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President Obama visits St. Paul to promote transportation budget

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Reportedly Barack Obama’s approval rating in Minnesota is at its lowest since he became president over five years ago. But based on the loud, enthusiastic reception he received last week during a stop in St. Paul, his popularity apparently has not yet wane. “We love you,” said someone from the overflow crowd. “I love you back. Continue Reading →

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President Obama visits St. Paul

 

 

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

President Barack Obama, in St. Paul on Wednesday, reiterated his vow he made earlier in his State of the Union address in January that he will take action when needed if Congress won’t. “I’m just going to do what I can…” proclaimed Obama during a nearly 20-minute speech to an enthusiastic overflowing audience at the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul. Continue Reading →

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Upcoming TV show to address media neglect of women’s sports

Almost half of all athletes are women, but not even five percent are shown in this country’s media. This is expected to be discussed in the upcoming U of M Tucker Center-TPT2 co-produced Media Coverage and Female Athletes on Channel 2 this Sunday, December 1, at 7 pm. Tucker Center Associate Director Nicole LaVoi told the MSR during her group’s 20th-year celebration in October that the show features interviews with academic types, coaches, players and the media. Sadly, this longtime women’s sports reporter wasn’t contacted, but if I had been I would have easily pointed to these examples:

Only two women’s games were shown on ESPN’s college basketball 24-hour tip-off live telecasts despite the availability of three of their eight channels for use during that time. Fox Sports North shows every Timberwolves game live and replays them at least twice afterwards but annually only shows six Minnesota Lynx games — with no repeats. Continue Reading →

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Family-owned Black business sees employee satisfaction as key to success

Local packaging company rebounds, expands following economic crisis
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Eighth in a series
 
Joseph Wallace last week told the MSR that his business, Independent Packing Services, Inc. (IPSI), is “doing six figures” in annual revenues. Wallace is president of IPSI, one of several local Black-owned businesses that employ many workers, in his case “just under 50 employees.”

He believes it is the only Black-owned packaging and crating firm in the nation, but he quickly points out, “I don’t necessarily look at [it] as being a minority business or a trailblazer. I would look at it as the type of product we deliver in this

region; we’re definitely at the top of the food chain of delivering heavy industrial design and packaging to our clients. I’m very proud of my ethnicity, but that’s not how I think in terms of my business.”

IPSI is a transport packaging firm started by his father in 1976, who according to Wallace “has been in business for himself since the age of 26. “We design and manufacture transport packaging — customized crating for anything from fine artwork to heavy electronics to heavy industrial equipment” — for major commercial customers in the medical, government, transportation and industrial industry, explains the three-year president. Continue Reading →

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Mother of autistic child fights for equal care

Proposed laws could disadvantage Black and  low-income people

 

By Michelle Lawrence

Contributing Writer

 

“State legislators want to create two different healthcare policies for kids with autism: one that generously covers the privately insured, and the other that gives minimal coverage to the poor and publicly insured, but both using state funds,” says Idil Abdull of Burnsville and mother of a 10-year-old son with autism. At age 11, when Abdull came to the United States from her native country of Somalia, she knew very little English and very little about American politics. “The only thing I knew about America was Superman and Rocky [the movie], she says.”

Some 20 years plus since arriving on North American shores, Abdull is now very fluent in both English and the parlance of American politics. “If nothing else, I know how to be loud,” she says. Like many other families, Abdull says she went through a period of denial about autism. Continue Reading →

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