Independence Party    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 7:00 p.m.
Republican Party    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 7:00 p.m.
Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 7:00 p.m.
Green Party    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 6:30 p.m.
Constitution Party    See Caucus Finder for specific meeting time. 
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On Friday, January 29, Elizabeth Glidden, 8th Ward Councilmember will present these awards at: 

Early Mornings with Elizabeth
Turtle Bread
4762 Chicago Ave. S.
In the Pizza Biga Room

Mark your calendar now – enjoy breakfast and join Council Member Elizabeth Glidden as the 8th Ward Office honors great community work with the Fourth Annual 8th Ward Community Leader Awards and the Stephanie Ball-Bailey Youth Leader Award.  Free coffee courtesy of Turtle Bread! 

Please join us to celebrate the contributions of these community leaders and organizations:
*             Ms. Clorasteen Wilson – Bryant resident, community volunteer and activist
*             V.J. Smith – founder of Minneapolis MAD DADS
*             The Kingfield Farmers Market – originally founded by the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, completing its first year as an independent organization
*             The Phelps Falcons – National AAU Junior Football Champs

An option for those who don’t have the time to garden on their own but still want to connect to their food!  Backyard Harvest has both the expertise and time to grow you and your family a beautiful, nourishing and abundant garden.  A Backyard Harvest garden allows you and your family to be a part of the food you eat! 

We offer a variety of services and options to the Twin Cities including 3 full service garden designs to choose from, 3 specialty food gardens and garden consulting. A Backyard Harvest garden is a unique package that includes the garden design, installation, watering system, personal urban farmer for the growing season, weekly harvest at your door, e-newsletter, garden journal and more!

Backyard Harvest’s mission is to strengthen the Twin Cities local foods infrastructure one yard at a time by turning lawns into nourishing and healthy landscapes. We connect eaters directly to their food, neighbors to one another, and urban farmers to professional opportunities. The program provides both garden fresh food and garden education for homeowners, renters and neighborhoods, as well as entrepreneurial and small-scale food production training for our farmers. Our farmers contract with homeowners, renters and communities to create gardens in their backyards, maintain the gardens and harvest all of the produce weekly for each family.

For more information go to Backyard Harvest and e-mail Krista at

The City of Minneapolis has created a new web site and email listserv to keep people informed about local efforts to promote the upcoming 2010 Census.  If you are interested in following this topic, please visit our City of Minneapolis 2010 Census web site and sign up for our new listserv: 

A veteran Minneapolis police officer whose work organizing a law enforcement conference was under investigation has left the department.

Lt. Marie Przynski, who had been on paid leave for at least several weeks, no longer works for the department, according to Deputy Chief Robert Allen. It wasn’t clear whether she was fired or resigned.

Przynski had been the subject of an internal affairs investigation that examined financial transactions in connection with her work as a coordinator for the International Association of Women Police, which has a conference scheduled for this fall in Minneapolis. The department has not disclosed results of that investigation.

Przynski was head of the department’s narcotics unit when it was disbanded in September. Chief Tim Dolan said at the time that the move was necessary to save money.

Matt McKinney • 612-673-7329

The Minneapolis Board of Education will host meetings on February 1, 2 and 3 to introduce the community to Bernadeia Johnson, current Deputy Superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools and single candidate for the superintendent position being vacated by Dr. William Green on June 30, 2010.

The board invites members of the community to attend any of the three meetings. At each meeting, Johnson will introduce herself to the public and present her vision for MPS. A question and answer session will also be held. The board encourages attendees to engage in an informal meet and greet with Johnson and members of the board at the beginning of the meetings.

Childcare, food and interpretation in Hmong, Somali and Spanish will be provided. To reserve a spot for childcare, please call the MPS Office of Communications at (612) 668-0230.

The Board of Education will conduct a formal interview of Johnson on February 4 and vote on her candidacy at its regularly scheduled business meeting on February 9.

The meeting schedule is as follows: 
 February 1 – 6:30-8 p.m.
Minneapolis Park Board Headquarters
2117 W. River Rd.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
February 2 – 8:30-10 a.m.
Minneapolis American Indian Center
1530 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
February 3 – 6:30-8 p.m.
Field Community School
4645 4th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
February 4 – 6:00 p.m. – Formal Interview
Assembly Room
807 NE Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55413

MEDIA CONTACT: Emily R. Lowther
Communications & Public Affairs Associate
(612) 668-0237

thinking_v104Call for Artists: Kingfield Community Art Show
March 20, 7-10 PM
Rau+Barber, 4244 Nicollet Avenue

Creative solutions, unusual juxtapositions, innovative use of materials…Kingfielders are a revolutionary crowd! This year’s 5th Annual Community Art Show asks local artists and community members to create 2-dimensional or 3D art that expresses their creativity and presents something outside of the ordinary 4-sided straight walls of our regular world.   

A twist of words, a repurpose of materials, an invention of sound or sight, an image that leaps off the wall…let your mind go free and think out of the box!

Registration Deadline: March 10, 2009 / Artwork Due: March 13 and 14, 2009 / All pieces sold by auction Saturday, March 20 Read more

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