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Continued: South Minneapolis mom chipping away at lead poisoning hazard

  • Article by: BEENA RAGHAVENDRAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 24, 2014 - 5:34 AM

Since living in her contaminated apartment five years ago, Fletcher has made changes. In 2009, she sued the landlord and won three months of rent.

She moved, ensuring her new home was lead-free. She took a state-run class, Partners in Policymaking, to better advocate for her son’s disabilities. And she started her organization working with landlords and tenants.

Fletcher said it’s critical that landlords evaluate property for lead risks before renting. Not doing so is “laziness,” she said.

Dustin will be disabled for life — his brain is damaged and his speech is impaired — but he’s getting better, Fletcher said, adding that she hopes her work for the issue will make an impact.

“I have no trouble sleeping at night,” Fletcher said. “If you have a problem sleeping at night, don’t take a sleep aid or anything. Help somebody.”


Beena Raghavendran • 612-673-4649


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  • Ticiea Fletcher, whose two children, 7-year-old Logan, left, and Dustin, 6, were found with high levels of lead in their blood in 2009, is now actively promoting lead awareness around the Twin Cities. She will be holding an event with free blood testing for children under 6 at McRae Park on June 29.

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