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Excited about Ranked Choice Voting

Excited about Ranked Choice VotingAlthough my first-choice mayoral candidate didn't win this year, I can't help feeling excitement and pride about the results of this year's Minneapolis municipal elections. All-in-all, they were a triumph – for women, for people of color, for political diversity, and for stronger democracy.
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Affordable Care Act will create more jobs

Affordable Care Act will create more jobsWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Health care reform under the Affordable Care Act is off to a sickly start. There have been problems with the main marketplace website, calls for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation, tepid enrollment numbers, and a series of presidential apologies.
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Weight loss can decrease risk of Type 2 diabetes

Weight loss can decrease risk of Type 2 diabetesIn Minnesota, nearly 300,000 adults have Type 2 diabetes, and as many as 1.4 million Minnesotans have prediabetes. Most do not know it. Of those estimated to have prediabetes, only about 1 in 6 people even know they have the condition. 
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Pilots bring flight to academy for Black teens

Pilots bring flight to academy for Black teensCurrently in aviation only about seven percent of all U.S. pilots are African-American.

For those who fly regularly, this number might not seem shocking, as it is quite rare to see an African-American in a commercial cockpit. Some might even be shocked that the percentage is even that high. But a group of aviators in the Twin Cities is working to boost the appallingly low numbers and introduce a new generation of African-Americans to a career in flight.
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Pop-up Museum at Capri showcases North Minneapolis

Pop-up Museum at Capri showcases North MinneapolisOn October 30, artists of all kinds came out to show the colorful face of North Minneapolis, in the Tell Me Something Good pop-up museum.

Hosted by the Capri Theater on Broadway Avenue, the event provided a forum for local artists and community members to combat negative views of the Northside by showing some of its good side.

Pop-up museum have appeared all over the country in various forms but all seek to use audience participation to create dialogue on specific issues. In this instance, numerous participants came together to tell an authentic Northside story.
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Open letter welcomes Warsame to rights, equity legacy

Open letter welcomes Warsame to rights, equity legacyTo Council Member-elect Abdi Warsame:

We speak from among members of the African American community to heartily hail and salute your successful election to the City Council of Minneapolis.

You are not only the first continental African to win a seat on the Council, you are the first Somali. Only one other Somali has won a city council seat across the United States –Ahmed Hassan, of Clarkston, GA.

We welcome you to this long persistent journey in the struggle to make democracy more inclusive and real for persons of color. Your achievement reminds us that democracy is a process, and not a static condition. We wish you well.

Hip Hip Hurrah!

Signed,
Al McFarlane, Verlena Matey-Keke, Mahmoud El-Kati, and African American community members.
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Minnesota African American Museum fights to open

Minnesota African American Museum fights to open Along a stretch of museums and other points of interest in Minneapolis sits a beautiful Victorian mansion at 1700 3rd Ave. S. that houses the Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM).

Though the site houses the Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM), in many ways the museum is homeless as the 1884 built structure is uninhabited due to a fight between the museum and a contractor that has walked off the job and placed a lien on the property. This, on top of a promised $1 million bond that has since been denied, leaves the building in disrepair and far from being visitor ready.
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WCCO-TV brings the past to new heights

WCCO-TV brings the past to new heightsWCCO-TV's downtown Minneapolis location will now feature one of the city's most unique rooftop spaces with a highly visible exclamation point provided by a new landmark that is reminiscent of a local icon that was destroyed in a Thanksgiving Day fire 31 years ago.
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Racist Dutch tradition comes under fire

Racist Dutch tradition comes under fireNov. 19 (GIN) – When Santa Claus comes to town in Amsterdam, it's not a cluster of elves leaping around the robust figure in red waving at cheering children and adults.

The dancing figures are "Black Petes" – white Netherlanders in blackface wearing Afro wigs. Servants of St. Nick, they are variously Black Pete playing music or singing; Black Pete on horseback; Black Pete on stilts and Black Pete climbing up the façade of department stores or cavorting atop six-story buildings.
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The Black Press and Black Church: Reclaiming our roots and our voice

The Black Press and Black Church: Reclaiming our roots and our voiceAs we look at the state of Black America, we see that if ever there was a need for us to have a "come to Jesus" moment; it’s now.

For those who are either too young to know or too complacent to remember, all one would have to do is perform a little historical research to learn how the Black church and the Black press were the two primary catalysts undergirding the Civil Rights struggle and how they both led the way in fighting for the rights of African-Americans across this country.
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Minnesota has nation's 3rd highest cost of child care

Minnesota has nation's 3rd highest cost of child careThe cost of child care continues to increase faster than income, and a new analysis also shows that parents in Minnesota pay among the highest rates in the nation. The average annual cost for care for an infant in Minnesota is nearly $14,000, and for a four-year-old it's more than $10,000.
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