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NASA’s Joe Acaba to serve as Agency’s Chief Astronaut

Portrait of NASA astronaut Joe Acaba. Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA has selected veteran astronaut Joe Acaba as chief of the Astronaut Office at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. A decorated veteran of multiple spaceflights, as well a former U.S. Marine and former educator, Acaba is the first person of Hispanic heritage selected to lead the office.

Minneapolis offering free COVID-19 and flu vaccines

girl getting vaccinated
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MINNEAPOLIS — All community members 5 and older who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine or a flu shot are invited to get a free vaccination during an event offered by the City of Minneapolis. The first event offers both COVID-19 and flu shots.

VP awards former NASA astronauts Congressional Space Medal of Honor

Former NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley, right, and are seen after being awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor by Vice President Kamala Harris during a ceremony in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023 in Washington. Former astronauts Behnken and Hurley were awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor for their bravery in NASAÕs SpaceX Demonstration Mission-2 to the International Space Station in 2020, the first crewed flight as part of the agencyÕs Commercial Crew Program. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

On behalf of President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris awarded former NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken the Congressional Space Medal of Honor Tuesday for their bravery in NASA’s SpaceX Demonstration Mission-2 (Demo-2) to the International Space Station in 2020.

Mill City Tavern marks concessions milestone at MSP Airport

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) marked a “milestone” this month with the reopening of a larger Mill City Tavern in Terminal 1’s G Concourse. The full-service American bistro and bar has returned after a three-year hiatus next to gate G18. It’s the last of five new venues to open in the expanded G Concourse near the Terminal 1 skybridge to the C Concourse. 

MSP Airport passenger traffic increased 24% in 2022, report shows

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) surpassed 31.2 million total passengers in 2022, marking a 24% increase in passenger activity compared to 2021. MSP’s year-end passenger and operations report shows the airport is on a steady and promising recovery path after three years of impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Chao Moua appointed to at-large council seat in Bloomington

Chao Moua. Photo courtesy of Bloomington City Council

BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington City Council voted to appoint Chao Moua to the vacant at-large council seat at its meeting on January 23. The vacancy was a result of Nathan Coulter’s resignation from his position after being elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives. Moua will be sworn in at the February 6 City Council meeting.  

HBO Max sets February release slate

Micheal Ward and Olivia Colman in the film "Empire of Light." Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved

HBO Max announces programming coming to the platform this month including the Oscar®-nominated film “Empire of Light” (2/7). The film, directed by Sam Mendes, is about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Hilary (Olivia Colman), a cinema manager struggling with depression, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee longing to escape the provincial town where he faces daily adversity find a sense of belonging and experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

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