10 Minute Walk to a Park

Story and Video by Bill Sorem
A 10 minute walk to a park for 97% of the Minneapolis population was one of the metrics that has traditionally kept Minneapolis on the top of the listing of cities park systems by The Trust For Public Land. The 2019 listing had Minneapolis in 3rd place, behind St.Paul which was in second. First place went to Washington D.C. In 2018, Minneapolis was in first place for the 6th consecutive year, with St. Paul 2nd. Christensen noted that this was a nice honor, but only one of the considerations in park system planning.

Mobile Market Delivers Community, Tears Of Joy

Leah Porter set out to bring healthy, affordable food to people who don’t normally have access to it. Her Mobile Market accomplished that, but it brought a few surprises as well—a better connected and compassionate community.

Michael Walker

Black Boys Will Achieve When Teachers Believe In Them

“My job is not to fix black boys,” says Michael Walker, the man who is in charge of the relatively new office of Black Male Student Achievement in Minneapolis schools. “It is our job to change how we think and what we believe black boys are capable of.”

Vivian Jenkins-Nelsen

Battling ‘Minnesota Nice’, Structural Racism And White Privilege

“So can we talk about race?” asked Vivian Jenkins-Nelsen to a nearly all-white League of Women Voters gathering at a south Minneapolis restaurant. The co-founder of the INTER-RACE Institute, a diversity think tank located at Augsburg College said structural racism is alive in Minnesota because people don’t talk about it enough.

Madore Tries To Debate John Kline

Yesterday, DFL challenger Shelley Madore held a press conference outside Republican incumbent John Kline’s office, challenging him to a debate in their race for the state’s 2nd Congressional District.