Running Towards Change: Mile in My Shoes

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By Laura Ledray & Kate Makowski Homelessness is an issue that is typically frowned upon, or viewed with a lack of understanding. For Mishka Vertin and Mike Jurasits, the disadvantages that people experiencing homelessness endure can’t be overlooked. The two set out to enrich the lives of the community by offering an activity that strengthens the mind and body: running. Vertin and Jurasits are the founders of Mile in My Shoes, an innovative nonprofit organization that provides shoes, running gear, …

Raise Your Voice Before Xcel Raises Your Rates

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Right now, the Minnesota Public Utility Commission (PUC) is considering a request from Xcel Energy that could raise customer rates by nearly 10% or about $132 a year. If approved, Xcel will have raised rates on their Minnesota customers 6 years in a row. When utility bills go up it hits everyone’s pocket book, especially those on fixed incomes or struggling to make ends meet. Thankfully in Minnesota, we have an engaged PUC that carefully considers the input of utility …

Help Choose Minnesota’s 50+ Volunteer of the Year

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Know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older?  Want to help raise money for a worthwhile cause? You can do both by nominating someone for the 2016 AARP Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP Minnesota’s most prestigious volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. Only one individual or couple from Minnesota may be selected each year and AARP will make a $1,000 donation to an eligible nonprofit …

AARP Local Discounts: Summer Performing Arts Shows

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  One of things that makes the Twin Cities unique is a world class performing arts scene. This Spring AARP in the Twin Cities is excited to announce special ticket prices for AARP members and their guests at two of these venues. Calendar Girls Park Square Theatre, St. Paul When Annie’s husband dies, she and her friends set out to raise funds for a local charity—by posing for a calendar completely in the buff. AARP members and their guests will …

Hometown Hero Fran Heitzman: Bridging the Gap For Twin Cities Families

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By Laura Ledray — Fran Heitzman knows what it means to be poor. He grew up during the Depression Era, a time when his father was happy to earn 75 cents a day. Heitzman did not own a pair of store-bought pants until he was eight years old. The memory of poverty has remained with Heitzman, causing a significant impact on his life in 1987. While Heitzman was working at Pax Christi Church in Eden Prairie, MN, a member of …

What is Community Spousal Protection and Why is it Important?

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Illness can cause an insurmountable amount of debt for couples — especially when it requires long term care. These families facing debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s can’t afford afford to pay for expensive long term care out of pocket but they also can’t afford Medical Assistance. To qualify for Medical Assistance, couples are often forced to deplete their assets in order to qualify which means in order to care for one spouse both must enter poverty.  For too many the …

Don’t Let the Clock Run Out on MN Caregivers

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Time is about to run out on caregivers.  The CARE Act, a bipartisan bill to support the more than 600,000 unpaid family caregivers in Minnesota, is in jeopardy.  Despite passing the Senate with overwhelming support from both parties it has not been taken up in the House and the clock is ticking. With less than a month remaining, there is a real chance that this critically important bill won’t become law. You can help make supporting family caregivers a priority …

It’s Time to Honor People Over 50

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It’s time to recognize and celebrate the possibilities and contributions that come with age. You don’t have to be under forty, thirty, or twenty to blaze a trail or shake things up. That’s why AARP Minnesota and Pollen joined together to launch a new program called “50 Over 50”—a list of fifty incredible individuals over the age of 50 from across Minnesota who are making an impact and show no signs of slowing down. They don’t adhere to the belief …

AARP Local Discounts: Spring Performing Arts Shows

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One of things that makes the Twin Cities unique is a world class performing arts scene. This Spring AARP in the Twin Cities is excited to announce special ticket prices for AARP members and their guests at two of these venues. Superstitious Thriller: A Jazzy Tribune to Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson Capri Theater, Minneapolis AARP Members and their guests will receive $5 off the single-ticket price of $25 for performances on April 23 and 24. Tickets can be purchased …

KATE SCHAEFERS NAMED AARP MINNESOTA VOLUNTEER STATE PRESIDENT

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SAINT PAUL—AARP Minnesota has announced the appointment of Kate Schaefers as its new State President– the highest state-level volunteer position within the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has nearly 660,000 members statewide. Schaefers, a licensed psychologist and consultant, will begin the two-year role immediately. As AARP Minnesota State President, Schaefers will work with AARP members, volunteers, staff, legislators, and state residents on key issues facing the 50-plus population and all Minnesotans. These issues include building a strong financial future for individuals …