What the Puck? New Swedish playground-like sport to come to St. Paul

(Photo by Glósóli Ateljé/ David Puig Serinyà) A Puckelball field in Stockholm, Sweden.

The midfielder is moving the ball through the center circle. He’s dribbling past a defender, looks for a teammate, passes the ball and it stops because of a bump in the field, right in front of the eighteen-yard box. Welcome to the game of Puckelball.


Minneapolis moves toward restorative justice, deemphasizes punishment

(Photo courtesy of Restorative Justice Community Action) Minneapolis residents Manu Lewis and Vincent De Lusia volunteer with RJCA to talk with nonviolent criminal offenders as part of a reconciliation plan, meant to help offenders face how their actions affect the community.

When a University of Minnesota student got arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct, instead of finding himself in front of a judge, he found himself in front of Bill and Susan Engel.


Building momentum in Geneva with the Oromo diaspora

This fall was a busy time for advocacy at the United Nations on human rights in Ethiopia. It was also a great time to see The Advocates for Human Rights’ new toolkit, Paving Pathways for Justice and Accountability: Human Rights Tools for Diaspora Communities, in action.


Kids Voting Minneapolis

I spent Election Day afternoon handing out kids’ ballots and I Voted stickers to the kids at my polling place. It was pretty quiet, but the kids who did cast ballots in the Kids Voting Minneapolis mock election seemed so proud to be voting just like their parents that I couldn’t help but be glad I was there.


Van Cleve Park may get $300K for fix-ups

(Photo by Cora Nelson) A child sits on a toy bike at Van Cleve Park on Oct. 30, 2014. The park board superintendent’s proposed budget allocates about $300,000 to the park in 2020 to help improve its facilities.

A breezy fall day had Megan Swenson strolling through the Southeast Como neighborhood’s Van Cleve Park with her dog, enjoying the green space and playground.

She was surprised to learn that the recreation space may not be the same in a few years.


North Minneapolis Hmong Halloween

(Photos by Jay Clark)

University of Minnesota tutors and volunteers took a group of 25 North Minneapolis Hmong refugee youth out trick-or-treating last Friday.


Ready Set Smile increases healthy smiles among low-income students in Minneapolis

(Photo courtesy of Lisa Lindstrom)

Three facts in a U.S. surgeon general report should be enough to accentuate the profound impact that dental problems have on poor children in the United States:

  • Low-income children lose about 51 million school hours each year to dental-related illness.
  • About 37 percent of low-income children have one or more untreated decayed teeth, compared with 17.3 percent of their more affluent counterparts.
  • Because of dental problems, low-income children have 12 times more restricted-activity days than higher-income children do.

Minneapolis school board race Voter Guide: A community focus

With the November election days away, many Minneapolis residents are wondering which candidates to support for the open spots on the city’s school board.

Enter the new Voter Guide, from the non-partisan Coalition for Quality Public Schools.


Youth activism: Washburn High School theater teaches advocacy

(Photo by Regina Marie Wallace)

Eshay Brantley didn’t know what to expect walking into the Theatre I class at Washburn High School in Minneapolis.


The Family Place, day shelter for homeless families, launches Montessori program

Dr. Margaret Lovejoy

The Family Place (244 E.10th St., Saint Paul), the only day shelter for homeless families in Ramsey County, is finally getting into gear their long-awaited Montessori program, all thanks to the generosity of 10-year-old Bella Lauer.

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