Editors’ note: This story has run previously in a slightly different form and is being republished in the interest of clarity and accuracy. On a rewardingly ironic note, Jai L. Winston, program director at the historically prestigious John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (knightfoundation.org), states that he finds, in leading the institution’s philanthropic … [Read more...]
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It has been little more than a month on the job for students returning to or starting school in Hopkins School District #270; it has been about four months for the district’s new superintendent, Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed. The first few weeks in her new job have been very busy, scheduling meetings with faculty and parents and crisscrossing district sites in seven different … [Read more...]
New grocery adapts to its community’s needs Wirth Cooperative Grocery opened this past August in a space on the first floor of the Commons at Penn, a building that sits on the corner of Penn Avenue North and Golden Valley Road in the Willard-Hay neighborhood of North Minneapolis. Its product offerings continue to evolve as it gets feedback from its “shopper … [Read more...]
If there is a single adjective to describe a half-century plus in ministry, including 34 years as Wayman A.M.E. Church pastor, Rev. Dr. Alphonse Reff, Sr. would prefer “servant.” “First, be faithful to God,” said Reff. “Second, love the people. Feed the people as well, then become a person who’s involved in the community…” He steps down later this month as the … [Read more...]
Imagine a local community café filled with 15-20 women of all ages and races sitting at tables discussing with strangers the struggles in their lives. Imagine the energy these women are sharing of hope, of understanding, and personal experiences. It is a room with open dialogue to support character building and an exchange of ideas. This scenario, not imaginary, unfolded at … [Read more...]