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  • Minnesota organization begins first local 'fair trade' label
    Fair trade is coming to Minnesota farms. Fair trade labels are typically found on items like international coffee and chocolate. The label means the workers have been paid a living wage and treated humanely.July 25, 2007
  • Young farmer shares new vision for Hmong farming
    Visit any farmers market in the Twin Cities and you're likely to see Hmong vendors selling raspberries, sweet onions, and other produce they've grown. Farming runs deep in the Hmong culture. However, many Hmong farmers are isolated both by culture and language from the rest of U.S. agriculture.July 19, 2007
  • The Edwards "Poverty Tour"
    Presidential candidate John Edwards hopes his tour of places in poverty will bring the issue home to more people. But polls suggest that not even low-income voters favor Edwards as a result.Midmorning, July 18, 2007
  • Former U of M scientist awarded Congressional Gold Medal
    Norman Borlaug's work on high-yield, disease-resistant varieties of wheat is credited with starting the "Green Revolution," and alleviating starvation in India and Pakistan in the 1960s.July 17, 2007
  • Minnesota teens push gang proposal to members of Congress
    A delegation of high school students from the Twin Cities think that mandatory financial management classes would help keep their peers out of gangs. They recently had the chance to take that proposal drectly to their U.S. senators.July 12, 2007
  • Minnesota lawmakers take food stamp challenge
    A handful of Minnesota lawmakers recently accepted a challenge to live on a $3 per day food stamp diet. For several days, they ate only what an average allotment of food stamps could buy in order to raise awareness about food stamp funding in the federal farm bill.July 2, 2007
  • Thousands of Minnesotans have their natural gas cut off
    Thousands of Minnesotans have had their natural gas cut off for failing to pay their bills. And more disconnections are upcoming unless customers who are behind on paying their bills find a way to start paying up.June 14, 2007
  • Even with new legislation, foreclosure crisis will continue
    Bills addressing the mortgage foreclosure crisis will become Minnesota law August 1.May 13, 2007
  • The home builder
    Habitat for Humanity's controversial co-founder talks about the mission of building homes for people who cannot afford them and his life after Habitat.Midmorning, May 7, 2007
  • Minnesotans come face to face with poverty
    According to a new survey, four out of 10 people say they see people struggling financially. An overwhelming majority say they hold their elected officials accountable.April 30, 2007
  • Study probes decline in food stamp use
    A study on the sharp rise in food shelf use in Minnesota is raising questions about why so few people are turning to food stamps.February 20, 2007
  • Congress takes aim at predatory lending as foreclosures hit Minneapolis, other cities
    U.S. mortgage lending practices are "out of balance" and need to protect minority borrowers and those with less than pristine credit, Sen. Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said Wednesday.February 7, 2007
  • Building blocks for social change
    A new organization in Minneapolis is trying to do something about race-based violence and bullying in schools. Project Legos considers itself the next generation of civil rights organizations.December 27, 2006
  • Is donor fatigue hitting Minnesota charities?
    At least one Minnesota charity executive wonders if people may be tapped out.December 22, 2006
  • Renters not keeping up with rising cost of living
    Minnesota ranks behind 30 other states when it comes to rental housing affordability. A new study shows renters need to work 52 hours a week every week of the year to afford an average priced apartment.December 18, 2006

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