A Week in Review: Edition 301

This week’s edition covers stories 
from March 21st to March 27th, 2024.

Today’s issue is 685 words, a 5-minute read.
  United, and Twins’ Opening Day!

Good Morning folks, Mateo here.

Second Winter is truly upon us, and I am not a happy camper. Just a week or two ago it felt like summer was right around the corner, and now it’s the complete opposite! Oh well. We all knew it was coming. One way or another, it’s almost April, which means we will soon be able to look forward to Minnesota Twin’s games at Target Field. You can look forward to some talk about the Twins towards the end, but I have some other more prominent updates to discuss first.

Elijah Naughton, or “zodiak” walking a runway at Paris Fashion Week in 2023. 📸 Source: WaterWave

This week, the music and fashion world mourns the loss of a rising star whose talent and charisma left an indelible mark on those around him. Elijah Naughton, better known as zodiak, sadly passed away last Thursday at the young age of 21. Zodiak hailed from Minneapolis, and was one of the more well known underground artists based out of Minnesota. His untimely departure has sent shockwaves through the community, leaving family, friends, and collaborators grappling with the sudden loss of an artist whose passion and creativity knew no bounds. From his roots in Minneapolis, to the stages of Paris Fashion Week, zodiak’s journey inspired audiences with his blend of music and style. His ability to navigate between music and fashion spoke to his versatility as an artist and creative. May his music continue to inspire and his spirit live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. Rest in peace, zodiak.

For more information and to donate to zodiak’s funeral expenses, click here.

 📸 Recovery Bike Shop

The 5th Annual Great Northeast Scavenger Hunt is set to kick off in April as NE Minneapolis prepares for “30 days of biking”. This month-long event is being held by Recovery Bike Shop with support from the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce and the City of Minneapolis. Originally started in 2020 by Seth Stattmiller, co-owner of Recovery Bike Shop, as a means to uplift spirits amidst the pandemic, the scavenger hunt has evolved into a cherished tradition. Each April, the hunt embraces a new theme, garnering community engagement and encouraging participation in the global “30 days of Biking” initiative. Last year’s event celebrated Mural Central, and this year, they aim to support small businesses in their recovery from the pandemic. The hunt boasts surprises and prizes including free food, discounts, and more, and culminates with a block party on May 4th.

Look for daily Instagram posts @RecoveryBikeShop for featured partner checkpoints.
How to participate:
– Ride, walk, bus, or drive to a checkpoint starting April 1st
– Take a great picture of your visit
– Post to Instagram and Tag @RecoveryBike Shop and the checkpoint partner
How to earn prizes:
– Check-in and post to Instagram 5 times to earn the 2024 Merit Patch. 
– Visit all 30 checkpoints to earn the Northeast Super Fan Swag Bag with fabulous prizes from the 30 businesses profiled during the Hunt. 

📸 Esperanza United

For nearly 40 years, Esperanza United has been proud to be a part of the St. Paul, Minnesota community, offering critical local services, ranging from enhancing safety for Latine survivors to strengthening youth leadership. Now, they send an important update regarding Bill HF4417, a significant legislative step aimed at protecting Latina women in Minnesota from gender-based violence. With the introduction of its Senate counterpart, SF4258, there’s an opportunity for progress in the prevention and addressing of gender-based violence. Together, they will create a task force to help Minnesotans better understand the root causes of violence towards Latina women and queer Latines, and support better coordination of state-wide responses. Gender-based violence is especially a problem in Minnesota, where at least 21 Minnesotans were killed by a current or former partner in 2019 alone. Esperanza United is asking for your support in helping their vision become a reality, and empowering the Latine community as a whole. To learn more, click here.

Minnesota Twins players wrapping up Spring Training 📸 Sam Navarro USA Today Sports

Baseball season is officially back, kicking off with the MLB Opening Day today. The Minnesota Twins play their first game of the season today against the Kansas City Royals in KC, and have their home opener at Target Field next Thursday against the Guardians. The Twins are coming off one of their best seasons in recent history, and a historic one, as they finally ended an almost 20 year playoff win drought, which was the longest such streak in the history of the four major North American pro sports leagues. The Twins won the AL Central last year, granting them a playoff spot for the first time since 2020, and leading to their first playoff series win since 2002. They look to build on the success they had last year in 2024, and hope to make another postseason run this fall. 

Stay informed, stay connected. 

See you next week! 

-Mateo and the NewPrensa team

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