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Bill to ease money transfers to East Africa, but some locals say problems persist

To Mohamud Abdi, sending money to family and friends is routine.

“I don’t think I know a single Somali family who doesn’t send money back home,” the sociology sophomore said, adding that his family has done so ever since immigrating to the United States in 2003.

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Jimmy John's workers launch viral campaign for paid sick days

Jimmy John's workers are using this poster to promote their campaign for paid sick days.

Three years ago, Jimmy John’s fired six Minneapolis sandwich workers for putting up over 3,000 posters publicizing a grisly truth: workers at the chain are routinely forced by company policy and low pay to come to work and make sandwiches while sick.

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2014 Minnesota State Fair smashes attendance records

(Photo by Jeff Rutherford)

The 2014 Minnesota State Fair broke all attendance records, exceeding 1.8 million visitors for the first time, according to the State Fair.

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BEHIND THE STORY | Bringing everybody together for Generation Next

Generation Next has been in the news recently after the organization, led by R.T. Rybak, revealed their  “Action Agenda” about how the they will take steps to close the achievement gap. The nonprofit is modeled after a successful partnership in Cincinnati called Strive Together, which brought together businesses, government leaders, school districts, nonprofits and community groups to breach the disparities between white students and students of color. Rather than embarking on a separate program of their own, Generation Next is building a coalition of different stakeholders and resources. 

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Hundreds block traffic downtown, peacefully demand police accountability

(Photos by Katie Nelson)

Twin Cities residents continue to feel the reverberations from the early-August shooting of an unarmed Black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. with local activists calling more tools, training and transparency within local law enforcement in order to curb racial injustices within the criminal justice system.

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TC Spotlight | Thrift stores to help your back-to-school shopping

With the students going back to school and the change of seasons fastly approaching, we thought we'd place a spotlight on thrift shops going into the long holiday weekend.

Thrift store shopping is all the rage these days. Whether it’s due to the economic turndown, the recycling movement, or other factors, more Americans are turning to thrift stores to search for hidden treasures and bargain prices.

If you’ve been putting off your back-to-school shopping, or want to tighten up your fall wardrobe or seasonal décor, you can find many great deals at thrift shops Labor Day and throughout the week. Below we’ve highlighted a few of the many thrift shops to visit and enjoy the rush of digging for those deep discounts!  Use the comment section to sound off on your favorite thrift stores, share your shopping tips, and talk all things bargain hunting!

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Michael Cavlan: Star Tribune letter

A copy of a letter I just sent to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you think they will publish it? Given that I have sent about 50 others and around 8 editorial responses I am thinking not.

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Fans vote for their favorite Minnesota State Fair vendors

Photos By: 
Jeff Rutherford

Minnesota State Fair fans chose their favorites in the Great Minnesota Get-Together's third People's Choice Awards. In a ceremony held on Aug.

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GLOBAL GROCERIES | Need sunscreen? Diapers? Steichen’s Market is an oasis among food on sticks

(Photos by Stephanie Fox) Owner Jimmy Steichen mans the front counter. Below; the market carries packaged goods, cleaning supplies and many other store items not found elsewhere on fairgrounds.

If you’re looking for something on a stick, Steichen’s Market and Deli at the Minnesota State Fair is not for you. The store’s motto is “Cease the grease.

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