Gift program eases student-parent stress

Susan Warfield started choking up as she described the struggles some student-parents face during the holiday season.

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Minimum wage hike brutal for Minnesota jobs?

That’s what the rich man’s whimpering, groveling propagandists claim, so it must be true, correct? Aren’t they the great minds of our era? Such grotesque interference with the awesome power of the markets is bound to be catastrophic, right?

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Mall of America, free speech, and one gutsy district court judge

(Photo by Christina Cerruti)

I'd seen a lot of references to the disappointing 1999 decision of the Minnesota Supreme Court in upholding the legal right of the Mall of America to exclude demonstrators.

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Selling parklands to save them

Yesterday on Twitter I suggested selling part of Iris Park in Saint Paul to developers for housing.

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BEHIND THE STORY | Public dollars, private land and freedom of speech

(Photo by Christina Cerruti)

Two years ago, I attended one of the most amazing acts of public expression I think I’ve ever experienced. It was at the Mall of America- a Round Dance held in the rotunda where I witnessed over a thousand people, mostly Native American, sing and dance in a circle as drums played. Not a protest, exactly, it was really more of a healing prayer and a call to action, precipitated by the Idle No More Movement, which got started in Canada over tribal sovereignty issues.

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A few questions the planning commission should ask about TOD at Hiawatha and Lake

In early December, Hennepin County and L&H Station (“the development team”) submitted plans for the development of L&H Station at 2225 East Lake Street, at the southwest quadrant of Lake Street and Hiawatha, a six-acre site immediately adjacent to the Lake Street station of the Blue Line. Below is the ground level plan submitted. In the context of the years of planning that led up to this submittal, and posts of my own, the following are a few questions I think the Planning Commission should ask.

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Northside Achievement Zone gets mid-term report card

Almost three years ago, the Spokesman-Recorder reported on the origins and mission of the Northside Achievement Zone, or NAZ, which was described as “a $28 million social experiment” whose goal was “increasing educational outcomes so that kids and families have opportunities that they can point to” over the following five years. (“Northside Achievement Zone envisions a ‘tipping-point’ of success,” MSR February 22, 2012)

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Bloomington threatens to arrest Black Lives Matter organizers, not protesters

(Photo by Anna Min) 2,400 people have RSVP’d on Facebook to attend the Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America on Dec. 20. More than a thousand protesters rallied last week in downtown Minneapolis.

A Black Lives Matter protest planned for Dec. 20 at the Mall of America hit a snag this week when Mall of America officials threatened to remove any protesters and potentially have them arrested. The protest is part of a national movement aimed at raising awareness about police violence against people of color.

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Hebrew National lawsuit ends

A lawsuit alleging that Hebrew National hot dogs were not made from “100% kosher beef” as advertised has come to an end.

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