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158 lives gone, homeless, but remembered

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The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless March and Memorial began with a solemn ceremony in the frigid Minnesota winter at Hennepin County Government Plaza, continued with a march down Nicollet Mall, ending at Simpson United Methodist Church at 28th Street and First Avenue in south Minneapolis. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges participated in the Government Center ceremony surrounded by several hundred gathered to honor the 158 homeless who died this past year, many of them alone.

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BEHIND THE STORY | Public dollars, private land and freedom of speech

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Two years ago, I attended one of the most amazing acts of public expression I think I’ve ever experienced. It was at the Mall of America- a Round Dance held in the rotunda where I witnessed over a thousand people, mostly Native American, sing and dance in a circle as drums played. Not a protest, exactly, it was really more of a healing prayer and a call to action, precipitated by the Idle No More Movement, which got started in Canada over tribal sovereignty issues.

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Incoming House leadership announces 2015-16 committee membership

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Do you want to know which House members will serve on the education committees in the 2015-16 biennium? Who will play roles as members of the agriculture, health and human services or transportation committees?

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Northside Achievement Zone gets mid-term report card

Almost three years ago, the Spokesman-Recorder reported on the origins and mission of the Northside Achievement Zone, or NAZ, which was described as “a $28 million social experiment” whose goal was “increasing educational outcomes so that kids and families have opportunities that they can point to” over the following five years. (“Northside Achievement Zone envisions a ‘tipping-point’ of success,” MSR February 22, 2012)

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OPINION | Black athletes weigh in on police violence

Recent events of police brutality, a problem that Blacks in this country have faced for decades, have pushed Black athletes out of their normal say-nothing postures.

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Bloomington threatens to arrest Black Lives Matter organizers, not protesters

(Photo by Anna Min) 2,400 people have RSVP’d on Facebook to attend the Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America on Dec. 20. More than a thousand protesters rallied last week in downtown Minneapolis.

A Black Lives Matter protest planned for Dec. 20 at the Mall of America hit a snag this week when Mall of America officials threatened to remove any protesters and potentially have them arrested. The protest is part of a national movement aimed at raising awareness about police violence against people of color.

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Hebrew National lawsuit ends

A lawsuit alleging that Hebrew National hot dogs were not made from “100% kosher beef” as advertised has come to an end.

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Special Report: Trans voices still missing from Minnesota news reporting

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The Minnesota State High School League’s vote in early December to include transgender students in high school athletics made news throughout the state. For the first time in recent memory, a transgender issue was thoroughly covered through television, newspaper, radio, and the web. For many media outlets, it was one of the few times transgender issues were reported on. In some cases, that inexperience showed.

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Muddy Paws entrepreneur tastes sweet success

The wish for every entrepreneur is to take what he or she does best, turn it into a business, turn a profit and maybe even get noticed.

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