Small Business Saturday in the Twin Cities: Shop small, shop local!

Ready or not, the holiday season is here, with the trifecta of big shopping days Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday kicking off this weekend. Sure, Small Business Saturday may not create the frenzy as the other two, but for many, that’s part of the day’s charm. Aimed at boosting sales for local independent shops, the day gives smaller mom-and-pop stores a chance to shine and garner focused community support.


Media forum: Finding voice beyond the dominant

(Photos by Mark Allan Peterson) On the panel above, Emilia Gonzales Avalos – Advocacy and Community Engagement Director, NAVIGATE MN; Hlee Lee – MPR’s Counter Stories, Production Specialist; Adja Gildersleve – Director/Project Manager, Digital Divide Documentary Empowerment Project; Nancy Musinguzi – Youthprise artist-in-residence; Kristoffer Tigue – Editor, TC Daily Planet

The importance, and the difficulty, of gaining a voice to tell one’s own story was the underlying theme of the annual Twin Cities Media Alliance Fall Forum Nov. 8. The forum’s keynote speaker, Nekima Levy-Pounds, expressed concern that minorities, especially African-American men, are portrayed in only one dimension in the local media, and are seldom the authors of their own narratives.


Minnesota looking more like the rest of the country

Minnesota has been something of an outlier compared to almost every other state. Most states have Democratic cities, Republican rural areas, and competitive suburbs. We have long flipped those last two. This last election though, the state house election looked pretty typical of what might be expected in almost any randomly chosen state.


More than wishful thinking

We are all shopping and chopping and flying and driving and working and studying and praying and worrying and hopinghopinghoping for a better day tomorrow.


Slow down and live: The journey to beloved community

I am white. I am male. I am heterosexual. I am university educated – by all these markers I am empowered by society. I have been given a ticket to take the express lane to success and am able to by-pass those stuck in the traffic of life. For those of us in the express lane it is hard to NOT wonder why those in eternal rush hour don’t “…just get in a better lane.”


Starting a fire, to improve health

“If a community wants to bring organizations together to carry out a project to improve health, what’s the most effective way to get action started?”


Forum brings Roseville closer to 'dementia-friendly' action plan

A Roseville group has begun shaping a plan to help the community become “dementia friendly,” following a public forum this fall where 53 people offered advice on what to do.


South Minneapolis historic home owner Pearl Lindstrom dies at 92

(Photo by Paige Elliott)

Pearl Lindstrom, the owner of the south Minneapolis home recently added to the National Register of Historic Places has died at the age of 92. A call to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner today confirmed Lindstrom's death was reported with their office. The cause of death, time of death and other details are pending an official investigation.


Lao American students and why social capital is important

Lao parents play a significant role in students’ academic success, even if they feel they don’t have a lot to contribute because they didn’t attend U.S. schools, speak fluent English, or fully understand American higher education systems. -Dr. Krissyvan Khamvongsa Truong


St. Paul aims to lead in workforce racial equity

Nearly $105 million in St. Paul City contracts was awarded in 2013 to businesses owned by people of color, women-owned, and small businesses, according to Saint Paul’s Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) annual report. That was about 41 percent of the “total business opportunity” of more than $255 million. Approximately 18.6 percent of this “total business opportunity,” or $47.5 million of the contracts awarded last year, went to small businesses; $38.5 million (15 percent of total) went to women-owned businesses; and $18.8 million (7 percent of total) went to businesses owned by people of color.

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