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Are Minneapolis' school board seats being bought?

This negative ad mailer targetting DFL Minneapolis school board incumbent Rebecca Gagnon was paid for by the Minneapolis Progressive Education Fund. The advocacy group has received hundreds of thousands of dollars to go toward the Minneapolis school board election, with most of it coming from out-of-state donors.

Will a seat, or two, on the Minneapolis school board be sold to the highest bidder?

The amount of money flowing into the 2014 Minneapolis school board race is enormous, according to the campaign finance reports that were submitted by candidates and various advocacy groups.

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TC Weekend | Free Ink Day, Free the Beast, Día de los Muertos celebrations and more!

My, how time flies! We’ve had a gorgeous fall, with sustained colors and above average temps. Now here we are at the cusp of November, which brings cooler weather and the close of TC Weekend for the year. The good times will roll on, however, with seasonal/holiday events and arts coverage!

Naturally, this weekend’s roster is heavy with Halloween and Dia de los Muertos happenings, and a few other fun events sprinkled in for good measure. In the midst of all the spooky revelry this weekend – don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour (2 am on Sunday) for Daylight Savings Time! 

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Not enough time: Following up on school board candidate forums

The November election is less than two weeks away, and for the four at-large candidates for the Minneapolis school board, it’s candidate forum time.

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Cookie Cart back in business

(Photo by Brandi Phillips)

Fun, exciting and historical: Those are three words to describe the restoration and reopening of the Cookie Cart. As previously stated, the Cookie Cart has a long history in the connected community of North Minneapolis. On Sept. 18, the Cookie Cart reopened its door after several months of restructuring.

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Hamline's MPIRG rocks the vote

(Photo by Kristin A. published under Creative Commons License

Hamline Chapter of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) wants to make voting less intimidating for those who have never voted before. The non-partisan organization works on informing and registering college students for Election Day.

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Let's talk about sex ed

“Books are the easiest way to get the conversation rolling in a low-stress environment.” –Lindsey Hoskins, sex educator

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Four reasons why "liberal" conspiracy theories about ed reform (and Don Samuels) sound so much like Fox News

Sarah Lahm's conspiracy piece about "billionaire and TFA"  money flooding in to support Don Samuels in the Minneapolis School Board race went national last week. Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss (a staunch opponent of ed reform) reprinted Lahm's original piece from "In These Times." 

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Kindness in chalk

You could still see the messages written three different languages chalked on the sidewalk in front of my daughter’s school earlier this week from the October 10th Kindness in Chalk event. The words were faded then, but they still have me hope.

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Bullies and building communities

It's October, so this is a good month to talk about the things and people that have scared us or tried to scare us over the years. Some of those fears were justified, and many were not. For those of us with roots in Laos and other parts of Southeast Asia who escaped the wars, this is an interesting question.

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National religious right legal firm gets involved in MSHSL's trans-inclusive proposal

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a well-funded religious right legal outfit, has inserted itself into the debate over a transgender-inclusive athletics policy being considered by the Minnesota State High School League.

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