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Poverty

  • 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
  • Delivery service lets seniors grocery shop without leaving home
    Seniors get help staying in their homes from a non-profit program that deliveres their groceries to their door.February 20, 2006
  • HUD funds target specific programs for homeless Minnesotans
    Housing and Urban Development funds totalling $21 million are aimed at more than 100 programs around the state that are designed to end long term homelessness.January 10, 2006
  • Bell-ringing means a job for many in need
    Most people who pass a Salvation Army bell ringer are aware of the charitable connection: Money from the red kettles supports the group's mission to house, feed, and minister to people in need. What's not so well known is how bell ringing functions as an employment program.December 18, 2005
  • Lappe says democracy is wearing thin
    Frances Moore Lappe, the author and activist best known for her 1971 book "Diet for a Small Planet," says Americans have let their democracy grow "thin" in favor of consumerism. She spoke about her vision for a "living democracy" on Friday in Minneapolis.November 22, 2005

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