Minnesota Public Radio features by Julie Siple http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=91 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:40:40 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Julie Siple http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Dorothy Day Center's time may be up; new homeless facility, new location proposed St. Paul's Dorothy Day Center was founded in 1981 and was never meant to be a place where people sleep. Now, up to 250 people cram into that building at night. But change may be coming. The city is proposing a new homeless facility with better services in a new part of the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/social-issue/dorothy-day-center?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 05:56:52 -0600 Open Arms provides lifeline of healthy meals Open Arms of Minnesota provides fresh-cooked meals -- and a lifeline -- to Minnesotans with life-threatening illnesses, especially at the holidays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/open-arms-volunteers-provide-a-lifeline-of-freshcooked-holiday-meals?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:13:39 -0600 Open Arms provides Thanksgiving meals at home Hunger relief groups have been working for weeks to make sure all Minnesotans have a meal on Thanksgiving. Altogether, they'll provide thousands of meals - some at homeless shelters or other charitable organizations, some delivered right to family homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/openarms1113?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:00:00 -0600 U of M nutrition education program to cut 67 jobs A program to help low-income Minnesotans eat healthier will soon shrink when the University of Minnesota Extension nutrition education program is cut back by 40 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/health/nutrition-education-program?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:13:58 -0600 Food stamp spending at farmers markets on the rise The growth is part of a national trend aimed at making fresh, healthy food more accessible to the millions of people on food assistance. Nearly 60 farmers markets in Minnesota now accept food stamps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/17/food-stamp-spending-farmers-markets?refid=0 Sun, 17 Nov 2013 10:17:13 -0600 Deer hunters can donate kill to food shelves Minnesota's deer hunters can once again donate their kill to food shelves around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/16/news/deer-hunt-food-shelves?refid=0 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 13:41:11 -0600 Here comes Minneapolis ranked-choice voting, and not everyone's ready When they step into the voting booth, Minneapolis voters will choose among 35 candidates for mayor. On the ballot, each of those candidates will be listed three times, so voters can pick their first, second, and third choice. Are voters ready to cast their ballots? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/04/politics/here-comes-minneapolis-rankedchoice-voting-and-not-everyones-ready?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 06:06:42 -0600 Food stamp benefits cut goes into effect, but some want even deeper trim A temporary boost to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program passed by Congress as part of the 2009 economic stimulus package expires Friday, forcing some low-income Minnesotans to look for ways to fill the gap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/01/health/snap-food-stamp-benefits-cut?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Food stamp benefits about to decline In the 2009 stimulus, Congress increased the amount of money each household gets in food stamps. The temporary hike was intended to help those affected by the economic downturn. That hike expires Friday, Nov. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/27/food-stamp-benefits-dropping-this-week?refid=0 Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:22:01 -0500 Minnesota farm to school nutrition programs grow, along with challenges Squash, cucumbers and tomatoes grown right here in Minnesota are winding up on the plates of Minnesota schoolchildren more often. But preparing food for students that comes right from the farm isn't as easy as you might think http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/24/health/minnesota-farm-to-school-nutrition-programs-grow-along-with-challenges?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 07:27:04 -0500 Klobuchar thinks Congress will pass farm bill Klobuchar is one of three Minnesotans on a legislative committee that will hash out differences between the House and Senate versions of the five-year farm bill. Democratic representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz also sit on the panel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/klobuchar-farm-bill?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:01:26 -0500 'Gleaners' collect unharvested produce to help feed hungry Fruits of the City is part of a growing effort in Minnesota to collect excess crops that would otherwise rot in the fields or wind up in a compost bin. Increasingly, food banks pick up surplus vegetables at farmers markets and local gardeners donate their extra tomatoes or green beans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/16/news/gleaners-collect-unharvested-produce-to-help-fill-food-banks?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Planned Frogtown urban farm seeks public input The project is part of a 13-acre park planned for the Frogtown area. It's been in the works since the Wilder Foundation decided to sell the land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/12/news/st-paul-urban-farm-seeks-public-input?refid=0 Sat, 12 Oct 2013 09:18:59 -0500 Group will pay schools to get students to eat breakfast Currently, only 40 percent of students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch eat breakfast at school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/group-will-pay-schools-to-get-kids-to-eat-breakfast?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:18:32 -0500 WIC can operate for several more weeks, despite shutdown There's enough federal support to operate The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children for several more weeks, state officials said. Initially, they worried the program would face trouble in just a few days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/wic-to-operate-despite-shutdown?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:28:42 -0500 Shutdown threatens nutrition program for women, infants, and children The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children is operating normally in Minnesota, but Minnesota Department of Health officials are not sure how long that will continue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/wic-shutdown?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:54:36 -0500 Many food stamp users must satisfy new requirements Under a federal waiver, 41,000 Minnesotans have been able to receive food stamps without a time limit due to the recession. But the state's unemployment rate has improved, so the waiver is ending next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/28/new-requirements-for-food-stamp-recipients?refid=0 Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:35:24 -0500 As Minnesota's 'corn rescue' grows, tons of produce reach food banks nationwide More than a million pounds of Minnesota sweet corn is expected to feed hungry people across the nation this fall, the result of an effort by hunger relief groups and food companies to capture corn that would otherwise go to waste. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/26/social-issue/corn-rescue-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:33:27 -0500 Chart: Child poverty stubbornly high in Minnesota New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show Minnesota is one of only two states in which the percentage of people in poverty fell in between 2011 and 2012. But child poverty remains stubbornly high, with 14.6 percent of Minnesota children living below the poverty level. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/09/povertycensus/childpoverty.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:00:00 -0500 No change in Minnesota's child poverty rate State demographer Susan Brower says she isn't sure why the child poverty level won't budge, even as the economy turns around. But she has a couple of possible explanations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/19/minnesota-poverty-rate-improves-slightly-no-change-for-children?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 06:52:03 -0500 Senior hunger in Minnesota still a problem, report author says The author of a new report showing Minnesota's senior hunger problem is well below the national average of 15 percent said it is still enough to be worrisome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/08/news/senior-hunger-report?refid=0 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 17:08:02 -0500 Help wanted: Fruit pickers for food shelves A non-profit group has begun harvesting surplus fruit to fill metro food shelves. The operation runs through October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/07/fruit-pickers-wanted-for-food-shelves?refid=0 Sat, 07 Sep 2013 09:42:47 -0500 Minn. 'hunger count' high despite better economy A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says about one in 10 Minnesota households doesn't have access to enough food for healthy living. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/04/food-insecurity?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 07:00:07 -0500 People without air conditioning look for cool spaces High temperatures and humidity this week have forced some schools to close, and kept visitors away from the State Fair. For many Minnesotans, it's been a week to stay home and take refuge in air conditioning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/29/news/people-without-air-conditioning-look-for-cool-spaces?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:15:36 -0500 Sen. Franken raises concerns about how sequester affects Minnesota seniors U.S. Senator Al Franken is raising concerns about the effect of sequestration on Minnesota seniors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/26/franken-seniors-sequester?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:00:13 -0500 Traveling food pantries serve a growing need A new kind of food truck is driving around the Twin Cities. These trucks aren't serving gourmet fare. Instead, they're packed with canned goods and produce -- free food for people who struggle to afford enough on their own. A growing number of food shelves in Minnesota have launched mobile pantries to take food directly to those who need it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/23/regional/mobile-food-shelves-serve-growing-need?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:28:54 -0500 Report: Need still high for hunger-related help While the state's economy is improving, the need for hunger-related help remains high, a new report shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/14/news/hunger-report?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:06:40 -0500 Report: Affordable Minn. home rentals lacking Ninety-seven percent of Minnesota counties have a shortage of affordable rental housing, according to a new report from the Minnesota Housing Partnership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/social-issue/report-affordable-minn-home-rentals-lacking?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:40:29 -0500 Proposed 2nd Seward Co-op site raises concerns The Seward Co-op in Minneapolis has announced plans to open a second store in the Bryant neighborhood. Opinions in the neighborhood about the co-op proposal vary. Some people are thrilled that it might locate nearby, but others worry that some residents would not be able to afford to shop in a co-op. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/10/regional/seward-coop-in-minneapolis-neighbohood?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 State awards $15K to mobile food bank The state Department of Human Services has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Emergency Foodshelf Network, so that it can expand its mobile program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/08/health/mobile-food-bank-grant?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:41:34 -0500 State grant goes to helping low-income Latino families enroll in SNAP Low-income Latino families will get help signing up for food stamps thanks to a new state grant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/31/news/snap-latino-families?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's food stamp payment error rate, among worst in U.S., raises concerns Minnesota's Human Services Commissioner is raising concerns about incorrect food stamp payments, after the state's payment error rate was among the worst in the nation last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/26/social-issue/minnesota-food-stamp-payment-error-rate?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:03:02 -0500 Minnesota food-stamp pilot reflects USDA model Two years ago, the USDA launched a pilot program in Massachusetts that offered food-stamp recipients an incentive: Each time they spent $1 on produce, they would receive an additional 30 cents on their food-stamp card. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/minnesota-foodstamp-pilot-reflects-successful-usda-model?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:39:58 -0500 Once bipartisan, food stamps divide politicians The U.S. House of Representatives shocked many observers last week when it passed a farm bill that included farm subsidies -- but said nothing about food stamps. House leaders say they'll take up food stamps later, but program supporters worry that could mean big cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/19/food-stamp-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:30:59 -0500 Minn. groups get $1.6M to combat vet homelessness More help will be available for Minnesota veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness thanks to new federal grants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/14/news/vet-homelessness?refid=0 Sun, 14 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Farm bill panned by hunger relief advocates Food stamps are traditionally part of the farm bill, but the House split the bill into two pieces in order to get more conservative support. Republican leaders say they'll handle food stamps later. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/politics/farm-bill-panned-by-hunger-relief-advocates?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 07:08:36 -0500 Room packed for 'Olmstead' disability hearing More than 100 people packed a room in St. Paul on Tuesday to weigh in on a draft of the state's "Olmstead Plan," which is aimed revamping the way the state provides services for people with disabilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/social-issue/room-packed-for-olmstead-disability-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 07:39:49 -0500 Water back on after break that left Target Center dry The water is back on at Target Center after a break in a 16-inch main left the facility without water for most of the day. The water opened a large sinkhole a downtown Minneapolis street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/09/news/minneapolis-water-main-break?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:28:22 -0500 Minneapolis police make arrest in cyclist's death Investigators said the vehicle that struck Jessica Hanson was northbound on Pleasant Ave. S., had been speeding and had its headlights off when went through a stop sign and hit her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/08/news/minneapolis-police-make-arrest-in-cyclists-death?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:18:24 -0500 Non-profit grocery offering healthy choices grows Fare for All Express offers packages of lean meat and fresh produce at prices at least 30 percent below those at traditional grocery stores. It keeps prices low by purchasing in bulk from wholesalers, and by using donated space and volunteers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/05/news/nonprofit-grocery-offering-healthy-choices-grows?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 08:16:02 -0500 U.S. House food stamp proposal may keep some Minnesotans from receiving aid When the U.S. House is expected to take up the farm bill this month, food stamps will likely be a contentious part of the debate. The House version would cut food stamps by about $20 billion over ten years -- mostly by making it harder to qualify for the program. Should it become law, the bill would mean change for Minnesota by reviving a limit on a food stamp recipient's assets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/03/news/farm-bill-food-stamps?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:46:25 -0500 Volunteers pack 200K healthy meals for needy Allina Health employees and their families planned to pack 200,000 healthy meals on Saturday morning for local food shelves, shelters and schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/01/health/volunteers-pack-healthy-meals?refid=0 Sat, 01 Jun 2013 09:34:44 -0500 Minn. funding for food shelves increases 30% The legislative session that ended last week brought more help for food shelves. Lawmakers approved an additional $750,000 for the state's food shelves per biennium, a 30 percent increase over current funding levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/26/regional/more-funding-for-food-shelves?refid=0 Sun, 26 May 2013 09:45:33 -0500 Housing advocates praise funding increase in Minn. This year's legislative session brought good news for housing and homelessness programs. State lawmakers approved an additional $33 million for programs that prevent homelessness and build affordable housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/25/regional/more-funding-for-homelessness?refid=0 Sat, 25 May 2013 10:47:30 -0500 Minn. Meals on Wheels agencies weather sequester cuts -- for now No seniors have been forced out of the program, nor have any groups reduced the number of meals they provide because regional agencies have been able to tap reserves -- or make other adjustments -- to fill the gap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/22/news/meals-on-wheel-sequestration-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 15:51:09 -0500 Dorothy Day Center looks for new approach to aid homeless Overcrowded and unable to effectively serve its clients, the Dorothy Day Center homeless shelter in St. Paul is badly in need of change, say city officials and center leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/03/news/dorothy-day-center-future?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 10:45:00 -0500 Dorothy Day Center's future under review The leaders of the Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul say the homeless shelter is struggling to meet the needs of all of its clients, and needs a new vision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/02/news/dorothy-day-center-task-force?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 11:52:07 -0500 Food shelves strive to provide healthier groceries For decades, Minnesota food shelves focused on providing enough food to people in need. But these days, food shelf directors are aware that some of their clients are obese or have diseases related to their diet. With that in mind, they increasingly focus on providing not just enough calories but the right kind of calories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/health/food-shelf-options?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:23:21 -0500 Weather delays opening of St. Paul Farmers' Market The unseasonably cold and snowy weather is delaying the opening of the St. Paul Farmers' Market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/22/business/weather-delays-opening-farmers-market?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:35:27 -0500 Shakopee man charged in food stamp fraud A Shakopee man has been charged in federal court with one felony count of food stamp fraud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/21/regional/minn-man-charged-with-food-stamp-fraud?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 06:35:19 -0500 Event offers one-stop aid for needy families An event in Maplewood on Saturday will offer help for families having trouble making ends meet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/20/regional/family-assistance-event?refid=0 Sat, 20 Apr 2013 10:54:42 -0500 Minn. launches easier food stamp form for senior citizens A new application will make it easier for senior citizens to apply for food stamps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/regional/simplified-senior-citizen-application-for-food-stamps?refid=0 Sat, 13 Apr 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Hunger-Free Minnesota gets $1M from General Mills A statewide coalition to fight hunger got a boost from Golden Valley-based General Mills, which pledged $1 million to Hunger-Free Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/news/hunger-free-minnesota-general-mills?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:14:35 -0500 More than one-third of Minnesota public school students on free or reduced-price lunch In school lunchrooms across the state, more kids are in need of a free meal. New data show the number of Minnesota students who rely on the federally-funded free and reduced lunch program is still rising. That growth comes despite signs the economy is improving. Analysts don't know exactly why more kids are in line for free lunch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/health/minnesota-students-free-reduced-lunch?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:11:45 -0500 Hmong leaders call for help with violence prevention A meeting Tuesday night at the Hmong Village in St. Paul came after several recent deadly cases, including a domestic dispute that left three people dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/news/hmong-violence-meeting?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 06:11:09 -0500 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/02/regional/charges-filed-in-cyclist-death?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:47:59 -0500 USDA official calls for healthy eating focus U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon spoke Monday at the University of Minnesota during a two-day visit to the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/usda-official-calls-for-healthy-eating-focus-?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 08:57:23 -0500 Life in a homeless shelter through the eyes of an 8-year old Homelessness is on the rise in Minnesota, up 6 percent over the past four years. And nearly half the homeless are children younger than 21. MPR News spent time with an 8-year old girl named Paris, whose family is living at a Minneapolis shelter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/news/video/homeless-shelter?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0500 USDA nutrition official to visit Minn. USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon will be in the Twin Cities to speak about nutrition programs for low-income families. Concannon's agency oversees both the federal food stamp program and school lunch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/24/regional/usda-official-visits-minnesota?refid=0 Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:18:25 -0500 Report counts more than 10,200 homeless Minnesotans A new report shows numbers of homeless people rising in Minnesota. More than 10,200 homeless adults, youth, and children were counted October 2012 in shelters, transitional housing, at hot meal programs, or on the streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/social-issue/homelessness-numbers-rising-in-minn?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:07:45 -0600 More fruits, veggies for food stamp recipients goal of Minn. program State officials are launching a pilot program to encourage food stamp recipients to eat more fruits and vegetables. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/news/fruits-veggies-food-stamp-recipients?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 15:26:40 -0600 In Minn., officials say food program could find ways to absorb federal cuts Across-the-board budget cuts were set to take effect Friday without a deal in Washington. The cuts will hit everything from national parks to air traffic, including the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. The program provides benefits to about 125,000 low-income people in Minnesota. But the consequences may be less dire than some in Washington have predicted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/regional/wic-minnesota-sequester-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:17:48 -0600 Meals on Wheels affected if budget cuts deal fails Senior meal programs in Minnesota would take a hit if President Barack Obama and Congress fail to reach a deal to avert automatic across-the-board spending cuts by Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/25/news/meals-on-wheels?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:35:13 -0600 Advocates want $8M boost for housing, services aimed at homeless youth A coalition of community and faith-based groups is asking the state Legislature to help fight youth homelessness. A proposal would provide $8 million to help homeless youth across Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/social-issue/housing-services-homeless-youth?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:44:17 -0600 Bill would boost funding for food shelves Hunger relief advocates want the state Legislature to increase funding for food shelves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/16/politics/food-shelf-funding-bill?refid=0 Sat, 16 Feb 2013 09:39:08 -0600 Hennepin County moves social services out into community Hennepin County has a five-year, $40 million project to decentralize social services. County officials say the plan for six regional service hubs will make it easier for county residents to seek help with food, money, or health care. The first hub, in Brooklyn Center, has been open for four months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/news/hennepin-county-moves-social-services?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Cooking classes focus on Native families A new cooking program beginning this week aims to improve the health of Native American families in the Twin Cities metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/10/regional/native-american-cooking-classes?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Program targets child hunger in Duluth Schoolchildren in Duluth who have trouble getting enough to eat over the weekend will get some help from a new backpack program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/10/regional/duluth-child-hunger-backpacks?refid=0 Sun, 10 Feb 2013 10:07:44 -0600 Legislature to consider funding more free school lunches Hunger relief groups want the state Legislature to expand free lunch at school so that students currently eligible for reduced-price lunch can eat free. This would cost the state around $4 million. Lawmakers and advocates pushing the proposal say it would ensure that low-income kids get the nutrition they need and aren't turned away at the lunch counter when they can't pay. But critics of the proposal say parents who could pay a little, should. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/politics/legislature-fund-school-free-lunch?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:12:38 -0600 Farm to Cafeteria events planned in Minn. A series of workshops across the state will encourage more locally grown food in Minnesota schools and cafeterias. The eight workshops begin Monday and run through April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/03/regional/farm-to-school-workshops?refid=0 Sun, 03 Feb 2013 09:48:33 -0600 In Hennepin Co., survey of homeless zeroes in on youth All over Minnesota on Thursday, communities were counting the number of people who are homeless. The annual one-day count is required by the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/regional/homeless-youth-survey?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:50:12 -0600 Nutrition education program for food stamp recipients faces cuts In Minnesota, leaders of the SNAP-ed program are scrambling to figure out how to absorb cuts instituted in the fiscal cliff deal. They say nutrition educators will reach fewer people, in fewer places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/health/nutrition-ed-program-cut?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 More elderly in Minn. receive food stamps More of Minnesota's elderly residents are signing up for food stamps. In 2012, the number of elderly on Minnesota's food stamp rolls jumped by more than 2,500 people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/12/regional/more-elderly-sign-up-for-food-stamps?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:34:05 -0600 Woman found dead in burning home Firefighters found the body of a Shoreview woman in her burning home Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/31/news/shoreview-woman-dies-in-house-fire?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:21:51 -0600 Growth slows in demand for food help Food stamps, food shelves and subsidized school lunches all grew to new highs in Minnesota in 2012, but the pace slowed from previous years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/social-issue/growth-slows-demand-food-aid?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:52:15 -0600 Anti-hunger group on track to fill meal gap in Minn. A coalition of nonprofits and corporations fighting hunger in Minnesota says it has contributed more than 36 million meals to those in need since its launch in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/regional/anti-hunger-group-meal-report?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:58:34 -0600 Mobile food pantry helps Twin Cities schools maintain health, performance of students The holiday break beginning tomorrow can be a hungry time for some Minnesota families that rely on free school lunch to keep their children fed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/social-issue/holiday-break-school-meals-hunger?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 USDA: More food stamps used at farmers markets in 2012 The Department of Agriculture reports food stamp recipients redeemed almost $150,000 from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012 at the state's farmers markets and with direct marketing farmers -- such as those at roadside stands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/farmers-markets?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:24:23 -0600 Salvation Army raises $4M toward goal The Salvation Army holiday fundraising campaign is on track to meet its goal. The nonprofit has raised about $4 million in the Twin Cities metro area and hopes to reach $9.8 million by the end of December. About half of that money has been donated in the Salvation Army's traditional red kettles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/16/regional/salvation-army-kettles?refid=0 Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:53:10 -0600 Food stamp spending debate divides public health, hunger advocates Currently, it's legal to buy pop, chips, and cookies using food stamps, as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. But increasingly, public health experts concerned about obesity are raising questions about that policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/health/food-stamp-spending-junk-food?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 06:50:00 -0600 Event raises $100K plus for NE Minn. food shelves Food shelves in northern Minnesota will benefit from an event Tuesday evening hosted by Minnesota's incoming Senate Majority Leader, Tom Bakk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/social-issue/food-shelf-fundraiser?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 21:31:29 -0600 2,000 Minnesotans expected at Walk to End Hunger More than 2,000 Minnesotans are expected to start their Thanksgiving morning by raising awareness and money to help fight hunger in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/news/walk-to-end-hunger?refid=0 Thu, 22 Nov 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Food baskets reduce Thanksgiving stress for poor For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of plenty. But for low-income Minnesotans who worry about putting food on the table, the holiday can be stressful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/news/thanksgiving-food-giveaway?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:31:38 -0600 Photos: Princeton, Minn. food shelf sustains, relies on community Created in 1981 in a broom closet at a local church, the Princeton Pantry serves about 250 families a month. The modest food shelf had its busiest day ever on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, providing food for 31 families in three hours. Staffed with just two part-time employees, the pantry stays afloat with the help of more than 25 volunteers and many small donors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/news/princeton-food-shelf-photos?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:30:28 -0600 Local religious leaders take 'food stamp challenge' A group of faith leaders in Minnesota plans to raise awareness about hunger this week by taking a "food stamp challenge." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/11/regional/religious-leaders-hunger?refid=0 Sun, 11 Nov 2012 09:41:52 -0600 Salvation Army starts holiday kettle drive The Salvation Army kicks off its holiday fundraising drive in the Twin Cities this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/10/regional/salvation-army-kickoff?refid=0 Sat, 10 Nov 2012 12:02:22 -0600 TV show promotes health for low-income residents A television program designed to help low-income Minnesotans eat well and be physically active kicks off Sunday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/04/heath/low-income-food-program?refid=0 Sun, 04 Nov 2012 09:57:47 -0600 Study: Unhealthy snacks common in Minn. high schools A new study shows many Minnesota high schools offer unhealthy snacks in vending machines or snack bars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/health/study-unhealthy-snacks-common-in-minnesota-high-schools?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 14:56:57 -0500 McGovern was tireless advocate for hungry, needy Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, who died Sunday, was a tireless advocate for the hungry. Even as a child during the Great Depression, his family provided food to young men in need. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/22/news/george-mcgovern-legacy?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:42:27 -0500 Minneapolis expands plan to put more produce in corner stores Health officials want to improve access to healthy food in low-income neighborhoods. They hope that making nutritious options available in corner stores will lead people to better diets and less diet-related disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/18/health/corner-stores-experience-with-selling-fresh-produce-a-mixed-bag?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 College has big plans for new orchard Faculty, staff and students at Inver Hills Community College have a new apple orchard, but fighting hunger is just one of the goals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/06/education/college-tree-planting?refid=0 Sat, 06 Oct 2012 10:58:58 -0500 As winter nears, food shelves aim to make harvest last Hunger relief groups have ramped up efforts to put surplus produce on the plates of hungry Minnesotans -- and they wish they could make it last into the winter. "I feel like there's an opportunity missed," said Cathy Maes of a Minnetonka food shelf. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2012/10/food-shelves-want-to-make-harvest-last.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:55:43 -0500 Minneapolis shooting victims, suspect, identified Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan told a Friday afternoon news conference that the gunman in Thursday's attack was 36-year-old Andrew J. Engeldinger of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/news/minneapolis-shooting-folo?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:12:40 -0500 New campaign rescues sweet corn surplus for needy families Thousands of pounds of sweet corn that would otherwise have gone to waste landed on the plates of low-income families this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/health/program-rescues-harvest-surplus-for-needy-families?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:30:37 -0500 Feds pressure Minn. to reduce food stamp fraud The federal government is cracking down on illegal food stamp trafficking -- the sale of benefits for cash. While the fraud is relatively rare, it adds up to hundreds of millions of dollars nationally every year. With new data tools and penalties available to better catch and punish offenders, federal authorities are asking states to help. But Minnesota officials say it takes a lot of resources to catch very little fraud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/24/law/feds-pressure-minn-to-reduce-food-stamp-fraud?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:22:10 -0500 Minn. welfare changes go into effect One of several welfare reform measures passed by the Minnesota Legislature takes effect on Sunday. The name of the head of household must now be printed on the plastic cards that carry food stamp benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/16/regional/welfare-changes?refid=0 Sun, 16 Sep 2012 10:12:40 -0500 Report: More children on food stamps More than 500,000 Minnesotans are on food stamps, almost double 2006 numbers, according to an annual report from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Children represented the fastest growing group in the report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/10/social-issue/food-stamp-recipients?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:54:54 -0500 Police say arson in food shelf fire Authorities suspect arson caused a fire Sunday at the Renville County Food Shelf in Olivia, Minn. The food shelf is closed until further notice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/10/disaster/food-shelf-fire-arson?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:49:17 -0500 Report: 1 in 10 Minn. households lacks access to enough food A report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows about one in ten Minnesota households lacks access to enough food for a healthy lifestyle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/health/usda-hunger-report?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 18:57:05 -0500 In Minn., new effort to get the farm to the food shelf Millions of pounds of that produce go to waste in Minnesota each year. Hunger relief organizations are stepping up their efforts to capture it -- and get it on the plates of those who need it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/03/regional/foodshelf-produce?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:00:00 -0500 More MN farmers markets accepting EBT More than 30 farmers markets in Minnesota now accept food stamps, and that number could grow with help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/more-minnesota-farmers-markets-accepting-ebt?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 07:16:10 -0500 For some college grads, getting by means relying on food stamps More than 520,000 Minnesotans now receive food stamps. The numbers have soared across the country since the economic downturn. Some of the new names on the food stamp rolls are people you might not expect: recent college graduates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/18/regional/college-grad-foodstamps?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Garden program grows at state prisons A new new law turns Minnesota prisoners into gardeners. Inmates will grow fruits and vegetables, and donate what they don't eat to local food shelves. The gardens will be modeled after one that already exists at the Red Wing correctional facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/human-interest/red-wing-prison-garden?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Effort seeks to expand grocery options in Duluth neighborhood Volunteers begin canvassing the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth on Sunday to find out how make healthy food more accessible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/29/regional/duluth-grocery?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jul 2012 11:26:50 -0500 Food shelves could strain as prices drive upward The drought that grips half of the United States could drive up food prices next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/news/food-prices?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:20:00 -0500 Nonprofit seeks help for apple harvest A Twin Cities nonprofit has put out its first call of the season for volunteer apple pickers. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/07/wanted-apple-pickers.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 06:50:00 -0500 NW Minn. food shelf closes temporarily Hunger relief leaders in the Thief River Falls area are looking for new ways to help those in need, after a food shelf unexpectedly closed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/news/thief-river-falls-food-shelf-closes-temporarily?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:59:48 -0500 Proposed food stamp cuts could push Minnesotans off the program The $500 billion farm bill making its way through Congress concerns those who work with hungry Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/13/news/food-stamp-proposal?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2012 07:27:00 -0500 Jump in food need has Minnesota schools looking for ways to help New data from the Minnesota Department of Education show a growing number of students rely on the federally-funded National School Lunch Program. The numbers have school officials looking for ways to ensure kids are well-fed and able to learn -- even outside school hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/minnesota-federal-school-lunch-program?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 12:35:03 -0500 Anoka County gets national recognition for food stamp outreach Anoka County will receive an award from the federal government later today for its work signing Minnesotans up for food stamps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/anoka-county-national-award?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Food bank expands to meet greater needs A Twin Cities food bank is expanding to accommodate growing need and a greater supply of food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/08/food-banks-grows?refid=0 Sun, 08 Apr 2012 10:58:02 -0500 Prison gardens could supply food shelves Minnesota prisoners could soon be gardening and supplying food shelves, if a measure passed by the Minnesota legislature becomes law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/prison-gardens-supply-food-shelves?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 19:49:48 -0500 Small grocery store fills gap in W. Minn. 'food desert' In rural areas across Minnesota, thousands of residents live in communities without a major grocery store. That can create a real challenge for low-income residents who end up spending more time and money on their food. In Big Stone County, small grocers are helping fill the gap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/western-minnesota-food-desert?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Warm weather gums up maple syrup season The unseasonably warm weather has disrupted Minnesota's maple syrup season. Producers make syrup out of sap, which the trees produce only when weather alternates between freezing and thawing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/warm-weather-gums-up-maple-syrupseason?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:52:26 -0500 Record warm Minnesota weather could heat economy There has been some sunny economic news recently. Nationally, retail sales posted their biggest gain in February since last September. That has some economists asking: Could the warm weather be good for the economy? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/warm-weather-economy?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Outdoors groups back higher fishing, hunting fees More than 60 outdoors and environmental groups want lawmakers to raise the state's hunting, fishing, and boating fees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/higher-hunting-fishing-fees?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 13:30:44 -0500 Billboards seek clues into Mpls. 3-year-old's murder Three-year-old Terrell Mayes was inside his home when he was struck by a stray bullet fired from outside. He died a day later. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/billboards-minneapolis-child-murder?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:01:21 -0500 Twin Cities housing market shows signs of improvement New numbers from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors show signs of improvement in the Twin Cities housing market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/twin-cities-real-estate?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:38:20 -0500 Upper St. Anthony lock touted as Asian carp blocker Federal and state leaders are highlighting the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in downtown Minneapolis as a crucial barrier for stopping Asian carp's advance up the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/saint-anthony-lock-asian-carp-blocker?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:45:58 -0500 Some lawmakers want rules loosened on donated deer meat Some Minnesota legislators want to make it easier for hunters to donate venison to food shelves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/07/game-meat-donation-regulation?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 08:00:00 -0600 Cooking classes for low-income Minnesotans offer healthy, tasty tips A survey recently found nearly 80 percent of low- and moderate-income families cook evening meals at least five times a week. Two-thirds said they want to learn more about making healthy food. Cooking education programs in Minnesota are ramping up to meet that demand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/cooking-classes-for-low-income-minnesotans?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:46:55 -0600 Minnesota campaign aims to expand food stamp rolls A new statewide outreach campaigns to enroll more Minnesotans in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, encouraging those who qualify for government food aid to apply for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/food-aid-ad-campaign?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 USDA asks local groups to distribute meals to students during summer break Federal nutrition officials Tuesday called on schools and non-profit organizations all over the country to help feed low-income children this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/summer-food-program?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:34:26 -0600 Distance complicates, impedes healthy diets for some The challenge of buying enough healthy food is complicated by distance. Thousands of people live in communities without a grocery store &mdash; leaving them to pay more, in time and money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/hunger-desert?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 18:32:09 -0600 Ad campaign targets those who need food aid A new statewide marketing campaign will encourage more Minnesotans to sign up for food stamps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/food-stamp-campaign?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 07:45:00 -0600 Researchers untangling link between hunger and obesity The picture of hunger in America is changing. In the past, hunger may have conjured up images of gaunt faces or rail-thin children. Today, some people who struggle to feed their families are actually obese. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/hunger-obesity?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Naomi Tutu at MLK breakfast: 'We are far from the promised land' About 2,000 community and business leaders gathered Monday morning at the Minneapolis Convention Center to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Human rights activist Naomi Tutu, the daughter of Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, spoke at the breakfast and called on the crowd to finish the work still undone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/16/mlk-tutu-breakfast?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:26:57 -0600 Naomi Tutu at Mpls. MLK event: More work to be done Community and business leaders gathered in Minneapolis Monday morning to honor Martin Luther King Jr. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/16/naomi-tutu-minneapolis-mlk-breakfast?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2012 11:52:38 -0600 Food stamps get a new name in Minnesota On Tuesday, state Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson announced that Minnesota will change the name of its food aid program to align with the federal name: SNAP. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2012/01/food-stamps-get-a-new-name-in-minnesota.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:48:46 -0600 New coalition to ensure access to healthy food Minnesota's lieutenant governor today announced a new coalition to ensure all Minnesotans have access to healthy food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/10/minnesota-nutritious-food-coalition?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:17:30 -0600 Record number of Minnesotans seek food help in 2011 The number of Minnesotans who sought help to feed themselves and their families hit record levels in 2011. But there are signs the big spikes of recent years could be slowing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/30/numbers-hunger-food-aid?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 15:42:45 -0600 Grocery option helps those on tight budgets - without a handout Marlys Haugen considers herself more of a giver than a taker. At age 73, she is not looking for charity. A new option for grocery shopping saves her money without taking a handout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/23/hunger-fare-for-all?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans respond to food shelf theft Minnesotans responded generously after the theft of 1,500 pounds of food from a Minneapolis food shelf. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/20/minnesotans-respond-food-shelf-theft?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 18:52:54 -0600 Minn. food shelves prefer cash to cans It's an important time of the year for the state's food shelves, which bring in a large percentage of their resources at the end of the year. But food shelves hope donors know that a cash donation might help the hungry more than the cans of soup in the back of their cupboard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/17/food-shelves-prefer-cash?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Gov. Dayton at fundraiser for Arrowhead food shelves Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk highlighted the issue of hunger Tuesday at a fundraiser for Arrowhead food shelves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/06/dayton-fundraiser-food-shelves?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 20:15:47 -0600 Healthy diets necessary for fighting HIV About 6,800 people in Minnesota live with HIV or AIDS. Many of them also are poor, which makes it difficult to maintain healthy diets necessary for fighting the disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/01/hunger-hiv-aids-nutrition?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 17:06:17 -0600 Cargill makes record donation to fight hunger in Kenya Twin Cities-based Cargill has donated more than 22 million pounds of rice to help fight hunger and malnutrition in northeastern Kenya. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/29/cargill-rice-donation?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:08:39 -0600 Tough times challenge efforts to feed the hungry on Thanksgiving For some Minnesotans, putting a Thanksgiving meal on the table is a challenge. Communities and hunger relief organizations have been working for weeks to make sure everyone gets a meal, but higher food prices are making it harder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/22/hunger-thanksgiving?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Hunger and help move out to the suburbs The number of people struggling to feed themselves and their families is on the rise in the Twin Cities suburbs, including the middle class and affluent communities of Minnetonka, Eagan and Lakeville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/10/hunger-help-twin-cities-suburbs?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:17:46 -0600 DHS head encourages eligible Minnesotans to sign up for food benefits The head of Minnesota's Department of Human Services wants more people to sign up for food stamps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/food-benefits?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:59:39 -0500 Minn. farmers' markets adapt as food stamp program changes to EBT Early reports suggest that while more and more people are paying with EBT, their numbers are still extremely small. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/hunger-ebt?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 07:30:00 -0500 Minn. seniors don't take advantage of food stamp program An analysis of state data released Wednesday shows many Minnesota seniors who are eligible for food stamps aren't signed up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/food-stamps-senior-citizens?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 16:29:59 -0500 A return to traditional foods helps some fight hunger on White Earth Reservation A growing effort on the White Earth Reservation to return to traditional foods could help alleviate hunger and improve the health of people there while reconnecting them with a diet that served their ancestors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/03/traditional-foods-hunger-white-earth-reservation?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 1 in 10 Minnesota households struggles with hunger, USDA report says The number of Minnesotans who struggle to put enough food on the table remains high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/usda-hunger-report?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 15:51:22 -0500 The Face of Hunger: For the young and homeless, hunger can be a top concern Homelessness among young people is on the rise. That means hunger is, too. In the latest part of our series on hunger in Minnesota, we look at how food can become a main problem for young people without homes -- and how they learn to survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/ground-level-hunger-young-people?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 13:23:51 -0500 The Face of Hunger: As jobs leave Kanabec Co., poverty and hunger rise With an unemployment rate of 10.1 percent -- among the state's highest -- Kanabec County has many people in need, some for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/ground-level-hunger-kanabec-county?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 03:00:00 -0500 To afford food, seniors stretch dollars and rely on others Research shows that seniors who struggle with food are significantly more likely to be in fair or poor health. In a small town on Minnesota's western border, the seniors there work to get by. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/hunger-tour-big-stone-county?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:00:06 -0500 The Face of Hunger: Migrant workers in southern Minn. One in 10 Minnesotans struggles at times to get enough food -- the reasons vary from from place to place. MPR News is travelling the state this summer to see why people are going hungry in an occasional series, "The Face of Hunger." In the first installment, we visit migrant workers in southern Minnesota who struggle to get enough food, even as they prepare the food we eat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/hunger-tour-montgomery?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:40:34 -0500 Delivery to food shelves will continue during shutdown Food shelf directors around the state breathed sighs of relief after learning the state government shutdown won't threaten the delivery of tons of food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/food-shelf-delivery?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 20:24:24 -0500 Hunger effort's goals echo project to end homelessness Plans to end various social ills have been tried before, but some warn that setting lofty goals carries with it a big risk of failure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/09/hunger-effort-folo?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 14:59:26 -0500 Coalition launches effort to fight hunger in Minnesota A coalition launched today called Hunger-Free Minnesota sees how hunger affects more than just the people who aren't getting enough to eat, so it sets a goal to make sure everyone in the state has enough to eat by 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/hunger-free-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 16:37:27 -0500 Need for food help spikes after tornado The neighborhood's NorthPoint Community Food shelf has seen a twofold increase in people coming for help since the tornado. The Salvation Army reports it's given out more than 40,000 pounds of food to people in the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/28/tornado-food-shelves?refid=0 Sat, 28 May 2011 12:42:17 -0500 Meals on Wheels resumes service in Mpls. tornado zone Meals on Wheels has resumed delivering hot food in north Minneapolis for the first time since Sunday's tornado. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/meals-on-wheels-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 18:29:22 -0500 State program aims to improve school lunches The Great Trays Partnership provides training and equipment to help schools improve their menus with fresh, nutritious food. The goal is to increase the fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while limiting fats and sodium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/great-trays?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 20:16:52 -0500 A community celebrates its bond, wonders what's next North Minneapolis residents are beginning to slowly clean up after Sunday's storm that was responsible for two deaths, dozens of injuries and at least $166 million in damages. Hundreds of people were left homeless by the storm. A Monday barbeque was part of the healing process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/north-minneapolis-bbq?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Owner of St. Paul market indicted on food stamp fraud A federal grand jury has indicted the owner of a small market in St. Paul with trafficking approximately $3 million in food stamps. Khaffak Sahib Ansari was charged with three counts of food stamp fraud in connection with the crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/food-stamp-fraud-charges?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 19:27:26 -0500 'Rescued' food helps feed the hungry in Minn. In Minnesota alone, we throw out more than 715 million pounds of food each year. Hunger relief organizations are increasing their efforts to save the pportion of that food that's edible -- and get it to hungry Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/14/wasted-food-hunger?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Organizers hoping for big returns on 19th annual food drive U.S. postal workers will collect non-perishable food Saturday as part of an effort to fight hunger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/13/food-drive?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 12:52:11 -0500 Hungry mothers reflect on struggle to feed children In families that struggle with hunger, some mothers go to great lengths to make sure their children get enough food. As part of our reporting on hunger in Minnesota, we talked with several of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/mothers?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 17:07:45 -0500 More farmers markets to accept food stamps The Minnesota Department of Human Services says 13 of the state's roughly 140 farmers markets have committed to accept food stamps, but officials expect that number will eventually reach into the dozens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/food-stamps-farmers-market?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 22:13:56 -0500 A focus on healthier food for the homeless The number of homeless Minnesotans has jumped over the past few years. Some people end up in shelters where they get three meals a day. But the nutrition at shelters and meal programs varies widely. Now a new group in Ramsey County is working to make sure people get not only enough calories -- but good nutrition, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/homeless-hunger?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 16:10:50 -0500 'Soup truck' criticized by advocates for the poor A 60-foot truck with a picture of Gov. Mark Dayton and a Depression-era soup line is traveling around the state -- to the chagrin of people who combat hunger and poverty in Minnesota. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2011/04/tsoup-ruck-draws-criticism-from-advocates-for-low-income-minnesotans.shtml?refid=0?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 15:50:16 -0500 For many students, school lunch will likely cost more next year Thousands of Minnesota students are probably going to be paying more for school lunch next year. School districts are considering raising prices, in part because of a new federal law that essentially requires them to do so. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/price-of-school-lunches-creep-up?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 15:24:27 -0500 Study: Minnesotans miss 100 million meals each year A study released this week by the hunger relief organization Feeding America offers a new way to understand hunger in our state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/25/feeding-america-study?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Food shelves evolving with clients' needs Not only is the face of hunger changing in Minnesota, so are the food shelves. Some have evolved into full-fledged social service organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/food-shelves?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:20:47 -0500 Student reliance on free/reduced lunch rises More of Minnesota's school-aged children are living in or near poverty, according to new data from the Minnesota Department of Education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/free-reduced-lunch?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:27:54 -0500 Food shelves looking at March food drive to replenish stock The plea could come at the grocery store, at church, or in your company e-mail, but chances are, someone is going to ask you to donate to a food shelf this month. March is the month for the Minnesota FoodShare campaign, a statewide food drive that is an important time for food shelves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/13/march-food-drive?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Outreach encourages seniors to apply for food subsidies State officials say only one in four Minnesota seniors eligible for the federally funded Food Support program is actually enrolled, and efforts are underway to convince more older Minnesotans to apply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/seniors-food-support?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 16:31:45 -0600 Minn. educators call for help keeping kids of low-income familes fed during summer Although it's only February, the Minnesota Department of Education has put out a call for non-profits, schools, and faith-based organizations to sponsor the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/summer-food?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 06:12:53 -0600 Food stamp use in Minn. at all-time high and rising A new report from the Minnesota Department of Human Services shows that in January more than 478,000 Minnesotans received food stamps, known in Minnesota as Food Support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/11/all-time-high-food-stamp-usage?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:18:19 -0600 Hospital hands out food to patients in need At Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, some families are walking out the door with more than just prescriptions and doctors' orders -- they're leaving with bags of food. Nearly one- third of families visiting the pediatric clinic at HCMC struggle with hunger. A doctor there is so concerned about how hunger is affecting her patients' health, she began one of the nation's first hospital-based food shelves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/04/hunger-hospital-food?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 20:43:09 -0600 Low-income families could struggle with new dietary guidelines A Minnesota researcher says new dietary recommendations from the federal government could be hard for some low-income families to follow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/low-income-families-could-struggle-with-salt-guidelines?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 13:23:50 -0600 Backpacks filled with food feed kids on weekends Backpack programs are springing up in some parts of Minnesota to help feed hungry kids. These programs send those students home with backpacks filled with food for the weekend. Some kids, especially those who rely on school lunch during the week, have a hard time getting enough to eat when they're away from school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/backpack-food?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 17:32:17 -0600 New rules would require healthier school lunches School lunches would get healthier under new rules proposed Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The changes include cuts in sodium, a cap on the number of calories per meal, and more whole grains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/school-lunch-rules-healthy?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:30:14 -0600 What does it mean to be hungry in Minnesota? At least one in 10 Minnesotans struggles with hunger. You might imagine hunger as a child with a bloated belly in Africa, or malnourished people living in Appalachia in the 1960s. But that's not what hunger looks like in Minnesota today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/hunger-definition?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:22:46 -0600 Dayton: Hunger remains critical problem in Minn. Gov.-elect Mark Dayton said hunger is a critical problem in the state at a fundraiser Tuesday for food shelves in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/21/dayton-bakk-food-shelves?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 18:58:58 -0600 Food shelf visits up sharply in Minnesota The number of visits to food shelves is up by two-thirds in Minnesota compared to two years ago, and in the Twin Cities, the number is almost doubled. Many of those new visitors used to be donors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/13/food-shelf-usage?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:13:07 -0600 Food shelf use rises significantly in Minnesota Numbers from the advocacy group Hunger Solutions show visits to emergency food shelves are up about 11 percent in the first part of this year, over the same period last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/minnesota-food-shelf-use?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 06:00:00 -0600 Youth Radio: Student explains how D2010 helped her Tiara Bellaphant, who graduated from St. Paul Central High School this week, made it all the way through the Destination 2010 scholarship program. As part of our Youth Radio series, she explains what it was like to be part of the experiment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/dest2010-youthradio?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:44:28 -0500 Germans recall the fall of the Berlin Wall The Berlin Wall fell unexpectedly on Nov. 9, 1989, shocking Berliners as well as the rest of the world. In the following days, people chipped away at the wall with hammers and chisels, pulling down the 28-year-old barrier. Millions of East Germans entered West Berlin, many for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/wallmemories?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 13:54:37 -0600 Pawlenty surprised by Palin announcement Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is among those surprised by the resignation of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/04/pawlenty_palin?refid=0 Sat, 04 Jul 2009 08:45:15 -0500 Minnesotans among the millions in D.C. for inauguration Millions of people from all over the country are in the nation's capital to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama today, including many from Minnesota. One of them is Miguel Diaz, a professor of theology at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/20/diaz?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 11:34:03 -0600 Job outlook grim Bad news just keeps coming in the job market. Next week, Minnesota officials will report how the state's job market fared in November, when the nation lost 533,000 jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/12/jobs?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 09:59:35 -0600 Minor party candidates for U.S. Senate offer voters an option Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, Democrat Al Franken and Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley aren't the only candidates for running for U.S. Senate. In November, voters will see two additional names on the ballot -- Charles Aldrich and James Niemackl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/11/minor_senate?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 06:25:00 -0500 Where can I see famous people? I'm not a delegate. Where can I go to see famous people? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/survivalguide_celebrities?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 RNC staffers share their out-of-town impressions of the Twin Cities In 12 days, 45,000 visitors are expected to descend on the Twin Cities for the Republican National Convention. We met up with three RNC staffers who have been here for months to hear what it's been like living in flyover land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/out_of_town?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2008 06:58:55 -0500 Community restores abandoned church This Memorial Day, for the first time in nearly 50 years, a southern Minnesota community will celebrate Mass in a church abandoned half a century ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/26/strose?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 State Archeology Week State Archeology Week begins this weekend with an archeology fair at Fort Snelling and a dig for kids at the Sibley House in Mendota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/02/archeology?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 06:59:22 -0500 Politicos watch for dreaded "flip-flop" With primary season just weeks away, accusations of flip-flopping are heating up. These charges, true or not, can be catastrophic for a campaign. But where do the accusations begin? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/01/flipflop?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2007 09:19:56 -0600 Who knows you on the Internet? Everyone! In some ways, you are what Google says you are. Anyone can throw your name into a search engine -- potential employers, potential dates, anybody -- and think they know you, even if you've never met. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/12/google?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Afloat on a boat made of milk cartons This Sunday afternoon, on Lake Calhoun, you might notice a whole lot of strange boats as part of the Minneapolis Aquatennial's milk carton boat races. People all over the metro area will show up with boats they've built themselves using milk cartons. We meet one of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/12/milkcartonboats?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2007 08:52:36 -0500 A sneak peek at the Fringe Festival Fans of the Minnesota Fringe Festival can get a sneak preview of this year's event. For two nights at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis, the festival is featuring "Fringe For All," a show which offers an early look at what's on tap this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/26/fringe?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2007 16:37:49 -0500 Immigrants old and new are side by side on Lake St. If you're looking for a decent tortilla in Minneapolis, it's hard to go wrong on E. Lake St. That's where you'll find many recent Latino immigrants, and a whole neighborhood of Latino shops. But if you scratch the surface of the Latino culture, you'll find the remnant of another wave of immigration underneath. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/09/ingbretsens?refid=0 Fri, 12 May 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Ghana: Michael Amoako Michael Amoako is from Accra, the capitol city of Ghana. He's 28 years old, and he lives in Golden Valley with his wife and 6-month-old son. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_siplej_globalghana/?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Liberia: Moses Hyneh Moses Hyneh is from Harper, a city in Maryland County, Liberia. He was born in 1953 and belongs to the Grebo ethnic group. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_siplej_globalliberia/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Nigeria: Kola Coker Kola Coker is from the state of Lagos in southwestern Nigeria. He belongs to the Yoruba ethnic group. He came to Minnesota in 2000 and now lives in Champlin with his wife and three of his children. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_siplej_globalnigeria/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 India: Krishna Rao Krishna Rao, 24, is from Madras, India. He's an associate software engineer at Medtronic. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_siplej_globalindia/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Local band makes music from &quot;found sound&quot; The Minneapolis band Savage Aural Hotbed creates sounds with strange objects. Very loud sounds. The band uses &quot;found instruments,&quot; such as domestic appliances and oil drums. They perform this weekend at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/25_wellsm_sah/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2005 02:00:00 -0600 Vets still fight Iwo Jima flag flap A Richfield man who fought on Iwo Jima has spent years fighting the notion that the famous flag-raising picture was a truthful depiction of what happened. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/18_wurzerc_photo/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Celebrating Ramadan in Minnesota This weekend marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim year. For Muslims throughout the world, the month has been one of prayer, charity, and fasting from sunup to sundown. A handful of Twin Cities restaurants have been catering to those observing the holy month by offering a special way to break the daily fast -- Ramadan buffets. One of those restaurants, the Marina Grill and Deli in northeast Minneapolis, has become a gathering place over the past month. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/12_siplej_ramadanbuffet/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2004 13:53:00 -0600 Morning Edition in Winona marks the Grand Excursion On Monday June 7, 2004, MPR's Morning Edition originated from Levee Park in Winona, Minnesota as part of the coverage of this year's Grand Excursion. The celebration commemorates the flotilla of steamboats that chugged up the river 150 years ago. During the broadcast, <i>Morning Edition</i> shared the flavor of Winona, with the help of several local guests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/07_newsroom_grandexcursion/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2004 07:00:00 -0500 New program aims to reduce STDs among black men in Minneapolis New numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health show sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Minnesota. Since 2002, new diagnoses of chlamydia have risen 5 percent, and gonorrhea is up 6 percent. Most of the increase is among people between 15 and 24 years old. In Minneapolis, rates are particularly high among young African-American men. Now, with the help of a federal grant, health officials are trying to lessen the disparity by connecting with young black men who are among the hardest to reach. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/15_siplej_std/?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2004 15:00:00 -0500