Changing lives, one mom at a time

Deb Avenido’s 15-year-old client faced big problems. “She was homeless with her mom and her brother through her whole pregnancy. They would stay at a family shelter for a month – that’s as long as they could stay there. Then they’d go to a motel or to a friend, and then back to the shelter.”

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TCE lawsuit inches on, Southeast Como organizes outreach

While Southeast Como neighborhood residents’ concerns about harmful vapors in their homes continue to linger, a lawsuit against General Mills is moving forward.

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More than 40 percent of Minnesota workers lack access to paid sick days

(Photo courtesy of California Labor Federation) Governor Jerry Brown recently signed state legislation to allow more than 6.5 million workers to earn paid sick days on the job.

Some 41% of Minnesota workers lack access to even a single day of earned sick time, a new report finds. Those who have the most difficulty taking time off from work when they are sick include low-income workers and those employed in food service and other jobs where they are in regular contact with the public.

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The difference a prosthetic can make

I am well aware that if I had been born in a different time or place my life would not be what it is. I might point to my eyeglasses and reference my very poor unassisted vision as one way my life would have been quite different if I’d been born a few hundred years ago. But I think that my prosthetic arm is the more obvious tie to the modern era that I rely on regularly.

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Dispensing medical care - and love: Pam White treats mind, body and spirit in the black community

(Photo by Sarah Whiting) "I encourage [women] to keep fighting no matter how many times you've been knocked down; stand strong even when you come up against any barriers; face life struggles boldly and with ... confidence. ... Remember, in life, it's about the choices we make. More importantly, learn to love and respect yourself so that you can set the standard for how you want others to treat you." - Pam White, words from the founder/president on the HER website

There's a love fest going on at Health Empowerment Resource (HER) Center, a small health clinic in north Minneapolis. And dispensing that love, along with health care, is clinic owner and nurse practitioner Pam White.

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Minneapolis mulls gender neutral restrooms

(Photo by Lisa Jacobs published under Creative Commons License)

An antiquated Minneapolis code relating to the service industry forces many businesses to have gendered restrooms, but a policy change passed by a city committee could change that.

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Major Taylor cycling club promotes biking in Twin Cities' African-American community

(Photos by Walter Griffin) Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota aims to increase biking participation for African-Americans in the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis’ love for cycling has in recent years drawn national attention — and those who closely watch biking activities across the country have proclaimed the city one of the best for biking in the country.

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University of Minnesota officials monitor Ebola outbreak in West Africa

As the largest Ebola outbreak in history continues to plague parts of West Africa, the University of Minnesota and other colleges nationwide are adjusting their travel policies to comply with new recommendations from the federal government.

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State opens medical marijuana manufacturer applications

Minnesota advanced in its plan for making medical marijuana available for patients next year as it opened up applications Friday for potential manufacturers of the drug.

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