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Teacher brings award-winning education expertise to N. Mpls

James Barnett

James Barnett, principal of Minneapolis College Preparatory School, a public charter school currently serving 9-12 grade students at the old “Lincoln Elementary” building on 12th and Penn Ave. N, is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He moved to Minneapolis when he was in the fifth grade.

Living predominantly on the North Side, he went to Hall Elementary and Franklin Junior High. In high school, he attended Minnehaha Academy, and then went to St. Olaf College for his post-secondary education. Continue Reading →

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North Minneapolis mayoral forum disappoints community members



By Helen Duritsa

Contributing Writer


When DeVon Nolen asked her question on food justice at the October 8 mayoral candidate forum at Folwell Park, she expected them to answer. But the 10 candidates recited stock phrases from their print literature. She was disappointed and frustrated with them all. “I asked a multi-layered, multi-textured question,” said Nolen, a community activist and lifelong resident of the North Side. “I asked about food justice. Continue Reading →

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Northside pastors partner to increase number of Black homeowners

Habitat for Humanity focuses on eight-block N. Mpls area damaged by tornado
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Homeownership among Blacks on the Northside has been waning in recent years, first because of the mortgage foreclosure crisis, and secondly by the May 2011 tornado. As a result, a group of North Minneapolis pastors met a few months ago and joined collaboratively to help address this issue. This issue “is urgency to our congregations. Right now there is a small percentage of homeownership by African Americans,” explains

Bishop Richard Howell, Jr., pastor of Shiloh Temple International Ministries, a founding member of the Northside Pastors’ Collaborative, a coalition of local churches. New Salem Baptist, Kwanzaa Community Church, Greater Friendship

Missionary Baptist, New Creation Church, New Bethel Baptist, Redeemer Lutheran, Berean Baptist, Family Baptist and Proverbs Christian Fellowship are the other members. Continue Reading →

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