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By LINDSEY FENNER Ingebretsen’s Nordic Marketplace Named Minnesota’s Family-Owned Small Business of the Year: Friend of the alley newspaper and 100-year old Lake Street small business Ingebretsen’s was honored by the US Small Business Association as part of National Small Business Week in May. Four generations of Ingebretsens have owned the retail business celebrating Scandinavian culture which includes a gift shop and butcher shop, as well as cultural education classes. The current co-owner, Julie Ingebretsen, has been active in mentoring new immigrant business owners along Lake Street. Congratulations Ingebretsen’s! East Phillips Park Basketball Court Getting Redone: The basketball court will be repaired, resurfaced, and restriped. According to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the work should be done by June. Eighteen courts, from basketball and tennis to bike polo, are being redone in parks throughout Minneapolis. Check minneapolisparks.org/courtrepairs to see if your favorite court will be impacted. Funding for the project is through the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan, which increases capital, maintenance, and rehabilitation funding for Minneapolis Parks. CTUL, Construction Workers, Call on Twin Cities Developers to Join the Fight Against Labor Abuse: Construction workers with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) and allies want the largest Twin Cities developers to join the Building Dignity and Respect Standards Council (BDR). Under the worker-driven council, developers would sign agreements to uphold standards such as safe working conditions and fair pay, as well as workers protections from wage theft, human trafficking, and abuse. The construction industry in the Twin Cities has struggled with human rights violations. According to a 2019 report by BDR, construction workers commonly experience labor abuse such as wage theft, dangerous working conditions, discrimination, retaliation, and labor trafficking. Most recently [...]

NOW what”'s happening in East Phillips Park?

NOW what”'s happening in East Phillips Park?

by Brad Pass  Construction has started on new athletic fields in East Phillips Park. This is the culmination of a community wide effort which started in July 2005 to transform “Cockroach Park” into a great community asset with the new East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center which opened its doors in February 2011 and now, new outdoor athletic fields. The park will soon feature two new youth-sized synthetic turf soccer fields (which when played full length will be 93% of a full size field ”“ an exhausting thought) and a baseball/softball diamond with dugouts. Completion of the soccer fields is scheduled for this fall while the baseball/softball diamond will be ready for play in the fall of 2013. The new fields are funded through a 2009 Hennepin Youth Sports Program grant of $150,000 and $50,000 from East Phillips Improvement Coalition (EPIC)/Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), with the remaining $550,000 provided by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB). The July 12th groundbreaking ceremony was attended by MPRB Superintendent Jayne Miller, Third Park District Commissioner Scott Vreeland, MPRB Commissioner Bob Fine, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, State Representative Karen Clark, Brad Pass representing EPIC and many others. In his comments at the ceremony, MPRB Commissioner Vreeland said, “Today not only do we have a great building, but we are now able to match the quality of the building with some of the best fields in our park system. These new fields are an example where the community, the county, CenterPoint Energy and my colleagues on the Park Board have really stepped to the plate and scored a goal” (Vreeland words as quoted in MPRB Press Release). Neighborhood youth (of all ages) are thrilled to be able to play on quality fields in their own neighborhood rather than the gravel and broken glass they are replacing.

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