Urban animals, part 2: Minneapolis care and control initiatives

Many children look forward to the presents they’ll receive for their birthday. Ten-year-old Ainsleigh Jensen believes so much in the importance of Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) that she requested donations for the organization in place of receiving presents for herself.

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This week in Saint Paul: Monday, October 20–Sunday, October 26, 2014

Polar vortex. El Niño. El Niña. Swirling weather concoctions made it nice to get out and enjoy our fair city. We will see what this week brings, as far as sun and warmth and cold and beautiful colors. Who knows how long before it gets cold and icy, but we will continue to have great reasons to get out and great things and people to see. I have a few ideas for this week. Maybe you have some, too.

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TC Weekend | Twin Cities Film Fest, Fall Feast Food Truck Rally, Grow on Penn Pumpkin Patch & more!

It looks like the gorgeous weather will continue this weekend, with mild temps, plenty of sun and warm fall hues. Scroll down for this weekend’s roster of events, featuring more literary and film fun, tasty food truck festivities and pumpkins! See Pumpkins, caramel and more; Twin Cities fall fun for more fall ideas.

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Karate for the community organizer's soul

Karate and Community Organizing, they have a bit in common, at least for me.

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This week in Saint Paul: Monday, October 13–Sunday, October 19, 2014

Last week was a big arts week for Saint Paul, with the first three readings of the Almanac Literary Festival and the the Fall Art Crawl. We are pretty busy this week too. There are more events in the Literary Festival and the second The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss, a groundbreaking anthology from Vision Loss Resources created with the help of the Almanac’s unique editor process.

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PHOTOS | 2014 Zombie Pub Crawl

Photos by Emmerlee Sherman

On Saturday, October 11, the Zombie Pub Crawl took over downtown Minneapolis.

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The Paradigm Symposium 2014 seeks truth and money at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis

The Paradigm Symposium, a four-day journey into the realm aliens and the paranormal, descended upon the Woman's Club of Minneapolis this last weekend, and while the themes of the event were truth and bridging the gap between the fringe worlds of Ufology and paranormal studies with mainstream society, the theme just as easily may have been “everything you know is a lie” and “the world is out to get you.”

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Sukkot: The real Jewish Christmas?

If you have ever uttered the words “Christmas envy” or feared that your kids would suffer from that condition, then I have the holiday for you. Forget about Hanukkah! Well, don’t forget it. You should keep enjoying Hanukkah. But don’t bother comparing it to Christmas since our holiday has never come out on top and never will. The good news? The real action happens at Sukkot.

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This week in Saint Paul: Monday, October 6–Sunday, October 12, 2014

It was nice to be spoiled by the lovely sun and some warmth so late in the season, but last week’s chill and rain told me two things: one is that I have to go into some warm coffee shops and bookstores for the 2015 Saint Paul Almanac Literary Festival. The second is that we have to hope and pray for great weather for the Saint Paul Art Crawl this weekend!

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