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Turning Point announces ‘big-time’ partnership with North Memorial

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Chemical healthcare needs in the Black community historically have been emphasized less than they should be. Turning Point since 1976 has provided both culturally specific inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency treatment services and other related programming. It served nearly 500 clients in 2013; 42 percent of the provided services were chemical dependency treatment with 94 percent of its clientele Black. The nonprofit agency’s mission expanded several years ago with the establishing of its Culturally Specific Services Center (CSSC) for “providing social services, public health programs, and culturally specific solutions” to meet the community’s needs. One result is that Turning Point and North Memorial Medical Center have joined forces. Continue Reading →

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New Gophers coach tours the ’hood

Any chance the school’s recruiting might include more local Black females?  

First-year Minnesota Women’s Basketball Coach Marlene Stollings, as expected, has made the rounds, getting to know the landscape outside the historically self-sheltered confines of the U of M campus. Unexpectedly, this has included meeting with Black folk. A meet-and-greet was hosted by Black Gopher alums, followed by a breakfast-time appearance at Heritage Park. Is the coach’s introductory tour in the hood for show or for real? Continue Reading →

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We did it again! — Ninth annual Carol Fitzgerald Fund announces grant winners




Ten years ago on April 10, 2003, we lost a great woman, Carol Fitzgerald. Thanks to great support from our community locally and nationally, we continue her work. With major spending cuts across the United States in funding the fight against HIV-AIDS and breast cancer and for urban education support, many voices are not being heard. Last Friday, April 12 at the Metropolitan Ballroom on a cold snowy evening in Golden Valley and Saturday, April 13 at Martin Luther King Park in Minneapolis, we carried on the mission to do our part with your continued help, through the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund (CFMF). Big Sy Huff was master of ceremonies; Hall-of-Famer Cris Carter, my sons All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. and Marcus Fitzgerald, and yours truly spoke passionately about the work of Carol Fitzgerald. Continue Reading →

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