OPINION | Racism, redlining and reparations

The wheels of justice grind slowly but exceedingly fine.

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Volunteers help seniors live independently in the St. Paul Midway neighborhood

Hamline Midway Elders Program Director Tom Fitzpatrick is one of just two Hamline Midway Elders employees. (MinnPost photo by Gino Terrell)

Jo Ann Olsen said volunteering for Hamline Midway Elders was her husband’s final request before he died.

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Families Moving Forward-Southwest: Program opening observations

For the past three years, I have been one of many volunteers working to bring an emergency shelter program for families experiencing homelessness to Scott and Carver counties. Our goal was realized two weeks ago, on Mother’s Day, 2014, with the opening of Families Moving Forward-Southwest. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to see this program in action immediately through volunteering at the program center during the first week.

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Minneapolis development slowed by disagreement, stakeholders look to change city code and increase collaboration

When it comes to new development, neighborhoods, developers and the city of Minneapolis aren’t always on the same page.

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A way for Minneapolis to reach half a million population

Minneapolis’ population recently reached 400,000 for the first time since the mid-1970′s. That’s not a surprise if you’re a Minneapolis resident, because it’s hard to miss the building boom going on in some parts of the city, like downtown and along the Hiawatha light rail line. The city government’s goal is to increase the population to 500,000, which it reached for a few years at its peak around 1950. Minneapolis has a infrastructure designed to handle a larger population, but costs are being spread among fewer people. So a larger population spreads the costs out more. Being a political person, I can’t help doing some math and noticing that getting to half a million might mean another one and a half State Senate districts, or three State house districts, either measure meaning more representation in the legislature. Obviously that depends on how long it takes to reach that figure, and what growth happens in the state overall, but in general, more people means more political clout.

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Big thinking about change

Today’s short and sweet blog post simply draws attention to some compelling articles I've read lately about creative people thinking big about changing their world.

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The stigma of homelessness is tough, but not insurmountable

You are 19 years old, spending a night in the bathroom of a local McDonald’s with your infant son.

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SafeZone in St. Paul gives homeless youth the tools to succeed

If you weren’t looking for SafeZone, you might never realize that it was there.

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Leading by sharing

For years, I’d passed the sign-up sheet for Families Moving Forward hosting weeks without putting my name down.That changed in 2007 when I finally signed up to volunteer -- without any idea what to expect.

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Básicos de chinches de Extensión de U of M

Que es un chinche de la cama? Chinches son insectos pequeños y pueden ser muy difícil ver. Chinches adultos son planos, óvalos, y de un color café marrón, casi el tamaño de una semilla de manzana. Chinches adolescentes pueden ser muy pequeño y difícil para ver.

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