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The last two years have been up and down for the volunteer-based Gentle Touch Animal Sanctuary in Brooklyn Center. The nonprofit organization, founded by Sandee Zander in 2001, has rented space in a building at 4900 France Ave. N. for several years. But the owner fell behind on the mortgage enough to put the property [...]

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  Complete with scripts, props, costumes and attitude, these seniors bring a whole new meaning to “reading is fun.” For 20 years, spirited seniors of Story Theater have been encouraging elementary students to read within District 281. But this group is not like any you have ever seen before. Story Theater now consists of about [...]

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“Welcome Zimmerman!” Students in Barb Hurley’s freshman class at Brooklyn Center High School greeted visitors from Zimmerman High School with those words May 10 to conclude a pen pal program offered this year. Each freshman from Brooklyn Center was paired with a student from Zimmerman, which is in the Elk River Area School District. Some [...]

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  As a young boy he would have never imagined his interest in art flourishing as it has, but today his work and his personable character are being praised by metro residents. Adama Sow was born in Senegal, West Africa, where he spent most of his life. After graduating high school, he attended Ecole Des [...]

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The Crystal Little League fields were brighter than ever during the opening ceremony, hosted May 10. With help from fundraising efforts, West Metro Fire and Relief Association and two grants, the Crystal Little League Association was able to go ahead with plans to erect lights at two of the three little league fields. There are [...]

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  Mylan Masson, the director of Hennepin Technical College’s law enforcement program, has never seen one of Minnesota’s three 18-patient ambulances. But that will change Monday, May 20, when she participates in Hennepin Technical College’s first EMS week celebration. “I can’t wait to see this big ambulance,” she said. The ambulance is one of several [...]

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Volunteers who go above and beyond in their communities and encourage others to do the same were recognized with Invest Northwest awards during the Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council annual event May 8 at Brookview Community Center in Golden Valley. “The finalists were chosen based on their demonstrated innovation and creativity in improving the lives [...]

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