Bye bye, puppy mills!

Time to celebrate, SWDers! It’s been a long road to get here (one with its share of disappointments), but yesterday, May 20, Governor Mark Dayton signed the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill (H.F. 3172) into law, which included the MN Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill.


Planners anticipate Green Line effects

On June 14th, the Central Corridor “Green Line” Light Rail project will open, ushering in a new era in transit for the Twin Cities metropolitan area.


Are coops still a force for social change?

On May 25th, 1934, Minnesota’s charismatic Farmer-Labor governor, Floyd Olson delivered a fiery speech to the delegates assembled at the Farmer-Labor Party’s state convention in St. Paul. Olson had reason to be fiery. After signs of recovery in 1933, the cold grip of the Depression tightened once again. Olson concluded his speech with fighting words that delighted his audience. “I am what I want to be… I am a radical.”


E-DEMOCRACY | Invasive carp changing river traffic from St. Anthony Falls on up

Bill Kahn Posted at 8:11pm, May 15

Cam Gordons 2nd Ward newsletter and papers relate that


Forever Green receives $1 million

The Minnesota Legislature took a major step last week toward supporting the kind of agriculture that can green up our landscape in a way that’s economically viable for farmers. Conference committee negotiations produced $1 million for Forever Green, an innovative University of Minnesota research initiative involving cover crops and perennial plant systems. Funding for this initiative has been a major priority for the Land Stewardship Project, and could go a a long ways toward producing the kind of land grant research that can help our state’s agriculture live up to its true potential.


Local food production reaching capacity

A case study of the cooperative food system in the Twin Cities and surrounding area shows enormous strength for local foods, but it also reveals that local food production, marketing and retailing may have reached current local capacity.


Hmong Village is NDC’s "Small Business of the Year"; 14 others honored

Shongleng Yang at Hmong Village (photo by Maren Misner, for NDC)

A family-owned and operated waste disposal provider (since 1981), a private chef and catering service specializing in made-from-scratch soul fusion and comfort foods (since 2013), and a boxing and fitness gym that provides a community for at-risk youth (since 2011), were among the 15 recipients of the 2014 Neighborhood Development Center Entrepreneur Awards, announced at a celebration at Neighborhood House in St. Paul, on Saturday, May 17.


Renovation will make youth employment skills trainer Cookie Cart more environmentally friendly

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, the world, the economy, the people and the way of living was vastly different from the way that things are now. Some people and organizations have decided to make the change with the times and improve their relationship to the land.


Actor Barkhad Abdi joins Ellison to protect money-transfer system for Somali community

Actor Barkhad Abdi being greeted by Rep. Keith Ellison at Monday night's forum. (MinnPost photos by Ibrahim Hirsi)

When Oscar-nominated actor Barkhad Abdi took the stage Monday night, the crowd of about 100 that filled Safari Restaurant and Event Center in Minneapolis burst into cheers.

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