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TC Weekend | Uptown, Loring Park & Powderhorn Art Festivals and much more!

Art enthusiasts will be pleased with the slew of art festivals in Minnepolis this first weekend of August. The Minnesota Fringe Festival is starting, as well as a host of other engaging events around town. See this weekend's lively roster below.

Let us know how will you spend this busy weekend by sending your photos, tweets, comments to editor [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net or tag them with #tcdpic and we'll add them to the Storify over the weekend.  If you know of an event fit for TC Weekend, use our calendar to upload the event or send an email to tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net

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48 acres of Minneapolis riverfront up for development

With the City of Minneapolis getting out of the shipping business at this year’s end, development staff are gearing up to offer the Upper Harbor site to businesses in partnership with parks, hoping they’ll hire Northside residents. And one private developer asked them to think about long-term leasing instead, since “nothing is forever.”

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A dark side to the 12 days of fun

Living in the neighborhoods surrounding the Minnesota State Fair grounds has many advantages, including easy access to all the events that take place at the grounds year-round.

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$7.9 million purchase expands University of Minnesota behind TCF Bank Stadium

Some of the unused land behind TCF Bank Stadium could sprout more research buildings as the University of Minnesota continues a slow expansion beyond the eastern confines of its Minneapolis campus.

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University of Minnesota celebrates completion of world-class NOvA detector

(Photo by Bridget Bennett) Members of a tour group take photos while observing the NOvA far detector on July 24, 2014, in Ash River, Minn. The 14,000-ton detector is one of the world's largest free-standing plastic structures.

A newly unveiled 14,000-ton neutrino detector built in part by hundreds of University of Minnesota students and staff is searching a kilometers-wide beam of particles for clues about the beginning of the universe.

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University of Minnesota combats food supply issues with MnDRIVE

(Photo by Holly Peterson) College of Veterinary Medicine assistant professor Nicholas Phelps explains aquaponic farming in a greenhouse in St. Paul on July 25, 2014. Phelps’ project is one of 17 receiving funding from MnDRIVE.

With government dollars and partnerships with industry in tow, the University of Minnesota’s research powerhouse is turning its gaze to addressing global food security, safety and sustainability.

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Flowers incident rekindles fear and frustration for Minneapolis' black community

(Photo: Hennepin County jail) Al Flowers booking photos showing head and facial injuries.

For many of the community leaders who assembled Tuesday at the Minneapolis Urban League, the alleged beating of activist Al Flowers by police has re-opened a long-standing wound.

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State Fair's west side gets a makeover and new entrance

(Photos courtesy of the Minnesota State Fair) An aerial view of the new venue.

A longtime exhibit and entertainment area at the Minnesota State Fair, most recently known as Heritage Square is, well, history, with a shiny, multimillion-dollar upgrade rising in its place.

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TC Spotlight | Outdoor tours: Segways, trolleys, riverboats and more!

(Photos by Paige Elliott except where noted)

Summers in Minnesota are beautiful but short. A great way to savor the summer days is to take a tour of all the gorgeous rivers, lakes, and historical sights the Twin Cities has to offer. So, for TC Spotlight this week we’ve highlighted just a few of the many outdoor tours around town to help you get out and soak up the rest of the summer. Share your favorite summer tours and activities in the comment section below.

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Parents, educators, legislators continue fight to keep racial integration efforts alive

Crosswinds School of Arts and Sciences in Woodbury

Last week, part one of this story described how Crosswinds, a special Integration District school created by the settlement of a 1990s NAACP lawsuit to end segregation in Minnesota, was nearly taken over by another school district seeking to enhance its revenue and facilities. Following a legislative stalemate in the 2013-14 session, the takeover attempt failed and the school survived to continue its mission. This week’s conclusion describes the outcome of this struggle to date.

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