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St. Anthony Falls is the only waterfall on the Mississippi River, the birthplace of Minneapolis and the centerpiece of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District. While the falls is often celebrated as a centerpiece of beauty and history for our City, less recognized are the myriad demands on the water flowing over the falls, including power generation and […]
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The Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock in Minneapolis was closed to navigation in 2015. It now serves as a visitor center for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, the national park in the Twin Cities. Help us identify ways to improve access to the lock, provide a rich visitor experience at the site, and […]
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Report in the the 33rd Annual 2PAC Holiday Dinner for First Responders held on December 24, 2016
by Jeffrey Meehan
The idea behind the event is not only to thank First Responders for the great job they do; but to provide the opportunity for an excellent hot meal when most restaurants are closed for the holiday.
Volunteers began picking up food from area restaurants, supermarkets, coffee shops, delis, and caterers on the 23rd and the morning of the 24th, then delivered it all to the Precinct station by 10 A.M. The meal, beverages, and desserts were then set up in buffet lines for meal service running from 12 noon to 12 midnight. Volunteers served in minimum 2-hour shifts to make the diners welcome, and keep the food fresh and hot throughout the entire event. A 2PAC director was present during each shift in an advisory capacity, and to help manage the food properly.
2nd Precinct Commander Inspector Todd Loining sent City-wide invitations to all on-duty Police, Fire Fighters, and EMTs (see attachment). We served just over 160 First Responders, which was off about 20 from last season. That fewer attended is not cause for concern, because more restaurants are open when Christmas Eve falls on the weekend, than when it falls during the week.
Volunteers stayed until after 1 A.M. on the 24th, and arrived at the station by 8 A.M. on the 25th to clean up. Additionally, they set out pastries and suitable leftovers for 2nd Precinct Officers on duty that day.
It is clear that those attending are very appreciative of the meal, and some even a little surprised by the community support. All in all, the 2PAC board considers the event a success – once again!
In fact, discussions on how to improve next year’s event have already begun. if you want to volunteer for the 34th Annual Holiday Dinner (food deliveries, serving/hosting, clean-up, etc), please send your contact information using the NIEBNA Contact form (click here) and we will add you to the list.