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What we know now…

We’ve learned that to the State, the families of incarcerated men and women are a source of extra taxes for prison budgets

By Sharon Brooks

Guest Commentator


It is no secret that a lot of Black people, particularly young Black men but also way too many Black women, are in prison all across America. But it is not very well known that for each Black person locked up in Minnesota’s prisons, the State allots $35,000 (each) to house and “take care” of them. For Black men in Minnesota prisons, this cost is $35,000 times about 5,000, which is roughly 50 percent of the 9,700 inmates incarcerated here in our great state. Yes, we have been informed that Black people make up more than 50 percent of the prison population here in Minnesota even though less than six percent of the entire state population is Black people. What? Continue Reading →

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Community forum to address prison issues

State corrections commissioner expected to participate
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Minnesota Corrections Department Commissioner Tom Roy is expected to attend a community forum on prison issues this week. He accepted an invitation from a local advocacy group, says the group’s founder. “It’s about educating the community, hoping to raise awareness and dismiss preconceived notions of what’s going on,” says Sharon Brooks of the April 24 two-hour forum scheduled for 6 pm at New Salem Baptist Church. Brooks started Peace of Hope, a group that helps people with family members in prison. “I don’t think a lot of people know what’s going on,” she said. Continue Reading →

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Free Bone Builders classes help seniors stay strong

By Rachel Laurie 

Contributing Writer


Volunteers of America-Minnesota’s RSVP volunteer program has recently launched a Bone Builders exercise initiative that aims to connect adults 55 and older with physical and social benefits. Bone Builders is an RSVP Signature Program, developed based on research from Tufts University. 

The class is held twice a week, and participants use a combination of weight-bearing exercises, balance and strength training… For more information, call 952-945-4161.  

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Volunteer to learn new career skills










If you are thinking of starting a new career, you may be wondering where to begin. Often, when we decide to transition or take a leap into a new adventure, we are faced with the issue of experience or lack thereof. This hurdle can be daunting and discouraging, but there are many ways to gain new skills and experience while doing good. Why should you consider volunteering? Well, you would have the opportunity to gain valuable experience while meeting contacts in your prospective career field. Continue Reading →

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