ECHO PRESS ARTICLE The group came together with a common goal: to make Alexandria and the surrounding communities an inclusive and welcoming place for people of all backgrounds to live and work. Echo Press, Published January 30, 2013, 12:00 AM The Diversity Resource Action Alliance (DRAA) has met regularly at Alexandria Technical and Community College…

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ECHO PRESS ARTICLE Steve Pederson of Alexandria has been named the 2012 Facing Race ambassador for Greater Minnesota by the St. Paul Foundation’s Facing Race initiative. As part of its ongoing effort to create a more equitable, just and open community, the foundation’s anti-racism initiative created the award to recognize people in the region who…

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Success is hard to measure in this business. Things are better. Compared to the last 30 years that I’ve known Central Minnesota, we have made more progress in the last 5-10 years than in the past. It’s still a tough thing, though, and the more you learn, the more you learn you don’t know. Steve…

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STAR TRIBUNE ARTICLE Minnesota’s outstate cities show striking contrasts, census finds. Minnesota has some of the most extreme examples of racial and ethnic change — and changelessness — in the nation, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday. The area in and around Alexandria remains whiter than all but three of the nation’s several hundred “micropolitan areas,”…

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Steve Pederson has a mission: to make Central Minnesota a more welcoming and inclusive place to raise his children. He is a long-time advocate for racial sensitivity and racial equity but these goals were heightened when he and his wife adopted their first child, an African American girl. Now the proud parents of two children,…

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