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More than 40 percent of Minnesota workers lack access to paid sick days

(Photo courtesy of California Labor Federation) Governor Jerry Brown recently signed state legislation to allow more than 6.5 million workers to earn paid sick days on the job.

Some 41% of Minnesota workers lack access to even a single day of earned sick time, a new report finds. Those who have the most difficulty taking time off from work when they are sick include low-income workers and those employed in food service and other jobs where they are in regular contact with the public.

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OPINION | I am a Muslim American and I deserve respect

(Photograph by Kristoffer Tigue)

After reading about Chris Lollie’s arrest in St. Paul and the terrible treatment he received, I was inspired to come forward with my own bad experience with local law enforcement.

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TC Weekend | Selby Jazz Fest, Nicollet Open Streets, Community Garden Day and more!

The fun continues this weekend with an array of community events to help you get the most out of the last days of summer. From free jazz fests and county fairs, to celebrations of caramel, community and urban gardens  there's a lot to love about this weekend's lineup! Scroll down for details:

Let us know how you will spend the weekend by sending your photos and comments to tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net or tag them with #tcdpic or the name of the event, and we'll add them to our story.  If you know of an event fit for TC Weekend, use our calendar to upload the event or use the email address above.


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State opens medical marijuana manufacturer applications

Minnesota advanced in its plan for making medical marijuana available for patients next year as it opened up applications Friday for potential manufacturers of the drug.

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The 10 best Twin Cities dog friendly restaurants

(Photos by Stephanie Fox) David and Janice Bartko check out the menu at Fat Lorenzo's while Mitchell, an American cocker waits.

Minnesota joined the civilized world in 2008 by lifting the ban on dogs in restaurants. Since then, scores of restaurants and bars have opened their tables to Canine Americans and their people. Grab a leash and come hungry; we’ve gone through and picked out our favorite ten Twin Cities dog friendly restaurants.

But, hurry! There’s only a month left before most of these restaurants close their door to dogs until next spring. Carpus canus!

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Is it about race? Readers weigh in on Chris Lollie arrest

More than 800 comments poured in after video surfaced of St. Paul resident Chris Lollie being tasered by police for not revealing his name while he waited to pick up his children from daycare. Lollie is black and the three officers in the incident are white. Discussions on the article ranged in perspectives, but got heated as people discussed police brutality, experiences of racism, and the video-in-question.

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Six reasons why Hmong Americans should vote this year

(Photo by Tiffany Vang)

Historically, the Hmong community has had one of the lowest voter turnouts, but with outreach campaigns there have been considerable advances made in increasing a Hmong voting bloc in Minnesota.

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Pay attention to secretary of state

Democrats still sometimes ignore elections or secretaries of state (SOS), despite Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004. If you don’t get those references, that illustrates the problem. The problem is partisan secretaries of state can manipulate elections to aid their party. Republicans know this, and make a point of electing partisans seeking to be the next Katherine Harris or Kenneth Blackwell, which may explain why they assume if there was a Democratic SOS, then the Democrats must have won by fraud. The latest example is Kris Kobach in Kansas, overruling his own top assistants to deny former Democratic US Senate candidate Chad Taylor’s request to be removed from the ballot, despite being attached to the campaign of the Republican incumbent, Pat Roberts. Yes, or those not following the story, Roberts is the beneficiary of this overruling.

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Minnesota takes steps to make work pay

Minnesota passed two high-impact strategies for making work pay this year: increasing the Working Family Credit (our state’s Earned Income Tax Credit) and raising the minimum wage.

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