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District seeks mentors for boys

District seeks mentors for boysNumbers do not always tell a complete story, but some numbers tell enough of a story to let it be known that there is a definite cause for alarm – maybe even a cause for panic.

So how about these numbers? Last year the Minneapolis Public Schools graduated just 43 percent of its African-American students on time, meaning within four years from the time a child entered high school to the time of graduation. And that number is actually up from the appallingly putrid on-time graduation rate of 36 percent for African-Americans in the district in 2012. And according to James Burroughs, the district's director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, extrapolate out the girls and that number is sharply lower for African-American boys.
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Senator Champion's legislation adds protections for tenants who are victims of violence

Senator Champion's legislation adds protections for tenants who are victims of violenceSenator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) co-authored legislation to remove barriers for tenant-victims to break a lease if necessary for their safety, prohibits eviction because the tenant was a victim of violence, and extends protections to tenant-victims of sexual assault and stalking.
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Eighth Annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards celebrate Minnesota racial equity leaders

Eighth Annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards celebrate Minnesota racial equity leadersThe Saint Paul Foundation will honor five anti-racism advocates at the eighth annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards on April 7 at the Crown Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Hotel, 11 Kellogg Blvd. East.
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Chamber applauds non-profit developer

Chamber applauds non-profit developerMike Wynne and EMERGE latest caretakers of 120 year-old North Minneapolis cultural asset

Mike Wynne, President and CEO of EMERGE Community Development, accepted an award on behalf of EMERGE for Non-Profit of the Year at the Minneapolis Chamber's Best in Business luncheon earlier this month. EMERGE, dedicated to "creating a community where people have the freedom and mutual support to thrive," was recognized by the Chamber for the non-profit's success in four focus areas: community development, staffing, villages (housing), and workforce development.
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Park Center girls basketball brings home state title in triple overtime thriller

Park Center girls basketball brings home state title in triple overtime thrillerIn a game that will go down as one of the greatest in Minnesota high school history, Park Center High School won its first ever girls basketball state championship in the most dramatic fashion in a triple overtime thriller.
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"Driver's License for All" rally at State Capitol Rotunda, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Immigration Advocates Rally Twin Cities Communities in Support of Passing Driver's License Bill - HF 348
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Southwest light rail train a must for our community

Southwest light rail train a must for our communityWhen the Southwest light rail line (SWLRT) is built, a Northside station will bear the name of Van White. Van White, the first African American to serve on the Minneapolis City Council, provides the kind of example we need to do what is right for our entire community. Van White worked hard to overcome barriers, and in so doing he provided inspiration and real opportunities for residents of North Minneapolis and throughout the City. His life tells us that we can surmount the obstacles we face in reaching consensus about the route of the rail line. His life reminds us that we must build the rail line to provide more economic opportunity.
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Insensitive remarks on a Minneapolis police officer's Facebook page spark outrage; open internal investigation

Insensitive remarks on a Minneapolis police officer's Facebook page spark outrage; open internal investigationWhile Alicia Lucio was perusing her Facebook timeline one post stopped her in her tracks.
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The business of giving

The business of givingCreative design and marketing company donates half of net profits to charity

In 2009 Jeremy and Krista Carroll were living a pretty good life in New York City with few worries or cares.
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Pepper Miller: African American marketing guru

Pepper Miller: African American marketing guruMarketing guru Pepper Miller, president of The Hunter-Miller Group, Chicago, IL addresses the 18th Annual Multicultural Marketing Conference and Awards Luncheon being held 8am – 3pm Wednesday, March 26, at The Woman's Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove Street.
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Ellison visits MCTC to encourage students to get insured

Ellison visits MCTC to encourage students to get insuredMNSure reps. on hand to sign up students

With the deadline to sign up for heath insurance without penalty fast approaching, Rep. Keith Ellison was on hand at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) to encourage enrollment.

Ellison (MN-5) said MCTC was the perfect venue to enroll individuals, as the student population at the downtown Minneapolis college is disproportionately uninsured or under insured.
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