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Alexander Ramsey Committed a Heinous Crime

It’s known as the Sandy Lake Tragedy, but that makes it sound like an accident. In more realistic terms, it’s about as awful a...

How Do Vaccines in Indian Country Align with Native Values?

Native Parents and Vaccines I’m terrified of needles - so you can imagine how difficult it is for me to see my children receive their...

Hawona Sullivan Janzen Tells Untold Stories

Hawona Sullivan Janzen has been saved many times by art - and she believes that many people living in the midst of our painful...

Why 17,000 Minnesotans of Color Can’t Vote in This Election

Antonio Williams has rosy memories of his first time voting. It was 2004, and Williams was struggling to find direction in his life. Opportunities can...

Discover the Origins of Minnesota’s Own Grand Racist Opera

This is the weirdest story you'll probably learn for a while. And yet it's all true. In 1928, Minnesota hosted an original opera performance attended...

On edge, Minnesota remains the stage for race relations in America

This dispatch is part of a series called On The Ground” with Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project.   It was July at...

How to Manage With Not Much of Anything

This is exactly why we are overdue in having conversations about how to build equity into our community. We must do work together so...

How Generational Trauma Affects Our Financial Wellbeing

What I want our communities to talk about: how generational trauma affects our financial wellbeing. We can learn and unlearn traumatic events that might...

Sheila Webb Brings Her Own Folding Chair

Shirley Chisholm once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” I took that literally and moved forward...

How Discussions of ‘Neighborhood Character’ Reinforce Structural Racism

When the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, proposed developing apartment buildings and retail space on an empty industrial site, an opinion piece in Growler...