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Zoë Jackson

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The family of George Floyd congregated around his tombstone at the “Say Their Names Cemetery” in Minneapolis on Thursday.

Three years on, Minneapolis remembers George Floyd

Visitors still come to 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis to learn about the movement for racial justice. A series of gatherings on Thursday marked three years since Floyd was murdered in the custody of Minneapolis police officers.
Maude McQuarrie, left, and Amber Martin lay flowers by George Floyd’s gravestone at the “Say Their Names” cemetery May 25, 2022 in Minneapolis.

Where to remember George Floyd on 3rd anniversary of his death in Minneapolis

Events begin Thursday and run through Saturday.
From left, Charlotte Hang, 4, Asha Nepal, 11, Chu Nepal, 8, and Landon Hang, 7, shook containers full of cream to make them into butter at the launch

St. Paul farmers teach children how their food is grown

Exposing young children to vegetables and fruits means they are much more likely to eat them into adulthood, health advocates say.
Lucas Cortez and Joseline Venegas-Garcia enjoyed elote during the the 2022 Cinco de Mayo celebration on Lake Street in Minneapolis.

Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Check out these local events

Find events this weekend and next.
Facilitator Raj hugged Marquita Stephens, Urban League interim president, Tuesday. At left are speakers Elizer Darris, Lucina Kayee, Marvina Haynes, B

Minnesotans testify about racial injustice to global audience

Representatives from the United Nations traveled to Minneapolis to hear more than a dozen speakers share their stories about juvenile incarceration and police brutality.
Jack Perry, attorney with Taft Stettinius & Hollister and counsel in the court case, explained to school children the process of the Cruz-Guzman case

Minn. school segregation lawsuit to get another day in court: 5 things to know about the case

The Minnesota Supreme Court will consider a portion of the case known as Cruz-Guzman this week.
The Harriet Island Pavilion inundated Saturday by the Mississippi River in St. Paul.

Waters receding in much of state, while Mississippi River continues to rise in St. Paul, downstream

Officials welcomed a forecast of dry weather for the next few days.
Three juveniles killed in two separate ATV crashes Saturday in Minnesota

Three juveniles killed in two separate ATV crashes Saturday in Minnesota

Both accidents are under investigation.
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid is seeking volunteers to look for evidence of housing discrimination.

Want to go undercover to test housing discrimination? Legal Aid is seeking Minnesota volunteers

Testers look for different treatment during the rental application process.
Jerry Robb had a follow-up visit with Dr. Laurence Ducker, whose quick thinking saved Robb from going completely blind, at Hennepin Healthcare in Minn

Doctor's quick thinking helps save some vision for man who woke up blind in one eye

A thankful Loretto man urged people to seek emergency care for sudden blindness.
Sen. Zaynab Mohamed, DFL-Minneapolis, shown in March.

Proposal aims to keep better track of hate crimes, bias incidents in Minnesota

Bill at Capitol would train police, empower community organizations to help collect data.
Kinshasha Kambui massages the face of Duane Whitaker at Wellness Paradigm in Minneapolis on March 3. Wellness Paradigm is a Black-owned space focused

Black leaders find safety in Minneapolis wellness center that focuses on their needs

Practitioners at Wellness Paradigm have first-hand knowledge of the stresses carried by people of color.
Improv festival returns to Minneapolis and puts Black joy on stage

Improv festival returns to Minneapolis and puts Black joy on stage

Fest that started small in 2016 has grown into an event over several days that draws participants from across the U.S. and Canada.
State Demographer Susan Brower said the big differences in economic resources and labor force participation likely remain a problem.

New report shows stark economic inequalities among Minnesota's cultural groups

Key findings relied on survey data collected between 2016 and 2020 and show disparities in homeownership, employment, education levels and individual earnings.
Josie R. Johnson teared up as Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan spoke about her during a ceremony honoring her in Minneapolis on Monday, March 13, 2023. Johnson

U honors Josie R. Johnson, state's 'first lady of civil rights'

Johnson, 92, was a professor in the College of Education and she helped create the University's African American and African Studies program.
Supporters, politicians and bill authors react after Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed the driver’s licenses for all bill at the Cedar Street Armor

Walz signs bill granting driver's licenses to unauthorized immigrants

Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill into law at the Minnesota National Guard Armory in St. Paul that will allow unauthorized immigrants in Minnesota to obtain driver's licenses.
The University of Minnesota and the state Health Department are launching a new scholarship program for students pursuing master’s degrees in public

University of Minnesota, state health department launch scholarship for public health studies

The scholarship will provide up to $30,000 for students pursuing a master's degree in public health
Recent Ukrainian immigrants Olesia Safronova, her husband, Serhii Chubenko, and their children, Timur, 2, Milana, 8, and Damir, 14, gathered for a por

Ukrainian family now in Minnesota reflects on a year of war

More than 2,600 refugee sponsor applications originated in Minnesota. So far, 30 families have arrived.
Minister JaNaé Bates led chants Tuesday at the State Capitol with supporters of legislation that would restore felons’ right to vote upon release.

Minnesota Senate passes bill to restore voting rights to felons

The state would join 21 others where felons regain the right to vote upon their release.
Digital navigator Nancy Holmes spoke with Katelyn Stern, who sat with her newborn baby Jakobe at HCMC in Minneapolis on Feb. 9. Holmes is a student at

HCMC launches program to help patients get online

The Minneapolis hospital recently launched a program, called digital navigators, that helped more than 800 people access their health records and other digital tools over the past year.
From left, Phillip Owens, Anthony Jennings, and Greg Davenport, cohosts of the Black Brewers podcast, film a short promo for the Fruited Kettle Sour a

3 Twin Cities brewers aim to raise awareness of craft beer industry in Black community

Trio's podcast focuses on the craft beer industry and Black culture.
Mayor Melvin Carter holds up the official proclamation recognizing him as Mayor of he Realm, after a ceremony performed by Leo Lewis, the St. Paul Win

St. Paul soon to launch forgivable housing loan program for former Rondo residents

The initiative builds on the city's existing down payment assistance and homeowner rehab programs.
Gov. Tim Walz signed legislation on Friday establishing Juneteenth as a state holiday. Walz also ceremonially signed the CROWN Act, which prohibits di

Bills making Juneteenth a state holiday, banning hair discrimination now law

The state's newest holiday will be recognized for the first time this year, with government offices closed.
Banning hair discrimination is a step toward further acceptance for Black and brown hair, said Melissa Taylor, who owns the Beauty Lounge in Minneapol

Minnesota Legislature passes CROWN Act prohibiting hair discrimination

The bill, whose name stands for "Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair," prohibits discrimination based on hair texture and type,
An undocumented mom of two in Apple Valley who is unlicensed and drives her sons to school stands in the driveway after returning Tuesday, Jan. 17, 20

Minnesota bill would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses

For one undocumented mom, driving children to school brings fear.
Keynote speaker Valerie Jarrett, CEO of the Barack Obama Center, addressed those gathered at the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday breakf

On MLK day, Twin Cities speakers urge 'keep moving forward' in justice fight, reparations push

Valerie Jarrett, CEO of the Obama Foundation, gave the keynote address at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Monday morning.
The Department of Homeland Security logo is seen during a news conference in Washington, Feb. 25, 2015.

Homeland Security extends Temporary Protected Status for Somalia

The program offers an additional 18 months in the United States.
Driver’s Licenses for All campaign supporters gather after a House Transportation Committee meeting at the Minnesota State Capitol on Tuesday, Jan.

'Driver's Licenses for All' campaign debuts in key Minnesota House committee

Advocates say the law prohibiting undocumented people from acquiring driver's licenses poses a safety issue.
Twin Cities woman dies in snowmobile accident north of Hibbing

Twin Cities woman dies in snowmobile accident north of Hibbing

St. Louis County authorities say it appears snowmobile driver lost control of machine, struck tree.
Tashitaa Tufaa comforted two family members as they welcomed him home at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Tuesday after his three-day det

Twin Cities business owner reunited with family after detainment in Ethiopia

About 50 people welcomed Tashitaa Tufaa at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Family members say Tashitaa Tufaa, an Ethiopian native who launched Metropolitan Transportation Network in Minnesota, has been released after being de

Twin Cities businessman released in Ethiopia

Family members say they don't know why Tashitaa Tufaa was handcuffed at an airport after visiting his ailing mother.
Lake Street Works participants Zakaria, left, and Abdqadar worked together on an electrical training project Tuesday evening, December 13, 2022 in Min

Minneapolis development program builds construction careers and life skills for youth

Lake Street Works wants to expose teens of color to careers that can sustain families.
Jean Tretter sat for a portrait in May.

Jean-Nickolaus Tretter, local LGBTQ archivist and advocate, dies

"With the oppression and violence today I think Jean was on the right track preserving the history ... He was a visionary in that respect."
African leadership conference in Minneapolis this week

African leadership conference in Minneapolis this week

Obtaining business loans. Marketing. Working with artists to promote community development. African immigrant business owners and community representatives from around the country will share knowledge…
Brooklyn Hays, Precious Wieser and Nina Makem, from left, posed for photos after a naturalization ceremony Tuesday at St. Paul RiverCentre. Makem, who

They pledged allegiance to the flag for the first time as U.S. citizens

Nearly 2,000 immigrants became naturalized citizens Tuesday in St. Paul.
Mitch Grauberger, of Columbia Heights, and Lou Zurn, left, of Minneapolis, raised their candles after a speech by Minneapolis City Council President A

Twin Cities LGBTQ community left reeling from Club Q shooting

Feeling vulnerable after Colorado shooting, some in local LGBTQ circles are banding together.
Family members of Nellie Stone Johnson, along with Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, unveiled a statue of Nellie Stone Johnson the Minnesota

Nellie Stone Johnson honored with statue at the State Capitol

The likeness of the civil rights leader is the first statue placed inside the Capitol in more than 60 years.
A Black Broadband Summit was held in north Minneapolis, where residents were educated about how broadband works and shared their experiences going wit

Internet speed disparities in Minneapolis depend on address

Formerly redlined neighborhoods have the lowest percentages of broadband internet.
From left, Kenya’s former president Uhuru Kenyatta, lead negotiator for Ethiopia’s government, Redwan Hussein, African Union envoy Olusegun Obasan

Ethiopian Minnesotans, watching war from afar, hope fragile peace holds

There are about 35,000 Ethiopian immigrants and people of Ethiopian descent in the state.
Political advertisements, such as this billboard at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, have shown up in higher-crime neighborhoods — but not necess

Mpls. areas hit by crime want say with candidates, not slogans

Some leaders in the areas hit hardest by violence say they wish candidates would spend more time engaging them and residents instead of using public safety as a flashpoint in campaign ads.
Artist Monica Vega, left, placed a photo on the first-ever “Altar de Muertos” or community altar, for Days of the Dead at the Minnesota State Capi

Minnesota artists install Day of the Dead altar at State Capitol

Making an altar is a tradition for Mexicans and Latin Americans around the world.
Delinia Parris, co-founder and executive director of Feeding the Dream, spoke Thursday on a panel of leaders talking about ways to narrow the racial h

Community leaders discuss ways to bridge the racial hunger divide in Minnesota

Second Harvest saw its hungriest summer ever this year with rising food costs, supply chain issues and wages that haven't kept up with inflation.
Jamie Becker-Finn, an Ojibwe state legislator, lawyer and now craft coffee shop owner, chatted with Amanda Baumann of Tandem Vintage after she ordered

Twin Cities area sees wave of new coffee shops opened by people of color

While most coffee is farmed by Black and brown people in Latin America and Africa, nearly 70% of U.S. coffee roasters are white, according to Zippia, a career website.
International Institute of Minnesota launches guaranteed income pilot program for refugees

International Institute of Minnesota launches guaranteed income pilot program for refugees

One of the country's first programs of its kind, it is funded through foundations and private donors.
The tree canopy in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood is characterized by bald patches amid the greenery.

How planting trees fights racial inequity and climate change in poorest Twin Cities areas

Residents in neighborhoods with less tree cover face hotter summers, higher bills and more health complications. Several metro cities and nonprofits are working to repair this gap in the canopy.
State Demographer Susan Brower in a Minneapolis classroom in 2019.  “You can look out decades after a childhood where someone has experienced povert

Minnesota sees historic drop in child poverty

Support programs, work requirements cited as keys
Scars from the 2011 tornado are still visible in the Willard-Hay neighborhood in Minneapolis, where undeveloped lots and a lack of tree canopy stand i

Twin Cities' communities of color hurt most by lack of trees. A tornado made it worse.

In north Minneapolis, a 2011 storm wiped out 150 acres of trees — and to this day, an untold number have not been replaced. Costs, upkeep, reluctant landowners, competing dreams for limited space, as well as invasive pests are all impeding the canopy recovery.
Minneapolis park workers planted trees a year after the tornado on the North Side.

How you can help the tree canopy

Looking to help preserve and improve the Twin Cities' beloved tree canopy? Here's how you can get involved.
Marisa Miakonda Cummings, (Umonhon/Omaha), President/CEO of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, right, addresses Members of the Advisory C

Federal committee on maternal mortality held at Mystic Lake this week

For the first time, a federal committee tackling the problem of mothers dying during childbirth and infant mortality met on tribal land to hear directly from Indigenous people suffering some of the largest disparities.
Betty Ellison-Harpole

Betty Ellison-Harpole, beloved youth educator, Black leader, dies at 85

Ellison-Harpole was a Minneapolis Public Schools teacher and organizer in the community and in local churches.
Rachel Hardeman directs the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity at the University of Minnesota.

University of Minnesota public health professors and researchers say abortion access is a racial justice issue

The article uses history and statistics to argue that the legal status of abortion weighs most heavily on people of color who face systemic racism that impacts their reproductive rights.
Jailyn Robinson showcased fragrances and incense from Inner Peace Fragrance to an attendee at a Black Business Week kickoff summit at Sabathani Commun

Black Business Week kicks off in Minneapolis

City works to extend support to Black entrepreneurs, aspiring owners.
Castle Rock Town Hall was standing-room only during a public hearing concerning the Al Maghfirah Cemetery Monday, June 20, 2022 in Castle Rock Townshi

Hearing on Muslim cemetery in south metro draws crowd

More than 100 people of varying faiths and ethnicities packed a south metro township hall Monday evening to discuss a cemetery that people of Muslim…
Mereti Burbach, a member of the TU Dance Studio, danced Sunday during the Rondo Center for Diverse Expressions Juneteenth Celebration in St. Paul.

More Twin Cities communities, schools celebrate Juneteenth

The 2020 murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and its aftermath nationwide highlighted the need for a sharper focus on equity, and elected leaders say recognizing Juneteenth is a step toward achieving that.
LaTonya Black, founder of MACGV who lost her daughter, Nia Black, to gun violence, practiced restorative yoga with her granddaughter Inara Gold Black,

Moms turn to each other to heal after losing kids to gun violence

"The shooting comes and goes, but for the victim's families it's a lifetime sentence," says LaTanya Black, founder of the group Mothers Against Community Gun Violence.
In 2021, Ruth Knelman was excited to have family members coming to her Minneapolis apartment to celebrate her 111th birthday.

'Grandma' Ruth Knelman, one of the oldest Minnesotans, dies at 111

Knelman spent years volunteering as an early childhood education reader at Temple Israel and Jefferson Community School in Minneapolis.
Children's Minnesota forms health equity collective

Children's Minnesota forms health equity collective

The Children's Minnesota health system launched a new program Wednesday to address health disparities among Minnesota families. The Collective for Community Health will work with…
In communities of color, scathing MPD report is not a surprise

In communities of color, scathing MPD report is not a surprise

Finally, some say, there is recognition of what they have recognized for decades.
Masks were optional at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Tuesday.

Minnesota travelers mixed on lifting of mask mandate

Many travelers still chose to keep their noses and mouths covered, as recommended by the CDC.
Dr. Brooke Cunningham, a Minnesota Department of Health assistant commissioner, leads the new state Health Equity Bureau.

Physician, researcher leads new state Health Equity Bureau

Launched last month, it will lead the state Department of Public Health's equity initiatives and solicit community input on those efforts.
Louis Dennard, club founder/president of the African American Heritage Gun Club Minnesota chapter.

Amir Locke case highlights reality for Black gun owners

They say they face a double standard when legally carrying their weapons.
Olesia Zlochevska and her husband, Vova Zlochevskyi, hold their two boys, Roma, 5, left, and Artur, 9, at the home of Gina and Bill Nelson in Pelican

Far from war, Ukraine refugees welcomed in Pelican Rapids

Residents in and around the western Minnesota city have rolled out the red carpet for a family that fled Chernihiv, a city close to the Russian border that faced severe damage.
Brooke Blakey is the director of the St. Paul Office of Neighborhood Safety.

New director takes the helm of St. Paul's Office of Neighborhood Safety

The director of the newly minted St. Paul Office of Neighborhood Safety stepped into her new role aiming to expand community-first safety initiatives.Brooke Blakey, a…
The safety-net hospital system, based in downtown Minneapolis, responds to tens of thousands of emergency EMS calls every year, including in some of t

Hennepin commissioner calls on HCMC to fire employees over racist photos

In an interview Thursday, Hennepin Healthcare leaders said they're implementing new training to change the organization's culture. "We wish there was a playbook," said the CEO.
The safety-net hospital system, based in downtown Minneapolis, responds to tens of thousands of emergency EMS calls every year, including in some of t

HCMC promised to change. Then came the blackface photos

Some employees say the response will test leadership's commitment to change, following a series of incidents that have exacerbated racial tensions inside the hospital system.
Golfers practiced at St. Paul’s Town and Country Club golf course in May 2018.

Town & Country rejects St. Thomas bid for land for athletics expansion

St. Thomas is continuing to explore other options for its athletics program, beginning with an ice hockey arena, after the country club's board turned down the $61.4 million offer.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, shown in 2019.

Carter proposes rent control exemption for new housing in St. Paul

The first stakeholder meeting on the policy that will impact St. Paul in the spring was held Tuesday.
A view of downtown Minneapolis is one of the many features at St. Paul’s Town and Country Club golf course.

St. Thomas looking at Town & Country Club land for expansion

The Tommies are in search of a site for an ice hockey facility befitting their Division I classification and have inquired about the availability of the golf course, the oldest country club in Minnesota.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

St. Paul Mayor Carter forms 41-member rent-control stakeholder group

The committee includes renters, landlords, homeowners and policy experts.
To be eligible, St. Paul homeowners must occupy their homes, be at or below 80 percent area medium income (AMI) and have experienced a COVID pandemic-

St. Paul launches foreclosure prevention program

Homeowners experiencing hard times receive up to $35,000 in aid.
Samara Williams, a member of the string orchestra at Riverview West Side School of Excellence in St. Paul, practiced with classmates Feb. 10 for their

The kids of St. Paul's Harmony strings are taking the stage once more

The young performers have shown up early to school to practice three days a week.
Lamah Bility

St. Paul immigrants found water bottle company to fight water crisis, in Africa and worldwide

Didómi hopes capture some of the reusable water bottle market while helping thousands globally.
Delma Francis

Delma Francis, former Star Tribune journalist, dies at 68

The Lancaster, Ky., native was a veteran journalist who spent years as a reporter and editor in multiple states, and as a mentor to young Black journalists.
The Point Douglas Regional Trail will have views of Pig’s Eye Regional Park.

St. Paul approves plan for Point Douglas Regional Trail

Cyclists would have an off-highway route along the Mississippi River Trail for the first time.
The Parkway Apartments on St. Paul’s East Side include 60 units of affordable and Section 8-eligible housing.

New units by Hmong developer to open on St. Paul's East Side

The Parkway Apartments will include 60 units of deeply affordable and Section 8 eligible housing.