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Dec 18th

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Give me my flowers while I yet live

Give me my flowers while I yet liveA number of people gathered on Saturday, April 13th, at the Kellogg Square Residences-Boulevard Room to recognize one of St. Paul's African-American business pioneers, Mary Fletcher, and to celebrate her 80th birthday with a surprise party. Fletcher was the sole owner operator of Selby Avenue's Tom Thumb Superette, once located at 1025 Selby Avenue, for over thirty years, and remains a strong advocate of African-American economic development through business ownership. The love and appreciation gathering was attended by many people who were frequent patrons, friends and well-wishers of this great matriarch, who provided many years of service and goodwill to the Summit-University community.
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Faith leaders challenge legislators to address disparities

On Thursday, April 4, 175 African-American clergy and members of the faith community held a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda. On the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, they assembled to urge legislators to close racial equity gaps and put the children and families in their communities on a firm foundation.
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Cold Weather Rule protections end April 15, Energy Assistance Program funds are still available

As Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule, administered by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, ends – the PUC and the Minnesota Department of Commerce urge consumers to act immediately to keep the heat on.
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Weather again delays opening of yard waste collection sites

Three of seven Ramsey County yard waste sites will open Monday, April 15; remaining four sites will open Saturday, April 20.

Due to continued precipitation and colder than normal temperatures, Ramsey County will open three of its seven yard waste sites on Monday, April 15, 2013, and delay opening four of them until Saturday April 20, 2013.

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Fresh Fridays mean free produce at Northside corner stores

Fresh Fridays mean free produce at Northside corner storesEvery Friday during the month of April, fresh produce purchases at eleven participating Northside corner stores will be matched up to $3 per customer. Customers can pay by cash, EBT or credit card. This exciting deal is called Fresh Fridays, a promotion of fresh fruits and vegetables at the neighborhood stores many depend on for snacks. During Fresh Fridays, shoppers can walk away with a bag of carrots and a few apples and oranges for only three dollars. Whoever said that fresh food had to be expensive?
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"Race" and the persistence of health disparities: How far have we come?

This is an excerpt of a speech delivered at the first annual "Springing Towards Health Gala" of the Minnesota Black Nurses Association on March 9, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis North, Brooklyn Center.
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Spring street sweeping begins soon

Weather permitting, an annual rite of spring in Minneapolis begins Tuesday, April 9. That's when Public Works crews will start a comprehensive sweeping of all city streets and alleys to clean up the dirt and grime the melting ice and snow leaves behind. Beginning Monday April 8, drivers should watch for temporary "no parking" signs along these roadways to avoid a ticket and tow.
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