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New Hennepin County service center opens on North Side

On August 7, Hennepin County celebrated the grand opening of its third regional human service center, this one in North Minneapolis. Officials representing the County, the City, the region and the State gathered at the North Minneapolis facility, at Plymouth and Emerson Avenues North, for a celebration and ribbon cutting. Among the dignitaries was U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who represents the North Side in Congress. “Government, at the end of the day, is how we organize ourselves to live together,” he said. The new facility, more accessible to people who need it, “is evidence and proof that we are a loving community that cares for one another.”

Hennepin County human services staff members have been working at the site since late June, acclimating to a new address and a new way of business that allows clients to complete a broader needs assessment, apply for assistance  and get referrals to other services, including those of local community agencies and faith groups. Continue Reading →

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South West Light Rail advocates see gains for communities of color

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer


As Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council prepare to hear the public’s thoughts on the proposed South West Light Rail Transit (SWLRT), the effort to secure it has created some strange bedfellows. The Met Council has been cheerleading its passing, along with community advocacy groups who see the new rail line as an opportunity for more shared equity. Even the Star Tribune in a recent editorial called out Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges for failing to take leadership, as well as those who have been beating the equity drum. And some of the Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) opposition to the SWLRT claim that the proposed light rail system will not be equitable but rather “trickle down transit.”

The SWLRT is a $1.68 billion (feds will pay half) proposed light rail project that will stretch 16 miles and run through Minneapolis, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. Continue Reading →

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Mpls Park Board elections now include candidates of color

Candidates say equitable resources require equal representation

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


In a previous MSR story, “No candidates of color for Mpls Park Board elections,” (June 27, 2013), we reported that though this year the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has seats open for election, there were no people of color vying for the positions. In response to that story, we have been contacted by two people who have since decided to throw their hats in the ring. Said Maye wants the Minneapolis parks in his neighborhood to be more equitable for its residents. Ishmael Israel wants to see more diversity in decision-making that ultimately affects neighborhoods and residents. Both men have filed and are running for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board commissioners seats in this fall’s municipal election. Continue Reading →

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