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Why we celebrate Independence Day

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. -Declaration of Independence

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Joint Center collaboration with AME Churches and Green DMV aims to generate energy efficiency and financial savings

Implementing simple, inexpensive energy efficiency measures in their church facilities can enable African Methodist Episcopal congregations across America to redirect significant amounts of money from utility payments to fulfilling their missions in communities, an official from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies told delegates attending an AME convention in Nashville, TN on June 29.

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Anwatin and Nellie Stone Johnson Ski Teams hit summer training mode

 Anwatin and Nellie Stone Johnson Ski Teams hit summer training mode

“Cross-country skiing?  What do you guys do in the summer?”  That commonly asked question resonates with most Minneapolis fair weather folks who are eagerly anticipating upcoming days of beaches, barbeques and basking in the sun.  While some prefer to burry their winter memories in the sand, the youth on the Anwatin and Nellie Stone Johnson Middle School Ski Teams are seeking out winter… on dryland.

Pictured: With canoe in hand, Nellie Stone skier Lagarius Munn and Coach John Miller descend to the Namekagon River as they embark on their journey.

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Search for birth mother - Post 2

I was born March 11th, 1969 in Sauk Centre MN. It is 100 miles NW of Minneapolis in Stearns County, where St. Cloud is the County Seat.

Knowing this is close to Red Lake Indian Reservation, as a child I imagined I might be part Native. Many people over the years had commented that they could "see the Indian in me," and I liked this feeling. My parents always supported my African American identity, and would have been open to any first nation roots I may have found. They also supported my desire to search for my birth family. When I was 13 my mom told me they would help me then if I was ready, even though it was illegal. I was not ready until I was an adult, and then went away to New York for grad school. I felt I really needed to be in Minnesota to do this.

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African Americans buy 30% of all hair care products

African Americans buy 30% of all hair care products

Well-groomed hair plays a significant role in African-American culture.

“Blacks are 15% of the population,” said Target buyer Chakiera Harris. “African-Americans buy 30% of all hair care products.”

Harris specializes in finding products for the ethnic hair care line at Target. She has recently seen triple digit growth in natural hair care sales at Target.  “I am happy to see people embrace their natural hair and going back to their roots,” said Harris.

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The importance of grandparents

The importance of grandparents

It the next few days my 3rd granddaughter and 10th grandchild will be born. She will come to us as a gift from God, and her parents are anxiously awaiting her arrival. As I look forward to this grand and auspicious occasion, I cannot but help reflect on my role as the grandparent. I will have a very important part to play in her life as I do in the lives of her cousins. When it comes to the grandkids, I am determined to be a positive influence in their lives. They know this as well, so all my grandchildren call me granddad because I am like a dad but only “grand” (bigger and better). Here are a few things that “grand” parents should do.

 

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Master Gardeners teach youth about gardening, science and healthy eating

Master Gardeners teach youth about gardening, science and healthy eating

University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteers and the University Department of Recreational Sports/Youth Programs are collaborating for the third year to teach 9-13 year-olds about the science—and fun—of gardening.

Extension Master Gardeners have designed 10 weeks of activities based on the national Junior Master Gardener curriculum. The University’s three-acre Horticulture Teaching Garden on the St. Paul campus serves as the outdoor classroom. Participants are youth in summer day camps through the Department of Recreational Sports.

Pictured: Laura Opsahl, a Target employee who volunteers as a U of M Extension Master Gardener, helps summer day campers at the U water the bush beans they planted.

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