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

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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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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New Minneapolis Public Schools director to focus on Black male achievement

(Photo by Charles Hallman) L-R: Michael Walker and Michael Goar

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) now has in place their new office that will specifically look at Black male student achievement. Michael Walker, a longtime district employee and most recently Roosevelt High School assistant principal, was selected as the first director of the district’s Office of Black Male Student Achievement. He begins work July 28.

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House in south Minneapolis added to National Register of Historic Places

Pearl Lindstrom’s home at 4600 Columbus Ave. in south Minneapolis has gone national — the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places July 11, 2014.

Lindstrom, a friendly 92 year-old widow of a recently deceased minister, has meticulously maintained the little white house on the corner of 46th and Columbus for 56 years. But Arthur, wife Ethel, and daughter Mary Lee’s brief two years in the house was met with racial animosity and strife as an African-American family integrating an all-white neighborhood in 1931.

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VIDEO: Vision of a Minnesota World's Fair

Could Minnesota host the first World's Fair in the United States in a generation? Secretary of State Mark Ritchie leads a committee to bring the multi-month international event to Minnesota. He says it could bring millions of people, billions of dollars and leave cultural, educational and environmental legacies that promote global cooperation and innovation for generations. Ritchie stopped by the Minnesota 2020 studio to talk about his vision for the 2023 World's Fair and how it could impact our community. Join in the discussion.

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Visiting Africans from 18 countries prepare to become 'transformative leaders'

(Photo courtesy of U of M) Twenty-five young African professionals studying on fellowship at the U of M, Rep. Keith Ellison at center

The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs this summer hosted 25 young African professionals in its first year as part of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Center for Integrative Leadership operates under the auspices of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which the Obama administration started in 2010 to “spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.”

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