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The Good Wife Works – Wilder “conversation” urges us to see the poverty around us

In September 2013, a Wilder Foundation conversation,” Community Matters,” was held at the Wilder Center in St. Paul, starting with a bevy of statistics compiled by Wilder Research on the state of poverty in St. Paul, where 67,000 people live in poverty; of that, 25,000 are children. This computes to 24 percent of St. Paul’s population as opposed to 12 percent for the Twin Cities, or even Minnesota statewide. Continue Reading →

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Lynx players, coaches, fans reflect on championship run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday’s Minnesota Lynx championship celebration looked more like a bon voyage send-off, especially given that every player soon will leave for off-season overseas jobs. “It’s awesome having our fans out here and be able to say good-bye to them,” said Lynx guard Monica Wright, who heads to South Korea by month’s end.  

Added Israel-bound rookie Sugar Rodgers of her first overseas assignment, “I’m going down to take care of a little business, to see my family before I head out.”

 

“It’s a long off season, and I will miss this group,” noted Maya Moore, who will play again in China. Mounds of confetti became a temporary asphalt blanket on Monday as the procession that carried the 2013 WNBA Champions Lynx moved slowly along Nicollet Avenue, with adoring fans providing escort as they made their way to their downtown Minneapolis basketball home. There, inside, a large crowd impatiently awaited the arrival of the only local pro team that boasts a championship trophy these days. Continue Reading →

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Free Gophers football tickets meant to ‘improve student engagement’

Not many Black students seemed engaged
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2013-14 University of Minnesota school year now is in session. Last week, during the school’s sixth annual Welcome Week, nearly 5,000 new students took advantage of  the offer of a free ticket and meal voucher and attended the August 29 Gophers’ home football opener. However, it is not clear how many of the approximately 400 Blacks and other new students of color were in attendance. During a 75-minute period before the game, this MSR reporter didn’t notice too many Blacks first-year or otherwise who came through   the stadium’s Lincoln County gate. But the few we were able to talk with all looked forward to “having fun” at their first-ever college football game. Continue Reading →

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State health officials hope to build more trust, better communication with communities of color

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

A Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) survey last fall found that communication barriers such as language, trust, culture and literacy exist that prevent health messages from reaching various communities. “It wasn’t particularly surprising,” said MDH International Health Coordinator Sara Chute of the survey results. “I knew that these were major issues, but I wanted to make sure that I was representing those beliefs correctly.”

As a result, Chute co-facilitated the first of two “community communications conversations” April 25 at Rondo Library in St. Paul. The second is scheduled for sometime in May in Minneapolis. Continue Reading →

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Second Chance advocates ‘make some noise’ on the Hill

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

When Sarah Walker first lobbied the Minnesota Legislature on behalf of former offenders, she didn’t see it going over very well. “The first time I organized this, I was concerned that this would be received very poorly,” recalls Walker, the COO of 180 Degrees, Inc. 

But as a result, over 50 organizations formed the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition and started Second Chance Day on the Hill. “Since then we have gotten more legislative leaders interested in this issue. I think we really fundamentally changed the dialogue about the issue at the Capitol. We passed three bills in 2009, and we’re hopeful again this year for another good year,” continued Walker. Continue Reading →

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Target has failed Brooklyn Park residents

City council needs to serve the people, not corporate greed

By Boyd Morson
Guest Commentator

 

After reading the very interesting article about Target Corp. and their unwillingness to hire criminal offenders deserving of a second chance [“Target is targeted for hiring practices,” MSR, May 24], I found the story relevant and necessary to holding them accountable and making it known to your readers and to the world. This sort of unacceptable, inexcusable and unprincipled corporate behavior is indicative of their constant abuse of the system, a detriment to our communities if unchallenged. It also demonstrates their unwillingness to reach out to those who unfortunately made some previous bad choices at some point in their lives and are unfortunately being punished again after rightfully serving their time. Target has not only put controversial language and policies into practice; they’ve also contributed $150,000 to the Republican Party and $120,000 to the GBLT community to say they’re sorry. And yet, they have failed the residents of Brooklyn Park miserably. Continue Reading →

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Target has failed Brooklyn Park residents

City council needs to serve the people, not corporate greed

By Boyd Morson
Guest Commentator

 

After reading the very interesting article about Target Corp. and their unwillingness to hire criminal offenders deserving of a second chance [“Target is targeted for hiring practices,” MSR, May 24], I found the story relevant and necessary to holding them accountable and making it known to your readers and to the world. This sort of unacceptable, inexcusable and unprincipled corporate behavior is indicative of their constant abuse of the system, a detriment to our communities if unchallenged. It also demonstrates their unwillingness to reach out to those who unfortunately made some previous bad choices at some point in their lives and are unfortunately being punished again after rightfully serving their time. Target has not only put controversial language and policies into practice; they’ve also contributed $150,000 to the Republican Party and $120,000 to the GBLT community to say they’re sorry. And yet, they have failed the residents of Brooklyn Park miserably. Continue Reading →

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Optimistic ‘Village Child’ serves Brooklyn Park minorities

 

 

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

Immediately on meeting Mary Anderson, one is impressed by a sense of innate, self-possessed authority. And graceful cordiality. Professionalism personified. Sitting with her at Pow Wow Grounds coffee house in South Minneapolis, you have to believe she is a most welcome addition to the administration at the City of Brooklyn Park. Anderson signed on in February for a year-long stint as Community Engagement VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Continue Reading →

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