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Eating for Equity

Emily Torgrimson, executive director of Eat for Equity, harnesses the power of sharing a meal by encouraging and supporting sustainable

  • 03/24/2020
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The Upcycler

Ecosystem content is made possible by Organic Lawns by LUNSETH Kristen McCoy, known to friends as “The Upcycler,” has a simple

  • 01/26/2020
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Failing Mothers and Children

“For Black women in America, an inescapable atmosphere of societal and systemic racism can create a kind of toxic physiological stress resulting in conditions, including hypertension and pre-eclampsia, that lead directly to higher rates of infant and maternal death.” — Linda Villarosa

  • 12/23/2019
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An Unknown Origin Story

On a January day in 2001, my mother and I sat together in the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota

  • 12/23/2019
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Slowdown in the Kitchen With Mary Louise

Walnut potica (pronounced “po-teet-zah”) is a Slovenian sweet dough pastry. Potica was and remains a celebratory treat served at Christmas,

  • 11/26/2019
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Hearing in Community

Parents everywhere spring into action for their children,  but  not all parents are like Valerie Shirley, whose son’s challenges led

  • 11/26/2019
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Putting Thanksgiving Into Context

Every Thanksgiving, my family puts out a spirit plate for our ancestors. I have taught my children the true origins

  • 10/27/2019
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One Way For Mothers To Heal

More than a decade after her son was killed, Mary Johnson-Roy stood in Stillwater Prison hugging Oshea Israel, the man

  • 07/01/2019
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Healthy Sexuality

At the age of 14, I volunteered as a swim instructor through adaptive recreation for the St. Paul Parks and

  • 05/01/2019
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Helping My Mother Die

In March 2017, my sisters and I gathered in my mom’s bedroom as her pacemaker was deactivated by a hospice

  • 04/01/2019