A group of middle-schoolers shared colorful markers as they designed poster boards spread around two wooden tables scattered with glitter and informational packets. It was craft time for the teens, who were participating in an American Indian program called Keep the Fire Alive. On her white poster board, Nalia Segura, 13, used a pencil to shade in long, dark hair on a mouthless face. Where the mouth should be, she wrote in bold red letters, “Suicide is not an option.” To the right of those words, she drew a decorative dreamcatcher with a yin-yang center and three large feathers. “Even people who have thoughts of suicide have dreams,” said Segura. Art, kids and suicide can seem like a perplexing, and troubling, mix. But members of the indigenous Peoples Task Force, who organize peer-based suicide prevention groups like Keep the Fire Alive, are helping to start an urgent conversation. Through meetings and training, Native youth are being schooled in warning signs … [Read more...] about Programs teach Minnesota’s American Indian youth the warning signs of suicide
At some point, people waiting on a downtown corner realized they were being bossed around by a disembodied order: “Wait!” “Wait!” The Waitbots (my term for the audible walk signals) are designed to improve the accessibility of the corners, along with nubby plates that provide a tactile reminder that the sidewalk is about to end. But they’re just another noisy element of the modern urban soundscape, which also includes chatty parking ramps. Streetscapes: Celebrating Minnesota architecture Read more from Streetscapes, a column devoted to Minnesota architecture. Writers critique, explore and explain the built environment, from brand-new buildings to revered older ones. There’s no consistency to the parking garage voice alerts in Minneapolis. Sometimes the voice is nervous: “CAR APPROACHING!” Sometimes it’s bored: “Caution, vehicle exiting,” said in a voice that made it sound as if the company got one of the … [Read more...] about Why Twin Cities walk signals and garage alerts should have Minnesota accents
Minnesota United forward Abu Danladi has fallen into an abyss during his second MLS season. Now, Loons coach Adrian Heath and sporting director Manny Lagos must pull him out of it. All three are in this predicament together. Lagos used the the Loons’ first overall pick in the 2017 SuperDraft on the speedy player from UCLA, believing that a professional training environment would help overcome injury problems that sidetracked him with the Bruins. Heath approved of the selection, the club’s first as an expansion franchise, touting his track record in developing goal scorers in Dom Dwyer and Cyle Larin during his tenure with Orlando City. But because of five injuries this season — his left hamstring three times, right hamstring and right ankle once each — Danladi has played in only 15 percent of the Loons’ total minutes this season. His fourth hamstring injury this season will sideline him for Saturday’s match between Minnesota (10-16-3) and New … [Read more...] about As advertised? Abu Danladi’s injury setbacks a problem for Minnesota United
A reproduction of a 19th-century purple dress with white lace collar is positioned on a stand, as if waiting for its owner to slide it on. A copy of the Green-Book, an historic guide that helped steer travelers toward black-welcoming businesses, is gently perched under a glass case. Large panels explaining the history of African-Americans in Minnesota stand in front of floor-to-ceiling windows. This isn’t a scene from the Minnesota History Center or even the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It is the new Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery in north Minneapolis. Co-founded by civil rights attorney Tina Burnside and writer/education administrator Coventry Cowens, the museum addresses a long-standing gap in the Twin Cities. “Minnesota is one of the few states that does not have a museum dedicated to the African-American people in the state,” said Burnside. For 30 years there have been repeated attempts to remedy that. Why has it taken so long? “I … [Read more...] about Minnesota finally gets an African-American museum, thanks to two visionary women
Ask any candidate for Congress in Minnesota this year about health care, and they’re almost certain to tell you it’s one of the most important issues in their districts — if not the single most important issue. Opinion polling backs that up: a recent CBS News poll found that 70 percent of Americans think health care is a very important issue, a larger share than any other top issue. A similar conclusion has been reached by plenty of other polls conducted over the last few months, which also find that health care is foremost in voters’ minds, even above the economy and headline-grabbing topics like immigration. Just because seemingly everyone agrees health care should be a top focus, though, doesn’t mean they agree on what parts of the issue to focus on: for the most part, Democratic and Republican candidates are telling voters very different stories when it comes to the politics of health care. In Minnesota and elsewhere, Democrats are making health care a … [Read more...] about Voters consistently rank health care as their top political concern. What does that mean for Minnesota’s House races?