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2014 All-Star Classic lineup

According to DEREK REUBEN, director of the Inner City All-Star Classic, the rosters are set for the annual boys’ and girls’ basketball contests featuring the metro area’s top seniors. Reuben, who was named the state’s Mr. Basketball after an outstanding career at Minneapolis North, started the boys’ game in 1994 with then-teammate and friend RALPH CROWDER. At the urging and persistence of the late community and sports activist KWAME MCDONALD, a girls’ game was added in 2001.  

This year’s Inner City All-Star Classic will be held Sunday, June 8, at the University of St. Thomas. Continue Reading →

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Documentary of student voices ‘transforms’ participants, changes lives

In Student Voices – The New Wilderness, 100 diverse local youth discuss racism, bullying, their educational experiences
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Working for the Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, Carolyn Lakanen saw firsthand that a safe and respectful learning environment was necessary, especially with the student population becoming more diverse. To that end, a couple of years ago she brought in New Wilderness Project, a national organization that “explores diversity and community through creative expression and adventure,” to help her produce a five-part documentary series. “I had no clue where to begin when we first started,” admits Lakanen, who worked for the district’s student services for 22 years. Nonetheless, 100 students were selected to participate. “You have students from Andover High School, which is known as a wealthy, White high school, verses Champlin Park High School, which is known as having much more diverse populations as far as ethnicity, race and also class [are

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