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PHOTO: More people than ever now have health insurance in Minnesota, but efforts are underway to go beyond just the coverage rate and make sure the newly insured can access and navigate the health care system. Photo credit:

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Great gains have been made in recent years to push Minnesota's uninsured rate to its lowest level in history, but many challenges remain in making that equate to a healthier state. Allison Corrado, program officer with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, says

PHOTO: Five high school seniors each will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship Saturday at the 23rd Annual Beat the Odds Celebration from Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. (Left to right: Martell Person, Makayla Hout, Kao Soua Yang, Nasro Mohamed, Randy Mathews) Photo credit: Children's Defense Fund - Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The path to future success can be tough for any teen, but many face major life challenges and prevail. With the end of the school year quickly approaching, five of the state's high school seniors who have beaten the odds are being honored. Among them is Kou Soua Yang at Johnson Se

PHOTO: An effort to reduce domestic violence among Minnesota's Latino population is using social connectedness to engage the community and let victims know what help is available. Photo credit: Nicola/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Domestic violence cuts across all economic, racial and social boundaries in Minnesota but there can be varied needs among victims, and one effort finding success is focused on the state's Latino population. Ivette Izea-Martinez, community engagement manager at Casa de Esperanza,

PHOTO: People of color are predicted to make up nearly 30 percent of Minnesota's population by 2040, compared with just four-percent in 1980. Photo credit: DryHundredFear.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota continues to grow more diverse by the day, a new analysis finds that closing racial gaps in income, education and health is not only a moral imperative but a matter of economics. Action is needed now because the inequalities mean the state loses out on billions of dol

PHOTO: Entering kindergarten

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The goal is to have all children ready to learn when they reach kindergarten, and a program in Central Minnesota is focused on making sure the same opportunities for success are available for children of immigrants and refugees. According to Jane Ellison, who manages the Access

IMAGE: The jobless rate among all Minnesotans continues to move lower, but there is still a big unemployment gap between minorities and whites. Graph courtesy Bureau of Labor Statistics.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - While Minnesota officially has recovered jobs lost over the Great Recession and the unemployment rate continues to trend down, the state is still struggling with a major employment gap among races. Minorities are two to three times more likely to be unemployed than whites, said L

PHOTO: As many as 45,000 West Africans now live in Minnesota, among the largest such populations in the nation. Courtesy Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - As the number of immigrants from West Africa relocating to Minnesota grows, the community is reaching out to make connections. The Center for Families, a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, will host its annual West African Cultural and Family Day on Saturday

PHOTO: A Minnesota mom is among the petitioners in a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency. The suit seeks to force the EPA to reevaluate the potential harms of pesticide drift exposure and then take action accordingly. CREDIT: Magarell

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota mom is among the petitioners in a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency. The suit seeks to force the EPA to reevaluate the potential harms of pesticide drift exposure and then take action accordingly. Comments from Linda Wells, associate organizing d

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