Community programs are topics of tonight’s ‘Dialogues’

Post-Bulletin staff

Two Rochester community leaders working on projects to make the city a more welcoming place for people of all backgrounds will be featured at the Post-Bulletin Dialogues event tonight.

The monthly P-B Dialogues series is an informal community conversation about local news and issues, led by Managing Editor Jay Furst. The event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rochester Public Library auditorium; it was postponed from last week because of bad weather.

Tonight’s program will look at two major community initiatives, one funded by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and led by the Diversity Council and the other a program called "New Neighborhood." Kay Hocker, Diversity Council executive director, and the Rev. Nick Mezacapa, a leader of New Neighborhood, will lead the discussion, outline their projects and have an open dialogue with the audience.

For details on the program, call Furst at 285-7742 or go to his blog, Furst Draft, at

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