Pat Streeter winces a little when asked where she lives. “I don’t even want to tell anyone I live in a trailer home,” said Streeter, 64, sitting in the cramped office of Park Plaza in Fridley. “Oh, yes, there is a stigma. They see you as trailer trash.” That stigma is part of the reason Minnesota’s mobile home parks are dying off, recently losing about 300 individual plots per year. But Streeter is fighting back. She and her neighbors have banded together into a scrappy co-op which is being hailed as a model for saving the parks. Three trailer-friendly bills are in the Legislature, new allies have emerged, and Minnesota’s first new park in 22 years is being proposed for North Branch. At a time when it seems like every official from the governor on down is clamoring for affordable housing, proponents are asking: Why not promote the affordable housing you already have? “These are some of the most affordable living opportunities … [Read more...] about With affordable housing hard to come by, could trailer parks make a Twin Cities comeback?
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Robert Snell The Detroit News Published 10:40 PM EST Dec 10, 2018 Detroit — Former United Auto Workers Vice President Norwood Jewell tapped a training fund to pay for more than $10,000 worth of golf resort accommodations in Palm Springs, California, and Disney World tickets, a spending spree that is the focus of an ongoing federal corruption investigation, sources told The Detroit News. The Palm Springs discovery is part of a broader focus on how UAW officials spent training funds from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and member dues on condominiums, liquor, extravagant meals and golf in the desert oasis. UAW officials spent almost $1 million in member dues from 2014 to 2016 in Palm Springs, where Gary Jones held annual conferences before becoming president in June. The Palm Springs and theme park expenses are described by sources as examples of illegal benefits flowing to UAW officials during a years-long conspiracy to … [Read more...] about Ousted UAW boss Norwood Jewell at center of FBI investigation
Heroin trafficker arrested in northern border Dien Bien province Vang A Vu at the investigation office Border guard forces in the northwestern province of Dien Bien on December 8 caught red-handed a man illegally transporting heroin in Nam Ke commune of Muong Nhe district. Vang A Vu, born in 1996 and residing in Co Lot village, Muong Nhe commune of Muong Nhe district, was arrested while he was riding motorbike from Co Lot village to the neighbouring Lai Chau province. He was carrying a bag with four bricks of heroin, weighing about 1.5kg. Vu then admitted that he bought the drugs from a person in Yangxin district of China’s Yunnan province for 50,000 Yuan (7,273 USD) and kept at his family’s field shack. He said that he was transporting the drugs to sell to a buyer in Lai Chau when he was arrested. The case is under further investigation. “Run for Tigers” 2018 draws over 750 runners More than 750 runners from 31 countries and territories joined a … [Read more...] about Social News 11/12
Online Friday kicks off with 5,000 promotional products Online Friday 2018 officially kicked off on December 7, with 5,000 products at promotional prices of 0 VND or with prices reduced by 80 to 90 percent, according to event organiser the Vietnam E-commerce and Digital Economy Agency (IDEA) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Around 3,000 businesses registered to join the programme. Around 120,000 buyers can access the website onlinefriday.vn or the Online Friday app at the same time. Many big brands participate such as Samsung, Jetstar, Vinamilk, Lazada, Shopee, Tiki, Lotte, Adayroi, The gioi di dong (Mobile World), Yes24, FPTshop and ViettelStore. Delivery businesses such as VnPost, Nijavan, Lalamove and Snailship would support firms by reducing delivery costs for the event. Twenty banks will join in cash-back programmes to help customers use card payments. To ensure product and service quality, the organiser told firms to provide certificates of origin. The organiser … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 9/12
Carol Cain Free Press Business Columnist Published 6:30 AM EST Nov 10, 2018 What’s in a name? An awful lot of history if you’re One Detroit Credit Union. The financial institution began in 1935 when a group of Detroit newspaper employees felt ignored by area banks and banded together to form the Detroit Newspaper Industrial Credit Union. In the 1970s, the financial institution’s reach began to expand and include members from radio, television and printing industries. Hence the name was changed to Communicating Arts Credit Union. Fueled by ongoing growth of noncommunication industry members and more business from folks in the neighborhoods, the institution in 2015 again changed its name to One Detroit Credit Union. To keep up with growth, late next year, it is going to move its longtime headquarters on Howard Street to 10201 E. Jefferson, one block east of Pewabic Pottery. “We’ve nearly outgrown our Howard Street headquarters and have … [Read more...] about One Detroit Credit Union lives up to its name to help city