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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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Creeps, crawls, candy and more: Halloween highlights in the Twin Cities

(Photo by Henry Hendricks)

Halloween is lurking around the corner, promising another year of spooky good times and monstrous spending.

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Airport workers mobliize for higher wage

(Screenshot taken from video by Labor Education Service, below)

Workers at airports across the country have raised their wages to a minimum of $15 an hour and sparked wage increase campaigns in nearby cities. After Sea-Tac workers in Washington won a ballot initiative to raise their wages, a mobilization in nearby Seattle succeeded in passing a $15 an hour minimum in that city. Workers at the Los Angeles and St. Louis airports also won minimum wage increases. Workers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport are organizing to do the same.

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Como Park bridge project underway

(Photo courtesy of the City of St. Paul) The pedestrian bridge will be restored to its Classic Revival architectural style.

After several delays, work has begun on the footbridge project near the Historic Streetcar Station in Como Park.

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Stocking the staples: Minneapolis considers minimum requirements for grocery stores

(Photo by Elizabeth Brumley) Owner Abed Hassuneh works behind the counter at Santana Foods Monday. Santana foods sells some staple foods, but the Minneapolis City Council is considering an updated grocery store ordinance that would mandate an increase in required staple foods carried in stores.

More fresh fruits, vegetables and other core food items may be coming to Minneapolis corner stores this spring.

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ADC provides Minnesota's African immigrants financial education

(Photo courtesy of Nasibu Sareva) Nasibu Savera, executive director of African Development Center: “We’ve been working really hard to make sure that we continue to strive for excellence in our services.”

Nasibu Sareva gained inspiration and enduring leadership lessons as he watched his grandfather, Juma, care for about 20 people in a single household in Tanzania. “My grandad raised just about everybody,” Sareva said. “He raised his children, nieces, nephews and even grandchildren.”

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VIDEO: Minnesota Secretary of State candidates forum at University of Minnesota

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is stepping down after two terms that have been filled with battles over voters rights — from recounting absentee ballots in the very close U.S. Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman, to fighting back against a voter suppression “voter photo ID” constitutional amendment, to making Minnesota’s absentee balloting easier and “excuse free.” The lines that were drawn in those battles between Ritchie (a Democrat) and Republicans remain in place as Democrat Steve Simon takes on Republican Dan Severson. Simon promises to carry on and expand Ritchie’s work. Severson would like more restrictions on voting in the name of preventing “voter fraud.”

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Saint Paul Healthy Transportation for All convening to empower citizens, build relationships for transportation equity

On October 25, residents and grassroots community leaders from across Saint Paul will come together with elected representatives and transportation officials to begin plotting the path to a healthi

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