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TC Weekend | Artability Art Show & Sale, Food Day, Metamorphosoup Puppet Extravaganza & more

Our stretch of lovely fall weather continues this weekend with highs in the 60s and plenty of sunshine! This weekend's events offer opportunities to get out and enjoy the season with puppetry and art, local Food Day fun, film, crafts and more.

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Vote absentee, then track status of your ballot online

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Voters still have time to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 4 elections and can track the status of their ballot online, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State reports.

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Jordan Area Community Council celebrates 50 years improving community

(Archive photo courtesy of JACC) Door-knockers pass out information for the 1965 spring cleanup days.

Fifty years ago, parents and other community members rallied to save a library, and in the process founded one of the longest-enduring organizations in the city, what is now Jordan Area Community Council.

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WEQY-FM 104.7, the 'Voice of the East Side'

Not long after this newspaper reaches your mailbox, WEQY-FM, the Voice of the East Side, hopes to be “riding the signal,” which is what radio veterans call the test phase of the new station. Although a major obstacle arose at the last minute that seemed like it might delay the start for a few months, that cloud turned out to have a silver lining. Despite the best efforts of Sonia Ortega, owner of Plaza del Sol on Payne Avenue, construction delays were not able to be overcome in building the radio space that she had generously offered to the station at no cost. However, the offer of new space in a historic building came along at just the right moment, with the added bonus that a storefront studio will be possible. WEQY Station Manager Kathryn Harris can't reveal the address yet, but says it looks about 99% sure.

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City attorney: Minneapolis can't ban Washington team name

(Photo by Jeramey Jannene published under Creative Commons License)

Minneapolis doesn’t have legal authority to ban the Washington Redskins’ name when the NFL team plays at TCF Bank Stadium early next month, the city’s attorney said to a City Council committee Wednesday.

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Anti-police brutality protestors march on MPD Fourth Precinct

“Indict, convict, send them killer cops to jail; the whole damn system is guilty as hell.”

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VIDEO: Perske attacks Emmer for "Threatening" divisive record, Emmer has no response

(Still from debate video by The Uptake) Full video clip below.

During Monday’s 6th Congressional District debate in St. Cloud, Minnesota DFL candidate Joe Perske chose to spend his final remarks calling GOP runner Tom Emmer bullying, divisive and uncooperative. When Emmer was asked to rebuttal, he declined to answer. The candidate elected will take over Michele Bachmann's seat.

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Minneapolis gets new sibling in Somalia

(Photo by Zachary Bielinski) People applaud after the Minneapolis City Council votes to become a sister city with Bosaso, Somalia, on Oct. 17, 2014. It's the first sister city arrangement between the U.S. and Somalia.

Minneapolis became sisters with a Somali counterpart on Friday — becoming the first city in the country to do so — in an effort to strengthen international ties with Somali-American residents.

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Dinkytown's new alliances

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. –Lao Tzu

Ten months ago, Dinkytown was at one of those unmistakable crossroads of change rife with both crisis and opportunity. The businesses in Dinkytown are survivors of change, so this was nothing new, but this time, a perfect storm of factors came close together. On the plus side, the City of Minneapolis and Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association were taking much more notice of Dinkytown. But at the beginning of 2014, Skott Johnson, the longtime leader of the Dinkytown Business Association, known as DBA, closed his business at 1300 4th St. S.E., Autographics, and left the Twin Cities. The old Marshall High building, UTech, had been demolished and the House of Hanson would follow close on its heels. And local developer Kelly Doran was proposing to build a hotel on 4th Street, which would entail taking out yet more old low-rise buildings housing small shops and restaurants. It’s no exaggeration to say the future of Dinkytown’s identity was up for grabs.

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