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Training focuses on immigrants, low-income, communities of color : Community groups gather to ensure correct 2010 Census count

Nearly 100 people representing community groups throughout the Metro gathered for a training session last Saturday to ensure that all Minnesotans are counted in the 2010 Census. At stake are millions in federal funds and one of the state’s congressional seats.
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Focus to be on Issues of commonality

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Ellison will hold an Inter-Faith dialogue with leaders of the various faith communities on Monday, February 1st, 2010.  The purpose of the event is to bring together the myriad of faith leaders to discuss legislative issues of interest, and approaches to achieving them. 
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Healing Hands for Haiti deploys first response team with Handicap International

Five volunteers from Healing Hands for Haiti International from Canada and USA will be forming an early response team to join Handicap International and deploy to Haiti.  Dr. Colleen O’Connell (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist, Fredericton), Al Ingersoll (Prosthetics, Minneapolis), Frank Shirley (Orthotics, Boston), Carly Gray (Physical Therapist, Ottawa), Ruth Duggan (Occupational Therapist, Halifax) will fly Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan. 19, 20) to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and will then take an air shuttle to Port au Prince.
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DVD chronicles carbon footprint of eco-conscious family

Colin Beavan’s wife, Michelle, must have thought her husband had lost his mind when he pitched her on his idea of minimizing the family’s carbon footprint for a year by going without a car, electrical appliances and most other modern conveniences. After all, they had a toddler to think of, too, and this experiment would mean that little Isabella would have to wear cloth diapers instead of disposables. And without any electricity, they would have to be cleaned by hand in a bathtub instead of in a washing machine.
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Your legal rights: Beware of charitable scams in the wake of Haiti earthquake

As news of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti continues to emerge, Minnesota citizens and companies are wondering what they can do to help the victims of this natural disaster. While a number of international relief agencies are delivering much-needed emergency assistance, medicine, water, and supplies, Minnesotans are also seeking ways to help by making a donation. As with many tragedies before, the desire to help victims of the earthquake makes it ripe for scammers to take advantage of Minnesotans’ generosity and compassion. The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office provides the following tips to help ensure that your donation goes most directly to help those affected by this or any other disaster:
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Minnesota Ethiopians rally to free an 'Icon of Democracy"

MINNEAPOLIS -- In churches, schools and meeting halls around Minnesota, the state’s sizeable population of Ethiopian refugees is rallying to free a political heroine  who is wasting away in prison in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.
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BBB advice on donating by text message to Haiti Relief Efforts

In the wake of the earthquake disaster in Haiti, Americans are donating via text message more than ever before. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota advises donors that giving through text can be a safe and easy way to give—but you should still use caution.
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Team enroute to Haiti while concerned Minnesotans wait for word

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Many Minnesotans are waiting for news about loved ones in Haiti after an earthquake Tuesday that registered 7.0 on the Richter scale - the largest quake ever recorded in the Caribbean island nation. Several churches and aid organizations in Minnesota have strong ties to Haiti, and Minnesota families with pending adoptions are trying to get word about their soon-to-be children.
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President Obama proposes financial crisis responsibility fee to recoup every last penny for American taxpayers

WASHINGTON, DC- President Barack Obama will join his economic team today to propose a Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee to be imposed on the debt of the largest financial firms until the American people are fully compensated for the extraordinary assistance they provided to Wall Street.
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Janitors set deadline for companies to address Green Cleaning Innovations

More than 4,000 janitors from across the Twin Cities began working without a contract today after an agreement with their employers expired Friday. After cleaning contractors rejected green cleaning innovations that could save building owners millions, while simultaneously demanding drastic wage and health care cuts, Twin Cities janitors set a January 23 deadline for employers to discuss real solutions proposed by janitors on green cleaning and affordable health insurance.
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Earthquake leaves Haiti ‘worse than a war zone’

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Gravely injured Haitians pleaded for help Wednesday after the strongest earthquake to hit the poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years crushed thousands of structures, from humble shacks to the National Palace and the headquarters of U.N. peacekeepers.
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