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Environmental activist uses urban farming to build self-worth

Award recognizes Michael Chaney’s under-the-radar organizing work

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


Encouraging and empowering urban youth to entrepreneurship: That’s what Michael Chaney does, and he’s been pretty good at it over the past several years with a refreshing approach to helping youngsters help themselves to productive options for their futures and that of the community. A grassroots initiative, Project Sweetie Pie (www.projectsweetie.org), that he began on a shoestring now has healthy support and prestigious recognition, not the least being honored by “Art of Collaboration: Community Development Reception and Awards Program”, an event sponsored by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). It takes place October 9 from 5-8 pm at the Depot Pavilion, 225 South 3rd Ave. in downtown Minneapolis. “We’re excited to recognize Michael Chaney,” says Andriana Abariotes, executive director of Twin Cities LISC. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!


The Music


Sun., Sept. 1, 10 pm • Epic, 110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-332-3742 or epicmpls.com • The Grammy Award winning rapper-songwriter, record producer and actress is touring in support of her fourth studio release Lip Lock – her first new release in over 10 years.  







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Through Sept. 2 • 1265 Snelling Ave N., St. Paul, 651-288-4400, www.mnstatefair.org • After you’re done visiting the Midway or the 100’s of animals on display in the barns, check out some of this year’s must-see acts: Sheila E, Aug., 29, Bandshell stage; Robert Randolf and the Family Band, Aug., 30 & 31, Bandshell stage and the Twin Cities’ own Chastity Brown, Sept. Continue Reading →

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