The Chinese Lao American with a Southern Laos Soul

If you grew up with the Lao community in the heart of Minneapolis, the cozy and heavily stocked aisles of New Orient Market was a familiar scene.

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Urban Living is Good for Your Health

I’ve got a totally earth-shattering revelation for you: moving more is good for your health.

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Map Monday: The Second Great African-American Migration

Here’s a timely map for you for MLK day, showing the “second migration” of African-Americans from the South to the North following World War II.

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A changing MN: farmers are older, but more women & people of color going into their fields

From the introduction to the report, The Minnesota Farmer: Demographic Trends and Relevant Laws (embedded below):

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More slaves today than at any other time in history

There are more slaves today than at any point in history. They labor in fields and factories, under brutal “owners” who threaten violence if they try to escape.

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Minnesota state, local taxes fairer than most, report finds

Minnesota’s tax structure is among the fairest in the country, according to the results of an annual analysis of state and local tax systems released today by the nonpartisan MORE »

8 Reasons Biking and Walking Should be Part of the State Transportation Bill

Transportation is one of the top issues at the State Legislature this year and is already getting a lot of media attention.

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From Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s Bill Blazer: African immigrant entrepreneurs key to state’s future

(Credit: Mshale)

The Minnesota Somali Chamber of Commerce held its first annual celebration dinner Saturday at the Safari Restaurant in Minneapolis.

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West Broadway LRT

Here’s an idea for how to get light-rail transit onto West Broadway while connecting the Northside with its river front.

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