A prominent county courthouse, a Depression-era school building, an iconic Modern ice-cream stand, and a Northern Minnesota lakeside overlook are among the diverse sites named to the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s 2010 list of the state’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places.
A photographic exhibit featuring the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2010 was created with MHCG funds and displayed at museums, libraries, and other public places statewide throughout the year.
779 audiotapes of Senate committee hearings were converted digital format, and a web page was created to access the online versions via the Legislative Web Site. As a result, complete digital access of committee hearings and floor debates are available for both bodies back to 2004. Important legislative debate is available to Internet users, regardless of the time of day or their locations.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Accelerated Prairie Grassland Restoration and Management Program had a successful first round of funding from the Legacy Funds. The program worked through the growing pains and obstacles in getting a new program up and operational and was successful in enhancing nearly 5,800 acres of prairie and grasslands in eight of the ecological subsections of Minnesota. A contractor base has been established for this type of work statewide that needs to be evaluated and expanded on for future appropriations.
With the grant the Redwood Falls Public Library purchased 122 rolls of microfilm for newspapers published in Redwood County for Belview, Delhi, Lamberton, Lucan and Milroy.
Quote from their final report:
“The very day we added the new microfilm to the genealogy room it was used by an excited patron researching Milroy baseball. It was a treat to see her delight and to also know that we were meeting her needs as well as the needs of many more to come thanks to the Legacy Grant and its additions to our collection.”
The AgBMP Loan Program provides needed funding for local implementation of clean water practices at an extremely low cost, is unique in its structure and is not duplicated by any other source of funding.The AgBMP loan program provides 3% loans through local lenders to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses.
At 410 acres, Lake Owasso is the largest lake in the Grass Lake Water Management Organization (GLWMO) and one of the most pristine. Maintaining the lakes water quality is a priority for the GLWMO. A long urbanized area along Aladdin Street in Roseville currently lacks stormwater features to remove pollutants and reduce water volume. The rainwater from this area drains directly to a wetland which is hydrologically connected to Lake Owasso. Adjacent to the residential area is a 0.5 acre parking lot which drains into a ditch which eventually enters the same wetland.
A direct appropriation of $400,000 in FY 2010 for the Anoka Conservation District (ACD) is for the metropolitan landscape restoration program for water quality and improvement projects in the seven-county metro area (the law also provides $600,000 for this purpose in FY2011).
In 2006, Ramsey County Historical Society (RCHS) purchased an additional 1.5 acres of the original Gibbs farmstead located adjacent to the existing Gibbs Museum property in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. This purchase provided the impetus for updating and expanding the interpretive programs at Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life and creating a new master plan and landscape plan for the Museum.
To edit and revise a completed draft of Seven Acts of Mercy--a historical novel about the baroque painter Caravaggio--before sending it to a literary agent who has requested first look at the manuscript.
Fresh Voices is a digital arts project dedicated to the creation of photographs, videos, and writing pieces that publicly acknowledge and celebrate the voice of Latinos living in the rural community of Crookston, Minnesota.
IFP Minnesota will provide classes in photography and filmmaking six times per year to residents of the Inpatient Transitional Rehabilitation Program at Courage Center. Students will receive training in digital video and/or photography, and have opportunities to express themselves through these mediums. An exhibition of this work will be provided through a photography show and screening at Courage Center, and through presentations on Courage Center' intranet and closed circuit television, and on IFP Minnesota's website.
TU Dance proposes to launch an access initiative reaching out to people of color to engage new (first-time) audiences, with presentations by the artistic directors to target groups throughout the Twin Cities supported by efforts that address specific participation barriers.
Mu Performing Arts requests $30,000 to hire a community development liaison, who will oversee our Stories program, a theater education initiative for underserved Asian American youth to articulate their lives and address their needs through the performing arts.
Songs of Hope youth performers from Madagascar, Uganda, Israel, Turkey, Italy, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Jamaica, China, and USA will present concerts for diverse audiences in Lake City, Wabasha, Winona, Lanesboro, and Austin, with music by an ensemble of professional musicians.
The Neighborhood Video Project offers access to the media arts for middle school-aged youth who cannot participate in the arts because of transportation and financial barriers, in order to empower them to share their diverse cultural heritages with the community.
Through new and expanded partnerships with three Saint Paul Public School District schools in targeted communities, we will increase accessibility to high-quality music education and performance opportunities for disadvantaged youth, families, and neighborhoods in the east metro of the Twin Cities.