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No candidates of color for Mpls Park Board elections

MPRB commissioners make ‘huge decisions’ affecting Black youth

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer



All nine Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)commissioner seats are up for election this fall. The group regularly makes fiduciary and other key decisions about the city parks, community centers, and other recreation activities. Although the candidate filing deadline is still over a month away, at this point it appears there will be no Blacks vying for the positions for the first time since 2009. “If we knew [someone], we would support them,” said local AARP President Charles Mays. Asked why more city Blacks aren’t showing as much interest in the Park Board elections as in the mayoral and city council elections, Mays suggested, “I don’t think they realize how important a position on the Park Board is.”

Blacks are more concerned about education and not so much about parks, believes Mary Merrill Anderson, a former MPRB commissioner. Continue Reading →

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Why should I care about high blood pressure?





















By Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD and

J. Michael Gonzalez-Campoy, MD, PhD, FACE


High blood pressure may cause damage to vital organs over time. Brain damage causes a stroke. Heart damage causes a heart attack. And kidney damage causes kidney failure. High blood pressure may also damage the eyes and blood vessels, causing weakening of the blood vessel walls. If a blood vessel wall balloons out, this is called an aneurysm.  Aneurysms may break and bleeding can happen.  

What causes high blood pressure? The blood pressure is determined by the amount of squeeze created by the circular smooth muscle of the blood vessels, by the speed at which the heart beats, and by the volume inside the blood vessels made up by the blood. The blood pressure will go up if there is too much squeeze from the blood vessels. It will also go up if there is excess volume in the circulation. And it will go up if the heart is stimulated to beat faster or stronger. Adrenaline, the “fight or flight” hormone, causes the heart to beat faster and the blood vessels to squeeze tighter. Therefore, too much adrenaline, as is the case with stress, can cause the blood pressure to go up. Table salt has sodium. Sodium holds on to water. So, the sodium inside blood vessels will hold on to water. Continue Reading →

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