Annie Young's life story like a history of the civil rights movement

(Photo courtesy Annie Young)

After a lifetime of community organizing, Annie Young said it’s time she slowed down. A little bit.


City of Minneapolis committed to Northside economic growth projects, top priorities are jobs, housing, support services for local residents

Cathy Polanky (Photo by Charles Hallman)

The City of Minneapolis has recently committed to help businesses and affordable housing growth in North Minneapolis, according to their Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) office. The MSR spoke in-depth with CPED Director Cathy Polasky, who described their level of financial investment.


Online citizens in St. Paul ask – why did Google pass us by?

I like to see broadband come up in main street media. I like to see broadband come up in community discussions. It means people are recognizing the importance of broadband. I really like when it comes up in my community (St Paul) because I would love to see more options here. And yes I realize that the fact that I can say “more options” implies there are options already and that I’m in better broadband shape than many people reading this blog – but my goal is to see Minnesota be a world leader with broadband and we need more discussion, more recognition and more options statewide if that’s going to happen!


COMMUNITY VOICES | Red Bull Crashed Ice—not for everyone

It’s likely that any number of St. Paul residents, well, people from all over the world, are looking forward to the Red Bull Ice Cross Downhill World Championship this weekend.


Building equity in our communities means recognizing shifting demographics

Building sustainable communities is about reflecting what community looks like – now and in the future. And the faces of our Minnesota communities are changing, rapidly. Especially our suburban communities.


Energy coop uses lantern workshops to bring families, communities together

Communities of Light Cooperative is a self-sufficiency, training and assessment organization whose first product is solar energy-related. In 2009 an organization named Communities of Light was formed by several Phillips Neighborhood residents, and in 2010 they began their Solar Lanterns and Solar Generators project/workshops due to great interest in helping to build healthier neighborhoods.


St. Cloud leaders embrace the area's growing diversity, believe acknowledging the city's 'devastating' history may help leave ugly past behind

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis admits that although his city has changed in recent years, the past can’t be ignored. During a scheduled speaking appearance at a local breakfast last month on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the three-term mayor apologized for the city’s racial discrimination history.


Groups organize support for safe schools bill, prepare for March 3rd rally at Capitol

Organizations supporting the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act are ramping up organizing as legislative session nears.


Minneapolis: Listening to community conversations in Lyndale

Conversation with parents of Lyndale School

During the past year LNA began a new strategy to engage Lyndale's diverse community members through a series of community conversations. The goal of the conversations is to understand the value people place on their connections in the neighborhood, discover what they want for Lyndale, and build community. This article is a summary of what we have heard so far.


Benefit concert Feb. 12 for 'From Death to Life,' organization offering support to Twin Cities families harmed by violence

Mary Johnson founded From Death to Life, a group that helps area families ravaged by violence, in 2005. (Photo courtesy of From Death to Life)

Mary Johnson broke down in tears the day she met face-to-face the man who was in prison for killing her son.

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