Hmong violence concerns; help for immigrant businesses; more questions about Mayo Clinic's plans
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Today on the MPR News Update, the Twin Cities Hmong community confronts violence. A Minneapolis City Council member wants to help more immigrant business owners, even though many of them will never pay back city loans. Also, Fargo prepares for a flood. Business and education officials address the skills gap. And bikes and artists... they go together.
Tax chair: More local $ needed in Mayo bill The chair of the Minnesota House taxes committee says she thinks Rochester and Olmsted County need to kick in more taxes to pay for local improvements as part of the Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center plan.
Mpls. loan program doesn't give up on struggling businesses The city of Minneapolis has loaned more than $1 million since 2007 to help immigrant entrepreneurs open and operate businesses in the city. But a number of them are struggling to pay the city back. Supporters say delinquent loans are an inevitable part of helping first-time business owners, and one City Council member wants to expand the program.
In Big Stone County, a mission to feed his community For many people, Clinton, Minn., is the two-block long town on U.S. 75 that signals you're only 15 minutes away from the happenings in Ortonville.
But Clinton has an idea percolating, thanks to Brent Olson, who recently reopened the town cafe.
Rally supports keeping St. Paul art college open About 100 students, faculty and alumni gathered in St. Paul on Tuesdayto show support for a plan to keep the College of Visual Arts open. In January the administration announced the art school will close in June due to financial problems.
Bikes plus creativity: A match made at Artcrank Minneapolis is known as a great arts town, and a great biking town, so a show featuring bike posters by local artists would seem like a natural. However, even the founder of Artcrank is amazed by how a one-off show seven years ago has become an international phenomenon.
Sequester cuts force St. Cloud to ax air show Signs of the sequestration are starting to show up around the state. Organizers on Tuesday canceled the St. Cloud Air Show because the Blue Angels, the Navy's flight demonstration squad that was scheduled to perform at the air show, do not know if they will be able to fly this summer.
Charges filed in cyclist's death in Mpls. 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.
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