Inc. supports its mission to promote excellence in the jazz art form through performance, preservation and educational outreach.</p><p>JazzMN concerts are held at The Auditorium at Hopkins High School, 2400 Lindbergh Drive in Minnetonka. For tickets, please visit &lt;http://JazzMN.org/tickets or call 800-838-3006.</p><p><strong>Burnt Sugar set to funk up the Walker</strong></p><p>Also in town next weekend at the Walker Art Center, the Arkestra Chamber, Burnt Sugar, a 17-member Afrocentric jazz and funk big band, re-imagines the Steely Dan songbook for an evening billed as Any World That I’m Welcome To: The Steely Dan Conductions, curated and conducted by guitarist Vernon Reid on Saturday, April 26 at 8 pm, at the McGuire Theater.</p><p>In 1999, guitarist and writer Greg Tate created the New York City-based Burnt Sugar. Tate had a desire to hear a band like it, but couldn’t find one.</p><p>The Arkestra leader says, “Burnt Sugar got the nerve to claim Sly Stone, Morton Feldman, Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix, and Jean Luc Ponty as progenitors. Our player-ranks include known Irish fiddlers, AACM refugees, Afro-punk rejects, unrepentant be-boppers, feminist rappers, jitterbugging doo-woppers, frankly loud funk-a-teers, and rodeo stars of the digital divide.” In 2010, in Paris, Burnt Sugar served as the pit band for Melvin Van Peebles’ operatic revival of <em>Sweet Sweetback’s <em>Baadasssss</em> Song</em>.</p><p>In this intimate setting, concertgoers can expect to hear wildly funky renditions of Steely Dan classics such as “Haitian Divorce,” “Any Major Dude,” “Kid Charlemagne,” among others.</p><p>Tate, a former Howard University student, is a producer, and African-American writer, who focuses most of his writing on African-American music and culture. In addition to leading Burnt Sugar, the Ohio native is also a founding member of the Black Rock Coalition. <em>The Source</em> magazine described him as one of “the Godfathers of hip-hop journalism.”</p><p>He has been the Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s Center for Jazz Studies, and a visiting professor of Africana studies at Brown University.</p><p>Tate is also the author of <em>Everything But the Burden: What White People are Taking from Black Culture</em> (Harlem Moon/Random House, 2003), <em>Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and The Black Experience</em> (Acapella/Lawrence Hill, 2003); <em>Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on American Culture</em> (Simon and Shuster, 1993). Currently, he is working on a book about the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.</p><p>For more information and tickets, visit <a href="http://www.walkerart.org/calendar/2014/burnt-sugar-arkestra-chamber" target="_blank">www.walkerart.org</a>.</p><p><em>Robin James welcomes reader responses at<span class="spamspan"><span class="u">jamesonjazz</span> [at] <span class="d">spokesman-recorder [dot] com</span><span class="t"> ( <span class="spamspan"><span class="u">jamesonjazz</span> [at] <span class="d">spokesman-recorder [dot] com</span></span>)</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> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/04/24/weekend-its-jazz-related-concerts-galore#comments CC area Music Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:12:17 +0000 Robin James 88979 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net ART PHOTOS | Elements Fashion Show 2014: U of M students compete with their designs at the Weisman Art Museum http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/04/24/elements-fashion-show-u-m-students-compete-their-designs-weisman <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/arts/2014/04/24/elements-fashion-show-u-m-students-compete-their-designs-weisman" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/24/elements_baker-21.jpg" alt="" title="" width="380" height="285" 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/tom-baker" title="View user profile.">Tom Baker</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><span>On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, the Weisman Art Museum hosted the<a href="https://events.umn.edu/034115" target="_self"> Elements Design Competition and Runway Show</a> for University of Minnes</span></p> <span class="read-more"><a href="/arts/2014/04/24/elements-fashion-show-u-m-students-compete-their-designs-weisman"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><span>On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, the Weisman Art Museum hosted the<a href="https://events.umn.edu/034115" target="_self"> Elements Design Competition and Runway Show</a> for University of Minnesota fashion and design students. The theme for the show students had to follow&nbsp;"drew upon the landscapes, materials, textures, and traditions of Siberia, while also responding to the environmental questions the region raises," as described by Weisman's website. Students considered topics such as sustainable design, environmental issues, and labor support structures in the garment industry. They also took into consideration how garment production exploits or depletes resources, and what types of work conditions laborers experience while manufacturing garments.&nbsp;</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ©2014 Tom Baker </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/04/24/elements-fashion-show-u-m-students-compete-their-designs-weisman#comments Minneapolis competition design fashion University District University of Minnesota Weisman Art Museum Arts Design and style Entertainment Daily Planet Originals Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:51:52 +0000 88977 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net TC Weekend | Get into the swing of spring with the Saint Paul Art Crawl and more! http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/23/tc-weekend-get-swing-spring-saint-paul-art-crawl-and-more <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/04/23/tc-weekend-get-swing-spring-saint-paul-art-crawl-and-more" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/23/tcweekendcollage1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="380" height="285" 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>TC Weekend is back, a sure sign of spring! We've selected a few choice events to help you ease into the season. From Earth Day cleanups and One Day in the Twn Cities to literary readings and art showings, there's plenty on tap to help you get out and about this weekend!</p><p></p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/04/23/tc-weekend-get-swing-spring-saint-paul-art-crawl-and-more"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>TC Weekend is back, a sure sign of spring! We've selected a few choice events to help you ease into the season. From Earth Day cleanups and One Day in the Twn Cities to literary readings and art showings, there's plenty on tap to help you get out and about this weekend!</p><p><!--break--></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.stpaulartcrawl.org/"><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/April/267x400xartcrawlposter-spring2014.jpg.pagespeed.ic_.8f9o8o3ixn.jpg" width="150" height="225" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /></a><a href="http://www.stpaulartcrawl.org/">Saint Paul Art Crawl, April 25 - 27</a></strong><br />Lowertown Saint Paul, MN; Go <a href="http://www.stpaulartcrawl.org/locations">here</a> for location info.</p><p>4/25 - &nbsp; 6pm - 10pm<br />4/26 - 12pm - &nbsp; 8pm<br />4/27 - 12pm - &nbsp; 5pm</p><p>Enjoy the work of over a hundred local artists as they open their studios to the public for the weekend. Thousands of visitors from across the Midwest take in this bi-annual art crawl that also features free music, theater performances, art activities and more! Free rides from Metro Transit are available. Go <a href="http://www.metrotransit.org/ride-free-to-the-st-paul-art-crawl">here</a>&nbsp;to download your pass.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://mcad.edu/about-us/news/2014-mfa-thesis-exhibition"><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/April/mcad.edu_sites_default_files_media_release_mfa_thesis_exhibition_14.pdf.png" width="180" height="97" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /></a><a href="http://mcad.edu/about-us/news/2014-mfa-thesis-exhibition">MCAD 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition and Reception, April 25 - 27</a></strong><br />Northrup King Building, 2nd Floor Gallery #254<br />1500 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis, MN<br />Free and open to the public.</p><p>Gallery Hours: April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3</p><p>Friday, 6pm - 9pm<br />Saturday, Sunday, noon - 5pm<br />Reception: Friday, May 2, 6pm - 9pm</p><p>The 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition is the culmination of intense&nbsp;two-year interdisciplinary studies from Minneapolis College of Art and Design graduating master of fine arts students. The works of 26 artists and designers of various disciplines will be on display. Go <a href="http://mcad.edu/about-us/news/2014-mfa-thesis-exhibition">here</a> for more details.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.onedayintwincities.org/#participate"><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/April/one_day.jpg" width="150" height="150" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /></a><a href="http://www.onedayintwincities.org/#participate"><strong>One Day in the Twin Cities</strong></a></p><p>On April 26th, 2014 hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens will document stories and investigate&nbsp;<a href="http://www.onedayintwincities.org/#participate" title="10 Questions"><strong>10 questions for the future of The Twin Cities</strong></a>&nbsp;as part of a city-wide, participatory media-creation event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city. In addition, local media partners will showcase the most powerful and inspiring videos created during the one-day filmmaking event. Go <a href="http://www.onedayintwincities.org/">here</a> for more details.</p><p><strong><a href="http://fmr.org/participate/events/earth_day_cleanup-2014-04-26"><br class="Apple-interchange-newline" /><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/April/friends_of_the_mississippi_river.png" width="96" height="176" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /></a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="http://fmr.org/participate/events/earth_day_cleanup-2014-04-26">Earth Day in the City: Minneapolis River Gorge Cleanup, April 26</a><a href="http://fmr.org/participate/events/earth_day_cleanup-2014-04-26"></a></strong></p><p>E. 36th St. &amp; E. 44th St. at W. River Pkwy, Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis, MN<br />2pm - 4pm<br />Continue the good vibes from Earth Day by contributing to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River! Join with people from all walks of life in the river corridor neighborhoods and metro area, to help clean up the Minneapolis River Gorge. Parkway Pizza adds a tasty incentive! Preregistration is not required for this event unless you're under 18 or in a group of 10 or more. Go&nbsp;<a href="http://fmr.org/participate/events/earth_day_cleanup-2014-04-26">here</a>&nbsp;for details.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.comozooconservatory.org/events/special-events/"><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/April/como.jpg" width="180" height="105" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />Party for the Planet at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, April 25 - 27</a></strong><br />Como Park Zoo and Conservatory,</p><p>1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, MN<br />10am - 4pm; Free (but donations are always welcomed)<br />If cleanup is not your cup of tea, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is offering another fun way to celebrate Earth Day! In partnership with Xcel Energy, this family friendly event features crafts and educational programs that promise to leave you with great ideas for improving our natural habitats. Go <a href="http://www.comozooconservatory.org/events/special-events/">here</a> for details.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.crackedwalnut.com/cracked-walnut-literary-festival-2014/"><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/April/cw-banner.jpg" width="200" height="56" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />Cracked Walnut Literary Festival 2014, April 25 - 27</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.crackedwalnut.com/cracked-walnut-literary-festival-2014/"></a></strong>Various Twin Cities locations; Go&nbsp;<a href="http://www.crackedwalnut.com/cracked-walnut-literary-festival-2014/">here</a>&nbsp;for schedule and location information.</p><p>Come on out and celebrate the love of spoken literature and community at the 2014 Cracked Walnut Festival. Meeting in c<span>offee shops, bars, art galleries, funeral parlors and other interesting haunts around the Twin Cities, this festival is bound to please literary lovers.&nbsp;</span>Free and open to the public.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://msphometour.com/"><strong><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/April/home_tour.jpg" width="150" height="139" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />Minneapolis &amp; Saint Paul Home Tour April 26 &amp; 27</strong></a></p><p>On the Minneapolis &amp; Saint Paul Home Tour of “real homes, real people, real ideas,” residents open their doors to show creative and practical ideas for home additions, kitchens, bathrooms and more. Talk directly with homeowners and find out what it’s like. At many homes, their contractors, architects, and other trades people will also be on hand to answer questions. Free! Go <a href="http://msphometour.com/">here</a> for details.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ©2013 Paige Elliott </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/23/tc-weekend-get-swing-spring-saint-paul-art-crawl-and-more#comments Arts Spotlight Como Park Conservatory earth day MCAD Minneapolis Mississippi River Nokomis spring St Paul Art Crawl St. Paul weekend Arts Books Design and style Communities Como Daily Planet Originals Downtown Local Minnesota Neighborhoods Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:54:57 +0000 88964 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Clean-up parks on Earth Day, join Friends of Lake Hiawatha http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/23/clean-parks-earth-day-join-friends-lake-hiawatha <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/04/23/clean-parks-earth-day-join-friends-lake-hiawatha" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/23/rice_lake_-_lake_hiawatha_map_freom_1892.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/tesha" title="View user profile.">Tesha</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Neighborhood Notes </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for some way to celebrate Earth Day locally?</p> <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/04/23/clean-parks-earth-day-join-friends-lake-hiawatha"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking for some way to celebrate Earth Day locally?<br /><br />The MPRB Earth Day Clean-Up has become the largest community service project in Minneapolis and takes place at nearly 40 clean-up sites throughout the city.<br /><br />Head over to Sibley Park on Saturday, April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. All interested volunteers should meet at Sibley Rec Center to pick up bags and select a route for the clean-up. Refreshments provided to all volunteers. <br /><br />Or, go to Hiawatha Park and join the newly formed Friends of Lake Hiawatha for a clean-up from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association volunteers will have all of the bags, gloves, and tools you need to help out at the Lake Hiawatha Rec Center, outside, next to the lake. Enjoy donuts and coffee, and share your ideas for future upgrades to the park after the clean-up.<br /><br />Do you have a canoe and gear? Saturday would be a great day to launch it on the lake and get to some of the hard-to-reach clean-up locations.<br /><br />To find a detailed list of other Minneapolis clean-up sites, and more information, visit <a href="http://www.minneapolisparks.org">www.minneapolisparks.org</a>.<br /><br /><strong>Friends of Lake Hiawatha forming</strong><br />An informal meeting was held on Wednesday night, April 16 to learn about what residents envision for Lake Hiawatha, which was once known as Rice Lake. Also discussed was an Adopt-a-Storm-Drain program and the potential for a spring/summer workshop on rain gardens.<br /><br />The Minneapolis Park &amp; Rec Board is creating its first Master Plan for Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park. Early improvements to Nokomis–Hiawatha will be in three areas: improving non-golf-course park areas, playground upgrades, and trails and shorelines. <br /><br />Recently elected SENA Board President Chris Lautenschlager is driving the Friends of Lake Hiawatha (FOLH) forward. In the latest edition of the SENA News, he wrote:<br /><br />“Despite being in its early months, I envision two main components of FOLH. First, there will be community outreach: FOLH will work within our neighborhoods to explore how residents can take meaningful steps to improve the lake’s water quality. Stormwater runoff has a significant impact on the health of the water (the storm drains on your corner lead directly into either Lake Hiawatha or Minnehaha Creek), and anything to prevent noxious agents from entering stormwater runoff is a simple improvement. Reducing that runoff by promoting the installation of rain gardens or rain barrels is an example of an approach that FOLH might take.<br /><br />“The second component is, dare I say, a more exciting aspect to what FOLH will work on over the next couple of years. Although not commonly regarded as such, Lake Hiawatha is actually included in what is officially known as the Nokomis–Hiawatha Regional Park. This year, the park board will begin creating its first master plan for this community asset. Unlike most other master plans—which often take years of research, coordination, and elusive dollars—this plan will follow an aggressive schedule based on dedicated funding that must be spent by June 2015 and June 2016. Early improvements to Nokomis–Hiawatha will be in three areas: improving non-golf-course park areas, playground upgrades, and trails and shorelines. <br /><br />“FOLH, along with SENA, will work to actively solicit community input and energy toward the park board’s efforts. A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will convene this spring. Although the number of official members will be limited, everyone is welcome to participate in the input process at community meetings and open houses. If you want meaningful, sustained improvements to Lake Hiawatha—the most commonly cited reason for our living in this area—I strongly encourage you to be part of this master planning process. <br /><br />See more at <a href="http://www.friendsoflakehiawatha.org">www.friendsoflakehiawatha.org</a></p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/23/clean-parks-earth-day-join-friends-lake-hiawatha#comments Standish and Ericsson earth day Sibley Park Standish-Ericsson Ericsson Neighborhoods Standish Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:09:56 +0000 88961 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net Minneapolis council member Blong Yang, on 100 days in office: "Don't lose faith in government" http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/23/minneapolis-council-member-blong-yang-100-days-office-dont-lose-faith-government <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"> North News </div> </div> </div> <p>Fifth Ward Council Member Blong Yang told NorthNews the most surprising aspect of his new job is how much hard work it is. He said there are lots of meetings with developers and business people, though he is, at 100 days in office, getting a chance to tackle the agendas on which he ran, and hoping to hear more from resident constituents.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/04/23/minneapolis-council-member-blong-yang-100-days-office-dont-lose-faith-government"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fifth Ward Council Member Blong Yang told NorthNews the most surprising aspect of his new job is how much hard work it is. He said there are lots of meetings with developers and business people, though he is, at 100 days in office, getting a chance to tackle the agendas on which he ran, and hoping to hear more from resident constituents.<!--break--></p><p>On April 17 Yang sponsored a morning-long summit on Bringing Broadway Back (<a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/88912">see related article</a>), and on Thursday, April 24 he will host a summit on Affordable Housing from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Shiloh Temple, 1201 West Broadway. RSVP is appreciated to Yer Yang at 612-673-2205. The post card for the event says the aim is “to hear your voice on how to fill vacant houses and empty lots with homeowners and development. Members from the community, non-profits, developers and the City of Minneapolis have been invited to speak.”</p><p>The two summits are “my way of connecting to ask the community how to move forward. Those were my two issues, outside of public safety,” Yang said. “In the first couple weeks people called asking ‘can I build this?’ and I thought, ‘do I even have this power?’ The amount of power a council member can have is ridiculous. I didn’t even know how to respond to this,” Yang said. With all sorts of different development ideas he said it would not be good to “Frankenstein” West Broadway.</p><p>Yang said he’s having to learn patience, and to figure out how to get things done in the bureaucracy. For example, 26th Avenue North “is awful, I’ve been screaming to everybody but nothing is going to happen until next year.” He’s having to pay attention to decisions that may seem isolated to other wards but actually impact the Fifth Ward by the precedents they set, such as the debate over historic buildings in Dinkytown or the Southwest Minneapolis building moratorium.</p><p>Recent StarTribune articles about different areas of town being treated differently have underscored work to be done to bring equity across the city, Yang said. The Northside is treated differently on potholes, street lights, and towing during snow emergencies; the newspaper reported that the towing contractors do not go south of a certain boundary. “We make tough decisions about where money should go, we have to equalize so all are served well. This is where rhetoric meets reality.”</p><p>About getting things done, while not necessarily aligned with her, Yang says it has been “enlightening to work with Barb Johnson,” Fourth Ward Council Member and Council President. “She is masterful, that comes from her years of experience and with her mom,” former Council President Alice Rainville.</p><p>He says he is independent in his thinking and has “gone against the grain a bit.” During the campaign and now, he said he’s been fortunate to have a group of former elected officials to consult, Paul Ostrow and Joe Biernat among them. Current colleagues “don’t know where to pinpoint me,” or predict what he’s going to do, Yang said.</p><p>About the upcoming vote on Southwest Light Rail Transit, Yang said “it will be tough to vote against light rail transit as it is. North Minneapolis feels the need for the connection to jobs,” though the line as it’s configured only has two stops in Ward 5 and one just outside. “How to connect those who live way above the line?”</p><p>About crime and safety: “We do need to increase the police force. We’re budgeted for 850 officers, we have around 800 now,” and with retirements happening, the city could be down to the high 700s. To replenish the force through new recruits could take 12-18 months, so for the first time in a long time the city is hiring experienced officers from other jurisdictions.</p><p>The fire department is also down by about 30 people, and is a smaller force than Saint Paul’s, “and we have a bigger city.”</p><p>Leadership in several key city departments changed recently, and the city will have a new head of Community Planning and Economic Development, and new City Coordinator yet to be named.</p><p>Constituents, residents, are welcome to contact Yang’s office. He and staff Niki Mitchell and Yer (Ger) Yang are all at 612-673-2205. While he alluded to it being a tough transition to needing to let his staff “do the heavy lifting” on researching issues, only “10 to 20 percent” of the people he meets with are constituents, so “I’m so excited when they show up. They are the most important. I think it’s my job, and I would love to see more people from the ward show up.”</p><p>In this area of low voter turnout, there are barriers to engaging in government that Yang would like to break down. He said he’s enjoyed meeting with people whom he knows didn’t vote for him, and “seeing how we can make it better for them.” A person does not hold a grudge, for the good of the Ward, he said. “I’m a person they didn’t expect would show up and win.”</p><p>“I was at a book club recently. A lot of middle-aged white women who said they had lost faith in government in general. If they don’t have faith, what about others who have less?” Yang asked. “My goal is to move the dial up so there is more faith in government.”</p><p>“I’m an average Joe,” Yang said. “I’m not that different, outside of my race. The message I would like to leave with people is don’t lose faith in government. I am really open to listening to constituents. We want to do that. Make calls, send emails. Everything will work out well by having common faith.”</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/23/minneapolis-council-member-blong-yang-100-days-office-dont-lose-faith-government#comments Willard-Hay Neighborhoods Harrison Hawthorne Politics & Policy Jordan Near North North Loop Sumner-Glenwood Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:08:07 +0000 88957 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net