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. Continue Reading →
Assisted living facilities in Minnesota can provide superb elder care or they can provide scary conditions. The Minneapolis League of Women Voters Civic Buzz presented a discussion entitled, “Vulnerable Elders Face Scare not Care.” Continue Reading →
Hennipin County Commissioner Linda Higgins explains the major county budget items and their impact on the public.
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He said, she said is not an issue in the crimes of robbery, murder, arson and burglary. However, It is often a major issue in crimes of sexual assault. Continue Reading →
Local government has a lot of power to make changes in Minneapolis. A new website gives you the power to track what’s going on in Minneapolis government and participate so government officials listen to you. Continue Reading →
Minneapolis has a revised long-range plan for affordable housing that’s raising lots of questions and concerns from residents. Continue Reading →
The roots of racial housing segregation in Minneapolis can be found in nearly century-old illegal real estate covenants. While the covenants are no longer enforceable, their impact lives on.
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“Housing has something to do with everything,” said Debra Behrens, Chief Advancement Officer, Aeon an organization that focuses on helping people find quality affordable homes and stability in their lives. Continue Reading →
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.
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“I’m a prime example of the power of addiction and the promise and possibility of recovery,” said William Moyers, son of journalist and political commentator Bill Moyers. Continue Reading →
“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.” Continue Reading →
The good news is more questions got to be asked than anticipated. The bad news was that was possible because the two District 57 Republican House candidates did not show up for the League of Women Voters debate. Continue Reading →
Rep. Tim Walz and his Republican opponent Jim Hagedorn squeeze 21 different topics into a lively one hour League of Women Voters debate in Winona. Continue Reading →
“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. Continue Reading →
Voter Photo I.D. would “take Minnesota several steps backwards by creating unnecessary obstacles for honest citizens to vote”. — Sherri Knuth, Policy Coordinator, League of Women Voters. Continue Reading →
Both the Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer teams are jockeying for position in this war of words, numbers and probable lawsuits. Today at 11:30 a.m. at the State Capitol, Dayton Recount Director Ken Martin will discuss the completion of all 87 county canvass board meetings and the next steps in the post-election process. Continue Reading →
Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. at the State Capitol to announce that they are organizing a non-partisan observation of the upcoming 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial recount. Continue Reading →
Today on The UpTake, watch the Minnesota gubernatorial debate live at 12:30 sponsored by the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →