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Minnesota couple settles marriage discrimination case

A Little Falls wedding venue initially rejected a same-sex wedding in violation of Minnesota law.

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Home health care union vote survives court challenge

(Workday Minnesota photo) Joined by their clients, Minnesota home health care workers filed for a union representation election in July.

Minnesota home health care workers seeking union representation survived a court challenge from opponents and are looking forward to ballots being counted Aug. 26.

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CTUL's Merle Payne talks organizing the "unorganizable"

(Photos by Joel Haskard)

At 40 years old, Merle Payne is soft-spoken with a trim beard and unassuming nature. He is the co-director of Centro de Trabajodores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), an organization “where workers build power to lead the struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in our workplaces.” CTUL made national headlines recently by winning a Responsible Contractor Policy with Target that will be implemented for new cleaning contracts at their stores in the metro area.

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SOUNDING OFF ON SOUNDS | Zsamé Morgan carries the act in The Rebirth: Mind, Body & Soul

(Photo courtesy of Wenso Ashby)

Wenso Ashby featuring Zsamé, was, at one point, the last word in Twin Cities smooth jazz/neo-soul. Then, pianist-producer-composer Ashby ignored the old adage: If it's workin' don't fix it.

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Minnesota schools make "most LGBT-friendly" list

(Photo by Mark Fowler published under Creative Commons License)

Four Minnesota schools were recently placed on the annual 2014 CampusPride top-50 list of LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. Augsburg College, Macalester College, and both University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and the Twin Cities, were all ranked as 5-star schools.

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Democrats turn up heat on McFadden cheaper Chinese steel comment

Minnesota Democrats are trying to turn a comment about steel from Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden into a major campaign issue to unite Iron Range residents against him — something that could help the DFL in other races as well.

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Minnesota's suicide rates

The Minnesota Department of Health expects to share new data in early September on suicide deaths across the state with the hope rates decrease, or at least hold steady. Minnesota has seen a continuous rise in suicides over the last decade, especially among older adults— a direction that mirrors a national trend in adult suicides.

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Rep. Nolan opposes Enbridge Sandpiper route

With so much attention focused on the Keystone XL proposal, it can slip one’s mind that there are proposals from Big Filthy Fossil Fuels for pipelines everywhere.

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Moose inspire public-private partnership

Aiming to restore the dwindling moose population, the state of Minnesota has blazed a new trail in environmental research funding. On August 11, Minnesota launched the first of its kind public-private partnership with the Call of the Moose campaign. This innovative collaboration will set a precedent for future public-private relationships to enhance scientific attainability.

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Minnesota's good life for Whites only?

(MSR file photo) Dr. Edward Ehlinger

Health disparities have been a big concern in America for a long time. Although Minnesota is known for many good things — lots of trails and bike paths, multiple millionaires, and 10,000 lakes — health in the American Indian and Black/African American populations is not one of them. The health disparities that people of color and American Indians experience in comparison to Whites in Minnesota is of concern to many and should be of concern to many more.

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