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Hiawatha Academies acquiesce to parent pressure; new school to open next fall

(Photo by Sheila Regan)

When Cynthia Smith was told Hiawatha Academies wouldn’t be opening their high school until 2019, she felt deceived.

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IGGERS DIGEST | Somali singer-songwriter Mohamed Alta

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Iggers Digest is where I usually blog about food and restaurants, but I have decided that I want to expand my horizons, and occasionally take on other topics - like cool things I discover around the Twin Cities, or maybe even my musings about journalism ethics.

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Take the Tackle out of Football for a better Society

(Photo by John McStravick published under Creative Commons License)

The poor NFL. They’ve had just such a bad round of press lately, with their various players beating up their wives, girlfriends and children.

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MUSIC REVIEW | The Birthday Suits are back with Blind Shake at the Turf Club

Photos by Ann Treacy

Sometimes a monopoly is a good thing. First Avenue seems to have a finger in anything musical happening in the Twin Cities but it does lead to some nice double headers. After seeing The Replacements at Midway Stadium, I was happy to hop over to the Turf Club to see The Birthday Suits and Blind Shake. Luckily it had occurred to me to buy tickets in advance because the show was sold out by the time I got there. And a lot of people milling about outside humming "Waitress in the Sky" and asking about other places to go in St Paul.

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White Snake at the Guthrie - A sociological review

This is a beautiful play which transports the audience to China by means of a rain of ribbons and clouds of cloth.

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SUPPERTIME | A little comfort at Kindee

Suppertime is a blog in comics form, exploring local restaurants, bars and other food establishments in and around the Twin Cities. I eat, I talk, I draw.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Buzzcocks get an eager crowd at the Varsity Theater

Photos by Todd Wardrope

The world of punk music has a particular problem with eating its own young. Whether it's compulsive self-destruction, glamorous nihilism or the power of raw instinctive passion, the history of punk music is full of artists who died well before they should have. Someone or other said that these artists spare the rest of us the disappointment of them getting bad or selling out. Their legacy and youthful energy is forever frozen in time. They may be dead, but they never got old. Yet, there are a few stalwarts that carried their careers on with integrity. Others have merely cashed in on the promises of their younger selves. When a band like the Buzzcocks, who created the very genre that so many others have taken as thir own, play a live show in 2014 these thoughts begin to buzz like guitar feedback.

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OPINION | I am a Muslim American and I deserve respect

(Photograph by Kristoffer Tigue)

After reading about Chris Lollie’s arrest in St. Paul and the terrible treatment he received, I was inspired to come forward with my own bad experience with local law enforcement.

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