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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.

Rasmussen College Employees, Students Volunteer During 'Community Service Day'

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Employees and students at Rasmussen College are giving back.

The college is partnering with local youth and education organizations for its Sixth Annual Community Service Day on Friday.

In Lieu of Birthday Gifts, 7-Year-Old Asks to Help Injured Sea Turtles

Some kids want a PlayStation or pony for their birthday, but one young Minnesota girl went in a different direction.

For her birthday, 7-year-old Samantha wants to help save sea turtles.

Young Patients Give their Own Autographs to Celebrities

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Sixteen patients at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota got celebrity treatment Monday.

Service Held Saturday for Victim of North Mpls. Shooting

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A service was held Saturday for the victim of a shooting in North Minneapolis over the Fourth of July weekend.

Twenty-eight-year-old Cabrie Young was shot and killed at 34th Avenue North and North Dupont Avenue last Saturday. Twenty-four-year-old Joseph Smith of Brooklyn Center has been charged with second-degree murder for his death.