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Continued: North news briefs: Lyric Arts cabaret fundraiser is May 10-11

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  • Last update: May 7, 2013 - 1:45 PM

Rescheduled from a snowy April 11, the discussion will center on how to increase the quality of civic participation among African immigrants and other underrepresented groups.

The forum also will match participants’ interests to volunteer opportunities and community causes.

“This is a great opportunity to identify and motivate new leaders, to help address some shared challenges and to make our communities more inclusive,” said Abdullah Kiatamba, executive director of African Immigrant Services, which is co-hosting the event.

Other sponsors are Brooklyn Park’s Diversity Team, the Diversity and Equity Department of North Hennepin Community College, and the Northwest Civic Engagement Coalition.

Columbia Heights

Library Foundation fundraising effort

The Columbia Heights Public Library Foundation will hold its 2013 fundraising effort this Friday through Monday, May 10-13, in conjunction with Linder’s Greenhouse Garden Center and all Flower Marts.

If you make purchases at Linder’s and present a coupon from the library, a portion of the money will go to the foundation to help with building a new library.

Coupons can be picked up at the library at 820 40th Av. NE. For further information, call the library at 763-706-3690.


New city manager will start June 17

Fridley officials signed a contract last week with Walter (Wally) Wysopal, who will start as city manager on June 17.

Wysopal, 51, has held the same post in North St. Paul for 15 years, and has also been an ­assistant city manager in St. Louis Park.

He moved his family to Fridley six years ago and said he is looking forward to working on housing and commercial development near the Northstar Commuter Rail station and other projects.

His annual salary will be $125,400, said Human Resources Director Deborah Dahl. He will receive a car allowance of $4,200 a year and the standard benefits package available for full-time city employees, Dahl said.

Wysopal will be the city’s ninth manager since 1954, said City Clerk Deb Skogen. He succeeds Bill Burns, who retired in December after 24 years in the job.

Robbinsdale Schools

12-hour Relay for Life at Cooper on May 18-19

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  • Juliette Welp, pictured with Keith Reilly, was one of the performers at last year’s cabaret fundraiser at Lyric Arts theater in Anoka. This year’s fundraiser will be this Friday and Saturday (see item below).

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