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Over one-quarter of Black households struggle with hunger, gov’t report says

Over one-quarter of Black households struggle with hunger, gov’t report says

Sep. 19 | The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealed that 14.3 percent of U.S. households were food-insecure in 2013. Households headed by Black non-Hispanics were higher than the national average with a food insecurity rate of 26.1 percent. The figures...

Overcoming barriers to employment: the four types of jobs

Overcoming barriers to employment: the four types of jobs

Sep. 17 | Second of a three-part column   Traditional career paths are made up of four types of jobs. Each plays a different role in moving you from where you are today to your ideal job. Let’s review how these types of jobs differ and things to consider...

Overcoming barriers to employment

Overcoming barriers to employment

Sep. 6 | Over the last several decades, the number of Minnesotans throughout the state with some type of a criminal record has increased to an estimated one million, or one in five. Some estimates put it even higher. Minnesota has the eighth highest percentage...

Study says nearly half of Americans are living in or near poverty

Study says nearly half of Americans are living in or near poverty

Sep. 5 | Are things really that bad?   In a recent Minnesota Spokesman Recorder column discussing how the federal poverty rate is measured, I cited a 2013 study by the Oregon Center for Public Policy regarding the application of its Family Budget Calculator...

Making the rent now more difficult for most in state

Making the rent now more difficult for most in state

Sep. 5 | Rents less affordable than in 2000   Finding an affordable place to rent has gotten more difficult, and not just in the Twin Cities, a new set of county-by-county housing profiles finds. Minnesota Housing Partnership’s (MHP) “2014 County...

Fifty years of war on poverty

Fifty years of war on poverty

Aug. 23 | Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties marks a half-century of active service   From August 6 through August 8, Minnesota Community Action Partnership held its annual conference in Duluth, celebrating 50 years of...

SNAP use grows at farmers markets

SNAP use grows at farmers markets

Aug. 22 |   More Minnesotans are using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and other eligible products at local farmers markets. SNAP use at farmers markets has more than tripled in recent years,...

New Hennepin County service center opens on North Side

New Hennepin County service center opens on North Side

Aug. 21 | On August 7, Hennepin County celebrated the grand opening of its third regional human service center, this one in North Minneapolis. Officials representing the County, the City, the region and the State gathered at the North Minneapolis facility,...

Essential ingredients for a small business startup

Essential ingredients for a small business startup

Aug. 13 | You may have determined from my previous columns that either you need a second stream of income or that you want to launch your own business. You may have also determined that you have the personality, the drive and the skills to successfully start...

What will a credit card cost me?

What will a credit card cost me?

Aug. 11 | The most important consideration when choosing a credit card is the price. Two major items make up the price of the card. One is the interest rate (usually called the “annual percentage rate” or APR), and the other is the annual fee. But other...