• "Winter's Bone" examines rural poverty
    Film director Debra Granik knew she'd have a challenge portraying the complexities of life in isolated communities in the Ozarks. Her film "Winter's Bone" is getting praise from both critics and the people whose story she tells.June 2, 2010
  • Wis. governor wipes out auto title loans with veto
    Gov. Jim Doyle single-handedly banned auto title loans in Wisconsin on Tuesday.May 20, 2010
  • Funding uncertainty takes toll on state's poorest residents
    Many welfare recipients like Robert Fischer, above, say the political jockeying and uncertainty over proposed budget cuts has left them fearing for the future.May 12, 2010
  • State support for elderly faces uncertain future
    With the second-highest rate of elderly poverty in central Minnesota, Todd County relies heavily on state support to care for its seniors. But Medical Assistance has been the subject of budget cuts recently, and those cuts may be just the beginning.May 5, 2010
  • Metro mail carriers up 'Stamp Out Hunger' goal
    Twin Cities letter carriers hope to break last year's haul at the annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive Saturday.May 4, 2010
  • Black employment in crisis
    One in five African American men, aged 20 years and older, is unemployed, and black teens are jobless at an even higher rate. The National Urban League recently charged the Obama administration needs to do more for black communities than stimulus programs.Midmorning, March 29, 2010
  • Poorest of the poor would lose their last benefits
    Advocates for the homeless warn that thousands of the state's poorest residents could lose their only source of income under the new budget proposed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.February 17, 2010
  • Study: More poor living in U.S. suburbs than in cities
    According to a new study released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution, there are more poor people living in U.S. suburbs than there are in central cities.January 20, 2010
  • Design that can change lives
    In his book "Out of Poverty," Paul Polak argues that innovative design solutions can do more to help the world's poor than most mainstream poverty eradication programs. He is part of a growing movement focusing on designing and manufacturing low-cost products that can save lives, and help people earn a living, in the developing world.Midmorning, December 22, 2009
  • Beltrami County uses new approach to fight poverty
    A new program in Beltrami County combines personal coaching and weekly meetings to move people off of public assistance.November 23, 2009
  • HCMC approves big cuts in 2010 budget
    The Hennepin County Medical Center, the state's largest safety net hospital, will close at least two clinics, eliminate more than 150 positions and restrict access to its non-emergency services under a budget approved Wednesday.November 18, 2009
  • Minn. food shelves to get donation from farmers
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty and representatives of pork, soybean and milk groups will announce a donation to Minnesota food shelves on Friday.October 30, 2009
  • Counties can now take food assistance requests by phone
    In response to a dramatic increase in the number of Minnesotans seeking food assistance, counties will now be allowed to approve requests over the phone.October 21, 2009
  • Childhood poverty rates on the rise
    A new report on child welfare in Minnesota predicts the number of children in poverty will jump by a one-third over the course of the current recession. The report says the economic downturn will leave a long and troubling legacy.October 1, 2009
  • General Mills, aid agencies partner for Africa
    General Mills has launched a public-private partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.September 29, 2009

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