General Announcements

Last Saturday, the third “Overcoming Racism” Conference was held at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. The annual event is a major effort of the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative, a loose collective of organizations and individuals dedicated to eliminating racism in Minnesota.

The first day’s keynote speaker was Dr.

Small Business Saturday

Today is known as “Black Friday” – the day after Thanksgtiving. It’s a day for retailers to offer their best deals for the Christmas shopping season. Stores opening in the middle of the night have played host to hoards of shoppers looking for a bargain.

Last night the Minneapolis Park Board Planning Committee voted to place an off leash dog area within a park maintenance center in south Minneapolis.

The site is located at 38th and Dupont across from Lakewood Cemetery. It’s about ten blocks from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, where a proposed off leash dog area became a controversial issue last year.

Story by Allison Osberg

When it rains heavily in a big city, what happens to the water tells a larger story about resources and pollution.
The Natural Resource Defense Council has released a report that profiles 14 North American cities and their different approaches to solving the problem of storm water runoff.

Wizard of Oz fans were saddened this week to learn of the death of former Munchkin Karl Slover. Mr. Slover was 93 years old and traveled the world entertaining children at Wizard of Oz conventions. He attended 8 Judy Garland Festivals in Grand Rapids, Minnesota after receiving a warm welcome at the Grand Munchkin Reunion in 1990.

The Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR-MN) is asking for access to public records about the training of local, state and national law enforcement personnel. The group is asking local police departments, the U.S.

Protest movements are popping up all over the world from the Tea Party uprising to Occupy Wall Street encampments – each group with a political and social agenda to push.

It’s flu season. The economic toll of viral illness is almost as great as the human one. One recent estimate suggested that annual influenza epidemics impose a national economic burden of over $87 billion dollars. Many people were surprised to learn a few weeks ago that as vaccines go, the flu shot that some get every year is not 100 percent effective.

A Minnesota based group has proudced a report that claims the chemical BPA has been found in several different kinds of canned foods frequently used to prepare meals at Thanksgiving.

By Allison Herrera

This week marks the 149th anniversary of the forced march of Dakota, men, women and children from the Upper Sioux agency in the Minnesota River valley to Fort Snelling.