Opinion

OPINION | An ethics officer can help reform the Minneapolis Police Department

To Mayor Betsy Hodges,

Last month, I attended a forum at the Minneapolis Urban League about police-community relations. One of the panelists, longtime community leader and media presence Ron Edwards, pointedly mentioned that all of the debates about problems of police conduct were not so different from debates in the 1960s — we’ve had 50 years of a community looking for positive reform but getting very little.

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Anti-police brutality protestors march on MPD Fourth Precinct

“Indict, convict, send them killer cops to jail; the whole damn system is guilty as hell.”

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Laopocalypse Now: Fear, poetry, and the end of the world

This Wednesday, October 22nd will be the 170th anniversary of "The End of the World," as predicted by the adherents of Millerism in the 1830s. William Miller had predicted the Second Coming of Christ on October 22nd, 1844, That day came and went, and left a good number of people disillusioned. Some returned to their old congregations, others became Quakers or Shakers. In more recent years, the late Harold Camping predicted October 21st, 2011 was going to be the day to end all days.

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Saint Paul Healthy Transportation for All convening to empower citizens, build relationships for transportation equity

On October 25, residents and grassroots community leaders from across Saint Paul will come together with elected representatives and transportation officials to begin plotting the path to a healthi

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Four reasons why "liberal" conspiracy theories about ed reform (and Don Samuels) sound so much like Fox News

Sarah Lahm's conspiracy piece about "billionaire and TFA"  money flooding in to support Don Samuels in the Minneapolis School Board race went national last week. Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss (a staunch opponent of ed reform) reprinted Lahm's original piece from "In These Times." 

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Immanuel Jones: From volunteering to entrepreneurship

(Photo by Gino Terrell)

Immanuel Jones, 21, a junior at Minnesota State University Moorhead, says he’s trying to become a successful entrepreneur with the goal of giving back to the community.

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Phillips community sweeps up the neighborhood

(Video by John Akre) Phillips neighborhood community members picking up garbage for the Phillips Clean Sweep on Oct. 11. Video below.

The four Phillips Neighborhoods of Minneapolis, Phillips East, West, Midtown and Ventura Village, collaborated once again onr the annual Phillips Clean Sweep on October 11. Neighbors grabbed garbage bags and picker-uppers to pick up trash on the streets and others joined city garbage crews to pick up large items in the alleys.

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Democratic Visions videos - Republican targets

Representatives Yvonne Selcer and Ron Erhardt and community organizer Joan Howe-Pullis face stiff right wing opponents in the trending-blue southwest suburbs.

Three DFL endorsed candidates in three politically purple southwest suburbs define their positions and records on the pre-election edition of Democratic Visions.

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What's up with clear-cutting on Mississippi River Road?

Just this month, the Town and Country Golf Club cut shrubbery and trees on Mississippi River Road below the golf clubhouse. They clear-cut a nicely wooded hillside which had shielded view of country club from River Road or Lake street. Go to the middle of the bridge for the new view of the pool building and umbrellas. It had been a lovely block; walkers, joggers and commuters are now horrified. How did this happen?

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