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CTUL's Merle Payne talks organizing the "unorganizable"

(Photos by Joel Haskard)

At 40 years old, Merle Payne is soft-spoken with a trim beard and unassuming nature. He is the co-director of Centro de Trabajodores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), an organization “where workers build power to lead the struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in our workplaces.” CTUL made national headlines recently by winning a Responsible Contractor Policy with Target that will be implemented for new cleaning contracts at their stores in the metro area.

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Kluwe, Vikings announce settlement

The standoff between the Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe over allegations of homophobia has ended with a settlement, Kluwe and the team announced on Tuesday.

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OPINION | National spotlight exposes culture of racism, harassment and brutality

"The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that's what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve." – President Barack Obama

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SOUNDING OFF ON SOUNDS | Zsamé Morgan carries the act in The Rebirth: Mind, Body & Soul

(Photo courtesy of Wenso Ashby)

Wenso Ashby featuring Zsamé, was, at one point, the last word in Twin Cities smooth jazz/neo-soul. Then, pianist-producer-composer Ashby ignored the old adage: If it's workin' don't fix it.

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Shots from North Minneapolis: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl in photos

(Photo by Emily Jarrett Hughes, Wisdom Dances, www.wisdomdances.com)

On the last weekend of July, the North Minneapolis community came out in full force to celebrate its artists, entrepreneurs, music and the joy of being together.

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Histories of our neighborhood

Old and new residents of the Corcoran Neighborhood enjoyed discussing their neighborhood during the March 19th Dinner and Storytelling Event at Sanaag Restaurant.

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IGGERS DIGEST | Big bang for your buck at Somali Boolaay Restaurant

Ten bucks buys a lot of food at Boolaay, the little Somali restaurant on Eat Street = not to be confused with Bouley, Daniel Bouley's upscale French restaurant in Manhattan. 

Ten bucks buys a lot of tasty food at Boolaay Somali restaurant - not to be confused with Bouley, the upscale French restaurant in Manhattan. At Bouley, the appetizers start at $22 at lunch for the Porcini Flan with Alaska Live Dungeness Crab and Black Truffle Dashi. At Boolaay, ten bucks gets you a big plate piled high with savory rice pilaf and diced chicken or beef suqaar, plus vegetable soup, salad, fruit drink and a ripe banana - easily enough for two. A variety of other entrees and baked goods are also offered, to dine in or take out.

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Minnesota schools make "most LGBT-friendly" list

(Photo by Mark Fowler published under Creative Commons License)

Four Minnesota schools were recently placed on the annual 2014 CampusPride top-50 list of LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. Augsburg College, Macalester College, and both University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and the Twin Cities, were all ranked as 5-star schools.

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