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FREE SPEECH ZONE | Ellison, Franken support accountability for U.S.-committed torture

Minnesota has long been a center for human rights advocates. From Hubert Humphrey's 1948 speech on civil rights, to Harold Stassen's drafting of the U.N.


FREE SPEECH ZONE | Drilling deeper into the Bachmann charges

Much has already been written about the frivolous (many would say dangerous) claims Michele Bachmann has made about radical Islamic influence in our governm


Celebrating Lao Minnesotan Artists Heritage Month

One of the big discussions of the last few years in the Lao Minnesotan community has been the issue of civic engagement and participation in community building. In 2015, we will see the 40th year since the end of the war for Laos, which changed our lives dramatically.


FREE SPEECH ZONE | A Few Plain Thoughts on the 5-Year Anniversary of the 35W Bridge Collapse

On the evening of August 1, 2007 I got a call from my brother telling me to turn on my TV, the bridge over the Mississippi just went down. “Which one?” I asked. “Washington Avenue?


FREE SPEECH ZONE | Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority community meeting tonight — without three-day notice

After being directed to do so by the Minneapolis City Council's Public Safety Committee, the Civil Rights Department has announced two community meetings seeking comments from the public on it


FREE SPEECH ZONE | It Has Been Ten Years...

On August 1, it will be ten years since our government sanctioned torture with the infamous torture memos. Have we lost our way?


BBB Warns against Insurance Deductible Rebates from Contractors

When severe thunderstorms roll through the area, many homeowners find themselves calling their insurance companies to determine if damage to their homes is covered by their homeowners’ policies. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) wants to make sure Minnesota homeowners are aware of a rule in place to protect them when they begin the process of finding a contract

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