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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 paigelelliottt [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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Feral cats in the city: A primer

What started as Don Waalen-Radzevicius spotting a few feral cats living under his front deck has now turned into caretaking of an entire colony of around 16 felines.

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Minnesota African Taskforce Against Ebola created

(Photos by Issa A. Mansaray) Members of the African community after forming the Minnesota African Taskforce Against Ebola on Aug. 5

As the number of Ebola cases in West Africa continue to increase to more than 2,000 according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Minnesota African Taskforce Against Ebola, formed by the African community on Aug. 5, is gathering medical supplies and equipment to ship to West Africa.

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SuperValu announces closure; City moves to redevelop Nicollet

(Photos by Stephanie Fox) A SuperValu cashier works around the clock during the weekend closeout; Below, by Sunday, Sept. 14, almost all fresh produce had been sold.

Last week, the signs announcing that Sullivan’s SuperValu at Lake and Nicollet was closing were small so many people didn’t notice. But by Sunday, word spread that everything was 50 percent off and people were grabbing anything they could.

“It’s a controlled riot,” a security guard joked.

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A Frogtown feast: Thousands gather to discuss food access in St. Paul

(Photos by Andy King)

Not everyone thinks about their food as art, but one St. Paul artist is using art to spread awareness about food access issues in his neighborhood.

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Minneapolis Park Board, along with City, addresses inequities

(Photo by Charles Hallman) (l-r) Tom Godfrey, Michelle Kellogg and Cordell Wiseman

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges since her election nearly a year ago has made racial equity a cornerstone of her administration. The City Council earlier this summer approved her agenda, calling for all city departments to reduce racial disparities. Does this also include the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB), which historically has struggled with diversity issues both internally and externally?

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Planting the new Raymond Avenue: Volunteer initiative sows lasting results

When it comes to improving the beauty and environmental friendliness of any neighborhood, there’s no better way to get things done and done in the right way than through the power and initiative of

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