BEHIND THE STORY | Paying for public servants

I thought law enforcement officials were supposed to be public servants. Like teachers, police and other law enforcement serve the citizens of a local area and are paid by taxpayer dollars. The latest threat to ten organizers of the December Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America, however, purports a different view. By charging these organizers with the cost of riot police and extra security ordered by the Mall of America, Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson shifts our relationship with the police to extreme anarchist libertarianism, where citizens are individually charged for the “use” of these public servants, even when they didn’t request them.

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More slaves today than at any other time in history

There are more slaves today than at any point in history. They labor in fields and factories, under brutal “owners” who threaten violence if they try to escape.

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OPINION | Time for law enforcement to listen to criticism

The recent open letter issued by the police union presidents of Minneapolis and St.

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8 Reasons Biking and Walking Should be Part of the State Transportation Bill

Transportation is one of the top issues at the State Legislature this year and is already getting a lot of media attention.

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Phillips Aquatic Center set to become reality

The existing six-lane pool built in 1972 is without water or swimmers today because it requires updating of safety improvements such as the drainage device. Implementing modified “Option B” would add two lanes to this pool and an additional four lane warm water specialty pool. (Credit: The Alley)

It has been another whirlwind month of looking for money everywhere we can to deliver on our promise to bring EQUITY, ACCESS & the OPPORTUNITIES that swimming can bring to all in Min

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West Broadway LRT

Here’s an idea for how to get light-rail transit onto West Broadway while connecting the Northside with its river front.

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Lasalle Avenue: Downtown Minneapolis’ Worst Street

When the weather is nice (i.e., not this week), I normally walk to work on Nicollet Mall. While I’m largely a creature of habit, sometimes I like to get a little crazy and mix things up.

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Preventive medicine: police encounters, a discussion for the times

Preventive medicine is a board-certified specialty of medical practice that focuses on the health of individuals, communities, and defined populations.

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Bringing the 'Model Minority Mutiny' home

This fall, in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, and in the face of the mounting Black body count at the hands of law enforcement, ChangeLab put out a call for a Model Minority Mutiny. We called on Asian Americans to stand up against the model minority myth as an act of self-liberation from a humiliating, trivializing, and dehumanizing stereotype that has, for too long, been used as a justification for labeling Black communities as "problem" minorities, and excluding and criminalizing Black people.

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'Get into your neighbors' business': Lt. Kim Lund advocates for victims and the vulnerable

(Photo courtesy of Kim Lun)

In 1984, when Kim Lund became the first licensed female police officer in Virginia, Minn., domestic abuse calls in the state often ended without an arrest.

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