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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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Mississippi Valley Orchestra commemorative concert Oct. 19

The Mississippi Valley Orchestra is beginning its 39th season with a wonderful concert featuring Artistic Director Henry Charles Smith and MN Orchestra associate principal oboist, John Snow, on Sun

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Performance artist Peterson Toscano on LGBTQ and climate justice intersectionality October 29th

While at the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21st I had the pleasure of personally meeting performance artist Peterson Toscano, and hearing about his “The Queer Resp

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Tom Heuerman: Abuse a symptom of how we raise boys

The Adrian Peterson switching case led to a broad discussion of corporal punishment in America. The Ray Rice case led to greater awareness of domestic abuse.

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Chris Brazelton: Do ethics matter anymore?

When I ran for State Representative in 2006 and again in 2008, my opponent was Tom Emmer. During that time several people approached me to tell me how Tom Emmer used his position as an attorney to sue them or bully them out of holding him accountable for paying debts incurred by him and members of his family. As the first major report was coming from a neighbor who happened to be a die-hard Republican, I could not dismiss the information as politically motivated. Whether it was paying for landscaping ordered by his wife, or trees planted on his property, or issues of fairness and equity in dealing with a business partner, the people wanted me to know what they experienced with Emmer.

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