Julie Siple Feature Archive

Overcrowded and unable to effectively serve its clients, the Dorothy Day Center homeless shelter in St. Paul is badly in need of change, say city officials and center leaders. (05/03/2013)
The leaders of the Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul say the homeless shelter is struggling to meet the needs of all of its clients, and needs a new vision. (05/02/2013)
For decades, Minnesota food shelves focused on providing enough food to people in need. But these days, food shelf directors are aware that some of their clients are obese or have diseases related to their diet. With that in mind, they increasingly focus on providing not just enough calories but the right kind of calories. (04/29/2013)
The unseasonably cold and snowy weather is delaying the opening of the St. Paul Farmers' Market. (04/22/2013)
A Shakopee man has been charged in federal court with one felony count of food stamp fraud. (04/22/2013)
An event in Maplewood on Saturday will offer help for families having trouble making ends meet. (04/20/2013)
A new application will make it easier for senior citizens to apply for food stamps. (04/13/2013)
A statewide coalition to fight hunger got a boost from Golden Valley-based General Mills, which pledged $1 million to Hunger-Free Minnesota. (04/11/2013)
In school lunchrooms across the state, more kids are in need of a free meal. New data show the number of Minnesota students who rely on the federally-funded free and reduced lunch program is still rising. That growth comes despite signs the economy is improving. Analysts don't know exactly why more kids are in line for free lunch. (04/03/2013)
A meeting Tuesday night at the Hmong Village in St. Paul came after several recent deadly cases, including a domestic dispute that left three people dead. (04/03/2013)
Charges have been filed in the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist in Minneapolis last weekend. The suspect, Juan Ricardo Hernandez-Campoceco, 27 of Minneapolis, was charged with hit and run and driving while impaired. (04/02/2013)
U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon spoke Monday at the University of Minnesota during a two-day visit to the state. (03/26/2013)
Homelessness is on the rise in Minnesota, up 6 percent over the past four years. And nearly half the homeless are children younger than 21. MPR News spent time with an 8-year old girl named Paris, whose family is living at a Minneapolis shelter. (03/25/2013)
USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon will be in the Twin Cities to speak about nutrition programs for low-income families. Concannon's agency oversees both the federal food stamp program and school lunch. (03/24/2013)
A new report shows numbers of homeless people rising in Minnesota. More than 10,200 homeless adults, youth, and children were counted October 2012 in shelters, transitional housing, at hot meal programs, or on the streets. (03/06/2013)