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Mall trespass charges dismissed

Bloomington Prosecutor Sandra Johnson has dismissed all charges against Deanne Pratt, a middle-aged White woman who was unjustly charged at the Mall of America (MOA). She was present and took pictures during the Black Lives Matter demonstration last December. Pratt was a shopper at MOA on the day of the demonstration and was not an actual participant in the protest. Continue Reading →

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Neighborhood group finds Friendship Store less than friendly

(l-r) Henry Jimenez and Tina Burnside

Supporters say that the new Seward Co-Op Friendship Store soon to open at 38th Street and 3rd Avenue South can help solve the “food desert” problem in the Central and Bryant neighborhoods. However, it appears a “rift” has developed between the store and the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) over a proposed agreement.
CANDO officials had hoped for a community benefits agreement (CBA) with Seward Co-Op that, among other things, called for 70 percent of the store jobs go to Blacks and Latinos by December 31, 2016. Continue Reading →

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MAD DADS gives love to seniors

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Boom Island in Minneapolis marked the spot for Senior Citizen Safety Pride Day on August 7. Live music, grilled burgers, games and dancing from both senior and youth groups were this year’s highlights. MAD DADS of Minneapolis and other community organizations sponsored the event to show appreciation and support for seniors in the Twin Cities.

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NABJ celebrates 40 years in Minneapolis – sights and highlights


Some 2,000 journalists and media personalities were in Twin Cities for the 40th National Association of Black Journalists convention in Minneapolis, August 5 – 9. Iyanla Vanzant, Louis Gossett, Jr. and more were in attendance, Mint Condition performed at a fundraiser, and Prince invited members to Paisley Park to close out event.

See highlights from those in attendance in the Storify, and check the website and this week’s print for more NABJ coverage. Continue Reading →

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Three Black journos had memorable MN careers

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By the mid-’70s, NABJ founder Sam Ford worked at CBS affiliate WCCO-TV, where he did enterprising and heart-wrenching reporting. Walter Middlebrook, another young journalist, began long and rewarding career at both city newspapers. And Michael Days learned valuable lessons as an intern the climbed the industry ranks to editor of a metropolitan daily. Here are their stories. Continue Reading →

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