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Minnesota's labor movement can celebrate some key 2014 organizing and political victories

While our last post, Labor Day is the new Memorial Day: former lawmaker John Kriesel retweets the confusion, suggests that some Americans on twitter are drinking a strange brew of amnesia and mission creep, the labor movement in Minnesota can savor some victories in 2014.

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BEHIND THE STORY | Bringing everybody together for Generation Next

Generation Next has been in the news recently after the organization, led by R.T. Rybak, revealed their  “Action Agenda” about how the they will take steps to close the achievement gap. The nonprofit is modeled after a successful partnership in Cincinnati called Strive Together, which brought together businesses, government leaders, school districts, nonprofits and community groups to breach the disparities between white students and students of color. Rather than embarking on a separate program of their own, Generation Next is building a coalition of different stakeholders and resources. 

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Hundreds block traffic downtown, peacefully demand police accountability

(Photos by Katie Nelson)

Twin Cities residents continue to feel the reverberations from the early-August shooting of an unarmed Black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. with local activists calling more tools, training and transparency within local law enforcement in order to curb racial injustices within the criminal justice system.

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Fans vote for their favorite Minnesota State Fair vendors

Photos By: 
Jeff Rutherford

Minnesota State Fair fans chose their favorites in the Great Minnesota Get-Together's third People's Choice Awards. In a ceremony held on Aug.

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GLOBAL GROCERIES | Need sunscreen? Diapers? Steichen’s Market is an oasis among food on sticks

(Photos by Stephanie Fox) Owner Jimmy Steichen mans the front counter. Below; the market carries packaged goods, cleaning supplies and many other store items not found elsewhere on fairgrounds.

If you’re looking for something on a stick, Steichen’s Market and Deli at the Minnesota State Fair is not for you. The store’s motto is “Cease the grease.

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The hands that feed us: Workers at the Minnesota State Fair

(Photos by Jennifer Larson)

Every year crowds of people head to the Minnesota State Fair, thinking about the food they'll eat, the rides they'll take and the people they'll watch.

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St. Paul man from cellphone arrest video identified; police dropped charges in July

(Photo courtesy of Christopher Lollie) Chris Lollie and his two-year old son, C.J.

UPDATED:

The man in a recently released cellphone video who was tasered and arrested by St. Paul police officers after refusing to give up his name has stepped forward on Wednesday, Aug. 27 after posting the video online. St. Paul police dropped charges on July 31.

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Home care workers announce victory in historic union election

(From video produced by Howard Kling, Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota)

On Tuesday, Minnesota’s home care workers etched a new chapter in the state’s history, alongside the miners who organized the Iron Range, the truck drivers who shut down Minneapolis in 1934 and the women who led landmark strikes by teachers in 1946 and 1970 and by nurses in 1984.

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