Communities

CTUL's Merle Payne talks organizing the "unorganizable"

(Photos by Joel Haskard)

At 40 years old, Merle Payne is soft-spoken with a trim beard and unassuming nature. He is the co-director of Centro de Trabajodores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), an organization “where workers build power to lead the struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in our workplaces.” CTUL made national headlines recently by winning a Responsible Contractor Policy with Target that will be implemented for new cleaning contracts at their stores in the metro area.

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Shots from North Minneapolis: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl in photos

(Photo by Emily Jarrett Hughes, Wisdom Dances, www.wisdomdances.com)

On the last weekend of July, the North Minneapolis community came out in full force to celebrate its artists, entrepreneurs, music and the joy of being together.

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Senior Safety Pride Day 2014 honors living legacy in Twin Cities

(Photos and video by Paige Elliott)

It was a muggy but otherwise ideal afternoon for the 13th Annual Senior Safety Pride Day, Friday, August 15 at Boom Island in Minneapolis.

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Minnesota's good life for Whites only?

(MSR file photo) Dr. Edward Ehlinger

Health disparities have been a big concern in America for a long time. Although Minnesota is known for many good things — lots of trails and bike paths, multiple millionaires, and 10,000 lakes — health in the American Indian and Black/African American populations is not one of them. The health disparities that people of color and American Indians experience in comparison to Whites in Minnesota is of concern to many and should be of concern to many more.

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New maps affirm old disparities, segregation in Twin Cities

(Images courtesy of Wilder Research) Above, data compiled from the 2010 census show the highest concentration areas of Twin Cities residents 65 years of age and older.

Minnesota Compass, funded through the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, released an interactive map this week using the most recent census data for Minneapolis and St. Paul. The data shows distinct boundaries in the sister cities, separating neighborhoods based on age, ethnicity, income, education and poverty levels.

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TC Weekend | Open Streets Franklin, Powderhorn 24, IndiaFest, Japanese Lantern Lighting, Greek Fest and more!

Another fun-filled weekend is upon us, with a diverse and invigorating lineup of cultural, community and humanitarian festivities taking place in the Twin Cities. Let the fun begin -- scroll down to see what’s on tap!

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Minnesota's flooding and the EPA's flood resilience checklist

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new set of recommendations and planning guides to help communities improve their flood resilience.

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Full-service community schools: Vision is important

At Brooklyn Center High School, a couple of years ago, a small room was transformed into an optometrist’s examining room. On the first day it opened in January 2013, 18 students were seen, and 15 of them needed glasses. At last, those who needed eyewear had access to it.

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CV | Riverfront Fest shows off Sheridan Memorial Park

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Sheridan Memorial Park, a new park that recently opened on the upper Mississippi River in Northeast Minneapolis, hosted the second annual Riverfront Fest on August 1. The event, a project of the Mississippi River Partnership, aims to create awareness of the importance of the river in Minneapolis. For many attendees, it was their first look at the park, which features a veteran's memorial created by artist Robert Smart. The project was a collaboration between a group of World War II veterans, the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

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