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'Speed Volunteering' Events Held During United Way Action Day

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Thursday is a day to give back in the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman have proclaimed it Greater Twin Cities United Way Action Day.

Bloomington Church Offers Food, Clothes and Pampering to Women Facing Hardships

Women in the community who have run into hardships in life are invited to a free night of pampering and relaxation.

Cedar Valley Church is hosting “Pretty, Pretty,” an event for women who are facing family crises, abuse, loss of jobs or income, divorce or other trials.

Slain Mendota Heights Officer to be Laid to Rest Wednesday

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Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick will be laid to rest next Wednesday.

New, Inclusive Playground Opens at Minnehaha Regional Park

File Photo: An example of one of the inclusive playground products offered by Landscape Structures - Photo: Courtesy of Landscape Structures

A new playground is opening at Minnehaha Regional Park that is modeled after the historic auto tourist camp the park board used to run at Minnehaha Falls. 

The inclusive playground will feature various elements that will allow children of all abilities to play together, including those in wheelchairs and with other special needs.

North Mpls. Charter School Gets Upgrades During 'Annual Day of Volunteering'

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A group of volunteers will be working to improve a Twin Cities school that was badly damaged by a tornado three years ago.

About 100 employees from NorthMarq and Cushman & Wakefield will be painting, landscaping and organizing at Sojourner Truth Academy, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade public charter school in North Minneapolis.

Brooklyn Park Joins 'Nextdoor' Social Networking Website

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Brooklyn Park city officials are hoping social media can better connect neighbors.

The city is joining an initiative called Nextdoor, a private social networking website that allows residents to share information, talk about public safety issues, list community events and even post notices about lost pets.

Davanni's 5th Annual Food Drive Benefits Emergency Foodshelf Network

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Davanni’s is kicking off its fifth annual food drive Monday.

The restaurant is teaming up with the Emergency Foodshelf Network to help stock shelves for those in need. The organization says the donations are needed even more during the summer months to help children who are out of school for the summer and don’t have access to a school lunch program.