• Local Officials Host Area Town Hall Meeting
Representative Diane Loeffler and newly-elected Senator Kari Dziedzic are planning a series of joint town meetings to hear constituents’ views and ideas. The first sessions will be Saturday, February and Saturday, February at a variety of Northeast location yet to be determined. Watch the Windom Park beat in the TC Daily Planet or neighborhood email networks for the details.
Or you may contact Representative Loeffler’s office. Her legislatiave assistant, Charlotte Antin, can be contact by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 651 296 5360.
And start keeping track of your complaints, questions and ideas – not necessariiy in that order!
• MAGIC at the State Capitol
During the interim Representative Diane Loeffler co-chaired the Bipartisan Redesign Caucus. The Caucus just released a report on findings gleaned from meetings held throughout the state to engage school, city and county officials to identify ways in which the state could foster innovation at the local level. The report has the support of the Minnesota School Boards Association, the League of Minnesota Cities and the Association of County Commissioners, an unlikely harmonic convergence of advocacy groups that are not always inclined to collaborate.
In her recent report to constituents Loeffler points to a Star Tribune article describing the work of the Bipartisan Redesign Caucus. Referring to the Bipartisan Redesign Caucus the Strib reporter notes that “the group is pushing a piece of legislation with the catchiest acronym of 2012 — the MAGIC act – short for the Minnesota Accountable Government Innovation and Collaboration Act. Approved by the Senate last year, the bill would allow counties to sidestep regulations and legislative restrictions and come up with their own solutions to problems in a limited number of test cases.”
Watch the MAGIC happen when and if a divided Legislature takes time to listen to the bipartisan ideas for concrete steps that just might create a system that spurs collaboration and promotes inter-agency collaboration.
• Ashmores Tell Tales of Northeast History February 11
Kerry and Margo Ashmore, publishers of the Northeaster and North News, will team up to share the stories and history of Northeast with friends and neighbors, old-timers and recent arrivals to this promised land. They’ll be walking through the history of the legendary Northeast community on Saturday, February 11, 1-2 p.m. at the Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue Northeast.
The talk is free and open to the public. If you haven’t visited the library recently take time to explore what’s new – consider a good read about the city, the immigrants to Northeast or something appropriate to African American History Month to be celebrated all during the unusually long month of February. You’ve got an extra day, use those 24 hours to spend time with a good book.
• Elementary Students to be Feted at Edison
Another fun evening at the Edison Community Gym, 700 22nd Avenue Northeast. It’s the 4th Annual Elementary School Night, Thursday, February 9. Elementary schoolers (maybe especially Tommies) are welcome to a great basketball game matching the Edison girls against the team from St. Paul Academy and Summit.
Half time treats include the STEP team, dance team and cheerleaders along with the 2011 robot, musical performances and more.
There will be pre-game musical performances beginning at 6:30 with the game starting at 7:00 p.m. Elementary school students in free – regular admission $6 for adults, $4 for students and free for kids under 7. Raffle prizes throughout the evening.