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South Minneapolis Somali community asks for ethnic, healthy food shelf

(Photos by Cirien Saadeh)

When it comes to food shelves in Minneapolis, halal food is hard to come by. But a group of Somali women want to change that.

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OPINION | FOIA Improvement Act: Why Minnesotans should care

The frenzy is on as the 113th Congress moves into its last lap and mid-term electioneering hits peak. Left in suspension is a rush of politically charged bills pulsating to get through committee, desperate to avoid sudden death at the stroke of a partisan pen.

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Next steps for Minnesota AFL-CIO: Transportation, paid sick leave

(Workday Minnesota photo) Candace Dow of MoveMN talks with Richard Kentzelman, retired member of Bricklayers Local 1, about Minnesota's transportation needs at the MoveMN booth at the Minnesota AFL-CIO convention.

Through speeches and resolutions, the Minnesota AFL-CIO convention laid out an ambitious public policy agenda that includes comprehensive improvements to the transportation system and paid sick leave for all workers.

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Minneapolis tweaks city code to allow gender neutral restrooms

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution and an ordinance change on Friday allowing businesses to have gender neutral, single-use restroom facilities. The issue was raised by the Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group.

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Can marijuana be a new 'NORML' for Black Minnesotans? Local activist says legalization could benefit community

(Photo by Brandon Jones) Minnesota NORML Executive Director Marcus Harcus

The new buzz around town is around the legalization of marijuana. People are discussing both medical and personal use. I had a sit-down conversation with a local community leader who is attempting to obtain justice around the issue of legalization.

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Pumpkins, caramel and more; Twin Cities fall fun

Sept. 22 marks the official start of fall, offering a bounty of colorful fall foliage, apple orchards, corn mazes, and an endless wave of pumpkin flavors! Below we’ve highlighted an assortment of festivities in the Twin Cities (and beyond) to help you get the most out of the season. Please share with us your favorite thing about fall by taking our poll below!  

Stay tuned for Halloween, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and other seasonal coverage, as we approach the holidays. Also, if you know of great upcoming holiday or seasonal events, spread the word by using our calendar or send an email to paigeelliott [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net.

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325-unit high-rise proposed for Central Avenue site

Two Central Avenue landmarks, the Washburn McReavy Funeral Chapel at 200 Central Avenue SE and the St. Anthony Athletic Club just east of it, might be razed for highrise housing next year, if a Minneapolis-based developer’s plan goes through.

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Family Tree Clinic: Talking about sex? They're making it easier

(Photos by Kayla Song) Top: Korrina Griffith, a former Family Tree KISS student educator, feels empowered by her knowledge about sexual health. Bottom: In its 43 years, Family Tree Clinic has evolved to provide quality, confidential reproductive and sexual health care services to diverse communities.

Sex is an awkward subject.

True, the dreaded “talk” is something neither a parent nor child wants to deal with. But it’s a whole lot easier to discuss with a friend.

Family Tree Clinic’s Keeping It Safe and Sexy (KISS) program does just this.

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Unsafe and unseen—Minnesota's ghost bikers

(Photo by centralniak published under Creative Commons License)

The Twin Cities are regarded as America’s litmus for bicycling. Minneapolis has been rated the number one bicycling city, while Bicycling Times lauded “the nation’s finest network of off street bicycle trails”. Former Mayor Rybak told visitors: “Biking has become a large part of what we are.”

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