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Think Again Brooklyns Will not Have a March Forum Print E-mail
Written by Carol Woehrer   

 

Important Upcoming Events in March


Think Again Brooklyns will not have a meeting in March due to my overload of responsibilities, both volunteer and family related.  However, on Tuesday, March 26, Westside Progressives will have a forum on the concept of the Basic Income which is being discussed and sometimes implemented throughout the world.  You are welcome to attend the Westside Progressives forum.  See the details below.  Also consider attending some of the following important events.


CD3 Rep. Dean Phillips to Host H.R. 1 Community Conversation 



Saturday, March 9       2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.       Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

       
Hopkins High School, 2400 Lindbergh Dr, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305 


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dean-phillipsU. S. Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) will host a free and open-to-the-public community conversation focused on H.R.1, the For the People Act, a sweeping campaign finance, ethics and electoral reform package that Phillips co-sponsored on his first day in Congress.


Other Participants:      

- Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon
                            - Tiffany Muller, President, End Citizens United
                            - Prof. David Schultz, Hamline University

 

Additional Important Events - ERA Lobby Day at the Capitol on Friday, March 8; the 6th Annual Community Forum on Race on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to noon;  Commercial Solar, Wednesday, March 13, 4 p.m.  See further details on these and other forums on the Twin Cities Public Issue Forums Calendar.

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Installers, Trainers, and Outreach Workers Cooperate to Promote Use of Solar Energy Print E-mail
Written by Carol Woehrer   



Optimism over Future of Solar Energy

Expressed at February Forum


Our speakers for the February forum were very supportive of each others' efforts to help in the growth of the solar industry and had a great deal of optimism for its growth both in the coming years and for decades after that. 

jamez staplesJamez Staples, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Partners, described the new training center planned for north Minneapolis.  The center will aim at preparing high school students and young adults in north Minneapolis and the suburbs jan hubbardalong the Blue Line Light Rail Extension for jobs and long term careers in the growing solar energy industry.  Jan Hubbard, President of the Minnesota Renewable Energy Association, described the growing use of solar energy on  
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robert blakeBob Blake, Outreach Coordinator of Interfaith Power and Light, explained what community solar gardens were and encouraged people who are customers of Xcel Energy to participate in the community solar garden projects in the following counties:   Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Mower, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Steele, Waseca, Wright.  Sign up to get an estimate from MN Interfaith Power and Light of how much subscribing to a community solar project would reduce your electric bill.

 

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Going Solar - Think Again Brooklyns Forum Print E-mail

 

 

Solar Training and Careers

Residential Rooftops, and Community Solar
 

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019  

6:00 p.m. - Free Pizza Buffet and Social             6:30 p.m. - Program

Mississippi Room at the Brooklyn Park Library

8500 West Broadway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

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As solar panels increased capacity for capturing the energy of the sun, the price of solar energy rapidly decreased. Many people from electric companies to homeowners have found that solar energy is the least costly form of energy. As a result, the solar industry is the fastest growing industry in our country and will need increasing numbers of workers.


Jamez Staples - Executive Director, Renewable Energy Partners


jamez staples workforce centerJamez Staples will speak on the training, jobs, and careers aspect of solar energy.  He has been working on the Regional Apprenticeship Training Center (RATC), a public-private partnership between public schools, cities along the Bottineau/Blue Line Light Rail Extension, Minnesota State community and technical colleges, trade and business groups.  It will provide tuition-free vocational training options for high school students, apprenticeships and internships in energy, technical, construction and emerging sustainability technologies.  The training center will be located in Minneapolis at 1112-1200 Plymouth Avenue.
 
The RATC is closely modeled on C-TECH, a highly successful program of vocational training in Rochester, which provided vocational training to about 10% of Rochester public school students in 2017 who received credits toward two-year Associate’s degrees. A focus for the RATC will be renewable energy, energy storage, smart grid, energy efficiency and related sustainable technology and construction fields, all of which will contribute to help cities reach their goal of 100% renewable energy.



Jan Hubbard - President, Minnesota Solar Industries Association (MnSEIA)

                       Principal, Natural Energy Solutions
 
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Jan Hubbard will cover solar energy from its users' perspective.  Users include a wide variety of organizations from cities, schools, religious centers, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to homeowners and renters.  His discussion will include residential rooftop and community solar energy and the Solar for Schools Bill which has wide support in the MN legislature.  Energy is the second largest cost for most schools in Minnesota.

In the solar energy industry for a decade, he currently consults on solar energy and energy storage systems and provides project development, design, business development, construction management, and project management services.  Jan is a 10 year board member of the MnSEIA whose members include solar manufacturers, educational and informational organizations, architects, engineers, law firms, companies, and individuals. 


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Historian Iric Nathanson on Minnesota's Grand Consensus Print E-mail

 


"Minnesota's Grand Consensus"

Its Implications for Contemporary Consensus Building

 

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 Tuesday, January 15
6 p.m. Pizza and Salad Buffet               6:30 p.m. Program

Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers

5200 85th Avenue North

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With Eric Nathanson

 

The Civility Caucus - Speaking on the recently activated Civility Caucus, Dave Bartholomay commented that ideas from the past need to be revisited to determine what worked and what didn’t. Bartholomay is the Program Coordinator for the Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution (OCDR) located within the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services.  The Civility Caucus was formed by MN legislators on January 17, 2018 in response to the “One Minnesota” National Institute for Civil Discourse workshop put on for legislators by the U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


iric nathansonThe Minnesota Miracle - Minnesota historian Iric Nathanson will revisit MN’s past at our January 15th meeting to explain MN's history of consensus between its Republican and Democratic party members that contributed to the success of the state.  He will discuss how the state's history of arriving at consensus could inform both legislators and the public on successful methods for coming to agreement which could contribute to collaborative legislative outcomes.  Nathanson’s discussion of Minnesota’s Grand Consensus will draw from decisions arrived at after committees of both Republican and Democratic legislators and of Metropolitan Council members had spent a great deal of time in discussion to arrive at their recommendations. Their successful process and procedures are relevant not only for state legislators, but also for organizations supporting public policies and their volunteers.

 

Thrive by Design with Tips from MN’s Past Success - Getting people of different backgrounds and viewpoints together to create public policy that will serve them well is currently an important part of decision making and policy promotion by elected officials as well as nonpartisan organizations.  For example, One Minnesota and Growth and Justice held a Thriving by Design Blueprint Convening in Hinckley December 10 and 11th to seek Minnesotans best thinking on how to achieve a more equitable and inclusive  Minnesota, a state that is vibrant and welcoming.  Retiring State Representative JoAnn Ward, a committed member of the Civility Caucus, stated that "Minnesotans deserve a legislature where people of all experiences and points of view work together to build a better Minnesota.”

 

Dave Bartholomay, has remarked that “the Civility Caucus is a wonderful idea . . . at the beginning of its life.”  Expect that Iric Nathanson’s overview of MN’s successful past will contribute to upcoming efforts of the Civility Caucus and the OCDR, as well as to your participation in discussions of how public policy affects you and your fellow Minnesotans.  Join us on January 15th for Iric's insights from past elected officials that will enhance your contribution to shaping public policies.


Iric Nathanson is the author of five books on Minnesota history. His 2010 book, Minneapolis in the 20th Century:  the Growth of a City, published by the Minnesota Historical Society, was finalist for a Minnesota book award.  His most recent book is Don Fraser: Minnesota’s Quiet Crusader which gives an account of how communities can work together for change.  Iric Nathanson is a reporter for MinnPost.

 

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Housing for All Print E-mail

 


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St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
7180 Hemlock Lane N, Maple Grove 55369

Wednesday, January 23 – 7:00-9:00 a.m.

 
Meet with your state and local policy makers to build relationships and proclaim as people of faith that Every One Needs a Home!  The session will consist of short state and local policy presentations.  Business leaders and constituents will have the opportunity to meet with their legislators and local policy makers, ask questions, and dialogue about housing and other issues of concern.

A continental breakfast will be provided.

After presentations, the attendees will be able to visit tables on housing.  Gene Nicolelli, Certified Aging - in - Place Specialist (CAPS) certified by the National Association of Home Builders, and Carol Woehrer from Think Again MN will have a table.  Their display will  explain the civil right of older residents to have a large bathroom with grab bars and other home features which enable them to live in place when using a wheelchair, how to achieve that at low cost by requiring all new multi and single-family residences to be built using Universal Design, and how Universal Design housing can substantially reduce health care costs.

Serving Brooklyn Center  •  Brooklyn Park  •  Champlin  •  Corcoran  •  Crystal  •  Dayton  •  Golden Valley  •  Maple Grove  •  New Hope  •  Osseo  •  Plymouth  •  Robbinsdale  •  Rogers  •  St Michael

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Universal Design - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail

 

Keeping Older Adults with Disabilities

Close to their Families and Friends
   

 
 
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5200 85th Avenue N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

 

Tuesday, November 27 

6 p.m. - Free Pizza and Salad Buffet         
6:30 p.m. - Program


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Currently one in three Americans is age 50 or older. By 2030, one out of five people in the U.S. will be 65 or older.  With a rapidly increasing percent of older people, increasing use of telemedicine to monitor patients with chronic conditions, more patients expected to return home shortly after surgery, and the Medicare Advisory Commission’s recommendation that the cost of long term care be reduced, it is important that people’s homes accommodate any limitations they have.  Will you and your community be ready with condos, homes, and apartments that meet your needs?  Are you ready right now?

 

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Gene Nicolelli is an architect who is the Principal of Nicolelli Architects and is a Certified Aging - in - Place Specialist (CAPS) certified by the National Association of Home Builders 50+ Housing Council. Over his years as an architect, Nicolelli has received many awards, including the National Association of Home Builders 50+ Council - Best of 50+ Housing Awards, the 2012 Gold Achievement Award and the Best in American Living 2004 Silver Award, a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Award of Excellence.

He explains, "For those of you unfamiliar with Universal Design, it can best be described as a holistic approach that shapes environments so they may be used by as many people as possible, regardless of age, ability, or circumstance, without discrimination and have lifetime value."

AARP research consistently finds that the vast majority of people age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Gene Nicolelli will walk us through the AARP Guide and share his own advice on modifications that help people stay at home, that developers can incorporate into condos or apartment buildings to make them appropriate for frail or disabled residents, and that cities expecting an increase in aging residents can require for new development.

 

Staying in their home with some assistance from family, friends, and volunteers can help people enjoy their later years as well as save them and their fellow citizens the considerable costs of a nursing home or assisted living facility.  Most existing single family homes as well as condos and apartments were not built with the features of Universal Design.  Let's change course by evaluating the current dwellings of people who have become disabled for possible remodeling and by requiring future dwellings to be built with Universal Design features.

 

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Links to Upcoming Candidate Forums, Oct 17 to Nov 4, 2018 Print E-mail

 

meet the candidates

 

 

League of Women Voters, Chamber of Commerce

TV and Radio Forums

 


The last of the forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters' chapter that that serves Brooklyn Park, Osseo, Maple Grove, and Brooklyn Center and the North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce will be October 17.  Forums for candidates not covered by our local organizations will be presented by other organizations and by the media including TPT and KSTP television and Minneapolis Public Radio.  These forums and debates will cover candidates for Governor, Congressional District 3, U.S. Senate, and Hennepin County Attorney.  Click here for the details on location, dates, time, and candidates.

 

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Upcoming Candidate Forums, Oct 17 to Nov 4, 2018 Print E-mail

 

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Live, Radio, TV, and Internet Video



House District 40A, Osseo District 279 School Board Forum


Wednesday, October 17

Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Avenue N

6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. - House District 40A - Mike Nelson (DFL) and David True (R)


7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - Osseo, District 279 School Board Candidates
 
Elect 3 Osseo School Board Members, District 279 - Heidi R. Clayman, Jessica Craig, Kelsey Dawson Walton, David Dostal, Sizi G. Goyah, Dan Hobot, Miamon Queeglay, Cindy Shevlin-Woodcock, Tanya Simons
 
Special Election - James E. Burgett and Jackie Mosqueda-Jones



Osseo School District 279 Forum
   
Monday, October 22            7 to 8:30 p.m.
Maple Grove Middle School, 7000 Hemlock Lane, Maple Grove, MN



Hennepin County Attorney Candidate Forum 


Tuesday, October 23          7 to 8:15 p.m.
North High School, 1500 James Ave N, Minneapolis

Candidates: Mike Freeman and Mark Haase
 


Sponsors: League of Women Voters Golden Valley, ACLU, National Council of Jewish Women Minnesota, Immigrant Law Center, Jewish Community Action

 


Congressional District 3 Media Debates
 - Erik Paulsen & Dean Phillips


TPT Almanac Debate           Friday, October 19           7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

KSTP at Issue Debate          Sunday, October 21         10 a.m. to 11 a.m.


 


Almanac Gubernatorial Debate:  Jeff Johnson & Tim Walz


TPT Debate           Friday, November 2         7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 


MPR U.S. Senate Debate and Gubernatorial Debate


Sunday, November 4


Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E Exchange St, St Paul, MN


5 p.m. - Karin Housley and Tina Smith

6 p.m. - Jeff Johnson and Tim Walz


    Free and open to the public

 

The debate will be streamed at mprnews.org and aired live on MPR News.

 

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Immigrants' Contribution to MN's Business Success Video, 2018 Print E-mail

 

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bill blazarBill Blazar, MN Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development, presented an excellent discussion on “Immigrants' Contribution to MN's Business Success” at the April 2018 Think Again Brooklyns forum. Senior residents of Maple Grove who heard about the forum suggested that Think Again MN collaborate with the Maple Grove Senior Center to have Bill present the program again at the Maple Grove Community Center.

 

Kris Orluck, the Senior Program Coordinator for Maple Grove worked with Think Again MN to arrange the forum for September 26, 2018. Think Again MN’s videographer John Risken filmed the presentation so more people could gain the knowledge Bill Blazar shared of the big contribution immigrants are making to MN’s economy and the necessity of reforming U.S. immigration policy.  Watch Bill Blazar's excellent presentation accompanied by informative slides on vimeo. 

 

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MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon

 

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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

Get details on how to vote at http://mnvotes.org

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016

 


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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