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Conference recruited fighters for War on Poverty

Conference recruited fighters for War on Poverty

Jun. 3 | By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   Fifty years ago, in 1964, then-president Lyndon Johnson mobilized the resources of the U.S government to engage in his historic War on Poverty, saying, “The richest nation on earth can afford to win it....

The economic security of our seniors is at risk

The economic security of our seniors is at risk

May. 30 | Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties operates the largest Energy Assistance Program in the state. Each year, this program helps more than 20,000 households to maintain safe and continuous heating during the brutal and unforgiving...

How is a credit score calculated?

How is a credit score calculated?

May. 19 | My last column emphasized the importance of having a good credit rating. Now you might be asking yourself, “How does my credit get a score?” Your credit score is based on the information in your credit report. Your credit score, sometimes referred...

Transforming your passion into a second income stream

Transforming your passion into a second income stream

May. 16 | Introducing a new column:                 All of us have the ability to become successful. It requires dedication and hard work, which is contained in each and every one of us. Do you have a passion or perhaps...

Are you ‘unbanked’  or ‘underbanked’?

Are you ‘unbanked’ or ‘underbanked’?

May. 15 | Financial illiteracy is a calamity in the making   The North American Securities Administration Association declares that “The need for financial education in the United States has never been greater. The precipitous drop in savings rates...

Poverty and the criminal justice system are intimately related

Poverty and the criminal justice system are intimately related

May. 6 | One of the most critical, yet often overlooked aspects of poverty in this nation is the escalating incarceration rate of American citizens. The Justice Policy Institute notes that since 1970, the number of incarcerated Americans has grown nearly eight-fold...

Your work self: values at work

Your work self: values at work

May. 5 | Introducing a new column from a longtime MSR contributor     Now that you have started the journey toward self-sufficiency, you need to identify your values at work. Values are conditions and attributes which we consider necessary to our...

Introducing a new column on financial advancement

Introducing a new column on financial advancement

May. 2 | Good credit — is it overrated?   There was a time when cash was king. It seems like those days are long gone and now credit determines everything. Our county, from top to bottom, is built on credit. We need credit to buy a home, a car, to rent...

We owe our fellow workers a living wage

We owe our fellow workers a living wage

Apr. 18 | Several weeks ago I was granted the enormous privilege to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address as the guest of Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum. My invitation to this hallmark event was accorded to me through no distinction...

This board member breaks the mold

This board member breaks the mold

Apr. 17 | Old enough to advocate, young enough to still relate      By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   You don’t meet LeAndra Estis so much as experience her. The svelte, diminutive dynamo, an enthused conversationalist, arrests your attention,...