My name is Tamara (tamaramccoy.tumblr.com) and I wanted to pass something about Minneapolis on to you. I work with MCAD DesignWorks, a design studio located within the Minneapolis College of Art and Design that gives students relevant and dynamic experience with “real world” projects. We have partnered with nonprofit that serves homeless youth and youth-in-crisis ages 15-21 called YouthLink. YouthLink is not your typical homeless shelter. They are focused on giving these kids the tools and skills to become sustainable parts of their community through education, work experience, and the basic necessities of life.
We are currently in the running for a $25,000 grant from Pepsi Refresh project that will enable DesignWorks to create a system that not only uplifts the youth and makes them feel at home when they come to YouthLink, but also create something that allows the users of their space to find the help they need fast and easy with the privacy they deserve. This is a really important thing for the kids that come through their doors every day and we want to do what we can to help.
The top ten initiatives in the $25,000 category will receive a check from Pepsi for that amount to complete their project. The only way to get into the top ten is to do it by public voting. Everyone can vote once a day, every single day through the month of October. All you do is log onto http://www.refresheverything.com/youthlinkmn and click “Vote for this Idea.” You will be prompted to either use your Facebook or sign up for an account on refresheverything.com. Choose the option that works best for you. Either way, Pepsi will not use your information to sign you up for newsletters, post on your Facebook wall, or spam your friends. They are doing this purely to give money to people that want to do something good for their community. The next way to vote is via text message. Just text 102788 to 73774. Again, you will not be signed up for anything, you will just get a text that says your vote was counted. Easy as that. You are not charged for voting via text either.
Could you make a post about this on stuffaboutminneapolis? It’s a great initiative to help a deserving organization. We cannot make it a reality without the support of the community.
There is more to this blog than murals and historical musings on Minneapolis. This is Minnesota, and we don’t turn away when help is asked.
The Minneapolis school board faces a tough decision on the future of North High School.
An era may be coming to an end in north Minneapolis.
Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson said Saturday that she will recommend to the school board Tuesday that North High School, the city’s oldest high school and an important cultural institution on the mostly black North Side, be closed in three years because of declining enrollment.
A dwindling student body has meant rising costs. With only 265 students at North, the district spends $4,000 more per child to educate students there compared to the city’s other high schools, school board member Chris Stewart has said.
In its 122-year history, North High has educated a Minnesota governor, two former members of Congress and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman. Former Dupont chairman and CEO Irving Shapiro, actor Robert Vaughn and musicians Terry Lewis and Morris Day are among the thousands of graduates who have walked the halls at North’s various addresses.
If the high school does close, it would be the first Minneapolis high school to close since West High shut down in the early 1980s.
She found love all around, but “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” was more at home in Minnesota than you’d think.
One cold day in 1970, Mary Richards drove her white Ford Mustang to Minneapolis looking for a new life. She was 30, unmarried, and from the small town of Roseburg, Minn., four hours away. She found an apartment with a view of the downtown skyline, a job as associate producer of the news show on WJM-TV, and a circle of friends and colleagues who became her family.
The central character of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which premiered 40 years ago this fall and ran for seven years on CBS, is one of Minnesota’s most enduring connections to popular culture.
But now that Mary Richards belongs to the online ether, tossing her knit tam like a graduate over and over for eternity, can we at least admit there are worse myths to have at our center? Minnesotans enjoy sharing in Mary — and not just in a jokey, Paul Bunyan way — because maybe she has something to tell us about ourselves after all.
She embodies, for one thing, the idea of making Minneapolis better by moving here. Unlike sitcom everymen going back to ’40s radio, Mary wasn’t just a bumbler seeking the good life. She was a striver who humanized the people around her. Mary Tyler Moore the actress had roots in Brooklyn and Hollywood, but her character was like a model of assertiveness for stereotypical Minnesotans: Caught between doing right by herself and doing right by others, she sputtered along her moral axis, eventually mustering the nerve to trust her own loving, open nature. If she knew she could turn the world on with her smile, that only made the balance tougher. (Nobody let down so many bad dates as gently or humorously.)
Click through for the full story from today’s Star Tribune. A really well done article.
What is your favorite cemetery in Minneapolis? Not the one you'd most want to end up in, necessarily, but the most picturesque, historically interesting, etc.
When it comes to cemeteries in Minneapolis, I do like to visit St. Anthony’s on Central Avenue. It is a small cemtery that was founded in the 1850’s and has a nice collection of headstones, and it contains the graves of many early Irish inhabitants of Minneapolis since it was run by the Irish church of Northeast Minneapolis, St. Anthony of Padua. Now for more glitz you can’t go wrong with Lakewood Cemetery on Hennepin Avenue. A lot of big names are there…Bill Goldsworthy, Tiny Tim, Hubert Humphrey, Charles Lindbergh (senior not junior), George Mikan, Carl Pohlad, and the list goes on. This is the “money” cemetery of Minneapolis so many of the headstones and grave markers are quite opulent. I haven’t been there in a while, and I would like to go and take some pictures, but they prohibit amateur photography on the grounds (and as a good Minnesotan, I worry about upsetting the apple cart).
Now with all that being said, I do have a Holy Grail that I have been trying to get at for a couple years. The Pioneers and Soldiers Cemtery on East Lake Street has always eluded me. Not that I haven’t tried, it is always locked up whenever I try to visit. Oh yeah, I check their website and show up on the correct days/time, but the gates are always locked on me. This is probably the oldest cemetery in Minneapolis and it mocks me. It Mocks Me Andy!! My God, Jeremy Messersmith got in there so much, he basically did his last album about it (The Reluctant Graveyard).
I apologize for the late reply, I wanted to get into Pioneers and Soldiers and knock your socks off with my smart-alecky historical notes, but it just didn’t happen.
Oh, one more thing…though no longer a graveyard, Beltrami Park in Northeast still has a few graves scattered on the property. If you pack a picnic basket, you can go to the park and have a fun wine/cheese lunch while doing a “Let’s find the remaining dead people” scavenger hunt.
Good times my friend.