Thanks to industry and rail, life in Northeast comes with pollution and smells

Matthew Hegge and his wife are trying to sell their house in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a little difficult, though, when you don’t want to let the “fresh” air in.

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: The Ebola outbreak and its implications, for Liberia and Minnesota

(Photograph by Francisco Javier Argel published under Creative Commons License)

In this episode, Wynfred Russell joins Julia to talk about the current Ebola outbreak. Russell is a public health advocate, and the executive director of African Career, Education & Resource, Inc., in Brooklyn Park. Russell explains the outbreak, and delves into its implications for the Liberian diaspora, including Liberians in Minnesota. [Audio below]

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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This city bus will soon be a mobile grocery store

(Photo courtesy of Twin Cities Mobile Market) Soon this empty bus will be carting around food to areas that have poor access to fresh produce and other healthy whole foods.

In an ideal world, grocery shopping can just be an in-and-out trip, but for some locals, grocery shopping can sometimes take several hours. A local organization is trying to fix that by bringing a mobile grocery store to areas with poor access to healthy foods.

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Task force weighs medical marijuana law

(Photo by Holly Peterson) A task force comprised of state legislators, health care providers, public safety officials and others met for the first time on Thursday at the State Office Building in St. Paul. They will review the recently passed medical marijuana law and field questions on its implementation.

The task force charged with ensuring a smooth rollout of Minnesota’s medical marijuana law began its duties last week.

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TC Weekend | FMLY Fest, Irish Fair, Polish Fest, Pizza Lucé Block Party, Play on Penn, Art on the Ave & more!

This weekend’s lineup is a bit quieter than last weekend's, but no less engaging. From community gatherings and cultural fairs, to art crawls and music festivals -- there is a lot to enjoy this weekend! Scroll down to see what’s on tap; if you know of an event that readers should know about, sound off in the comment section below.

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'My Brother Adam': Children's book written to help 'tear down the walls of prejudice' against mental illness

(Photos courtesy of the authors) Authors Linda and Nneka Onyilofor

Mental health has always been, at the least, a touchy subject among African Americans. As powerfully as it can impact lives, it doesn’t help to ignore or, still worse, pass judgment on people who suffer mental problems. Accordingly, Linda and Nneka Onyilofor with illustrator Aaron Gilmore have created a remarkable children’s book, My Brother Adam: A journey with schizophrenia (Radiant Heart Press) that can help adults as well as kids gain a constructive outlook on the subject.

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Union vote begins among home health care workers

(Screenshot from video by Howard Kling) Home care workers filed for a union election in July.

Some 26,000 home health care workers across Minnesota are voting this month whether to join a union.

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