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Red Undie Run raises awareness for World AIDS Day

MINNEAPOLIS — Saturday morning, hundreds of people showed up to the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis to brave winter temperatures in their skivvies-- all for a good cause. The frigid one-mile run across the bridge aims to bring awareness to the work of the Aliveness Project, a local organization that offers support for people living with or at risk of HIV. The run hopes to draw attention to "the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, HIV testing and screenings for other sexually transmitted infections, HIV medical care, prevention services and more."
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Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

Minnesota launches the nation’s first-ever task force on missing Black women, girls

Minnesota has become the first state in the nation to launch a panel addressing the disproportionately high number of missing and murdered Black women and girls. On Monday, Gov. Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan, flanked by victim advocates, lawmakers, and public safety officials, including Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL-Mendota Heights) and Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington, held a ceremonial bill signing at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis to launch the nation’s first Missing and Murdered African American Women Task Force.
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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Windy, woolly weather headed our way, Minnesota

Hang onto your hats, Minnesota. Winter is setting in. The Twin Cities area is facing a slight chance of rain and snow tonight into Sunday, and snow could accumulate — up to an inch in the north metro, the National Weather Service said. A little more is on the way Sunday night.
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minneapolis School District takes step to prioritize student voices and ideas

Mary Ghebremeskal figured she would have to graduate from high school, or even college, before she could effect real change for Minneapolis students like her. But she might get a chance to make a mark sooner. The Minneapolis school district has renewed efforts to solicit student voices in decisions, including on how to address students' academic and mental health needs.
Minneapolis Star Tribune

St. Paul hospice has helped the dying for 80 years

Steven Geis' childhood memories include an unlikely mix of hijinks and hospice. The fourth of five children, Geis' mother Dorothy was a nursing professor and his father LeRoy was a family practice physician who began seeing dying patients in 1967 at Our Lady of Good Counsel hospice, just off Interstate 94 in St. Paul's Merriam Park neighborhood.Dr. Geis regularly invited a couple of his kids to join him ashe made the rounds, visiting patients in their last days.

Minnetonka’s Kiani Lockett Is Taking Nothing For Granted

MINNETONKA, Minn. (WCCO) – Kiani Lockett is one of the best basketball players in the state. The senior bound for Creighton next year is soaking up her last season for Minnetonka. “I’m really excited, it’s my senior season so that just makes it extra special, the last one,” she said. It’s also her first complete season. Lockett missed half of her freshman year with a torn ACL, and though as a sophomore helped DeLaSalle to the championship game, the season stopped there due to COVID-19. After that, she transferred to Minnetonka, but the season started late. “It’s definitely been different, but I wouldn’t have changed it...

Community Voices: How many Minnesotans are silently food insecure?

“May I have four meals?” a young boy asked me as our church volunteers were finalizing the preparations for the to-go meals at Loaves & Fishes in Shakopee last month. With Thanksgiving on the horizon at the time, I knew I’d be thinking about that young man and his family. Did they have enough food?

Calls For MPD Officer To Be Disciplined After Video Of Arrest Goes Viral

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – There are calls for a Minneapolis police officer to be disciplined after a viral social media video shows a physical struggle as he tries to arrest a 64-year-old man in an Aldi store. The video begins as a Minneapolis police officer whose name tag says C. Lange grabs the man – who identifies himself as Troy Lee Billups – by the collar and throws him into a counter. The two then struggle for about a minute and a half on the ground during which time Billups tells the officer multiple times not to touch him as he resists arrest. When...

Minnesota House Featured on ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’ Announces 2021 Show Schedule

This past week I got sucked into the show "The Great Christmas Light Fight". In the program, a judge/host visits multiple homes across the country that are meticulously decorated for the holidays. We are talking about displays where there are moving elements, projections, lights covering the entire yard, villages set up, I even saw one house where the owners painted the whole thing red and green just for the light display. People go all out for this in order to be named the coveted Light Fight Trophy.
Bemidji Pioneer

Smart, team-oriented basketball has Gophers men off to 6-0 start

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota men’s basketball players haven’t heard it this way, but Ben Johnson has shared a specific phrase to media members a few times this season: “Don’t put the cape on.”. In other words, Minnesota’s first-year head coach doesn’t want his players to try to make...
Minneapolis Star Tribune

St. Paul Winter Carnival button unveiling raises curtain on 2022 festival

A frosty royal family, its fiery foe and a saloon-song-belting Klondike Kate were on hand at St. Paul's Union Depot Saturday to raise the curtain on the first act of the 2022 St. Paul Winter Carnival: the unveiling of the buttons. Snow-covered drumroll, please. Presented in conjunction with the Union...

Holidazzle Returns to Minneapolis this Christmas Season

MINNEAPOLIS -- Holidazzle will return to Minneapolis later this month. The Christmas festival will be held Friday through Sunday, December 17th through the 19th. Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Organizers say there will be seasonal entertainment, Santa,...
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minnesota's forests at risk as invasive jumping worms spread

A growing threat has inched into Minnesota's forests, traveling across the state one bag of mulch at a time. Jumping worms that have upended local gardens and lawns for several years have now infested 100-plus-year-old forests and state and regional parks scattered throughout the Twin Cities metro area. The worms,...