Twin Cities Daily Planet | Latest Headlines http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/columnists en Bringing Everybody Together for Generation Next http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/31/bringing-everybody-together-generation-next <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/08/31/bringing-everybody-together-generation-next" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/31/agap.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/sheila-regan" title="View user profile.">Sheila Regan</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Behind the Story </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.gennextmsp.org/">Generation Next</a> has been in the news recently after the organization, led by R.T.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/08/31/bringing-everybody-together-generation-next"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.gennextmsp.org/">Generation Next</a> has been in the news recently after the organization, led by R.T. Rybak, revealed their &nbsp;“Action Agenda” about how the they will take steps to close the achievement gap. The nonprofit is modeled after a successful partnership in Cincinnatti called Strive Together, which brought together businesses, government leaders, school districts, nonprofits and community groups to breach the disparities between white students and students of color. Rather than embarking on a separate program of their own, Generation Next is building a coalition of different stakeholders and resources.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<strong><em>Related articles:<br /></em></strong><em><a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/kristoffer-tigue/varied-means-close-achievement-gap">Varied Means to Close the Achievement Gap</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/david-schultz/bridging-achievement-gap-limits-education-reform">Bridging the achievement gap: The limits of education reform</a></em></p><p>The cross-sector approach seems like a smart one. When you look back at moments in Minnesota’s history that were very successful, it was always because of this kind of collaboration and partnerships, when lawmakers, educators, businesses and nonprofits have worked together toward a common goal. That Generation Next has leaders from both Twin Cities school districts, both teachers’ unions, the University of Minnesota and other higher education institutions, the Wilder Foundation and other nonprofits, one charter school, corporate entities, at least one minority-specific organization and the mayor of Saint Paul on its Leadership Council (not to mention being led by the former Mayor of Minneapolis) bodes well for its success.</p><p>Obviously eliminating the achievement gap is something that almost any Minnesotan can get behind. Our gross disparities are one of the embarrassments of our state in comparison with other positives of our state. Specifically, the organization has outlined goals such getting every child ready for Kindergarten, making sure every child meets reading proficiency benchmarks by 3<sup>rd</sup> grade and making sure every child graduates from high school on time, ready for college and career as their top goals which all seem like valid priorities.</p><p>In terms of how Generation Next plans to achieve these goals, a recent <a href="http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/272370431.html">Op-Ed in the Star Tribune written by Joe Nathan and Bill Wilson</a> brings up a few very good questions about how Generation Next plans to achieve their goals. The article questioned the absence of speakers at a recent rally for the initiative from the teachers unions and also from charter schools. It also points to criticism about a reliance on tutors to increase reading scores, rather than decreasing classroom sizes and other measures. Nathan and Wilson also called for the organization to be more transparent in its finances.</p><p>I think those are valid questions and I also wonder about how Generation Next will help coordinate resources from outside of the district with what schools already provide. Making sure new programs are not at the expense of professionals like school librarians, guidance counselors, school nurses and licensed teachers seems like it will be an important part of the initiative’s success.</p><p>The big piece that I think will be important for Generation Next’s success will be how they communicate and listen to parents and community members. In my mind, they are the key to making strides in our school system. Any initiative that doesn’t have the community on board will fail.&nbsp;</p><p>Finally, I think it’s a good thing that Generation Next has a rigorous data component, with resources devoted to analyzing various measures about what is working. The worry for me is that analyzing data takes time, especially with so many factors involved, such as changes in the tests that cause MCAs to sometimes show declines just because the questions got harder. Real change takes far longer than typical granting cycles, so I hope that the organization and support will be there for the long haul, rather than get swept away for whatever new idea comes along.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Sheila Regan </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/31/bringing-everybody-together-generation-next#comments achievement gap minneapolis Daily Planet Originals Education Local Minnesota Politics & Policy Race/Ethnicity Youth Youth Policy Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:24:41 +0000 101082 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net Local heavy hitters come out at Minnesota Music on a Stick http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/31/minnesota-music-stick-cactus-blossoms-harmar-superstar-cloud-cult-bob-mould-doomtree <div class="field field-credit"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/profiles/ann-treacy" title="View user profile.">Ann Treacy</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>Minnesota Music on a Stick was a celebration of the great variety and quality of local music we have in Minnesota.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/08/31/minnesota-music-stick-cactus-blossoms-harmar-superstar-cloud-cult-bob-mould-doomtree"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Minnesota Music on a Stick was a celebration of the great variety and quality of local music we have in Minnesota. Hosted by <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/">The Current</a>, one of the most astute observations came from Mark Wheat when he noted that all but one of these bands (Bob Mould) has emerged since The Current went on air in 2005. The Current has been a force to promote local bands – from Americana to Hip Hop and we saw it all on stage.</p><p><a href="http://thecactusblossoms.com/">Cactus Blossoms</a> started the show. The crowd was still drifting in but there were dedicated music fans sitting and waiting under the stage for the show to start. There's not much I can say about a band I saw <a href="http://tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/08/29/turf-club-reopens-erik-koskinen-frankie-lee-dead-man-winter-and-cactus-blossoms">two days earlier</a>. They started with <em>Stoplight Kissing</em>, the played the <em>Buffalo Song</em> and they do a nice job with compelling song introductions. I enjoy their music and I like to see the Bluegrass, Americana sound getting a larger audience.</p><p>Best surprise of the night came when <a href="http://lizzomusic.com/">Lizzo</a> played with <a href="http://harmarsuperstar.com/">Harmar Superstar</a>. That was a match made in musical heaven. They both have powerful voices and even more powerful personalities on stage. They played off each other well. <em>Baby You Shot</em> me was a crowd pleaser. It was fun to see folks hear his music for the first time, with songs like <em>DUI</em> and <em>Don't Make Me Hit You</em>. The disappointment of the night? Harmar kept his pants on!</p><p><a href="http://www.cloudcult.com/">Cloud Cult</a> was up next. They play music that gives you goose bumps – whether you know their sad stories or not. (Losing a child and I learned last night a history of ALS.) Craig Minowa’s voice ranges from electronica sounding to soulful. The violin, the French horn, the keyboards – so many instruments that sound so crystal and pure. Going to see them is like seeing a play – from the highs of a song like <em>Good Friend</em> to the bittersweet sound of <em>Pretty Voice</em>. They have a following like no other band I’ve seen. Audience members in tears and a reverent silence usually reserved for sleeping babies or hometown free throws.</p><p><a href="http://bobmould.com/">Bob Mould</a> took the stage and played a couple of Husker Du songs – and I was there with high school friends. We would have heard <em>I Apologize</em> on a good Saturday night back in the day. That made my night! He just kicked it. There were touches of the fast strings and hard dancing. He has aged so well – and he drew in old folks like me and the younger crowd who were really there to see Doomtree and Brother Ali.</p><p><a href="http://www.doomtree.net/">Doomtree Collective</a> stormed the stage with intensity and a crazy amount of energy. I am a fan of Dessa – as much for her <a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/06/03/calm-mind-or-not-size-matters-russell-simmons-mpr-s-top-coast-program">astute interviewing</a> as her music; otherwise I hadn’t heard a lot of Doomtree. I like Hip Hop when I hear it but I don’t pursue it. When I hear a song like <em>Little Mercy</em> and I wonder why I don’t. One thing that really struck me was how well Doomtree interacts with the audience in the social media/smartphone era. The jumping, the posing, working all corners of the stage gets everyone excited and produces some great Instagram moments.</p><p><a href="http://brotherali.com/">Brother Ali</a> brought his Muslim hip hop dancers with him. I saw them first at a <a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2013/05/16/brother-ali-tpt-lowertown-line">Lowertown Line</a> show; they impressed me then but I think their moves are even better now. I enjoy Brother Ali as much for his interest in politics and religion as for the music. It seems odd to say I like a song like <em>Murder, Murder, Murder, Kill, Kill, Kill</em> but I do. I l like the heavy beats. He’s found a powerful way to bring his message to a new audience.</p><p>All in all a great night – worth standing on asphalt for seven hours!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Ann Treacy </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/31/minnesota-music-stick-cactus-blossoms-harmar-superstar-cloud-cult-bob-mould-doomtree#comments St. Paul Music State Fair Daily Planet Originals Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:46:43 +0000 101080 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show thrills Minnesota State Fair audiences http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/30/stunt-dog-show <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/08/30/stunt-dog-show" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/30/_mg_7753-2.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/barb-teed" title="View user profile.">Barb Teed</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>Mr. Stunt Dog, AKA Chris Perondi, takes pound dogs and turns them into extreme canines.</p> <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/08/30/stunt-dog-show"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mr. Stunt Dog, AKA Chris Perondi, takes pound dogs and turns them into extreme canines. New to the Minnesota State Fair, Perondi’s stunt dog show entertains packed crowds three times a day on the North Woods stage.</p> <p>Perondi, a native of Stockton, Cali., has specific criteria when searching for a rescue dog for his show, and they aren’t lap dogs. “I look for high energy dogs that love to have fun. Dogs that like to soar, spin, fly and jump. It takes a good six months to a year to train them in tricks and stunts,” he said.</p> <p>Perondi selects pups that have what he calls tunnel vision. “They can focus on one toy,” he said. He motivates his show dogs on toys rather than treats as a reward. “It’s more about playing and having fun than about food.”</p> <p>Perondi and wife Suhey own twelve dogs and eight stunt dogs are at the State Fair. Two dogs are retired and now living with grandma and grandpa, he said.</p> <p>The Perondis spend eight to nine months on the road traveling with their stunt dogs. Chris Perondi created the Extreme Canines Show in 1999 and left his IT job in 2001 to work full-time in the entertainment industry. &nbsp;He has produced 7,000 live shows all over the country, he said. He has made appearances with his stunt dogs on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Queen Latifah Show, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Ellen Degeneres Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show. His canines have been featured in Sports Illustrated and a 2014 Rose Parade float, according to the Stunt Dog <a href="http://www.stuntdog.com/">website</a>.</p> <p>Perondi wants everyone to have a “dog-gone good time” at his show. Audience participation is a big factor and he doesn't have a lack of volunteers from the spectators. Vincent, 8, and Rose, 6, came on stage to cheer on the diving skills of two dog teams. “The louder you cheer, the farther they jump,” said Perondi.</p> <p>The State Fair built a dock and pool for the dogs to perform in, said Perondi. “Wait till you see the crowds. Our biggest shows yet.”</p> <p>The Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show is free, with gate admission, daily at 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. in The North Woods.</p> <p>A video highlighting their State Fair show can be found on their Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Stuntdogshow">page</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.mnstatefair.org/">Minnesota State Fair</a> runs Aug. 21 through Labor Day, Sept. 1.</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"> © 2014 Barb Teed and Jeff Rutherford </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/30/stunt-dog-show#comments 2014 Minnesota State Fair Chris Perondi Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show Extremem Canines minnesota state fair rescue dogs state fair Stunt Dog Show stunt dogs State Fair Daily Planet Originals Local Minnesota Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:30:23 +0000 101058 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net Hundreds block traffic downtown, peacefully demand police accountability http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/29/hundreds-block-traffic-downtown-peacefully-demand-police-accountability <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/08/29/hundreds-block-traffic-downtown-peacefully-demand-police-accountability" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/29/main.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/katiegnelson" title="View user profile.">KatieGNelson</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>Twin Cities residents continue to feel the reverberations from the early-August shooting of an unarmed Black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/08/29/hundreds-block-traffic-downtown-peacefully-demand-police-accountability"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Twin Cities residents continue to feel the reverberations from the early-August shooting of an unarmed Black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. with local activists calling more tools, training and transparency within local law enforcement in order to curb racial injustices within the criminal justice system.</p><p>Almost a thousand activists flooded downtown Minneapolis on Aug. 28 to attend a rally against police brutality and racial inequality. The protest remained peaceful and well-organized despite closing off major roads and disrupting traffic downtown.</p><p>According to the NAACP, African Americans constitute about one million of the 2.3 million people incarcerated in the United States, and African Americans are incarcerated nearly six times the rate of Whites.</p><p>The protest, organized by the emerging Young People’s Freedom &amp; Justice Party, came almost 12 hours after St. Paul police shot and killed a man who was allegedly throwing large rocks and acting aggressively toward officers. And just two days ago, <a href="http://tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/28/st-paul-man-cellphone-assault-video-identified-claims-charges-dropped">a video surfaced showing a St. Paul officer tasering and arresting a Black man</a> who was waiting to pick up his children from daycare.&nbsp;</p><p>Activists from all social and racial spectrums attended Thursday’s rally, many holding signs with slogans “I am Mike Brown” and “Black life matters” splashed across poster board. &nbsp;</p><p>Though many of the protesters remained united by similar conviction to end racial injustice, almost every individual had their own idea about solving this multifaceted and emotionally charged issue.</p><p>Darnella Wade said she wants to equip all on-duty police officers with body cameras. “I think when people know they’re being watched, they behave themselves better,” she said. “And it just makes us feel safer.”</p><p>Mike Herndon said national leaders must accept that racial inequality actually exists before further progress can be made.</p><p>“We hear a lot of nice talk from a lot of [political leaders] and they keep on talking about how they want to these fix problems,” Herndon said. “But they never acknowledge that the police system is racist, they never acknowledge that [Black Americans] are racially profiled, that we are pulled over at a much higher rate, that we are incarcerated at a much higher rate than our White counterparts.”</p><p>Speaking to the growing crowd on Thursday evening, activist Mel Reeves encouraged communities of color to show their collective power by registering to vote, running for political office, boycotting racist businesses and companies, and challenging the components of structural racism — like generational poverty and inequity — in their communities.</p><p>“But we can’t end racism by ourselves,” Reeves added. “We need to come together to create a platform, a platform for justice.”</p><p>The pressure for racial equality seems to be mounting on a local and national level said Nancy Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity at St. Catherine University. Recent solidarity rallies and public demonstrations underscore “long standing concerns about police brutality and police violence … that rise to public attention with the case of a dramatic killing,” she said.</p><p>“This certainly will renew again calls for the reform of policing,” Heitzeg added. “But I think that any real change in what’s happening is going to require a longer conversation about the de-criminalization and the de-incarceration [of people of color].”</p><p>That kind of work won’t always be glamorous, Heitzed said, and it will take a long time and often be difficult.</p><p>For Herndon, that means pushing people out of their comfort zones.</p><p>“People have to be uncomfortable to solve these kinds of problems,” he said. “They’re never going to change unless they’re forced to change,” he said.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Katie G. Nelson </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/29/hundreds-block-traffic-downtown-peacefully-demand-police-accountability#comments #Ferguson minneapolis police misconduct Daily Planet Originals Government Local Minnesota National Politics & Policy Public Safety Race/Ethnicity Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:40:08 +0000 101045 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net TC Spotlight | Thrift stores to help your back-to-school shopping http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/29/tc-spotlight-back-school-and-seasonal-finds-thrift-stores-twin-cites <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/08/29/tc-spotlight-back-school-and-seasonal-finds-thrift-stores-twin-cites" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/29/www.kizoa_.com_collage_2014-08-29_14-57-30.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/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><strong></strong>With the students going back to school and the change of seasons fastly approaching, we thought we'd place a spotlight on thrift shops going into the long holiday weekend.</p><p>Thrift store shopping is <a href="http://www.narts.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3285">all the rage these days</a>. Whether it’s due to the economic turndown, the recycling movement, or other factors, more Americans are turning to thrift stores to search for hidden treasures and bargain prices.</p><p>If you’ve been putting off your back-to-school shopping, or want to tighten up your fall wardrobe or seasonal décor, you can find many great deals at thrift shops Labor Day and throughout the week. Below we’ve highlighted a few of the many thrift shops to visit and enjoy the rush of digging for those deep discounts!&nbsp; Use the comment section to sound off on your favorite thrift stores, share your shopping tips, and talk all things bargain hunting!</p><p></p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/08/29/tc-spotlight-back-school-and-seasonal-finds-thrift-stores-twin-cites"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong></strong>With the students going back to school and the change of seasons fastly approaching, we thought we'd place a spotlight on thrift shops going into the long holiday weekend.</p><p>Thrift store shopping is <a href="http://www.narts.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3285">all the rage these days</a>. Whether it’s due to the economic turndown, the recycling movement, or other factors, more Americans are turning to thrift stores to search for hidden treasures and bargain prices.</p><p>If you’ve been putting off your back-to-school shopping, or want to tighten up your fall wardrobe or seasonal décor, you can find many great deals at thrift shops Labor Day and throughout the week. Below we’ve highlighted a few of the many thrift shops to visit and enjoy the rush of digging for those deep discounts!&nbsp; Use the comment section to sound off on your favorite thrift stores, share your shopping tips, and talk all things bargain hunting!</p><p><!--break--></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.arcsvaluevillage.org/shop/village-reward/">Arc's Value Village Thrift Store and Donation Center</a></strong></p><p>1650 White Bear Ave N, Saint Paul | 651-788-8300</p><p>Hours| Mon-Fri: 9 am- 9 pm; Sat - Sun: &nbsp;9 am – 7 pm</p><p>Labor Day Hours | 9 am - 7 pm</p><p><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/August/400601_10151396083213583_816601024_n.jpg" width="280" height="187" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /></p><p>Arc’s Value Village is having a storewide Labor Day Sale, September 1, offering 50% off on everything except orange and white tagged items. <a href="http://www.arcsvaluevillage.org/shop/village-reward/">Reward members</a> can get an early taste of the sale Sunday, August 31. If you’re not already a member, you can join the day of.</p><p>Arc prides itself in offering a wide selection of well-organized merchandise, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, housewares, home décor, toys, antiques, collectibles and more. As a non-profit organization, the store donates to assist adults and children with disabilities in the community, and if you donate between September 1 and October 15 you can earn a <a href="http://www.arcsvaluevillage.org/donate/">30% off coupon to shop</a>. In addition to the St. Paul store, Arc also has stores in <a href="http://www.arcsvaluevillage.org/locations/">Richfield, Brooklyn Center, and New Hope</a>, with a new store in the works on France and Old Shakopee in Bloomington later this year.</p><p>(Photo by Cory Ryan, courtesy of Arc's Value Village)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.savers.com/Default.aspx">Savers Thrift Stores</a></strong></p><p>2124 E Lake St., Minneapolis&nbsp;| 612- 729-9271</p><p>Hours | Mon - Sat: 9 am - 9 pm; Sun: 10 am – 7 pm</p><p><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/August/_20140828_224830.jpg" width="280" height="234" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />Savers is ringing in the Labor Day holiday with a 50% off sale on clothing, towels, socks and other select items. The store promises new finds at every visit, as merchandise is frequently updated. Savers is a privately owned chain that has been in business for 54 years. Although the store is for-profit, each store partners with a local non-profit. The Minneapolis Savers partners with Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota and Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota. Go <a href="http://www.savers.com/find-a-thrift-store.aspx?z=55403">here</a> for more locations and other info.</p><p>&nbsp;(Photo by Paige Elliott)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/SteeplePeopleStore"><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/August/img_20140828_190334.jpg" width="280" height="210" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;" />The Steeple People Thrift Store</a></strong></p><p>2004 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis | 612-871-8305</p><p>Hours | Mon - Fri: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm (Tues until 6:30 pm); Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm</p><p>Steeple People Surplus Store will be closed on Labor Day, but there’s a BOGO (buy one get one) sale this week on school items and 50% off sale on pink tags, consisting of clothing, purses and linen.</p><p>The shop carries a mix of interesting finds, from clothing for adults and kids, to dinnerware, seasonal decorations, furniture, jewelry, art and even CDs and DVDs.</p><p>Steeple People is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 as an extension of&nbsp;Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church’s&nbsp;outreach ministry. The store gives to local charities and makes in-kind donations to people in need. Go <a href="http://hennepinchurch.org/steeplepeople/">here</a> for donation and volunteer opportunities.</p><p>(Photo by Paige Elliott)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://imunique.com/"><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/August/unique.png" width="280" height="137" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />Unique Thrift Store</a></strong></p><p>1657 Rice Street, St. Paul, MN 55117 | 651-489-5083</p><p>Hours | Mon - Sat 9 am - 7:30 pm; Sun 11 am - 5 pm</p><p><a href="http://imunique.com/pages/Locations/">Unique Thrift Stores</a> (which also includes Valu Thrift Store at 2145 Hudson Road in St. Paul), is offering a 50% off Labor Day sale, September 1, with a preview for <a href="http://imunique.com/pages/VIP/">VIP members</a> Sunday, August 31. Unique Thrift stores feature a diverse selection of merchandise carefully selected by team associates, selling evertyhing from vintage clothing and accessories, to home décor, electronics, books and other items. Unique is part of the Savers chain of thrift stores and donates to the non-profit organization, Vietnam War Veterans of America.</p><p>(Photo courtesy of Unique Thrift Store)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Honorable Mentions:</strong></p><ul><li>Sadly, longstanding retro thrift store <strong><a href="http://www.tattersvintageclothing.com/">Tatters Vintage Clothing</a></strong>, a fixture on Lyndale and Lake for more than 30 years, is going out of business and offering 25% off all merchandise this week. Check the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tattersvintage">Facebook page</a> for updates or call 612-823-5285.</li><li>Newly opened<strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SisterhoodBoutique">Sisterhood Boutique</a>,</strong> located in the African Development Center in Cedar-Riverside area, is offering a 50% off back-to-school sale on all store merchandise. The store sells a colorful selection of scarves, skirts, blouses, shoes and other accessories. The sale runs through Labor Day. Call 612-281-0910 for more details. &nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong style="line-height: 18px;"><em>See:</em></strong><em style="line-height: 18px;"> <a href="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/03/03/grand-opening-sisterhood-boutique-celebrating-east-african-girls-entrepreneurial-spi">Grand opening of the Sisterhood Boutique: Celebrating East African girls' entrepreneurial spirit in Minneapolis</a></em></p><p><em><br /></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Paige Elliott </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/29/tc-spotlight-back-school-and-seasonal-finds-thrift-stores-twin-cites#comments minneapolis St Paul tc spotlight thrift shops Communities Daily Planet Originals Lifestyle Local Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:10:31 +0000 101035 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net Fans vote for their favorite Minnesota State Fair vendors http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/29/minnesota-state-fair-fans-vote-best-best <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/08/29/minnesota-state-fair-fans-vote-best-best" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/29/crowd.gif" 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/barb-teed" title="View user profile.">Barb Teed</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>Minnesota State Fair fans chose their favorites in the Great Minnesota Get-Together's third People's Choice Awards. In a ceremony held on Aug.</p> <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/08/29/minnesota-state-fair-fans-vote-best-best"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Minnesota State Fair fans chose their favorites in the Great Minnesota Get-Together's third People's Choice Awards. In a ceremony held on Aug. 28 at the International Bazaar Stage, State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer presented the following awards honoring fairgoers' favorite vendors.</p> <p><strong>Best Food or Beverage:</strong> The Sandwich Stop</p> <p><strong>Best Attraction:</strong> Foci – Minnesota Center for Glass Arts (glass blowing demonstrations at West End Market)</p> <p><strong>Best Value:</strong> Minnesota Apples</p> <p><strong>Best Customer Service:</strong> Railroad Art by John Cartwright</p> <p><strong>Best Product or Service:</strong> Borgert Products Inc. (concrete pavers, stones, retaining walls, fireplaces, outdoor ovens, and fountain kits for outdoor living spaces)</p> <p>The awards program began in 2012 with the goal of recognizing outstanding vendors, while allowing fairgoers to determine the best of the best. During the first five days of the State Fair, visitors were invited to nominate their favorites in these five categories at any information booth, according to the State Fair.</p> <p>The 2014 <a href="http://www.mnstatefair.org/">Minnesota State Fair</a> runs Aug. 21 through Labor Day, Sept. 1.</p> <p><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/August/apples.jpg" width="500" height="332" /></p> <p><em>(Above) Minnesota Apples was voted Best Value by Minnesota State Fair fans.</em> (Photo courtesy State Fair)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Barb Teed and Jeff Rutherford </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/29/minnesota-state-fair-fans-vote-best-best#comments Business minnesota state fair State Fair Daily Planet Originals Food and restaurants Local Minnesota Work & Economy Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:03:59 +0000 101021 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net GLOBAL GROCERIES | Need sunscreen? Diapers? Steichen’s Market is an oasis among food on sticks http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/29/global-groceries-need-sunscreen-diapers-steichen-s-market-oasis-among-food-sticks <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/08/29/global-groceries-need-sunscreen-diapers-steichen-s-market-oasis-among-food-sticks" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/29/jimmyn_steichen_third_generation_owner_of_steishens_grocery_and_deli_atthe_state_fair.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/stephanie-fox" title="View user profile.">Stephanie Fox</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Global Groceries </div> </div> </div> <p>If you’re looking for something on a stick, Steichen’s Market and Deli at the Minnesota State Fair is not for you. The store’s motto <em>is “Cease the grease.</em></p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/08/29/global-groceries-need-sunscreen-diapers-steichen-s-market-oasis-among-food-sticks"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you’re looking for something on a stick, Steichen’s Market and Deli at the Minnesota State Fair is not for you. The store’s motto <em>is “Cease the grease. Nothing on a stick since 1933.”</em> But for anyone looking for diapers or allergy medicine, this market might be your best friend.</p><p>Those who actually stay full-time at the Great Minnesota Get Together – people who run the Midway rides or operate a food booth or who brought a four legged 4-H project to show – already know about Steichen’s Market and Deli. It’s the only place to go when you need cleaning supplies, diapers, cereal, aspirin, antihistamine, shampoo, deodorant, bandages, sunscreen, canned tuna, and even dental floss.</p><p>But, even if you don’t work at the fair, if you’re one of the nearly two million people who attend only as a visitor, you’ve probably seen the signs for the store. You may have thought the place was off limits to sightseers. It’s not. Everyone is welcome at Steichen’s.</p><p>For three generations, since the store opened in 1933, the Steichen family has been operating Steichen’s little convenience store and deli in what legend says was an old bi-plane hanger. That was the same year when the big event at the Fair was the collision of two locomotives at the Grandstand. It was the same year the steel arch, now re-installed at the new transit station, was first erected. It was the height of the Great Depression, the same year Prohibition ended. It was a long time ago.</p><p><img src="/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/2014/August/if_you_live_at_the_fair_you_have_easy_access_to_household_products.jpg" width="300" height="200" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />The store is open fewer than two weeks each year, during the State Fair at the end of summer and for three days in June, for the Back to the ‘50s Minnesota Car Show. Owner Jimmy Steichen, arrives as early as March, to begin maintenance, repairs, and to order and stock products.</p><p>Steichen has worked at what was his grandfather’s store for 44 years, beginning when he was eight years old, assigned to pull gizzards out of chickens. His father, Ted Jr., took over from his grandfather and when he retired, he passed the crown on to Jimmy.</p><p>Steichen said he has no idea how new visitors find the store, but more and more find it every day.</p><p>While most customers are fair workers, people like Bob LaBore from Woodbury said he saw a sign for the store and came in to check the place out. “Now I can say I’ve been everywhere at the Fair,” he said.</p><p>Steichen said he loves meeting new customers but he especially loves seeing old friends. “I have a lot of friends who work the carnival,” he said. “Some have been coming for years.”</p><p>Hunter Bowlin begins his first year of college at Stout in a few days and said he’s been working at the store since he was seven years old and comes in to help Steichen.</p><p>“My dad knows Jimmy,” Bowlin said. “It’s all family and friends. I work 12-hour shifts, but it’s a blast. We’re all like family here – we’re super close.”</p><p>But the biggest seller are the deli sandwiches, he said, which are freshly made and cut right there in the store.</p><p>“We have the carnies and the French fry people as regulars,” Bowlin said. “They come in every day and it gets so I know what sandwich they want before they order it.”</p><p>At first, cashier Lisa Eckma is too busy with customers to answer questions. She’s fast, efficient and calls everyone ‘Hon.’ “What do you need, Hon?” “Here’s your change Hon.” She knows the price of every product and smiles constantly. When not at the fair, she works as a massage therapist.</p><p>“The Market is a great thing, tucked behind here,” Eckma said. “I love working here. I like all the people. I like the regulars from the Midway. They come every year and they’re loyal.”</p><p>Despite being one of the oldest establishments at the fair, Eckma said, they don’t get much promotion or press. “The new ones get all the press coverage,” she said. “People don’t even know that we’re in the coupon book.”</p><p>Steichen’s is open from 7 a.m. until after the Grandstand and fireworks shows every night. It’s located at 1778 Commissary Loop, north of the Coliseum, in the alley shortcut between the Horse barn and the DNR, behind the Poultry Building. Look for the signs pointing down the alley and the sign on above the door, ‘Established 1933. Celebrating over 80 year, Minnesota State Fair.’</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Stephanie Fox </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/29/global-groceries-need-sunscreen-diapers-steichen-s-market-oasis-among-food-sticks#comments 2014 Minnesota State Fair Business State Fair Daily Planet Originals Food and restaurants Local Minnesota Work & Economy Midway Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:51:13 +0000 101015 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net MUSIC REVIEW | Turf Club reopens with Erik Koskinen, Frankie Lee, Dead Man Winter and Cactus Blossoms http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/08/29/turf-club-reopens-erik-koskinen-frankie-lee-dead-man-winter-and-cactus-blossoms <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/arts/2014/08/29/turf-club-reopens-erik-koskinen-frankie-lee-dead-man-winter-and-cactus-blossoms" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/29/turf_club_-_erik_koskinen.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/ann-treacy" title="View user profile.">Ann Treacy</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>Everyone in St Paul breathed a sigh of returned cool Thursday night when the Turf Club reopened after a summer of renovations. It was a sold out show featuring <a href="http://deadmanwinter.com/" target="_blank">Dead Man Winter</a>, <a href="http://www.frankieleemusic.com/" target="_blank">Frankie Lee</a>, <a href="http://www.erikkoskinen.com/" target="_blank">Erik Koskinen</a> and a surprise appearance from <a href="http://www.thecactusblossoms.com/" target="_blank">The Cactus Blossoms</a>, which wasn't a shock but sure was pleasant. Much as I like all four bands, the club was the star last night.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/arts/2014/08/29/turf-club-reopens-erik-koskinen-frankie-lee-dead-man-winter-and-cactus-blossoms"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Everyone in St Paul breathed a sigh of returned cool Thursday night when the Turf Club reopened after a summer of renovations. It was a sold out show featuring <a href="http://deadmanwinter.com/" target="_blank">Dead Man Winter</a>, <a href="http://www.frankieleemusic.com/" target="_blank">Frankie Lee</a>, <a href="http://www.erikkoskinen.com/" target="_blank">Erik Koskinen</a> and a surprise appearance from <a href="http://www.thecactusblossoms.com/" target="_blank">The Cactus Blossoms</a>, which wasn't a shock but sure was pleasant. Much as I like all four bands, the club was the star last night.<!--break--></p><p>The place feels bigger but much the same. Like looking at a friend who shaved a beard, being in the new and improved bar was a guessing game of what's new, what's improved and what do we miss. The Cactus Blossoms put it best, "It's a little different, but we'll get over it. It smells better."</p><p>The celling was raised. The booths are gone. There's a new bar or maybe the old bar scrubbed down to the point of new. The bathrooms are cleaner - but the women's room feels smaller and we're missing a table to hold your drinks. I heard a few women mourn the loss of one stall - thinking we went from three to two - but I'm pretty sure there have always been two stalls. It's symptomatic of remembering things a little better than they were. My own mourn, it used to be darker but maybe the dimmer switches for the lights are coming.</p><p>The Clown Lounge got new paneling. It be fair the Clown Lounge saw its major upgrade a few months ago when the new owners snuck in new booths. There are no more springs poking out of the seats; so you don’t have to sit so close to the person next to you, unless you want to.</p><p>The sound system is better. Even from my favorite spot two inches from the stage I could hear the difference. And of course there's a the kitchen, but that won't be serving food until next week. There's work left to be done. Someone thought by October everything would be finished. And I heard the hammers were still going up until the doors opened. So the Turf Club is still a diamond that could use a little polishing but I think letting patrons seeing the last part of the transformation as it happens will help us all get over it.</p><p>Another reason change is easier to accept - your favorite bartenders are still there and I think they're happy to be back. Many worked at other First Avenue-owned locations or worked on renovations over the summer. Everyone was hustling and there seemed to be a great sense of ownership in the room.</p><p>And then there was the music. The Turf Club plays such a great range of musical genres - but I was glad they opened country. Gives a little nod to the old days of blue hair and polka at the Turf.</p><p>The night stated with <a href="http://www.erikkoskinen.com/">Erik Koskinen</a> and full band. I had seen him the night before at the Mill City Museum. Funny to go from gorgeous outdoor mill ruins to Turf Club; a nice example of venue diversity in the Twin Cities. They started with old songs, played a few off the latest album. <em>Six Pack of Beer</em> was a favorite with the crowd. They didn't play my Favorite <em>Detroit Detroit</em>, but maybe they're saving that for the return of <a href="http://realphonic.com/realphonic/REALPHONIC.html">Real Phonic Radio Hour</a> in September.</p><p>Next up was <a href="http://www.frankieleemusic.com/">Frankie Lee</a>, which required just a little shuffle of the deck on stage. Fun to see so many musicians wear different hats and support each other. Off stage I spied a number of local musicians as well - speaks well of the level of music and support in the community. He started with <em>East Side Blues</em>, included <em>Country</em>, which received nice airplay on The Current, especially earlier this summer and told a nice story about his first time playing the Turf Club - with his mom. Very sweet.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://deadmanwinter.com/">Dead Man Winter</a> was next. I spoke with a woman before the show who was thrilled because she got a picture with Dave Simonett. She had just seem him in Colorado at a big show with lots of people and was now thrilled to see him in the smaller venue and to meet him. It was a good reminder of how lucky we are in Minnesota to have the caliber of musicians we have. They are fun to watch and hear.</p><p>Finally the <a href="http://www.thecactusblossoms.com/">Cactus Blossoms</a>, again as surprise guests. They were clearly at home on the stage; they played many of the songs on their live album, which was recorded at the Turf Club last summer. The only thing that was missing was the usual dancers who wowed me with their two-stepping during the weekly Cactus Blossom residency at the Turf.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © Ann Treacy </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/08/29/turf-club-reopens-erik-koskinen-frankie-lee-dead-man-winter-and-cactus-blossoms#comments Arts Entertainment Music Daily Planet Originals Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:59:26 +0000 101005 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net The hands that feed us: Workers at the Minnesota State Fair http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/29/behind-scenes-workers-state-fair <div class="field field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/2014/08/29/behind-scenes-workers-state-fair" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpanel imagecache-linked imagecache-frontpanel_linked"><img src="http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/frontpanel/14/29/handsfeedmain.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/jennifer-larson" title="View user profile.">Jennifer Larson</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>Every year crowds of people head to the Minnesota State Fair, thinking about the food they'll eat, the rides they'll take and the people they'll watch.</p> <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/08/29/behind-scenes-workers-state-fair"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Every year crowds of people head to the Minnesota State Fair, thinking about the food they'll eat, the rides they'll take and the people they'll watch. But how often do we notice the people who make this whole thing happen?&nbsp;From the people who make and serve us the food, to the ride operators, to the folks who clean up after us — who's working behind the scenes at the fair? This photo essay is just a start in telling the story of the many people who work behind the scenes to give us the Minnesota State Fair.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © Jennifer Larson </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/29/behind-scenes-workers-state-fair#comments Business employees food minnesota state fair rides Volunteers workers Arts Labor Entertainment State Fair Visual Arts Daily Planet Originals Food and restaurants Local Minnesota Work & Economy Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:09:15 +0000 101003 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net OPINION | Bringing the Lyndale neighborhood together for 'Nicollet Votes' http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/28/opinion-bringing-lyndale-neighborhood-together-nicollet-votes <div class="field field-media-partner-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lyndale Neighborhood Association </div> </div> </div> <p>This past month Lyndale begun working on the Nicollet Votes project. The goal for this project is to increase voter turnout in the Lyndale, Kingfield, Stevens Square, and Whittier neighborhoods from 57 percent to 65 percent in this non-presidential election year and to have over a thousand conversations with community members about what is important to them in their neighborhood. The project will do this through voter registration, being present at community events, phone banks, and thirty-two neighborhood doorknocks.</p><span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2014/08/28/opinion-bringing-lyndale-neighborhood-together-nicollet-votes"><strong>MORE &raquo;</strong></a></span><div class="field field-article-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This past month Lyndale begun working on the Nicollet Votes project. The goal for this project is to increase voter turnout in the Lyndale, Kingfield, Stevens Square, and Whittier neighborhoods from 57 percent to 65 percent in this non-presidential election year and to have over a thousand conversations with community members about what is important to them in their neighborhood. The project will do this through voter registration, being present at community events, phone banks, and thirty-two neighborhood doorknocks.<!--break--></p><p>At the beginning of August, Lyndale brought on two canvassers, a neighborhood intern, and a HECUA intern through the U of M to work on Nicollet Votes. After recruitment and canvassing training, the team began recruiting volunteers at events throughout the four neighborhoods.</p><p>The Nicollet Votes team includes two canvassers, Hani Ali and Cesar Atienzo, who are being paid through a grant from the Minneapolis Foundation, Charlotte who is our neighborhood intern, and Nathaniel Elder who will be joining the project in September from HECUA. In this article you’ll get a brief introduction to each member of our canvass team and a short description of what the project will look like in Lyndale.</p><blockquote><p>Greetings, I’m Hani. I came to this country 14 years ago, but people in my community still spend a lot of time talking about Somali politics. I’m excited about this project because I want my community to get involved in their present life in the United States. Back home being involved in politics was limited, but in this community you can make a difference. I’m here to say come out to vote and have a voice. I’m looking forward to meeting you.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>I’m Charlotte and I have lived in Minneapolis for all 17 years of my life. I got involved with the Lyndale Neighborhood Association though the community conversations organized by LNA. One of the things that came up in the conversation was that people in our neighborhood wanted to get involved with the community, but didn’t know how. That was definitely the case with me. I know how important it is in small communities like ours to get our voices heard. One of the easiest ways to do this is to simply go out and vote, because the people elected are the people who represent you and your community.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>Hello my name is Cesar and I have lived in the Lyndale neighborhood for over 10 years. I really like living here because the diversity of the people, the beautiful parks, and the bike paths. I got involved with the Nicollet Votes Project because growing up in Mexico City I had the opportunity to help organize people in my neighborhood. I have been working with the Latino community in Minneapolis and this is another opportunity for me to help my community and help create a better place for everyone.</p></blockquote><p>Lyndale’s first canvass day is on Wednesday, September 17th. We’ll meet at the Lyndale Community Center at 3537 Nicollet for a training at 6pm, and we’ll finish the evening by 8:30pm. At the canvass you’ll have training, a script, and a partner to get you ready for success knocking on the doors of our neighborhood.</p><p>These conversations are very important. They are not only about making our democracy work for us at the polls, they are also about engaging the community around the issues that are important to our community members. This is a way for us to bring democracy to our neighborhood</p><p>After the first canvass we’ll be in Lyndale every week on different days. We’ll try to knock our entire neighborhood, but in order to do that, we need your help! Contact Jennifer: <span class="spamspan"><span class="u">jennifer</span> [at] <span class="d">lyndale [dot] org</span></span> / 612.824.9402 x 12 to get involved.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-img-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> © 2014 Lyndale Neighborhood Association </div> </div> </div> http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/08/28/opinion-bringing-lyndale-neighborhood-together-nicollet-votes#comments Elections Neighborhoods Opinion Lyndale Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:50:08 +0000 Jennifer Arnold 100978 at http://www.tcdailyplanet.net