The year was 1972 when volunteers started Seward Cooperative in South Minneapolis. Since then, the co-op has had three different address changes before settling into its current location at 2823 E. Franklin Avenue in 2009. Members invested $1.5 million dollars into that location. As a member-shared co-op, only Minnesota residents can buy stock in the organization, which … [Read more...]
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This past February, Ramsey County Sheriff Jack Serier appointed Inspector Booker T. Hodges to Undersheriff of Administration for the county. He is the just the second African American to hold the position, and the highest ranking African American law enforcement officer in Ramsey County. Undersheriff Hodges’ career began in 2005, after accepting a position to work as a … [Read more...]
“I was a bad mama-jama,” says retired officer Deborah L. Montgomery — she goes by just plain Debbie. She is pleasantly upbeat when reflecting on her beginning at the St. Paul Police Department. Laughing heartily, she matter-of-factly states that, as not only the first female but the first African American woman, she indeed had to be an original tough cookie. “It was,” she … [Read more...]
“My family and I have been through trials and tribulations in our journey, but at the end of the day we made it.” It’s been three years since Mohamed Malim, a senior at Edina High School at the time, submitted these words as part of his Cecil E. Newman Scholarship-winning essay. Now a student at the University of St. Thomas where he will be a senior this fall, Malim has found a … [Read more...]
It is frustrating that many important women and minorities in journalism have never received the recognition they deserved. A good place to start changing this is with the career of Nell Dodson Russell, who spent more than a decade writing for the Minneapolis Spokesman (today the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder). She was born Nellie Ellen Dodson in Minneapolis on July 30, 1913. … [Read more...]