General Announcements

On October 4th, British attorney Mark Stephens delivered the University of Minnesota’s annual Otto Silha Lecture. Stephens specializes in free speech and freedom of information cases around the globe. He is a former counsel for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and his talk at 7 pm today at the Coffman Union theater is titled: “Free Speech and the Digital Challenge Around the Globe”.

The Mill City Museum is the hallmark of the milling industry that transformed the Minneapolis riverfront in the 19th century.
Both General Mills and Pillsbury are synonymous with this milling district that sits near St. Anthony Falls. Until very recently, many people did not know it’s also a significant spot for the Dakota people, who call Minneapolis their birthplace.

Early this week the U.S. Postal Service announced it will change its policy and will allow images of people who are still alive to be featured on stamps. And the service invited the public to nominate candidates on Facebook.
This comes at a time when there is real doubt about the Post Office’s future.

Fall has arrived, and a glut of supposedly important or serious
movies are coming out. They’re vying to be remembered for awards, specifically the Oscars. This made film-lover Will Wright wonder what makes a movie important and why we care or pay attention to such things when it’s only entertainment.

On September 28th, the Ramsey County Charter Commission held a public hearing on the question of a possible tax hike to support road improvements around a proposed Vikings stadium in Arden Hills.

The commission faced hundreds of citizens who were eager to sound off in this, the first public forum to be held on the controversial Vikings project.

In the early 1800’s, John Audubon decided to paint a portrait of every bird in North America.

In October, the Minnesota History Center will launch a new exhibit about the year 1968.

To say that Mike Forcia (pronounced FORE sha) is generous might be an understatement. The owner of the Wolves Den restaurant inside the Minneapolis American Indian Center is known in the community for taking care of elders, feeding homeless folks and giving a little TLC to those down on their luck.

This Saturday a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol will attempt to generate excitement about moving towards an energy future without reliance on fossil fuels.

The event is called “Moving Planet”, and it’s part of a larger effort by an organization called 350 dot org, led by environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben.

Similar events are scheduled around the globe.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express are planning to give away one million dollars to support historic sites in the Twin Cities area, and they’re doing it through Facebook.

Today marks the first day people can go to a Facebook page to identify the Twin Cities historic site that they think is most deserving of preservation money.

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