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Sue Kolstad’s abstract landscapes at Vine Arts Gallery

In the summer of 2007, visual artist Sue Kolstad rode the Amtrak from Minneapolis to Washington state, and what she saw along the way changed the focus of her art for the next five years.

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E-DEMOCRACY | Update on eagle's nest near river

Lauri and I walked over with Max the dog to check out the eagles' nest between 43rd and 44th Avenue about a block west of the West River Road.

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FREE SPEECH ZONE | The Urban Visionaries’ University Avenue Bicycle Plan

Now that the “urban visionaries,” or whatever you’d like to call the vested interests that pumped the Central Corridor road construction project, have finished the University Avenue rebuild in St.

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Long Nights, Hot Days, Open Streets

Last week, I threw together an article listing the highlights of Bike Walk Week 2012.  Having a little over 400 words to detail the events of 10 days packed full of actvities all over the Metropolitan Area, I took a minimalist approach, focusing on data in an organized and easily accessible manner.  I hyperlinked every other word or so for those who wished to learn more.

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Great local art at the Vine Arts Center

The current Member Show at the Vine Arts Center reveals the promise and richness of the art scene in Minneapolis, and establishes the Center as a go-to gallery for quality local art. The entire show is an interesting mix of talent and mediums, but the photography, ceramics and collages are the standouts.

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FREE SPEECH ZONE | Bad Deal for the Children, Good Deal for the Mining Companies

H.R. 5544: Bad Deal for the Children, Good Deal for the Mining Companies

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Must-see exhibit at the Frameworks Gallery

The current show at the Frameworks Gallery, “Polly Norman - Summer Blast,” offers an unexpected treat—while Norman’s photography alone is worth seeing, it is sharing space with some very fine paintings and sculpture by a diverse group of artists.  

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FREE SPEECH ZONE | From across the river... notes on Wisconsin Recall

Driving to the Chippewa Club last night to watch the election returns with fellow Pepin Democrats, I made a point of listening to the Twins game rather than early election results.

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