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NCRT Didn’t “Wander in Circles” Following North Minneapolis Tornado, Says Louis King

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Following last year’s May 22 tornado that devastated North Minneapolis, a coalition of nearly 60 local organizations came together to form the Northside Community Response Team (NCRT) to confront both the short-term and long-term needs. Continue Reading →

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“There’s so much good on the north side”

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Natasha Mitchell misses North Minneapolis. The 38-year-old mother of two had to leave the neighborhood after the house they were renting was struck by last year’s tornado, leaving serious water and mold damage in every corner. Continue Reading →

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Across Downed Power Lines, Broken Trees

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A lot has been done, but there’s more to do to recover from the Minneapolis tornado that happened one year ago. Residents on the 3000 block of Logan in North Minneapolis were among many who came to each other’s aid following the May 22 tornado. Continue Reading →

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Does North Minneapolis Need Pie in the Sky Ideas or Roofs Overhead?

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Nearly a year after the tornado that ripped through North Minneapolis, opinions vary greatly on what the poverty-stricken community needs most from local and state government. Should the City introduce “pie in the sky” ideas or focus on more immediate problems? Continue Reading →

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Saving North High School, Preserving a Community Stalwart

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When administrators revealed a plan last spring to shut down North High School — one of only two public schools on Minneapolis’ embattled north side — MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change and other activists answered the call. Continue Reading →

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“We’re Treated like Bums” Despite Holding Jobs, Paying Taxes

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After their home in North Minneapolis was destroyed by the May 22 tornado, Dennis and Deborah were forced to seek refuge in the local Armory and at the North Commons Recreation Center. For weeks, they and their five children slept on cots on the floor of a gymnasium. Continue Reading →

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“Not only is it an injustice to us, but this neighborhood.”

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North Minneapolis resident Leonard and his family live in a house with broken windows near the corner of Knox and Lowry. For a month after the May 22 tornado that devastated the neighborhood, their gas was still turned off. Nevertheless, their landlord continues to force Leonard’s mother to pay rent, under threat of court action. Continue Reading →

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“They’re Trying to Make us Homeless!”

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North Minneapolis resident DeWayne refuses to leave his home on Logan Avenue, which was damaged during the May 22 tornado, but which is still structurally sound and safe. The City of Minneapolis condemned the house and urged DeWayne and his children to go to a shelter. Continue Reading →

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Rybak Sees Solution in North Minneapolis Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak talked to The UpTake’s Chuck Olsen at Netroots Nation about the Minneapolis Promise, the mayor’s plan to export Minnesota’s crazy politicians (and keep the sane ones) and how he will appeal to the White House for federal aid for North Minneapolis, which was ravaged by a tornado on May 22. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis Seeks Tornado Damage Help

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) met with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson in Washington, D.C. to discuss the aftermath of the tornado that hit North Minneapolis on May 22 and caused millions of dollars in damage and resulted in the death of two Minnesotans. Continue Reading →

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Revitalizing North Minneapolis in the Wake of the Tornado

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Following the spring tornado that wrought destruction on North Minneapolis, local activist Anthony Newby stopped by Netroots Nation to tell The UpTake about systemic problems facing the community, and how local citizens are finding solutions. Continue Reading →

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