Monthly Archives: October 2013

Minnesota Lynx: We thank you!


It is quite clear that the most successful and winningest professional sports team in Minnesota history is now the two-time champion and three-time finalist, The Minnesota Lynx. Our profound congratulations and our deepest appreciation for a quality franchise and a quality team with quality players and a quality owner. Minnesota has long been desperate for a dynasty. The young ladies of the Minnesota Lynx have created that dynasty. Their march through the WNBA playoffs, 7-0, has only been done one other time in the history of the league. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ellison statement on bill to end the shutdown


WASHINGTON — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today (October 16) after voting in favor of a Senate-led plan to reopen the government and avoid default:

Common sense prevailed today as we voted to reopen the government and ensure that America pays its bills on time, but Minnesotans are tired of hearing about the latest manufactured crisis in Washington. People who are still unemployed need work; our communities need common-sense gun safety reforms; and we need an immigration system that doesn’t tear families apart. The plan passed today funds the government, lifts the debt ceiling and creates a conference committee between the House and the Senate to set our spending priorities for 2014. This crisis hurt Minnesotans and our economy. Hundreds of people were furloughed and thousands more didn’t know if they were going to be paid for the month of October. Continue Reading →

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Washington football team should drop the “R” word


Marc H. Morial

Guest Commentator


“At a moment when President Obama and Republican leaders remain deeply divided, this week saw them come to a bipartisan agreement on one thing: It is time for Washington’s NFL team to stop using a racial slur and to finally change its name” — Oneida Indian Nation radio ad. This past Sunday, as Dallas and Washington revived their annual NFL football rivalry, they also found themselves in the middle of an escalating fight over the name of the Washington football team. In fact, as part of its “Change the Mascot” campaign; the Oneida Indian Nation is running radio ads in Dallas and the other cities where the Washington football team is playing this year calling for DC’s team to drop the “R” word from its name. This is all part of a larger movement among civil rights organizations and political leaders from both the left and right who correctly point out that the term “Redskins” is a racial slur. Suzan Shown Harjo, a Native American woman who lives in Washington and directs the Morning Star Institute, has been leading this fight and others like it since the 1960s. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

12 Years a Slave

Area premiere

Steve McQueen’s newest feature is based on the true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom, as chronicled

in the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup — a free Black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana.  



Lizz Wright & Raul Midón 

Fri., Oct 25, 7:30 pm • Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington Street, St. Paul • Includes a conversation about the

melding of influences that inform an artists individuality• At 6:30 pm in the Marzitelli Foyer the head of the bass department

at McNally Smith, Jeff Bailey (Moveable Feast), will be facilitating a conversation about the artistry of Raul Midón and

Lizz Wright along with Ben Abrahamson ( Lulu’s Playground, Ben Abrahmson Quartet) and Ashley Commodore (#MPLS). • For more information, contact Sandra Richardson at or 612-821-2396. Malamanya

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Keith reflects on Lesli’s imperfections, including that jealous streak

Luis, Keith mused, had given him hell about dropping him off at his doorstep last night lit up like a Christmas tree. Well, too damned bad for Luis. Luis, after all, had somebody to come home to and catch hell from. Keith sat in the kitchen nursing his hangover and a cup of strong coffee, nibbling at a bagel. Remembering a morning not so long ago…

He and Lesli had exhausted each other in bed. Continue Reading →

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What are keloids and why should I care about them?


Keloids are a very common type of scar that can be unsightly, painful and itchy. Anyone can develop keloids, but people of color develop them 15 times more frequently than others. Keloids may also run in families. They commonly occur on the ears but are also seen on the upper chest, back and arms. These scars are often a result of an injury or acne scaring, and can be very difficult to treat.  

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MNsure offers lowest health insurance rates in U.S.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has determined that Minnesota’s rates for health insurance policies available through MNsure, the state’s health insurance marketplace, starting October 1, are confirmed as the lowest rates compared with the other states that have released rates including the District of Columbia – across all metal levels. The analysis conducted by the Commerce Department used data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) comparing the statewide averages for health insurance rates for the 36 states with federal health insurance marketplaces. Minnesota retained its ranking as offering the lowest average health insurance rates in the United States. “Any way you look at it, Minnesota’s long history of health reform, including Commerce’s rate review process, has truly benefited our state’s consumers,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “Having the lowest rates in the country provides Minnesotans with more options, greater access, and more value for their money.”

The premium rates approved by the Commerce Department are 20 to 43 percent lower than our neighboring states: Iowa’s average bronze plan rate for a 27 year-old is $139, North Dakota is $185, Wisconsin is $189, and South Dakota is $196 per month for a bronze plan purchased by a 27 year-old. Continue Reading →

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Understanding and preventing dementia

The World Health Organization (WHO) designated October 10 as Mental Health Day in 1992 to highlight mental illness and its impact on lives internationally. Some of the 196 countries that are members of the WHO celebrate the week of October 6-13 to provide mental health education, awareness and advocacy globally. This year’s theme is “Mental Health and Older Adults.” Older adults are at risk for increased isolation and financial difficulty, and this may have a negative effect on physical as well as mental health. Many medical conditions such as stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure, to name a few, are all risk factors for depression. Older people may be reluctant to seek mental health services due to stigma, financial concerns, or fear of loss of independence. Continue Reading →

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MSR Prep sports columnist Mitch McDonald now Dr. Mitch

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Longtime educator and MSR prep sports columnist-reporter Mitchell McDonald earlier this month added yet another title before his name: Doctor. McDonald graduated on October 5 with his Doctor of Education degree from Argosy University, Twin Cities. The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University in St. Paul was filled with many families, friends, and other supporters during its graduate commencement ceremony for the 71 students who earned master’s or doctorate degrees from Argosy’s various academic programs, including McDonald. Continue Reading →

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Black lawyers foundation announces annual Scholarship Gala

On November 9, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) Foundation will once again host its annual Scholarship Gala. Each year the Scholarship Gala raises money to provide educational scholarships to deserving law school students of color from the four area law schools in the Twin Cities. We invite you to join the MABL Foundation as we recognize this year’s scholarship recipients and honor and recognize community leaders who have helped to advance the mission of MABL. This year’s special guest and keynote speaker is the Honorable Joe Brown. Judge Brown is the nontraditional, no-nonsense, no-holds-barred presiding judge of the syndicated reality courtroom show Judge Joe Brown. Continue Reading →

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