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1964 Civil Rights Act Anniversary observance to conclude with celebration July 31

This summer the City of Minneapolis and partners from across the state have collectively hosted events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Central Avenue train switchover hits delays

The rumors are true, the “shoo-fly” project to take trains around the railroad viaduct between 14th and 18th avenues on Central is three to four weeks behind schedule. And it’s due to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) having issues with getting materials in to build their part of the solution.

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Palestine supporters say Gov. Dayton backs Israeli Zionists

"There are not enough children to be killed to be safe," says Karen Redleaf Schraufnagel, a Jew and an organizer for Minnesota Coalition for Palestinian Rights, spoke to the now weekly gathering of support for Palestinian victims of the Israeli bombing of Gaza. The previous day, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton had met with a congregation in Minnetonka, MN voicing unconditional support for the Israeli action.

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Saado Ali Warsame: Minnesota's Somali community reflects on slaying of fearless singer

(Photo from Facebook) Saado Ali Warsame

For more than four decades, Saado Ali Warsame, killed last week in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu, used her songs and voice to plant seeds of peace and unity in Somalia and its diaspora communities in Minnesota and elsewhere.

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Despite financial lull, St. Paul Promise Neighborhood advocates remain hopeful

(Photo by Katie Nelson) St. Paul School Board member Keith Hardy greets the students of Freedom School on July 25. The Freedom School is a component of the SPPN initiative, which provides holistic academic and social support to children and their families living within a 250-square block area of St. Paul. 

It’s early Friday morning and students from the Freedom School on Concordia Ave. are greeting each other over the rumbling of a djembe drum. Staff members are playing loud, kid-friendly hip-hop music from gym speakers while little ones are eagerly expending their morning energy with some impromptu dancing, call-and-response and a little bit of reading aloud.

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ISAIAH questions transit equity plan

Recently, The Metropolitan Council announced the release of a regional transit equity plan that promises to invest in bus rapid transit and light rail transit, in order to improve service to what the council describes as “racially concentrated areas of poverty and job centers throughout the region.”

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OPINION | The pension problem: Another misleading conservative "crisis"

Minnesota’s pension problem is not the problem that conservative policy advocates assert. Rather, our problem is that Minnesota would be better off if more Minnesotans had pensions.

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OPINION | AGH initiative promises to finally close MN Achievement Gap

Satire is sometimes the best way for a writer to make a point, especially on topics that are simply so foolish as to invite a little constructive ridicule. Such is the case for the following commentary by MSR’s editor-in-chief.

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SOUNDING OFF ON SOUNDS | Paul Michell's "We Keep On Dreaming" does pop right

(Photo courtesy of Paul Michell)

Pop music is a lost art. The most cynical among us would say it should stay lost, especially here in the Twin Cities where everybody and his brother wants to have the baddest blues-rock band for miles around. Fact is, though, when it's done well, like any other genre, it's a work of admirable craftsmanship. Point in case, singer-songwriter-pianist Paul Michell's excellent six-song offering We Keep On Dreaming.

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Green Line illuminates Rondo story

(Photos courtesy of Metropolitan Council) Left: Gordon Parks’ niece and nephew, Dorothea Burns and Kofi Bobby Hickman, admire a likeness of their famous uncle immediately following the artwork’s installation in 2013. Right: Dorothea Burns with her terra cotta panel on the Victoria Street Station.

After its first month of service, Metro Transit's new Green Line light rail line is exceeding ridership expectations – and opening new learning opportunities for its passengers.

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