[PHOTOS] #BlackLivesMatter momentum continues, protesters march on downtown Minneapolis

(Photos by Kristoffer Tigue)

Over a thousand artists and activists gathered in downtown Minneapolis on Dec. 13 to rally and march in solidarity with the national #BlackLivesMatter movement that aims to highlight the lack of equality and accountability in police dealings with the black community in the United States.

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Minnesota Department of Education and student data sharing

With frequency, education policy finds itself at the crossroads of political contention and debate. Last decade, disputes arose over the implementation of federal “No Child Left Behind” requirements. Today, “Common Core” standards have raised similar controversies.

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Under high pressure, Minneapolis City Council reverses #Lattelevy vote

(Photos by Katie G. Nelson)

Local activists obtained a rare victory Wednesday evening after the Minneapolis City Council voted to reverse their decision to cut $225,000 from a racial equity program and a clean energy initiative — a cut deemed #Lattelevy.

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Minnesota BCA gets an "F" for chicanery on Stingray

Anyone who involves themselves in the study of government knows an endearing principle of it. There must be trust between it (government) and the people or individual. Many of us strive for that on the local, state, and Federal level. But when the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension does the kind of behavior exposed by the Star Tribune today which is dark and noxious, the public and Legislature need to step in and ask questions and get answers.

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Dozens protest Uptown McDonald’s for minimum wage increase

(Photos by Sam Radwany)

Fast food workers, home health care workers, airport employees and dozens of supporters blocked traffic outside an Uptown McDonald’s on Dec.4, demanding a $15 minimum wage and union benefits. More than 50 protesters marched into the nearby McDonald’s where several employees walked off the job.

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[PHOTOS] #BlackLivesMatter protesters halt 35W traffic: “We’re ready for change”

(Photos by Katie G. Nelson)

The largest highway in Minneapolis was brought to a standstill on Dec. 4 after protestors marched down a two-mile stretch of I-35W from Uptown to downtown Minneapolis to rally against several recent, high-profile cases of police brutality and racial inequality in the United States.

For more than an hour, northbound I-35W was reduced to foot traffic, with cars backed-up for miles behind the barricade of police cars separating protestors from oncoming traffic.

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Billion dollar surplus anticipated for new biennium

(Photo by Paul Battaglia) Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, left, and House Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt greet after they both made comments regarding the Dec. 4 release of the November Budget and Economic Forecast.

Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton are expected to have more than a billion additional dollars at their disposal.

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Security vacuum

The Iraqi security forces, bolstered by a small contingent of US ground forces working as advisors to the Iraqi Army, have been battling the terrorist organization known as ISIS or ISIL for the last four months (the air campaign has been in effect for six months).

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Property taxes could be going up

(Photo by 401(K) 2012 published under Creative Commons License)

Around this time a year comes a piece of mail that can make even the strong wince.

It’s property tax time.

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