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Thoughts on a few of the questions surrounding the Fitzgerald/MPR/TPT and local hip hop situation

Big, bold-letter caveat: this is not an official press release; I am not speaking for anyone but myself here. Just sharing a few thoughts.

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ST. PAUL NOTES | Low-power FM station approved for St. Paul

Low-power FM is coming to St. Paul, with the FCC approval of a proposal based in the East Side. The next meeting of the radio committee will be April 15th at 6 PM at the Dayton's Bluff Community Council offices at 798 East 7th Street.

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A few "next steps" regarding local hip hop and media

Last night's "State of Hip Hop" preview panel sponsored by the Current was a lot of fun. Hip hop panels are always messy, especially when it's a packed house (as it was last night), but while there are bound to be tangents and nonsense, I think some really good stuff was said. Thanks to Andrea Swensson, Kevin Beacham, the Lioness, Desdamona, Toki Wright and Slug, who were all on the panel with me, as well as everyone who spoke from the audience (including a number of bonafide legends, plus up-and-comers, plus youth, plus more) and continued the conversation after.

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NEWS DAY | Sunshine Week, censorship and jail

UPDATED 3/21/2014: Last night I wrote about open government and free press issues — and a few hours later, #TurkeyBlockedTwitter started climbing to the top of the Twitter charts, as Turkish Prime

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Sales tax is not the primary barrier to border-to-border broadband

Map from Connect Minnesota

With long experience promoting rural broadband, I carefully reviewed Raul Katz’s article in the Star Tribune o

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United States get over yourselves! (To better understand Ukrainian situation)

Imagine you are a young woman walking down a street in the US when a group of young men starts hooting and whistling at you. It’s probably annoying, even infuriating, but you keep walking and ignore them. Now imagine the same thing happening on a street in Kiev or Odessa. You should probably run for your life because you may have just become a target to be kidnapped and sold as a sex slave in a distant land.

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How does E-Democracy work in Frogtown?

Frogtown "is a complete news desert. There’s a complete absence of access to local information,” said E-Democracy founder Steven Clift. With no local papers and limited coverage by regional publications, Frogtown residents struggle to find a way to connect. According to Clift, E-Democracy offers residents an opportunity for connection, providing an online forum for community conversation. “For no cost, someone can reach hundreds of people in Frogtown, who care about Frogtown, in minutes.”

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Public opinion about PolyMet sulfide mining

I was somewhat surprised, and of course quite unhappy, at recent polling results published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, regarding proposed copper/nickel sulfide mining. I had previously been heartened by this, published in March 2013.

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