Raj Chaduvula

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Immigrants are a vital part of Minnesota's labor force, report says

Amid a decline in population growth, Minnesota needs to attract more immigrants to keep pace with its economic development, according to a University of Minnesota report released last month. The report — citing a projected decline in population growth — concludes that Minnesota needs to use its existing resources and capital to increase skills for immigrant work to keep pace with its economic growth. The study was conducted by University’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. “A focus on attracting more immigrants is an imperative for Minnesota in order to address the challenges linked to the slowing growth of the state’s population and labor force,” the report said. Local community leader Mohamud Noor and Minneapolis Ward 6 City Council Member Abdi Warsame said there needs to be more infrastructure and opportunities made available to immigrant populations. Noor said many jobs that are available to new immigrants are ones that require limited skills, often jobs in warehouses or airports. Noor is the executive director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, which focuses on education, youth programs, employment and career help.


Muslim Students Association repaints vandalized bridge panel

Colorful hand prints now cover the Washington Avenue Bridge panel once spray painted with the word “ISIS.” The Muslim Students Association invited students to join them Friday as they re-painted their panels which were vandalized last week. The group’s three panels were whitewashed after the vandalism and have stood blank since.


Two officers involved in Jamar Clark shooting wont be disciplined

The two police officers involved in the shooting death of Jamar Clark in November 2015 followed procedure and won’t be disciplined, the Minneapolis Police Department announced Friday. MPD Chief Janee Harteau said the decision came after an exhaustive internal investigation surrounding the officers — Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze — involved in the shooting death of Jamar Clark, according to a news release.


In Loring Park, protesters rally for justice in fatal shooting of Philando Castile

Over a hundred protesters gathered in Loring Park Saturday to stand in solidarity after the death of Philando Castile. The rally, led by Nekima Levy-Pounds — president of Minneapolis’s chapter of the NAACP — and other leaders in the community demanded changes to the criminal justice system; in addition, the demonstrators advocated for increased accountability among police departments, nationwide.


Bus stop surveys could change transit accessibility

Bus stops in Cedar-Riverside and other Minneapolis neighborhoods could get a facelift based on information from a new user survey. This year, Metro Transit began an extensive community engagement project to survey several different neighborhoods to find how to improve bus stops in the areas. Recently, Cedar-Riverside officials started the surveys in their neighborhood. The survey is part of a $4 million federal grant awarded to Metro Transit.


University of Minnesota awards Prince with honorary doctorate

He went by Prince, then an unpronounceable glyph, and now a new moniker has been added to the mix — Dr. Prince. On Friday, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents unanimously voted to award an Honorary Doctor of Humane Arts to Prince. The preeminent Minnesota-born singer, songwriter, actor, producer and multi-instrumentalist passed away on April 21. William Tolman, chair of the University Senate’s All-University Honors Committee, said though the award is being conferred posthumously, the final process for honoring Prince began in the fall of 2015.


Northern Sparks looks to raise awareness over climate change

From dusk-to-dawn, Northern Lights will kick-off its “Northern Sparks” art celebration Saturday — and this year, the festival is bringing attention to hard-hitting issues. The free, all-night festival — which began in 2011 — is an annual assemblage of art, music and food. More than 70 artists and artists’ collectives will have their work on display at Saturday’s festival, and most of the pieces reflect on the festival’s general theme, “Climate Chaos / Climate Rising.”


Residents oppose Samatar Crossing

A new project that would pull heavy vehicle traffic through the streets of Minneapolis’ West Bank has encountered opposition from area residents. The Fifth Street Reconnection project, or the Samatar Crossing, is designed to reconnect Fifth Street Southeast between 11th Avenue South, near U.S. Bank Stadium, and 15th Avenue South as a multi-vehicle roadway, a pedestrian walkway and bike lane. Members of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood created a petition to protest the addition of vehicle traffic on the street.