Mexican American life in Minnesota
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December 15, 1974 - MPR’s Greg Barron produces “In Search of a Better Life,” a documentary which explores the origin, life and challenges of Mexican American community in Minnesota. The community of St. Paul’s West Side neighborhood is highlighted. Programs contains various interviews, commentary, translation, and music elements.
October 17, 1988 - Midday presents a special Mainstreet Radio documentary, entitled “Migrant Farm Workers.” The documentray profiles migrant farm workers who came to Minnesota, and wound up staying here. Following the documentary, Jose Trejo, executive director of the Spanish Speaking Affairs Council, answers listener questions about issues facing Hispanics in Minnesota.
June 9, 1992 - MPR’s Mark Zdechlik reports on influx of Hispanic migrant farm workers looking for work and housing in Crookston area of Minnesota. Segment includes interviews with migrant workers and local officials on the issues and struggles migrants and area face.
July 31, 1995 - MPR’s Laura McCallum reports on evicted Hispanic residents at Elm Lane trailer park in Willmar. Some are being helped out with Heartland Community Action assistance, but others have yet to find new housing.
November 26, 2001 - MPR’s Jeff Horwich presents a Mainstreet Radio series looking at the growing role of Spanish in the Minnesota work place. The series begins in Cold Spring, along conveyor lines of butchered chickens.
November 27, 2001 - MPR’s Jeff Horwich presents a Mainstreet Radio series looking at the growing role of Spanish in the Minnesota work place. The series continues with report on one large Minnesota company finding biligual workers are good for the bottom line.
November 28, 2001 - MPR’s Jeff Horwich presents a Mainstreet Radio series looking at the growing role of Spanish in the Minnesota work place. Horwich spent an evening with one rural Minnesota police officer helping his department relate to the town's changing population.
May 27, 2010 - As part of MPR's Youth Radio Series, Youth Radio reporter Antonio Gonzalez examines how his family is doing seven months after the sudden and mysterious death of his mother, Judy Ojeda.
August 10, 2010 - As part of MPR News series “Austin at a Crossroads: 25 years after the Hormel strike,” MPR’s Elizabeth Baier profiles Austin, 25 years after the Hormel labor strike that tore apart the town. Baier reports on the experience of Latino immigrants in Austin.
August 11, 2010 - As part of MPR News series “Austin at a Crossroads: 25 years after the Hormel strike,” MPR’s Elizabeth Baier profiles Austin, 25 years after the Hormel labor strike that tore apart the town. Baier examines how small-town nostalgia plays out when big, global issues and human drama come to town.