Monday, May 20, 2013
A Brookings Institution study found that the number of poor in the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs more than doubled over the past decade.
If the stressed food banks and increasing demand for social services weren’t enough proof, Twin Cities residents now have further evidence that poverty is part of the suburban landscape. A Brookings Institution study released Monday reports that the number of poor in Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs more than doubled between 2000 and 2011. The 127.9 percent increase in the suburbs was well above the 47.7 percent increase in urban areas. Click on the PDF to the right of the article to see a summary of the Twin Cities data. This is a trend providers have been well aware of for some time. Hennepin County's Human Services and Public Health Department is in the process of creating “social services hubs” in the suburbs specifically to create one-…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Richfield High School teachers and volunteers are raising money for the walk.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Monday, November 12, 2012
Dear Editor, This year, Richfield L.E.G.O. is participating in the annual Walk to End Hunger on Thanksgiving Day. L.E.G.O stands for Local Education Global Outreach, and they do many volunteer projects based on the U.N.'s Millenium goals of poverty, education, health, the environment, and gender equality. The Walk to End Hunger is at the Mall of America on Thanksgiving morning. The money raised will go to various hunger relief organizations including V.E.A.P, the Salvation Army, and Loaves and Fishes. L.E.G.O. is looking for volunteers that are interested in walking or donating. If you are interested in participating, please go to walktoendhunger.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1032577 If you would like to walk, press "Register" on…
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Richfield Public Schools officials address the Pillsbury Commons project’s potential impacts on the district.
The proposed Pillsbury Commons housing project has arguably become the most controversial topic in recent Richfield history, with opponents and supporters becoming increasingly vocal about their positions. While opponents have mostly cited a possible rise in crime and traffic, and a decrease in property values in the area as major concerns, the impact of the project on the Richfield Public Schools system is also becoming an important platform. According to Superintendent Bob Slotterback, the district is not in the business of getting involved in a situation like this. “The school board has said clearly it’s not the school district's responsibility to get involved with zoning,” Slotterback said. “In the same way it’s not the city’s job to …