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Saint Paul Public Library and Friends awarded two-year grant for Mobile Workplace project


Sat, Dec 26th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Project will allow Saint Paul Public Library to increase access to job search assistance and computer-based job skill training outside of Library facilities, particularly for people who speak English as their second language.

December 21, 2009, SAINT PAUL, MN - The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and the Saint Paul Public Library were recently awarded $300,000 by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to develop a Mobile Workplace project serving Saint Paul residents for the next two years.

The project features two components. First, the creation and management of a mobile service delivery van, complete with 10 laptop computers loaded with teaching and testing software. The Mobile Workplace will regularly visit at least nine community partner locations where library staff will offer job search assistance and computer training. The second component is the participation of multilingual cultural liaisons who will ensure that services are offered in high-priority languages with outreach to specific cultural communities.

"Libraries are the greatest providers of free Internet - offering residents access to the critical skills and information they need to find jobs in the 21st century workforce" said Polly Talen, program director for Knight Foundation. "Through this initiative, we hope to augment the library's role as a vital community center while helping to create informed and well-prepared communities."

"Through the past few years, Saint Paul's libraries have developed into education and workforce development centers serving children and residents," Mayor Chris Coleman said. "In the new economy, lack of access to computer resources and broadband divides communities, neighborhoods, and schools. Our libraries are filling that void, and thanks to partners like the Knight Foundation, we can bring the resources to our residents to ensure they are not left behind in this fast changing world."

The $300,000 grant is part of a $5.5 million Knight Foundation initiative benefiting library users in 20 communities across the United States. The effort reinforces the sweeping recommendations by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, a project of the Aspen Institute. In a report issued earlier this year, the Commission asserts that democracy in America is threatened by the lack of equal access to quality information. Funding public libraries, as centers of digital and media training, is o .....
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SNOW IS ON THE WAY - ADAPT NOW FOR WINTER DRIVING

Mon, Dec 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - With snowfall predicted across Minnesota, the Departments of Public Safety (DPS) and Transportation (MnDOT) urge motorists to adapt driving skills to winter road conditions and be buckled up, patient and attentive behind the wheel. During ..... 
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Drivers urged to give farm equipment operators extra room

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn.-The Minnesota Transportation and Public Safety departments urge motorists to use extra caution on state highways now that farmers are shipping their crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants.

"Truck traffic inc ..... 
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An Invitation into the Future with The Minnesota Project

Wed, Oct 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

In 2039, what will we be eating; how will travel; and will our teens still be celebrating their high school prom? The Minnesota Project will provide a light and humorous look into the future of sustainability at its 30th anniversary celebration on Sa ..... 
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Latino AIDS Awareness Day in Minnesota set for October 15

Wed, Oct 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

For the seventh year, Minnesota joins the nationwide observance on Oct. 15 of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) in response to the rising HIV infection rates among Latinos across the nation. This year's national theme is, United we can: Stop ..... 
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Minnesota Historical Society Launches Grant Program to Preserve State's History and Cultural Heritage

Wed, Oct 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Society to award $6.75 million statewide for projects of enduring value

over the next two years;

Deadline for first grant application is October 30.

ST. PAUL (Oct. 6, 2009) – Without a concerted effort, our state’s hi< ..... 
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MINNEAPOLIS MAYOR R.T. RYBAK AMONG FOUR U.S. MAYORS NAMED AS FELLOWS BY THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE DANIEL ROSE CENTER FOR PUBLIC LEADERSHIP IN LAND USE

Wed, Oct 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON (October 6, 2009) - The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use has named Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and three other outstanding local community leaders to serve in fellowships for the Center throu ..... 
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Minnesota records three new deaths associated with H1N1 novel influenza

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced that three people have died recently from complications due to infection with the H1N1 novel influenza virus. They were a Watonwan County woman in her 40s, a Dakota County woman in her 50s and ..... 
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THEATRE SHOWCASE AND HOW-TO TRAINING GET MINNESOTA ELDERS ON STAGE

Sun, Sep 27th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - People over 60 are taking the stage across Minnesota in performance venues ranging from the Fringe Festival to school classrooms and condo party spaces. They tell stories, do standup comedy, give dramatic readings and more. ..... 
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