Code + Collaboration: Open government is greater than the sum of its parts

The challenge of genuine, sustained, respectful collaboration, both the hope and the life blood of the information age, fascinates me. Over time I have learned to value viable collaboration and to celebrate the power of a diverse community of human beings who share the serious work it takes to identify, then achieve, a common purpose. I understand that collaboration is organic. More important, I appreciate that, while people and organizations will pay for goods and services, no one wants to pay for collaboration.

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Minneapolis Park board retiree says former coworkers fear retaliation for inequities complaints

(Photo by James L. Stroud, Jr.) Jayne Miller

A former Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) employee earlier this year emailed all nine park board commissioners, expressing concern about workplace conditions. The MSR received a copy of the five-page email sent in April titled “Racism issues concerns at the MPRB,” which made reference to the January 2012 investigation report in which top MPRB officials and the commissioners “agreed to address the concerns on the disparities and racism issues, and not to use fear or retaliation [against employees].”

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Star Tribune runs full-page anti-transgender ad

(Photo by Andy Birkey) The full-page ad, published in the Sept. 28 Star Tribune sports section, was from the Minnesota Child Protection League, targeting a proposed policy to allow transgender students to participate in high school athletics.

The Minnesota Child Protection League, an anti-LGBT group that opposes LGBT inclusion in the state’s public schools, bought an ad in the Sunday Star Tribune. The ad says, “A male wants to shower beside your 14 year old daughter. Are you okay with that?”

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Go global on September 28 – It's International Right to Know Day!

More than ever, the right to know ranks as a priority with democratic people, from emerging nations in Africa to struggling democracies in Europe to U.S. Senators debating the bipartisan Freedom of Information Act. Political and social structures are overwhelmed by information and telecommunications technology that pose both solutions and threats to the people’s right to know.

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Five reasons why African Americans should vote this year

(Photo by David Goehring published under Creative Commons License)

Black voter turnout two years ago was nearly 70 percent but election analysts mainly attribute this to President Barack Obama’s name on the ballot.

According to United States census data, over 66 percent of registered Black voters went to the polls for the November 2012 election. That’s two percent higher than registered White voters, and nearly six percent higher than U.S. voters overall.

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South Minneapolis Somali community asks for ethnic, healthy food shelf

(Photos by Cirien Saadeh)

When it comes to food shelves in Minneapolis, halal food is hard to come by. But a group of Somali women want to change that.

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OPINION | FOIA Improvement Act: Why Minnesotans should care

The frenzy is on as the 113th Congress moves into its last lap and mid-term electioneering hits peak. Left in suspension is a rush of politically charged bills pulsating to get through committee, desperate to avoid sudden death at the stroke of a partisan pen.

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MN Admin Commissioner: OLA must disclose health care audit contracts

Minnesota’s public health care programs are cost-intensive enterprises, utilizing roughly $3 billion in state funds on a bi-annual basis. These monies flow from the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS), to non-profit Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), and finally to health care providers for patient care.

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Holding police responsible — or not — in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Back in the day, when I practiced law, I frequently appeared before a judge who really didn’t like my (juvenile, poor, wrong-side-of-the-tracks) clients. On one memorable day, I began my protest with, “The law says …”

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SuperValu announces closure; City moves to redevelop Nicollet

(Photos by Stephanie Fox) A SuperValu cashier works around the clock during the weekend closeout; Below, by Sunday, Sept. 14, almost all fresh produce had been sold.

Last week, the signs announcing that Sullivan’s SuperValu at Lake and Nicollet was closing were small so many people didn’t notice. But by Sunday, word spread that everything was 50 percent off and people were grabbing anything they could.

“It’s a controlled riot,” a security guard joked.

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