Court dismisses Hebrew National lawsuit

Hebrew National hot dogs devised a popular slogan, in 1965: “We answer to a higher authority.”

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Transpo Convo: Benjamin out shopping

“I lost my car,” Benjamin begins. Benjamin is soft spoken with a heavy Hispanic accent.

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Targeted programs could stop terror recruitment, say city and neighborhood leaders

(Photo by August Schwerdfeger published under Creative Commons License)

After months of scrutiny surrounding terrorist organizations’ recruitment in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, residents and city leaders are calling for more community resources and youth programs.

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English, education and employment: Cleaning the way for African immigrants

Frank Dogbe and his daughters Joyce, Christa and Stella at their North Minneapolis home

Frank Dogbe gives his new employees from West Africa a one-year promise.

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A Raymond-University shopping tour

(Park Bugle photo by Kyle Mianulli) “This place is filled with creative businesses,” says Neal Kielar of MidModMen+Friends.

The business area surrounding the intersection at Raymond and University avenues whispers of old-time small-town Main Street and modern urban community in the same breathe. Creative and industrial commerce thrive side- by-side, setting the backdrop to a vibrant and energized residential community.

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Saint Paul's 8-80 Vitality Fund can help Saint Paul work for everyone

On Wednesday, October 8th, at 10:00 am, the Saint Paul City Council Budget Committee will review Mayor Chris Coleman’s proposed 8-80 Vitality Fund. If approved, the fund will invest $42.5 million in infrastructure projects designed to promote economic development by enlivening Saint Paul’s streets and public spaces. The idea for the fund was inspired by Gil Penalosa’s presentation at the Great River Gathering last May, where he urged Saint Paul to embrace a bold vision of a city that works for everyone, from 8 year olds to 80 years olds.

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Privilege on the bus: Who's comfortable in public spaces?

I recently rode a bus with my girlfriend from my house to the Science Museum of Minnesota. When we boarded, she went first using a transit pass, while I opted to go last since I paid in cash and would not hold up the bus since it could start moving while I paid. When I had finished paying, my girlfriend had already picked a spot and I sat next to her; she was on the outside of the bus, next to the windows and I was next to the aisle. I looked up and down the bus and noticed that only one woman was sitting in a forward facing seat, next to the aisle. A small sample size for sure, less than ten women on the bus the whole ride, but through the entire ride I noticed some striking ways in how people seemed to choose their seats.

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Twin Cities farmers look to Cuba for urban ag infrastructure

(Photos by Susie Voss) Stone's Throw Farm trip delegates met at Gandhi Mahal last Thursday, Oct. 2, to discuss trip details; below, Stone's Throw's urban farm in Minneapolis.

An upcoming trip to Cuba could help teach Minnesotans how to better farm and manage their urban lands.

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Residents weigh in on 2225 East Lake development

Almost 150 people turned out April 3 to hear about proposed plans by Hennepin County to purchase and redevelop 2225 East Lake, the 6.5 acre property between the Lake Street light rail station and the YWCA. Since that time, the County has convened 2 working groups of government staff, development practitioners, and local residents to work through issues related to Sustainable development and Bike/Walk/Traffic connections within the development. Each of these groups has met once, and CNO gathered feedback from residents who participated, including Corcoran residents Jane St. Clair, Tami Traeger, John Paul, Benjamin Tsai, Billy Weber, Gerry Tyrrell, Heidi Traore, Jim Walsh, and Peggy Knapp.

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Constitutional Personhood: A tale of women, fetuses, corporations, animals, robots, and Martians

“We the people” are the first three words of the Constitution. Legally it should be simple to decide who is part of that we. But as the Hobby Lobby decision showed when the Supreme Court ruled that a corporation had religious rights, it is not always clear who or what the Constitution considers a person or a thing. One would think that it is simple–persons have rights, property does not. The reality is that throughout American history the constitutional line between property and personhood has been thin and contentious.

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