Community News and City Events

Jefferson Band Booster Club’s Annual Garage Sale

The Jefferson Band Booster Club’s Annual Garage Sale will be held Saturday May 3d at Jefferson High School on 102nd and France Ave. from 9:00am to 3:00 pm. Admission is $2.00 with Half Price/Bag sale starting at 2:00pm. You will find bikes, clothes, toys, tools, sporting goods, books, electronics, collectables and more.  Proceeds support all [...]

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Bloomington Hosts the 11th Annual  Writers Festival and Book Fair

Bloomington Hosts the 11th Annual Writers Festival and Book Fair

The March 22 Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with the award-winning author and illustrator, longtime Bloomington resident Nancy Carlson.  She shares her journey as a writer in the Keynote address, “This Writer’s Life” and will also give an hour presentation on “How Pictures Work in Picture Books.” It is [...]

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Jefferson Theatre Company Presents: 4AM

Jefferson Theatre Company Presents: 4AM

Jefferson Theatre Company Presents: “4AM” One Act Play Performances at Jefferson High School on February 7th 2014, at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $7 Adults, $5 Seniors & Students. Tickets will be on sale at the door one hour prior to performance. Both Bloomington high schools will perform their One Act plays. Jefferson will perform “4 [...]

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Here’s your chance,

The people of Bloomington have a great opportunity to have their voice heard if and only if you take a little time on Tuesday February 4th and attend your Precinct Caucus. At the caucus, you have a voice in determining who gets elected and what they do in office. The fact is; if you attend [...]

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A SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS

A SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS

The Bloomington Chorale along with a live chamber orchestra will be honoring our veterans from all wars in this patriotic musical salute. The music will reflect the eras surrounding the wars and conflicts this nation has experienced. The concert will end with a medley recognizing each branch of the Armed Services – A Salute to [...]

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Jefferson’s 6th Annual Man Pageant

Jefferson’s 6th Annual Man Pageant is being held Monday, February 10th at 7:00pm in the Jefferson Auditorium. Watch 12 of Jefferson’s awesome senior boys competing for the chance to be Mr. Jefferson 2014!  They will dazzle you with their own personal fashion statement, their unique form of talent, and a swimwear competition that you won’t [...]

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Business

Sponsors, vendors, donors wanted for Ladies’ Night Out fundraiser

The SFM Foundation is seeking sponsors, silent auction donors and vendors to participate in Ladies’ Night Out–Shopping for Scholarships from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington located just south of Interstate 494 at France Avenue. The event will include 50 vendors selling jewelry, purses, cosmetics, housewares and other items and [...]

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Eleve’ Day!!!

Eleve’ Day!!!

Eleve’ Performing Arts Center is celebrating it’s first year by having a BLOCK PARTY! All are welcome to join us in celebrating for our FREE celebration! Who: All families, friends and neighbors What: This is a FREE PARTY!!! We have games, music, ice cream treats, and inflatable bouncers! There will also be Free First Months [...]

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Mystery Writers Police Academy

Mystery Writers Police Academy Saturday, Sept. 7. 2013, Richardson Nature Center, 8737 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 Join us for an exiting all-day workshop for writers or other interested people, Saturday, September 7, 9 AM – 4 PM.  Learn the ins and outs of a crime scene from forensic scientists and experts from the [...]

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Minneapolis Chamber releases results of 2013 Business Vitality Index

MINNEAPOLIS (April 26, 2013) — The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) today hosted its Critical Issues Forum where it unveiled the results of the fifth Annual Business Vitality Index (BVI), a set of rankings comparing the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region to nine competing regions across the country. The event featured a panel of experts who [...]

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Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Happy Hour Networking

The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a Happy Hour Networking event on Thursday, April 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to check out the new look of the Ramada MSP Airport at the Mall. Phase one of renovations are complete featuring a brand new lobby, restaurant and bar. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and happy [...]

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Community Outreach: Volunteer Opportunity at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a Community Outreach Volunteer Opportunity at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, April 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contribute an afternoon’s work toward a great cause by cleaning up one of the valuable natural resources here in the metro area. Come prepared [...]

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Arts, Entertainment and Education

Bloomington Theatre and Art Center Presents Bloomington Mapworks III

Bloomington Theatre and Art Center Presents Bloomington Mapworks III

(Bloomington, MN)    Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC) is pleased to announce Bloomington Mapworks III, an exhibition in the Inez Greenberg Gallery featuring the work of artists Craig Bell, D.C. Ice, Marjorie Moody, Erik Pearson, Erik Sletten, and Holly Stone. Bloomington Mapworks III runs August 30 through October 4, 2013 and is sponsored by Larkin [...]

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Rumors by Neil Simon presented by Normandale’s Summer Theatre Projects

Rumors by Neil Simon presented by Normandale’s Summer Theatre Projects

Normandale’s Summer Theatre Project will present Rumors by Neil Simon in the Black Box Theatre. The show will run August 22nd at 7:00 p.m., August 23rd at 7:00 p.m., and August 24th at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 and sold at the door. Normandale College is located on the corner of 98th and France. Please [...]

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SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN presented by Bloomington Civic Theatre

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN presented by Bloomington Civic Theatre

Based on the classic movie, this zany, light-hearted romantic comedy focuses on two movie actors and how they deal with the transition from silent pictures to the early days of sound film. Set in the 1920s, Singin’ in the Rain has all the charm, romance, comedy and glamour that Hollywood has to offer, and showers [...]

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Bloomington Theatre and Art Center receives $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Bloomington, MN — Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC) has received $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the agency’s “Our Town” grant program. Along with the grant, BTAC will secure $100,000 in matching funds to work with the City of Bloomington to develop a “creative placemaking” plan for the South Loop [...]

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Mystery Writers Police Academy

Mystery Writers Police Academy Saturday, Sept. 7. 2013, Richardson Nature Center, 8737 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 Join us for an exiting all-day workshop for writers or other interested people, Saturday, September 7, 9 AM – 4 PM.  Learn the ins and outs of a crime scene from forensic scientists and experts from the [...]

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Bloomington Civic Theatre presents ON GOLDEN POND

Bloomington Civic Theatre presents ON GOLDEN POND

Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC) is excited to announce the upcoming Bloomington Civic Theatre (BCT) production of On Golden Pond taking place in the Black Box Theater July 12th to August 4th. In this tender yet humorous story, meet aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer on a lake called Golden [...]

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Sports

Tom Younghans Named Northern Lights Head Coach

Tom Younghans Named Northern Lights Head Coach

Former Minnesota North Stars NHL player Tom Younghans has been named the new head coach of the Twin Cities Northern Lights. Most recently Younghans was the head coach of the Eagan High School girls team, who finished last season with a 20-10-1 record and were Minnesota State Tournament Consolation champions. Younghans knows quite a bit [...]

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Kennedy High School selects new head football coach

Kennedy High School selects new head football coach

Bloomington Kennedy High School has selected Jon Anderson as its new head football coach. Anderson, who also teaches social studies at Kennedy, replaces Dick Weinberger, who has been Kennedy’s football coach for the last four years. Anderson’s coaching experience includes four years as the offensive line coach at Kennedy (2002-05), six years at St. Olaf [...]

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Jefferson, Kennedy students compete at state level

Jefferson, Kennedy students compete at state level

Jefferson and Kennedy high schools were well represented by its teams and individual at the state tournament for spring sports. Competing in the state track and field meet, Jefferson’s Matt Rosen finished first in the 800 meter run, while teammate Karl Olson finished fourth in the 200 meter dash. Jordan Lovestrand placed sixth in the [...]

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Seven student athletes receive $1,000 Born Again Jocks scholarships

Seven student athletes receive $1,000 Born Again Jocks scholarships

Seven student athletes from Jefferson and Kennedy High Schools received $1,000 Born Again Jocks scholarships on May 23rd at the Knights of Columbus hall in Bloomington. The annual scholarships were awarded at a luncheon for the students with family and Born Again Jocks present. Jefferson High School Athletic Director Brian Fell and Kennedy High School [...]

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Raceway Park results from first day of final season

Raceway Park Race Results – May 5, 2013 by Kevin Busse  “The Voice of Raceway Park” One word describes the action this past Sunday afternoon as Raceway Park in Shakopee fired up its 2013 motorsports season…  COMPETITION!  To quote one driver: “If this is the final season of racing here, then every race is going [...]

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Raceway Ready For Racing

“Raceway Ready For Racing”  by Kevin Busse “The Voice of Raceway Park” Sunday’s pre-season NASCAR Test & Tune session at Raceway Park in Shakopee brought out one of the largest groups of competitors ever to get their cars ready for the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at “Minnesota’s Action Attraction.” Test & Tune gives [...]

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School News

Bloomington announces new early childhood specialist

Bloomington Public Schools has announced the hiring of Karen Cadigan as its new early childhood education specialist. Cadigan will provide leadership for the district’s innovative early childhood education initiative, which will expand services to children from birth to age 3 who are at risk of not being prepared to enter kindergarten. Cadigan will also work [...]

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Bloomington Public Schools to host town hall forum with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Governor Mark Dayton

Bloomington Public Schools will host a town hall meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Governor Mark Dayton at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16 at Kennedy High School, 9701 Nicollet Ave. The discussion will focus on the importance of investing in early learning initiatives. Prior to the town hall meeting, Secretary Duncan [...]

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Beacon Prep School Students Partner with the Project Management Institute on School Promotional Video

Beacon Prep School Students Partner with the Project Management Institute on School Promotional Video

Middle School Students Manage Real World Project FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Bloomington, Minnesota] – Beacon Preparatory School, a public charter Middle School in Bloomington, Minnesota, recently teamed with The Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI-MN®) to create a promotional video “A Day in the Life of Beacon Prep.” PMI-MN President and CEO, Garfield Bowen, [...]

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City receives funding for crosswalk near Washburn Elementary

The City of Bloomington will install pedestrian activated warning signs at a newly created crosswalk on W 84th Street at Thomas Avenue, east of the Washburn Elementary School driveway. A rapid flashing beacon will be activated when pedestrians wish to cross W 84th St. at the new crosswalk, which is scheduled to be installed in [...]

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Jefferson’s Hassanzadeh wins Triple Threat Award

Jefferson’s Hassanzadeh wins Triple Threat Award

Bloomington Jefferson High School junior Emilee Hassanzadeh has been selected as Hennepin Theatre Trust’s 2013 Triple Threat Honoree. Hassanzadeh is awarded a round trip to New York City, where they will receive private singing and acting coaching, attend dance classes at Broadway Dance Center, complete a private audition, meet with industry professionals about the entertainment [...]

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Metro South volunteers recognized for volunteer efforts

The Minnesota Literacy Council recently recognized volunteers with the Bloomington Richfield Community Services’ Metro South Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs. Linda Lew and Carol Swanson received Volunteer Service Awards for reaching their 1,000- and 4,000-hour volunteering marks respectively. Lew is an Edina Community Center volunteer in adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Swanson [...]

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Featured Contributors

Reel Talk: “Orange” is my new favorite color

Reel Talk: “Orange” is my new favorite color

In the words of Brad Paisley, “Now you’re my whole life / Now you’re my whole world.” No, I’m not talking about a new lover… I’m just swooning over my Netflix account. To state the obvious, I love watching and dissecting movies; however—I must confess that I also watch *copious* amounts of television on Netflix. [...]

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Reel Talk: The Conjuring trailer and scary movies I’ll never see

Reel Talk: The Conjuring trailer and scary movies I’ll never see

I truly love going to the movie theater. If I’m going to shell out the money though, I want to get there early enough to get the full experience. That’s right –we’re talking celebrity trivia, previews and all. However, this ritual backfired when I went to World War Z last week. I was so freaked [...]

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Reel Talk: Women’s humor, The Heat, and crappy Photoshopping

Reel Talk: Women’s humor, The Heat, and crappy Photoshopping

Dearest readers, please bear with me for these first two paragraphs. *Steps up on soapbox* Women’s humor is not a “new phenomenon.” It’s not like video on Instagram, Game of Thrones addicts or the crumbling of Paula Deen’s empire. In the past year, I’ve read multiple articles about the “sudden” emergence of female comedians; not [...]

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Reel Talk: Superheroes

Reel Talk: Superheroes

Man of Steel is Hollywood’s most recent attempt to reintroduce the world’s first superhero: Superman. This highly anticipated film stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane and the hunky Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent. If the Rotten Tomato rating of 71% holds up, I think this is a flick I will be seeing in theaters. I [...]

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Reel Talk: Kings of Summer

Reel Talk: Kings of Summer

Summer’s here, and the time is right… for awesome summer movies. Although our pasty Minnesota skin has yet to showcase this seasonal change, you can beat this dreary weather by heading to the theater and getting your fill of summer flicks. With The Great Gatsby, Fast & Furious 6 and other high-budget films raking in [...]

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The “Leadership Ambition Gap:” A loaded generalization

Since its publication, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In has fascinated me and spurred me to think. It’s surely about women, but it’s also about generational perspectives, the way that cultures in different industries can vary wildly and maybe even a reminder that Midwestern is different from East or West Coast ways. I hope in some small [...]

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