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Dialogues on Thursday

Here's a reminder about the program on Thursday -- I'll have more on this shortly, including some ideas on how the Post-Bulletin might get involved in a companion effort to explore what "inclusivity" means and why it's important.

Two Rochester community leaders working on projects to make the city a more welcoming place for people of all backgrounds will be featured in the February meeting of Post-Bulletin Dialogues, coming up Thursday.

The monthly P-B Dialogues series is an informal community conversation about local news and issues, led by Managing Editor Jay Furst. The event Thursday will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rochester Public Library auditorium.

The January Dialogues event was focused on whether Rochester is living up to its mission of being an "inclusive" community. This month’s event 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 Father Nick Mezacapa, a leader of the newly launched Neighborhood program, will lead the discussion, outline their projects and engage in an open dialogue with the audience.

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

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