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Minnesota Vikings owners agree to put more money into stadium

StarTribune Mpls News - Thu, 2014-11-20 23:41
The Wilfs plan to increase their contributions to the $1 billion facility by almost $650,000.

McGuire-Pohlad soccer group gets powerful supporter

StarTribune Mpls News - Thu, 2014-11-20 23:28
Hennepin County Board member backs faction seeking separate stadium.

Minneapolis readies application for federal help to boost city's poorest

StarTribune Mpls News - Thu, 2014-11-20 23:01
Minneapolis mayor draws 150 at forum to shape Promise Zone pitch, but critics say other programs failed or do similar work.

Minneapolis police announce shake-up at top

StarTribune Mpls News - Thu, 2014-11-20 21:30
Changes in commanders are a means to gain more public trust, police chief says.

Anoka County prosecution appeals light sentence for ex-Minneapolis cop for sex crimes with minors

StarTribune Mpls News - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:54
Judge departed from presumptive sentence of 10 years for the officer’s crimes

Giving back: the Home Builders Foundation of Metro Denver

Civi Blog - Wed, 2014-11-19 17:03

When Home Builders Foundation of Metro Denver was faced with fatal database errors during a CiviCRM upgrade, they did not know how to deal with this issue.

CiviCon Denver 2015 - save the date!

Civi Blog - Wed, 2014-11-19 16:38

Pack your bags folks - CiviCon is on the move! Thanks to Nicolas Ganivet and CiviDesk our home for 2015 will be Denver, Colorado.

 

 

South Minneapolis historic home owner Pearl Lindstrom dies at 92

Paige Elliott TC Daily Planet

Pearl Lindstrom, the owner of the south Minneapolis home recently added to the National Register of Historic Places has died at the age of 92. A call to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner today confirmed Lindstrom's death was reported with their office. The cause of death, time of death and other details are pending an official investigation.

Lindstrom lived in the little house on the corner of 4600 Columbus Avenue South in Minneapolis for over 50 years. She was thrust into the spotlight last summer because of renewed interest in the story of the Lee Family, the home's previous owners.

In 1931, Arthur, wife Ethel, and daughter Mary Lee’s were met with racial animosity and strife as an African-American family integrating an all-white neighborhood. As we previously reported, renewed interest in the Lees’ story begain to gain traction, according to the Star Tribune, after a 2001 publication of research by law Professor Ann Juergens.

Arthur Lee, a World War I veteran and a postal worker, found solace and protection for his family from other veterans and co-workers, many of whom were white. After two years of turmoil, the Lees moved from the home, but today their story serves as a poignant reminder of a turbulent period in Minnesota race relations. In 2011, an Arthur Lee monument was unveiled in Lindstrom's front yard with a big community celebration and commemorative ceremony; Lindstrom served as a gracious host.

The house gained national attention this summer when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 11, 2014. We spoke with Lindstrom in July about the historic recognition and what the honor meant to her. "It just reminds me that there are many, many people that are nice, both black and white" said Lindstrom. "Love people the way you're supposed to, the way the Bible says...we are to love people like we do ourselves. So that's what I try to do!"

See: House in south Minneapolis added to National Register of Historic Places

See a video of Lindstrom talking about her historic house below:

Pearl Lindstrom, the owner of the south Minneapolis home recently added to the National Register of Historic Places has died at the age of 92. A call to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner today confirmed Lindstrom's death was reported with their office. The cause of death, time of death and other details are pending an official investigation.

Lindstrom lived in the little house on the corner of 4600 Columbus Avenue South in Minneapolis for over 50 years. She was thrust into the spotlight last summer because of renewed interest in the story of the Lee Family, the home's previous owners.

In 1931, Arthur, wife Ethel, and daughter Mary Lee’s were met with racial animosity and strife as an African-American family integrating an all-white neighborhood. As we previously reported, renewed interest in the Lees’ story begain to gain traction, according to the Star Tribune, after a 2001 publication of research by law Professor Ann Juergens.

Arthur Lee, a World War I veteran and a postal worker, found solace and protection for his family from other veterans and co-workers, many of whom were white. After two years of turmoil, the Lees moved from the home, but today their story serves as a poignant reminder of a turbulent period in Minnesota race relations. In 2011, an Arthur Lee monument was unveiled in Lindstrom's front yard with a big community celebration and commemorative ceremony; Lindstrom served as a gracious host.

The house gained national attention this summer when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 11, 2014. We spoke with Lindstrom in July about the historic recognition and what the honor meant to her. "It just reminds me that there are many, many people that are nice, both black and white" said Lindstrom. "Love people the way you're supposed to, the way the Bible says...we are to love people like we do ourselves. So that's what I try to do!"

See: House in south Minneapolis added to National Register of Historic Places

See a video of Lindstrom talking about her historic house below:

© 2014 Paige Elliott

Arson suspected in 5 fires, one in a sweat lodge, set in small area of Mpls.

StarTribune Mpls News - Wed, 2014-11-19 13:42
The fires, all set under the cover of darkness, occurred in a 4- by 6-block area that is dissected east to west by Franklin Avenue.

Suggestions for a safer Jefferson Bicycle Boulevard

Mike Sonn

Here is my open letter to Saint Paul Public Works and Mayor Coleman.

As a new resident to Saint Paul, I wasn’t present for the leg work and public meetings that went into creating the bicycle boulevards. I have, however, been using them extensively over the last 9 months since moving here. I’m a daily bicycle commuter on Jefferson Avenue, and we chose our house partially due to its close proximity to this bike infrastructure.

This article is reposted from TCDP media partner Streets.MN. Check out the links below for other recent Streets.MN stories:

As a Portland State Bicycle Boulevard Planning and Design Guidebook states:

Bicycle boulevards [create] an attractive, convenient, and comfortable cycling environment that is welcoming to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. [Bicycle boulevards] allow through movements for cyclists while discouraging similar through trips by nonlocal motorized traffic.

However, the Jefferson Avenue bicycle boulevard leaves very much to be desired. I am routinely harassed, buzzed, yelled at, swerved at, stopped short in front of, etc. while biking on Jefferson by drivers. I’m an experienced bicyclist and assert myself into the lane when necessary and ride as far to the right as practicable.

I believe this constant harassment is because, east of Snelling, east-bound Jefferson functions essentially as an on-ramp for 35E. Randolph Heights elementary is located here and excessive speeding through a school zone is problematic and unsafe. Drivers can easily access 35E from either St Clair or Randolph and the city should fully prioritize Jefferson for safety over driver convenience. I’ve attached Jefferson’s ADT to show the marked drop-off in traffic east of Victoria/35E on-ramp.

Jefferson’s ADT drops significantly to the east of Victoria and the 35E on-ramp.

Again, I realize that Jefferson has a long history and that most city officials and employees want to raise design issues again. But I believe that with a few low cost improvements, we could see non-local traffic discouraged from Jefferson allowing it to serve as a calm safe road for all users, from 8-80 years old.

First example,here is a picture of a more extreme traffic diversion in Berkeley, CA near a busy transit station in the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood. This actual bike boulevard has bollards to divert thru-traffic, along with huge painted sharrows that clearly mark the street as bike priority (along with great way-finding signage).

Bollards allow cyclists and pedestrians to continue through while diverting private automobile traffic.

While I know this may not sit well with emergency services, it will be the most effective way of diverting traffic off of Jefferson. I’d suggest using Brimhall, Saratoga, or Warwick because the block configuration won’t allow drivers to simply go to the next east/west street and quickly get back to Jefferson. Also, I acknowledge that residents on whichever street is chosen will most likely object to the increase in traffic. I’d argue, however, that once this diversion is known, drivers will adjust by using St Clair or Randolph, as they already should be doing.

The second example is turning block-long stretches into one-ways, which would be much easier to implement, requiring only a few signs. It is also a very local example seen all over the Summit Hill neighborhood. This would leave the roadway clear for emergency vehicles but also accomplish the goal of reducing thru-traffic. As for cycling, it would remain two-way using a contra-flow design similar to 5th Street SE in Minneapolis, that would allow cyclists to continue safely in the opposite direction from traffic. Since the biggest issue, in my opinion, is eastbound AM traffic headed to 35E, the one-way could only allow west-bound traffic and could be placed on any block between Brimhall and Pascal. The one-way signs could include language “except bikes, buses, emergency vehicles”.

Linwood at Milton in Saint Paul’s Summit Hill neighborhood.

Local contra-flow example on 5th Ave SE in Minneapolis.

 

 

 

 

Contra-flow signage example seen in Bloomington, IN.

My third example of a design solution for Jefferson would be to reduce the speed on Jefferson. 30 mph is completely unacceptable for a bike boulebard. In a AAA study, the risk of severe injury decreases from nearly 50% at 30 mph to below 25% at 20 mph.

Reducing speeds greatly reduces risk of severe injury or death.

I understand this may be a state law, but urban areas need to lead the push to change residential streets from 30 mph down to a much more palatable 20 mph. In the meantime, the city should apply for an exception from MNDOT. We could also add speed bumps, as is common in the Union Park area.

Fourth, another area of concern is the stretch where Jefferson becomes Edgcumbe Rd for a block. The planted median is beautiful and adds a lot of character, but keeping the parking along this same stretch greatly limits the space available. I often need to take the full lane in order to not be buzzed or pushed into the parked cars by drivers looking to pass me unsafely. The light at Lexington is extremely long, but drivers still feel the need to speed up this stretch to get into the queue. (This is more of an issue eastbound because there is a slight uphill. Westbound is slightly downhill so I can usually get up to a reasonable speed and merge into traffic around the parked cars. However, when traveling westbound, there is a pinch point where the curb narrows just west of Edgcumbe’s southbound lane.) I have to assert myself into the lane to not get pinched into the curb. Bicycle boulevards, designed for riders of all ages and experience levels, should not require bicyclists to have to assert their rights to the road.

Finally, with $400,000 available for bike lane painting and re-striping from the 8-80 funds, I’d like to see the stretch on Jefferson as it passes over Ayd Mill and under 35E re-striped. There is a large “median” painted and that ROW space could be dedicated to a buffer zone for the bike lanes on both sides. On that note, I’d like to express my gratitude for the green paint on the lanes as they cross the Ayd Mill onramps. If I could, I’d really like to see green paint where the southbound Ayd Mill off-ramp intersects with Jefferson. Drivers often don’t fully stop at that stop sign and roll out into the bike lane.

ROW space that should be used to buffer the bike lanes.

I think the idea of Jefferson is great, we did buy our home very near to it for a reason. But I also think we are so close to making it a true bicycle boulevard, and we should finish what we started. I fully understand that this has been a long hard process, let’s not let it be in vain.

Streets.MN

    Drupal 7.34 and 6.34 released

    Drupal News - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:39

    Drupal 7.34 and Drupal 6.34, maintenance releases which contain fixes for security vulnerabilities, are now available for download. See the Drupal 7.34 and Drupal 6.34 release notes for further information.

    Download Drupal 7.34
    Download Drupal 6.34

    Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 and 6 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features or non-security-related bug fixes in these releases. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement. More information on the Drupal 6.x release series can be found in the Drupal 6.0 release announcement.

    Security information

    We have a security announcement mailing list and a history of all security advisories, as well as an RSS feed with the most recent security advisories. We strongly advise Drupal administrators to sign up for the list.

    Drupal 7 and 6 include the built-in Update Status module (renamed to Update Manager in Drupal 7), which informs you about important updates to your modules and themes.

    Bug reports

    Both Drupal 7.x and 6.x are being maintained, so given enough bug fixes (not just bug reports) more maintenance releases will be made available, according to our monthly release cycle.

    Changelog

    Drupal 7.34 is a security release only. For more details, see the 7.34 release notes. A complete list of all bug fixes in the stable 7.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

    Drupal 6.34 is a security release only. For more details, see the 6.34 release notes. A complete list of all bug fixes in the stable 6.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

    Security vulnerabilities

    Drupal 7.34 and 6.34 were released in response to the discovery of security vulnerabilities. Details can be found in the official security advisory:

    To fix the security problem, please upgrade to either Drupal 7.34 or Drupal 6.34.

    Known issues

    None.

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    DNA from Mpls. rape 11 years ago yields charge against fugitive in second assault

    StarTribune Mpls News - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:31
    Prosecutors say the woman was attacked in her bedroom on her birthday in 2003 by a man she had just met. Two others allegedly were involved.

    Unplanned Outage (China Region): Thu Nov 13, 2014 - Wed Nov 19, 2014

    Drupal News - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:01

    On Thursday, November 13th, 2014, Chinese censorship authorities DNS poisoned Drupal.org's Content Distribution Network, EdgeCast. The Drupal Association and EdgeCast have been working together to fix connection issues to Drupal.org, and believe the issues have been resolved.

    • On Thursday (2014-11-13) we were notified of Drupal.org being blocked in China.
    • On Friday (2014-11-14) EdgeCast acknowledged network issues in China.
    • On Monday (2014-11-17) Drupal Association staff began implementing changes to DNS, in coordination with EdgeCast, to resolve the connection issues in China.
    • Yesterday (2014-11-18 16:00 UTC) DNS entries for Drupal.org sites were updated and pushed out.
    • Today (2014-11-19) the DNS updates appear to have resolved the issue.

    Related Issue: https://www.drupal.org/node/2375023
    More Information: https://en.greatfire.org/blog/2014/nov/china-just-blocked-thousands-webs...

    Announcing CiviCRM 4.5.4 & 4.4.10 LTS

    Civi Blog - Wed, 2014-11-19 02:15

    The team is excited to announce the fifth stable release of the incredible CiviCRM 4.5 series. This release includes some important fixes, and is recommended for everyone using CiviCRM 4.5.

    » Issues fixed in 4.5.4

    We are also releasing 4.4.10 today which is a 4.4 LTS release and contains a fix for a 4.4.9 regression - https://issues.civicrm.org/jira/browse/CRM-15581 as well as some other minor fixes

    Hodges to meet with police union chief for first time since TV story flap

    StarTribune Mpls News - Tue, 2014-11-18 21:46
    The mayor said she’s hopeful the meeting will improve relations between her office and the union.

    Minneapolis neighborhood groups want a voice in how windfall money is used

    StarTribune Mpls News - Tue, 2014-11-18 20:50
    In a first test of the city’s relationship with communities, various leaders ask to have say in how excess money is used.

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