Twin Cities Veg Fest shows eating vegetarian doesn’t mean losing taste

(Photo courtesy of Compassionate Action for Animals)

When Sal Kravik became a vegan 12 years ago, she didn’t eat the way she does now.

"When I first changed my diet … there were so few options," Kravik said. "Vegan cheesecake was not a thing."

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Minneapolis considers banning e-cigs

(Photo by Joseph Morris published under Creative Commons License)

Minneapolis may soon equate vaping with smoking.

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South Minneapolis Somali community asks for ethnic, healthy food shelf

(Photos by Cirien Saadeh)

When it comes to food shelves in Minneapolis, halal food is hard to come by. But a group of Somali women want to change that.

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MN Admin Commissioner: OLA must disclose health care audit contracts

Minnesota’s public health care programs are cost-intensive enterprises, utilizing roughly $3 billion in state funds on a bi-annual basis. These monies flow from the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS), to non-profit Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), and finally to health care providers for patient care.

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Next steps for Minnesota AFL-CIO: Transportation, paid sick leave

(Workday Minnesota photo) Candace Dow of MoveMN talks with Richard Kentzelman, retired member of Bricklayers Local 1, about Minnesota's transportation needs at the MoveMN booth at the Minnesota AFL-CIO convention.

Through speeches and resolutions, the Minnesota AFL-CIO convention laid out an ambitious public policy agenda that includes comprehensive improvements to the transportation system and paid sick leave for all workers.

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Minneapolis tweaks city code to allow gender neutral restrooms

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution and an ordinance change on Friday allowing businesses to have gender neutral, single-use restroom facilities. The issue was raised by the Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group.

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Trouble ahead? Three health insurance alerts

Think you don’t need to worry because you already have health insurance? Think again: insurance companies keep changing the game. Three stories give reasons to think twice about your insurance: Preferred One’s pull-out, higher costs with “automatic” renewal, and sneaky drug price increases.

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Family Tree Clinic: Talking about sex? They're making it easier

(Photos by Kayla Song) Top: Korrina Griffith, a former Family Tree KISS student educator, feels empowered by her knowledge about sexual health. Bottom: In its 43 years, Family Tree Clinic has evolved to provide quality, confidential reproductive and sexual health care services to diverse communities.

Sex is an awkward subject.

True, the dreaded “talk” is something neither a parent nor child wants to deal with. But it’s a whole lot easier to discuss with a friend.

Family Tree Clinic’s Keeping It Safe and Sexy (KISS) program does just this.

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Community health overview: Hmong Americans

According to the 2010 U.S. Census the eight largest Asian American populations in Minnesota are the Hmong, Asian Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Laotian, and Cambodian communities. Specifically, 27 percent of the total population identify themselves as Hmong, 15.5 percent are Asian Indian, 11.7 percent are Chinese, 11.1 percent are Vietnamese, 4.9 percent are Laotians, and 3.9 percent are Cambodians (Figure 2).

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