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Today is February 10, 2016 - Fridley, MN 55432  

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Marks the beginning of Lent. Forty weekdays and six Sundays (Saturday considered a weekday) remain until Easter Sunday. Named for the use of ashes in ceremonial penance.
  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Most Christian churches observe a period of fasting and penitence (40 weekdays and six Sundays) beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending the Saturday before Easter.

Friday, February 12th, 2016

  • | 7:30am - 9:00am | Business, Chamber, Networking, Networking, Advocacy, West Metro, Business, Legislative
    - The TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Breakfast series is Minnesota’s premier legislative and political forum. Each breakfast unites compelling, well-known speakers and state legislators with more than 150 business leaders from across the Twin Cities.

    The series strikes a balance between public policy and intriguing dialogue while presenting the opportunity to develop strong relationships with legislators and public officials.

    Some of the big names and featured topics from past Legislative Breakfasts include: Governor Mark Dayton; a session preview with House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders; Senator Amy Klobuchar; Workforce Panel Discussion; and the always entertaining and insightful session wrap-up panel with the Capitol Press Corps members, Tom Hauser, Rachel Stassen-Berger, Mary Lahammer and Lori Sturdevant.

    Individual Legislative Breakfast tickets may be purchased by Chamber members for only $30. To register for the Legislative Breakfast series pass, or a specific breakfast, visit or call the TwinWest office at (763) 450-2220. Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to the event for a refund. All no-shows will be billed. Substitutes are accepted.
    Deb McMillan 763.450.2225

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada. 65th annual. The NBA All-Star Game is held outside the United States for the first time in its history when squads representing the Eastern and Western Conference tip off at the home of the Toronto Raptors. The All-Star weekend kicks off Feb 12th with the Sprint All-Star Celebrity Game and the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. Est attendance 100,000.
  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - St. Valentine's Day celebrates the feasts of two Christian martyrs of this name. One, a priest and physician, was beaten and beheaded on the Flaminan Way at Rome, Italy, Feb 14, AD 269, during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Another Valentine, the bishop of Terni, is said to have been beheaded, also on the Flaminian Way at Rome, Feb 14 (possibly in a later year). Both history and legend are vague and contradictory about details of the Valentines, and some say that Feb 14 was selected for the celebration of Christian martyrs as a diversion from the ancient pagan observance of Lupercalia. An old legend has it that birds choose their mates on Valentine's Day. Now it is one of the most widely observed unofficial holidays. It is an occasion for the exchange of gifts (usually books, flowers, or sweets) and greeting cards with affectionate or humorous messages.

Monday, February 15th, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA. 58th annual. Celebrating the best in recording arts and sciences, the Grammys cover more than 100 categories, from classical to jazz to pop and rock. Awarded by and to artists and technical professionals. National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
  • | NATL - National Holidays
    - President's Day observes the birthdays of George Washington (Feb 22nd) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12). With the adoption of the Monday Holiday Law (which moved the observance of George Washington's birthday from Feb 22 to the third Monday in February), some of the specific significance of the event was lost and added impetus was given to the popular description of that holiday as President's Day as a day to honor all former presidents of the US, though the federal holiday is still Washington's Birthday. Annually, the third Monday in February.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

  • | 9:00am - 11:30am | Local Events, hiring, jobs, resume, interview
    - Mr. X is coming back!

    Did you join us in September? …then you likely know who we are talking about. “Mr. X” has a way of commanding the room and drawing you in with enthusiasm. He brings powerful examples and tools that you can put to work immediately to see the change you’re working at in your search. Simple yet dynamic secrets that make YOU the candidate of choice!
    Right now, a prospective employer, recruiter or HR professional could be looking at your web presence. What will they find?
    In today’s global and highly competitive economy, building a strong online presence and personal brand is no longer a “good to have” but a “must have”!
    The people who receive the call from employers and job offers are the ones who have done the best job advertising, marketing and then selling themselves throughout their time in transition and career. They make every aspect of articulating, demonstrating, presenting and marketing the value of their services to hiring managers and organizations an intrinsic part of their skill set. This skill is essential to remaining valued and relevant in today’s dynamic marketplace.
    Expert Graham Riley, Career Toolbox USA will be here to show you how to BE FOUND with…
    “The Art & Science of Personal Branding for Job Search Success”
    “Learn how to stand out from your competition by building a strong personal brand. This session will show you how to promote and showcase your skills, talents and accomplishments to potential employers. Don’t let your resume or LinkedIn profile under-state or under-represent your talents. A strong personal brand and online presence is no longer a “good to have” but a “must have” in today’s highly competitive job market!”

    Don’t Miss This…You WILL be sorry if you let it pass without at least checking it out!
    I know, I know…you think you’ve heard it all before, but THIS time you’re wrong! These men have some powerful tools and secrets that they will reveal to give you the edge you have wanted when pursuing that dream job you. REGISTER NOW and save your seat.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

  • | 7:30am - 9:00am | Business, Chamber, Networking, Networking, Government Affairs, Advocacy, West Metro, Chamber, Business
    - TwinWest supports legislation that will create an improved business climate for our members, our region, and the entire state of Minnesota. Each year, the TwinWest Government Affairs Committee, develops policies to drive the Chamber’s efforts during the legislative session. These policies are published in our annual Business Agenda, available online and in print. The Business Agenda is intended to give business leaders a tool to better understand our positions and to get involved in bringing our message to the Capitol.

    The TwinWest Business Agenda includes policy positions on:

    • State Taxes, Spending, and Government Reform
    • Transportation
    • Health Care
    • E-12 and Lifelong Learning
    • Local and Regional Government
    • Energy

    The Government Affairs Committee meets the third Wednesday of every month at the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. In addition to setting the annual Business Agenda, members meet to discuss timely legislative topics and hear from policy experts on subjects that impact the business community. Whether you are a subject matter expert or a public policy novice, everyone in the TwinWest membership is invited to attend the Government Affairs Committee meetings. No registration is required.
    TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
    10700 Old County Road 15, Suite 170 Plymouth MN
    Deb McMillan 763.450.2225
  • | 11:30am - 1:00pm | Business, Chamber, Networking, Luncheon, Networking
    Are you curious about how leaders got to where they are today? What made them successful? Did they have the same pitfalls as me?

    The Leadership Luncheon Series is a series of five luncheons from November-April. Learn from the stories, struggles and successes of local, high level business leaders who are featured at each luncheon, gain exclusive access to a large group of other west metro business people and help support your community by learning about a TwinWest member nonprofit at each luncheon. Networking opportunities are available before and after!

    This luncheon will be featuring Tim McNiff, Former KARE 11 Anchor, Executive Director at Media Minefield.

    Tim joined Media Minefield after spending the last 21-years at KARE-11 TV, the NBC news affiliate in the Twin Cities. An award winning news and sports anchor, Tim has experienced TV news as a photographer, producer, reporter and anchor, spending the last decade of his career co-anchoring the market’s top-rated morning news program, KARE 11 Sunrise.

    Tim is excited about his move to Media Minefield because he feels his skill set will translate well into his role as Executive Director of Media Relations, allowing him to help businesses and individuals build their brand and maximize their opportunities in the media.

    Outside work, Tim is an avid supporter of the local sports teams, loves any and all forms of physical fitness, a wide range of music, and movies. Tim and his wife Amy are both natives of the Twin Cities and the proud parents of two beautiful girls.

    Registration is required. $30 for TwinWest members/$60 for non-members.

    More info here:
    Alison Schadow

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - February 18, 1930, Pluto was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory at Flagstaff, AZ. It was given the name of the Roman god of the underworld. It was considered the ninth planet of the solar system until 2006, when astronomers reclassified it as a dwarf planet.

Friday, February 19th, 2016

  • - February 19, 1945. Beginning at dawn, the landing of 30,000 American troops took place on the barren 12-square-mile island of Iwo Jima. Initially there was little resistance, but 21,500 Japanese stood ready underground to fight the last man to protect massive strategic fortification linked by tunnels.

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL. 58th annual running of the "Great American Race." The world's top drivers compete in NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious motorsports event. Est attendance: 100,000.

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - So called by Native American tribes of New England and the Great Lakes because this time of year sees heavy snowfalls. Also called the Hunger Moon, because of the meager hunting at this time of winter. The February full moon.

Friday, February 26th, 2016

  • - A 1,210-pound bomb packed in a van exploded in the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 (mostly from smoke inhalation). The powerful blast left a crater 200 feet wide and several stories deep. The cost for damage to the building and disruption of business for the 360 companies with offices in the Center exceeded $591 million. Fifteen people - the fundamentalist Muslim cleric Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman and 14 of his followers were indicted for the bombing. Rahman was given a life sentence, and the others received prison terms of up to 240 years each.

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA. 88th annual Honoring film achievements of the previous year. (Nominations were announced Jan 14th) Televised live.

Monday, February 29th, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - In 2016 we add one day, February 29th, to bring our calendar more nearly into accord with the seasons. Under the Julian calendar of 46 BC every forth year was a leap year, on the assumption that it took Earth 365.25 days to orbit the sun. However, Earth's orbit period is actually 365.24219 days. For more than 1,600 years the Julian calendar was used, the calendar got out of sync with the seasons. The Gregorian calendar made just one small change: a leap day is added to the calendar every four years except for century years that are not exactly divisible by 400. Traditionally leap year is a time during which women may propose marriage to men.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

  • - On March 1, 1872, the first area in the world to be designated a national park, most of the Yellowstone is in Wyoming, with small sections in Montana and Idaho. It was established by an act of Congress.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

  • | 8:00am - 9:00am | Business, Chamber, Networking, Networking, Events, West Metro, Prospects, Chamber, Business
    - Each month TwinWest offers an opportunity for new members and new employees of existing members to learn about their opportunities with the Chamber.

    Maximize your member investment and time through a better understanding of what TwinWest has to offer by attending Member Orientation the first Wednesday of the month from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

    Note this session is free and takes place at the TwinWest Chamber office in Plymouth.

    Whether you’ve been a member for 10 days, 10 years, or are just looking to learn more about possibly joining, this is a chance to learn how to leverage your membership while networking with your peers. Your engagement is key to the success of your company and the west metro business community!
    TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
    10700 Old County Road 15, Suite 170 Plymouth MN
    Natalie McShane 763.450.2228
  • - March 2, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM ● Southwest High School 3414 W 47th St. Minneapolis, MN 55410

    To register please email or call 952-658-6221 before February 24th

    Retirement is a significant event in our lives - a time of transition from one stage to another. This presentation focuses on the several tax considerations you'll want to make. These preparations can substantially impact your retirement experience. We will introduce retirement considerations like tax diversification, taxation of capital gains and Social Security, health care insurance subsidies, and the financial impact of the first death in retirement.

    No products will be sold at this event.

    Thrivent Financial and its respective employees have general knowledge of the Social Security tenets; however, they do not have the professional expertise for a complete discussion of the details of your specific situation. For additional information, contact your local Social Security Administration office. Thrivent Financial representatives and employees cannot provide legal, accounting, or tax advice or services. Work with your Thrivent Financial representative, and as appropriate, your attorney and/or tax professional for additional information.

    Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management, INC., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent. For additional important information, visit
    Southwest High School
    3414 W 47th Street Minneapolis MN 55410
    Debra Teske 952.658.6221

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

  • - On March 5, 1970, a skirmish between British troops and a crowd at Boston, MA, became widely publicized and contributed to the unpopularity of the British regime in the colonies before the American Revolution. Five men were killed and six more were injured by British troops commanded by Captain Thomas Preston.
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - 44th running of "The Last Great Race on Earth"* (first run March 3, 1973). 1000 miles through Alaskan Wilderness from Anchorage to Nome, AK along the historic Iditarod Trail.
  • - March 5, 1933 – On his first full day in office, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed a national "Bank Holiday" to help save the nation's faltering banking system.

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On March 6, 1836, the anniversary of the fall of the Texan fort, the Alamo. The siege, led by Mexican general Santa Anna, began Feb 23rd and reached its climax March 6th, when the last of the defenders was slain. Texans, under General Sam Houston, rallied with the war cry "Remember the Alamo" and, at the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21st, defeated and captured Santa Anna, who signed a treaty recognizing Texas's independence.

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

  • - A day to honor women, especially working women. Said to commemorate an 1857 march and demonstration of New York, NY, by female garment and textile workers.

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