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Profiles in excellence: Micah Hines

Profiles in excellence: Micah HinesBeing a trailblazer is Micah Hines' legacy.

The age old debate of is it nature or nurture can be waged when discussing why Hines, who is the general counsel to Gov. Mark Dayton, so seemingly effortlessly has ascended to such heights as to become the first African-Americans to serve a Minnesota governor as general counsel. People can debate if she was nurtured by her parents and grandparents and thus acquired the tools of leadership and service, or was it by nature just supposed to be that way.
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Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce launches new fund for North Minneapolis

Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce launches new fund for North MinneapolisThe Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) announced that it is launching a new small business initiative fund, the Small Business Impact Fund (SBIF), to help minority-owned businesses based in North Minneapolis.
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Beyond reflections, we need a 2013 movement

Each Black History Month, for many African Americans there is always a deeper reflection on the events of the past and how our history has shaped the present and the implications for our future.
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Area organization calls for ranked choice voting statewide

Area organization calls for ranked choice voting statewideIn what supporters say will give the voter a greater voice in election outcomes, growing calls are being made for ranked choice voting.
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Security officers strike today

Just after 4:00 a.m. this morning, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 security officers reached a tentative agreement with American Security, one of seven firms whose security officer workers are represented by the union. The remaining six employers would not agree to the tentative deal, however, precipitating a one day strike today from 6am to 2pm. American Security is the market leader in the Twin Cities. Due to the tentative agreement, security officers will not be striking against American Security.
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SiriusXM's B. Smith interviews First Lady Michelle Obama

SiriusXM's B. Smith interviews First Lady Michelle ObamaNEW YORK, NY– February 26, 2013 - Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced that SiriusXM host B. Smith will interview First Lady Michelle Obama on the third anniversary of "Let's Move!," the national campaign she launched with the goal of ending childhood obesity within one generation.
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Minnesotans with Chicago roots speak out on the killings in their hometown

In all of last year Minneapolis tallied a total of 41 murders – Chicago had already eclipsed that number in January of 2013 – and the death toll keeps rising.
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Food fight: Seeking a recipe for school safety, respect, and inclusion

Food fight: Seeking a recipe for school safety, respect, and inclusionMinneapolis School Board Member Hussein Samatar and the South High School Somali-American students are calling on Minneapolis School District to better provide for their safety and to hire Somali speaking staff members.
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What we can do to reclaim Black children

What we can do to reclaim Black childrenSix years after I first heard them, the statistics still haunt me: Eighty-six percent of Black children in the fourth grade read and do math below their grade level. Black girls between the ages of 15 and 24 represent the greatest number of new HIV infections. Homicide is the leading cause of death for our boys. The village is on fire! And our love is the saving, healing water that legions of our children are literally dying for. When we listen we hear their cries rising above the flames. Their voices carry the incendiary pain and humiliation of intergenerational poverty that turns dreams to ashes: days of missed meals, uncertain safety and poorly resourced schools that plenish the pipeline to prison. These are among the many grievous thefts of potential impoverishing the lives of Black children in the land of plenty, a land made rich and powerful on the backs of our ancestors. And it's happening on our watch.
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Labor leaders mobilize national immigration reform movement

Labor leaders mobilize national immigration reform movementWashington, DC – Comprehensive immigration reform with a road map to citizenship is essential to all of America's workers, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a telephone press conference Thursday, February 7, as he an Maria Elena Durazo, chair of the AFL-CIO's immigration Committee announced the labor movement's campaign for a common-sense immigration process.
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Hospitality Alliance salutes Black executives

Hospitality Alliance salutes Black executivesThe Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) recognizes Black/African American, Asian Pacific American and Hispanic/Latino leaders every year through its popular Multicultural Advertising Tribute Series. Receiving a growing volume of participation from the industry's senior leaders each year, the full-page advertising features are a great way to showcase these outstanding individuals, to communicate the industry's commitment to supporting and advancing multicultural talent as while motivating young talented individuals to follow in their footsteps.
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