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Poverty

  • Minnesotan brings "micro-lending" concept home
    The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize went to a Bangladeshi economist who pioneered the idea of "micro-credit". Most such programs take place in developing countries, but Minnesotan Joe Selvaggio is giving out micro-grants here in the Twin Cities.October 13, 2006
  • Minnesota's poverty ranking among the nation's lowest
    Minnesota ranks among the lowest in the nation for people living below federal poverty standards, according to information released Tuesday by the U.S. Census.August 29, 2006
  • Commentary: Governor's free-tuition program
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty recently unveiled a plan to give high school graduates in the top 25 percent of their class free tuition for their first two years of college at an in-state public institution. Minneapolis Public School teacher Eve Johnson-Blackwell says the governor's proposal would do little for students who need the most help.July 17, 2006
  • John Edwards has "new ideas" to combat poverty
    Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee and a possible 2008 presidential candidate, gives what's billed as a "major policy address outlining new ideas in the fight against poverty" at the National Press Club in Washington.Midday, June 22, 2006
  • Floyd Palmer's long road
    Floyd Palmer has lived through some of the worst life can serve up, but he's managed to overcome most of it. His story is both inspirational and cautionary. It shows childhood scars can be dealt with, but there's always a price.June 19, 2006
  • Suburban food shelf use up
    Residents in the western suburbs such as Excelsior and Eden Prairie are using food shelves much more often. A report by a consortium of Minnesota food shelves and food banks says some suburban areas saw a 300 percent increase in the last five years.June 6, 2006
  • A plan to replace the welfare state
    Charles Murray, who wrote the controversial book on racial differences, "The Bell Curve," is out with a new radical proposal to do away with America's current welfare state.Midday, June 1, 2006
  • Making art accessible to the poor: Involve the neighborhood
    Several arts organizations argue that seeing great theater is sometimes as important for the spirit as food and shelter, and they feel that's especially true for people living in poverty. Pillsbury House Theater has embedded itself into the heart of an inner-city neighborhood and become a part of the community.June 1, 2006
  • Poor and overweight: A connection?
    While it may seem counterintuitive, more poor people are overweight. The problem is that healthier food is much more expensive than it used to be.May 31, 2006
  • Making art accessible to the poor: Respect the audience
    The needs of the poor go beyond food and shelter. Their spirits require nourishment as much as their bodies. Acting on that belief, several Twin Cities theater companies are working in various ways to make drama accessible to everyone.May 31, 2006
  • Making art accessible to the poor: Remove the obstacles
    The needs of the poor go beyond food and shelter. Their spirits require nourishment as much as their bodies. Acting on that belief, several Twin Cities theater companies are working in various ways to make drama accessible to everyone.May 30, 2006
  • Welfare assistance program proves effective, but expensive
    Ramsey County developed a model program to help people before the reach their five-year welfare limit. But the program didn't last.May 4, 2006
  • Mobile homes, a low-cost housing option, are getting squeezed out
    A rash of mobile home park closings in the Twin Cities metro area is leading mobile home advocates to worry about this form of low-income housing. Cities say the land on which the parks sit can be used more profitably for redevelopment.April 27, 2006
  • Once homeless, Vietnam Veteran helps others get off the street
    A social worker in St. Cloud is working to get homeless veterans off the street.April 14, 2006
  • More people using food shelves in Minnesota
    Nearly 380,000 people in Minnesota are relying on food shelves and soup kitchens for their meals. That's according to a new report released Thursday by Second Harvest America.February 23, 2006

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