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Making room for refugees; overcoming 'acting white,' planting cottonwoods

Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Undocumented children in an Arizona facilityFinding room for child migrants
    Thousands of undocumented children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are being housed in military bases in Texas, California and Oklahoma and the federal government has been looking for more temporary shelter space. Minnesota doesn't have any available facilities to help house them, but Minnesota citizens and non-profits are providing housing, legal assistance and social services to some.
  • A mother and child, 3, from El SalvadorWho are the kids of the migrant crisis?
    Why are these children coming in such large numbers from Central America? Elizabeth Kennedy, a Fulbright scholar who's been working in El Salvador, interviewed more than 500 children and adolescents as they returned to El Salvador after being deported from Mexico, to find the answers.
  • Elizabeth ZalangaOvercoming the insult of 'acting white'
    A common struggle for African-American students trying to succeed in school is handling the putdowns of black peers. One of the worst is the accusation that they are "acting white" and rejecting their culture. Elizabeth Zalanga, who in June graduated from Central High School in St. Paul, has been stung by those words. But she has survived them. She knows that there is no single authentic black experience.
  • Volunteer Jeanne LaBore moves a tape measureWhip smart: Cottonwood planting takes root as worries grow
    When people hear about Maria DeLaundreau's summer cottonwood planting project, they think she's crazy. Plant more of those messy trees? What about the seeds? But cottonwoods provide habitat for eagles and shade for other tree species, and many of the young trees are not surviving.
  • Portraits done by two artists of the same subjectPortraits in the age of selfies
    In a time when self-portraits are snapped on a phone then shared online, it might seem that there is no longer a place for portrait painters. But the artists involved in "Self & Others," a show that opens at the Instinct Gallery on the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, say otherwise.
  • Up close on the giraffe feeding stationVideo: The camera-chomping giraffe
    MPR News reporter Tim Post put GoPro cameras on the giraffe feeding baskets at Como Park Zoo and got an eye level view of the 14-foot animals.
  • Investors want women's hockey in Minnesota
    There is the five-team Canadian Women's Hockey League. Boston is currently the only U.S. city with a team in the CWHL, but a group of Minnesota investors is hoping to change that.
  • Lake front of a home for sale near BrainerdSales of Minnesota vacation homes pick up, but buyers are still cautious
    If walls could talk, the ones inside an attractive house in the Brainerd Lakes area might tell the tale of boom, bust and incremental recovery in both the vacation home and wider real estate market.
  • Minimum wage bill signed5 new laws in Minnesota that start Aug. 1
    Some of the laws passed during the latest legislative session take effect next week on Aug. 1. Here's a look at five key changes from a list posted Friday by the Minnesota House of Representatives.
  • My Fair LadyGuthrie TheaterYour Minnesota weekend: 6 things to do
    Plays, pow wows and lots of food and drink opportunities await you this weekend across Minnesota.

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