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Adolfson & Peterson Breaks Ground on Artessa Mound Harbor

Future members join AP and partners at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new living community



MINNEAPOLIS /PRNewswire/ — Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP), a national, family-owned construction management and contracting company, recently broke ground on Artessa Mound Harbor, a cooperative living community for people 62 years and better in Mound, Minnesota. Located on Auditors Road less than a mile from Lake Minnetonka, Artessa Mound Harbor will include 125,000 square feet of living and community spaces at completion in August 2024. Artessa Development, an affiliate of Lifestyle Communities, is the experienced developer of the co-op community; AP is constructing the building and installing tenant finishes in partnership with Kaas Wilson Architects.

Rendering of Artessa Mound Harbor.

“The West Metro continues to see demand for high-quality amenities and buildings among potential community members,” said Blake Invie, Project Manager at AP. “We’re proud to support the redevelopment with a state-of-the-art living facility in the heart of the walkable Mound community. This is a great opportunity for AP to build upon our expertise in senior living and establish a partnership with Artessa Development and Lifestyle Communities that will extend to communities around the country.”

Artessa Mound Harbor is comprised of 52 high-end senior co-op residences with 11 unique floor plans ranging from 1,006-1,905 square feet. One element that sets the co-op style apart from other senior housing options is the wide array of resident personalization options offered in each unit. Members choose a home plan situated across four floors of cooperative living. The main floor boasts roughly 6,150 square feet of indoor amenities and nearly 2,000 square feet of outdoor living spaces that act as an extension to a member’s private residence. Some of the many amenities include pickleball courts, fitness areas, lounges, a woodshop, a coffee bar, liquor lockers, a community kitchen and a theater. Exterior features include gathering areas, firepits, grill stations and a terrace.

“Artessa Mound Harbor provides members with an alternative to owning a single-family home or a townhome,” said Dena Meyer, President of Lifestyle Communities, Artessa Development. “It’s an appealing option for people looking to enjoy a home where they can collectively own and control the cooperative community in which they reside.”

In Artessa communities, members buy a share in the cooperative corporation, which owns the land, building and common areas. This type of residential housing provides for steady annual growth of members’ equity at a fixed rate of return of the initial share payment. This ensures that homes remain affordable and marketable long-term.”

Future residents of Artessa Mound Harbor attended the groundbreaking event on June 28 and were invited to participate by bringing soil from their current homes to mix with that of their future residences. For more information, visit the Artessa website: https://artessaliving.com/community/mound-harbor/

AP prioritizes fostering engagement with the community, city officials and local neighbors and business owners throughout the entirety of the project. Moreover, AP has directly collaborated with neighboring businesses to ensure their ontinous operation during the construction phase. Additionally, the project team has diligently implemented an especially strict stormwater management plan to protect Lake Minnetonka.

About Adolfson & Peterson Construction


Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) is a leading construction management firm in the U.S. and consistently ranked as a Top 100 Contractor by Engineering News Record (ENR). It remains a trusted family-owned business known for quality, reliability and strong partner relationships while maintaining one of the strongest safety records in the industry. AP offers preconstruction, construction and contracting services across multiple market segments and geographic regions with more than 650 employees and offices in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Texas and Wyoming. Dedication to clients, communities, and employees and a commitment to core values and innovation has allowed the company to remain an industry leader and dependable construction partner for decades. For more information, visit www.a-p.com or follow us on FacebookLinkedInInstagram and Twitter. AP is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Artessa Development

Artessa Development, an affiliate of Lifestyle Communities, is an award-winning developer of cooperative communities where people 62 and better can pursue an active lifestyle in a low-maintenance, amenity-rich home that offers financial and logistical flexibility. With more than 50 years of experience in the cooperative living space, the company has developed or financed over 40 communities and helped more than 4,000 members call Artessa home. To learn more, visit artessaliving.com.

SOURCE Adolfson & Peterson Construction



Ahead of the Biggest Week in Toys, The Dr. Lisa Company and Composition Media to Bring Entertainment Content to Diverse Audiences



ORLANDO, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Rocking to the rhythm of authenticity and diversity, The Fresh Beats Dolls, Doll of the Year Finalist at this week’s 2023 Toy of the Year® (TOTY®) Awards, will come to life in an animated short series from EPI, the toy and publishing division of The Dr. Lisa Company, founder Dr. Lisa Williams, and Carl Reed’s animation studio Composition Media.

Being honored as a Doll of the Year Finalist with the biggest names in the toy industry is monumental for EPI

2023 TOTY (Toy of the Year) 2023 Doll of the Year Finalist

“From being honored as a Doll of the Year Finalist with the biggest names in the toy industry, showcasing our diverse line at Toy Fair, and preparing for our first animated series, this is a monumental week for EPI,” said Dr. Lisa Williams, The Dr. Lisa Company, CEO and Founder.

“We’ve been working to expand into content behind the scenes for some time,” Williams continued. “Carl’s extensive experience and mission to highlight minority and underrepresented communities perfectly align with our vision – to ensure Black and Brown children see themselves reflected in toys and entertainment, to embrace their beauty and build their self-esteem.”

“It’s an honor to be working with Dr. Lisa Williams, a pioneering leader in the toy industry who shares the same commitment to bringing diversity to young audiences,” said Carl Reed. “By bringing The Fresh Beats Dolls to life, we’re expanding the opportunity for kids to experience these relatable and captivating characters in a new way.”

The Fresh Beats Dolls is an animated series of six, three-minute shorts and centers around a titular girl group forming over the course of a EuroVision-type singing competition. The short series is set to debut later this Fall on YouTube.

Each 10″ doll in The Fresh Beats Dolls Collection features custom-blended skin tones and premium rooted hair with authentic textures, including patent-pending locs. From pop princess Bao BBY, to non-binary hip hop queen Beigne au Lei, and rock star Loxx, each embraces diverse and relatable personalities and stage-ready fashions. Dolls are available now at Target for $17.99 each.

Dr. Lisa Williams is also a 2023 Toy of the Year Finalist in the Champion of Diversity and Inclusion category and recognized as an individual who has made outstanding contributions or acted as a change catalyst to develop purposeful, environmentally friendly, and mission-driven programs that lead the way in creating a better future for the toy industry. The 2023 Toy of the Year Award winners will be announced on Friday, September 29, in New York City ahead of this year’s Toy Fair®.

EPI won Doll of the Year in 2022 for Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Fresh Fierce Collection. The company will be showcasing The Fresh Beats Dolls and more at New York Toy Fair at Booth 2779.


Carl Reed, producer of the Academy Award-winning short “Hair Love,” founded Composition Media to present universally themed stories to audiences seeking elevated content. Earlier this year, the company announced a major anime production partnership with Black Sands Entertainment, a leading force in Black comic book publishing. Additional projects in development include a feature film co-produced alongside Steve Harvey’s East 112; and “Sky & Luna,” the first movie in an eight-picture slate partnership with Labid Aziz’s PoC Studios and Man of Action Entertainment. Reed most recently served as a producer on Max’s “Young Love,” the “Hair Love” spinoff series starring Issa Rae and Kid Cudi.

About The Dr. Lisa Company:
The Dr. Lisa Company is a Black Woman-Owned multi-million dollar powerhouse, incorporating EPI, a leading multicultural toy manufacturing and design firm, including an animation division. Since establishing the company in 2003, to create dolls so children of all ethnicities can grow up seeing their beauty reflected back at them, Dr. Lisa Williams has since been recognized as a pioneer and leader in the industry. Dr. Lisa was named the 2022 Women in Toys Wonder Woman Rising Star Manufacturer and 2023 Toy Association’s Finalist for Champion of Diversity and Inclusion.

EPI brands include The Fresh Dolls (named Oprah’s Favorite Things), The Fresh Beats (2023 TOTY Doll of the Year Finalist), Positively Perfect Dolls, Fresh Squad, Simply Fresh Dolls, Fresh Fashions and Accessories. The sculpts are one-of-a-kind pieces of art, with unique facial features, custom blended skin tones, and a variety of hair textures, reflective of ethnicities found around the world – African American, Afro-Latina, Latino/Hispanic, Caucasian, and Mixed-Race/Bi-Racial. EPI dolls are priced for every budget, so every child has access and can be found in stores across the globe, including giant retailers like Target, Walmart, Meijer, Amazon, and Macy’s. https://thefreshdolls.com/

About Composition Media: 
Founded by Carl Reed, Composition Media is a diverse and forward-thinking animation studio with an innovative approach to making animated film and TV content for a global audience.

As an organization that embraces and embodies disruption in the entertainment ecosystem, Composition Media presents universally themed stories to audiences looking for elevated content. Adopting a transmedia approach to seed and develop IP through collaboration with storytellers around the world, Composition Media brings fresh entertainment properties to audiences globally.

Prior to launching Composition Media, Carl Reed co-founded Lion Forge Comics, and later co-founded Lion Forge Animation, serving as its President and Chief Creative Officer. While with Lion Forge, Reed produced Matthew Cherry’s “Hair Love,” which won an Academy Award® for Best Animated Short, “Rise Up, Sing Out,” an Annie Award and NAACP Image Award-nominated animated musical series featuring music by The Roots for Disney Junior/Disney+, and the Emmy-nominated animated musical series “Rhymes Through Times” created by Nick Jr./Noggin featuring music performed by Christopher Jackson (“Hamilton”).

SOURCE The Dr. Lisa Company

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Nigeria National Day

The United States and Nigeria have developed a robust partnership founded on shared values and the pursuit of a more peaceful, prosperous, and secure world.



WASHINGTON, 30 September 2023 / PRN Africa / — Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Nigeria on the 63rd anniversary of your independence.

The United States and Nigeria have built a strong partnership based on our shared values and common pursuit of a more peaceful, prosperous, and secure world. The United States is committed to strengthening our partnership and continuing to work together to promote inclusive economic growth, safeguard human rights, and combat insecurity. We commend Nigeria for its regional and global leadership, including its efforts to protect and advance democracy.

I send my best wishes to the people of Nigeria. I look forward to deepening our close partnership and advancing our shared goals in the year to come.

SOURCE US Department of State

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International Day of Non-Violence: Embracing Gandhi’s Legacy

International Day of Non-Violence: Embracing Gandhi’s legacy, promoting peace and non-violent action worldwide. #NonViolenceDay



Today, on the International Day of Non-Violence, we commemorate the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, a man whose teachings have left an indelible mark on the world. Gandhi’s unwavering commitment to peace and justice continues to inspire millions to this day. His philosophy of non-violence, or “ahimsa,” showed the world that there are just means to achieve just ends.

To honor this day, we can reflect on Gandhi’s wisdom and learn from his life. Familiarize yourself with his teachings and seek inspiration from his quotes, reminding us that violence only begets more violence.

International Day of Non-Violence: Honoring Gandhi’s Legacy

Participating in events organized by the United Nations or local communities is another way to honor this day. These gatherings provide opportunities to celebrate Gandhi’s life and principles while fostering a sense of unity and non-violent action.

Alternatively, engage in a random act of kindness. Let Gandhi’s spirit guide you to make someone’s day brighter, whether through a small gesture or a selfless act. By embodying kindness and compassion, we can contribute to a world that echoes the change we wish to see.

On this International Day of Non-Violence, let us remember Gandhi’s profound impact and strive to cultivate a culture of peace, empathy, and understanding. Together, we can create a world where non-violence is the catalyst for positive change.

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