Babe's new diet: Nanomaterials in animal feed

How much would you pay for a pork chop that was two percent leaner? Would you eat such a pork chop if nanoscale minerals were mixed into the hog feed to achieve that two percent reduction? Such questions are before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as it considers what to advise the animal feed and mineral supplement industry about their efforts to incorporate atomic- to molecular-sized materials into feed.

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Minnesota African Taskforce Against Ebola created

(Photos by Issa A. Mansaray) Members of the African community after forming the Minnesota African Taskforce Against Ebola on Aug. 5

As the number of Ebola cases in West Africa continue to increase to more than 2,000 according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Minnesota African Taskforce Against Ebola, formed by the African community on Aug. 5, is gathering medical supplies and equipment to ship to West Africa.

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A Frogtown feast: Thousands gather to discuss food access in St. Paul

(Photos by Andy King)

Not everyone thinks about their food as art, but one St. Paul artist is using art to spread awareness about food access issues in his neighborhood.

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Changing lives, one mom at a time

Deb Avenido’s 15-year-old client faced big problems. “She was homeless with her mom and her brother through her whole pregnancy. They would stay at a family shelter for a month – that’s as long as they could stay there. Then they’d go to a motel or to a friend, and then back to the shelter.”

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TCE lawsuit inches on, Southeast Como organizes outreach

While Southeast Como neighborhood residents’ concerns about harmful vapors in their homes continue to linger, a lawsuit against General Mills is moving forward.

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More than 40 percent of Minnesota workers lack access to paid sick days

(Photo courtesy of California Labor Federation) Governor Jerry Brown recently signed state legislation to allow more than 6.5 million workers to earn paid sick days on the job.

Some 41% of Minnesota workers lack access to even a single day of earned sick time, a new report finds. Those who have the most difficulty taking time off from work when they are sick include low-income workers and those employed in food service and other jobs where they are in regular contact with the public.

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The difference a prosthetic can make

I am well aware that if I had been born in a different time or place my life would not be what it is. I might point to my eyeglasses and reference my very poor unassisted vision as one way my life would have been quite different if I’d been born a few hundred years ago. But I think that my prosthetic arm is the more obvious tie to the modern era that I rely on regularly.

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Dispensing medical care - and love: Pam White treats mind, body and spirit in the black community

(Photo by Sarah Whiting) "I encourage [women] to keep fighting no matter how many times you've been knocked down; stand strong even when you come up against any barriers; face life struggles boldly and with ... confidence. ... Remember, in life, it's about the choices we make. More importantly, learn to love and respect yourself so that you can set the standard for how you want others to treat you." - Pam White, words from the founder/president on the HER website

There's a love fest going on at Health Empowerment Resource (HER) Center, a small health clinic in north Minneapolis. And dispensing that love, along with health care, is clinic owner and nurse practitioner Pam White.

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Minneapolis mulls gender neutral restrooms

(Photo by Lisa Jacobs published under Creative Commons License)

An antiquated Minneapolis code relating to the service industry forces many businesses to have gendered restrooms, but a policy change passed by a city committee could change that.

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Major Taylor cycling club promotes biking in Twin Cities' African-American community

(Photos by Walter Griffin) Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota aims to increase biking participation for African-Americans in the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis’ love for cycling has in recent years drawn national attention — and those who closely watch biking activities across the country have proclaimed the city one of the best for biking in the country.

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