Carlton Garner had no prior experience with being a caregiver, but he learned quickly on the fly as he, his wife, and other family members began taking care of his elderly mother. As he has learned, caring for a loved one can include everything from simple everyday tasks to providing round-the-clock care and can be very time-consuming.
“I have to understand that she is not the same person. I’m happy to have her here,” said Garner of his mother Marie Garner, who is suffering from memory loss. The Garner family — Carlton, his spouse Coral, and his cousin Finley Heard, spoke on stage during KMOJ’s April 23 “Community Conversation” at Capri Theatre in North Minneapolis while Marie sat in the front row. Her son later talked further with the MSR.
Garner said he wants to take care of his mother as long as he is able, but he admitted that taking of his mom “is intense” as both he and his wife work full time. They have a personal care person come in to help when they aren’t available.
In late April, three African American male college students received the Eddie Phillips Scholarship Award. The scholarship is currently a two-year pilot program awarded to young men who give back to their community through volunteer and community service projects. The scholarship is a partnership of the Minnesota Private College Fund and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Fund.
Twin Cities transit riders of color lose about four work weeks in commuting time per year compared to White riders according to a new report released by Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), TakeAction Minnesota, ISAIAH, and the New York-based Center for Popular Democracy.
Nearly two years ago a billboard appeared in North Minneapolis that raised quite a few eyebrows. Strategically placed across the street from the Minneapolis Public Schools’ Davis Center at 1250 West Broadway, the billboard declared, “Minneapolis Public Schools spends $525,000 per classroom of 25 students…PER YEAR.”
The new St. Paul Saints ballpark, not unlike other ballparks these days, offers more than popcorn, peanuts and Cracker Jack, baseball’s regular food troika.
When fans come to opening night this Thursday, they can eat fancy dishes, drink gourmet coffee, and select from a list of beverages and other drinks. They can top it off with locally made and sourced “healthy” condiments — honey mustard, sweet pepper relish and seasonal ketchup grown by local farmers, including the Hmong American Farmers Association