Shortsighted cuts could hurt community health advancements

The Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program was initiated in 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an attempt to address health disparities, help control health care spending, and create a healthier future. To this end, federal funds from the Affordable Care Act were allocated to select communities across the U.S. to help support community-level efforts to reduce chronic diseases by expanding efforts in “tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, and quality clinical and other preventative services.” Minnesota fared well in the selection process: the state was awarded $4.7 million per year (including $1.1 million for Hennepin County) for what was supposed to be a five-year program.


Local stories at March membership event

Lynn Richardson (left), Sandy Pjescich and Kim Medin enjoyed the evening's cartered Somali meal and stories about old businesses on Lake Street from Joyce Wisdom. Sandy's family has lived in Corcoran for generations and she can recall a time when the alleyways were unpaved. This group of women also are organizers of the well-loved "Flamingo Fridays" social group.

Over 30 community members of Corcoran neighborhood came together to listen and share local stories on the evening of Thursday, March 19. We feasted on a delicious East African meal of chicken legs & stew, goat meat, Somali rice, hummus and bananas.


OPINION | Bridging Y Iskaa Wax Uqabso: A report from the Lyndale Women's Leadership Program

Osman, Khadijo and Hareda speak about the program

In Lyndale, neighbors are from different cultures and speak multiple languages; we do not like to try new things if we can keep our ordinary routines going. The toughest challenge we face, and fear to face, is leaving our comfort zone, speaking a new language, or just putting on others’ shoes for few minutes.


MayDay 2014 the Public Workshops are Open

The magic of making MayDay has begun to infuse all of the theatre space at HOBT.ORG (in the Heart Of the Beast puppet and mask Theatre).


Midtown Farmers Market, transit-oriented development dominate discussion of site redevelopment at Corcoran Land Use and Housing meeting

Don Sabre, of Hennepin County Human Services, speaks at the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization's Land Use and Housing meeting.

The future of the 6.5 acre parcel of land at the corner of Lake Street and 22nd Avenue was once again up for discussion at the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization’s Land Use and Housing meeting


Thoughts on a few of the questions surrounding the Fitzgerald/MPR/TPT and local hip hop situation

Big, bold-letter caveat: this is not an official press release; I am not speaking for anyone but myself here. Just sharing a few thoughts.


Share stories and record history at a free dinner event/Compartir historias y registrar la historia en una cena (evento gratis)

Corcoran is full of fascinating people with stories to tell about how they arrived here, how they’ve worked to improve our neighborhood, and how the neighborhood has changed. Folks who grew up here and went to Corcoran School. Others who arrived here from Montreal, and Mexico City, and Mogadishu. Neighbors who fought to stop a freeway or to build a farmers market.


New group calls for neighborhood focus on equity

During a snowy Saturday last month, a large group of residents from across the city of Minneapolis, including several CNO Board Members, gathered at Powderhorn Park Community Center to organize a new group called Unified Neighborhood Associations (UNA).


OPINION | Towards a more culturally responsive school system

Like the fish that doesn’t know what water is, culture is generally imperceptible to us until someone else points it out to us or we encounter a culture that’s not our own. Even when we do consider cultural differences, we focus primarily on topics like food or ritual that are easily defined. You eat lefse, we eat kolaches. Your weddings have ceili dances, ours have polkas.


Chamber applauds non-profit developer

Mike Wynne and EMERGE latest caretakers of 120 year-old North Minneapolis cultural asset

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