Friday, April 30, 2010

Futbol! Minnesota style

It's soccer season again. Many of you will remember the fun asado at the Thunder game last summer (another is in the plans for this year). But until then, board director Gerard Lagos, himself a former pro soccer player, is rallying members of Minnesota-Uruguay Partners for upcoming matches of the newly branded NSC Stars. Here's the schedule:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Minnesota artists in Uruguay

Just came across a nice site with photos of art from Minnesotans visiting Uruguay. Of course, there's a Diane Katsiaficas connection here under the surface, I noticed.

The New Newsletter Has Arrived!

Gary Kuhn and Roger Moon have just released the latest newsletter of Minnesota-Uruguay Partners to the membership. It's also posted on our website at

Sherin Bowen Celebration Set for June 5 in Wisconsin

Save the date! On June 5, our friends in Wisconsin are hosting a celebration and fundraiser in honor of Sherin Bowen, who many of us in Minnesota recall fondly over her many years of service to Partners and the Wisconsin/Nicaragua chapter. Visit for details.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Youth Ambassadors Covered in Stillwater, Montevideo Papers

We were delighted to receive word last week that three Minnesota students have been selected to go to South America on the prestigious Youth Ambassador program this summer. Coverage of the students and program has appeared in the local newspapers in Stillwater and Montevideo.

I've found that the Monte link (West Central Tribune) may ask you to register, so the copy for that story is pasted below:

MONTEVIDEO—A Montevideo High School senior will participate as a youth ambassador to South America this summer, the Washington-based nonprofit Partners of the Americas has announced.

Taylor Brendmoen, a senior at Montevideo High School, will travel to Paraguay for one month on an all-expenses-paid program aimed at bringing youth together to build understanding between countries, increasing leadership skills, and preparing youth to be positive agents of change through service. Brendmoen’s application highlighted her strong work ethic, involvement in student government and volunteer experience with numerous local organizations outside of school, according to Partners of the Americas. She has been studying Spanish for four years.

A panel in Washington selected the winners from across the country. Three Minnesotans were chosen.

“I know that Taylor will represent our community with enthusiasm, intelligence and goodwill in Paraguay,” said Patrick Moore of Montevideo.

He serves on the board of the Minnesota-Uruguay Partners and encouraged Brendmoen to apply for the program. Financially underwritten by the U.S. Department of State and organized by Partners of the Americas, the Youth Ambassador program also brought six students from Uruguay to Montevideo and Stillwater in April of this year.

Launch of pilot program in Uruguay's prison system

Bruce McManus has shared news from our counterparts in Uruguay that the nation has launched an innovative pilot program providing community-assisted release--similar to probation and parole in the United States--to qualifying prisoners in Uruguay. An article on the program appears in El Pais, a leading daily newspaper in the country. This is the culmination of more than three years of exchanges of people and expertise. Congrats to Bruce and all involved.