Reflections of New Minnesotans: The World Cup

This week's episode features a discussion of the 2014 World Cup, as well as a round-up of refugee and immigrant-related news. [Audio below]

Is the beautiful game Laos' beautiful struggle?

The kicks! The slides! The hair! And those uniforms! I know that’s what you’re watching for. As the World Cup began last week, Laos is again sitting back and watching the big guys with the big money kick around the big balls.


OPINION | Taking the public out of a public park

Sharing public amenities is only slightly less controversial than funding public amenities. The new Vikings stadium adjoins an equally new Minneapolis public park. The Minnesota Vikings and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission retain exclusive use for 80-100 days per year. The park represents a new economic development direction that presents itself as one thing, a park, while behaving as another, an athletic performance venue.


Five Elements Martial Arts: Principle-based martial arts for the whole family

Five Elements Martial Arts (FEMA) is a nonprofit educational organization “dedicated to the empowerment of all people through martial arts, wellness, personal safety, and self-defense training,” located at 3749 Cedar Ave. S. since 2012. FEMA, which operates under the leadership of Shifu (Sensei) Koré Grate, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014. Koré holds multiple black belts (the highest level of mastery achievable) and is part of several regional and national organizations that promote the empowerment of all people, especially women, through martial arts.


North Minneapolis YMCA named for Harold Mezile, mentor

Beats and Rhymes brought the house to their feet with a rap that repeated, “I do my homework, I do my business.” (Photos by Margo Ashmore)

“Seeing a man that looked different, and had a background like mine,” solidified her commitment to the YMCA, said Stacy Guilfoyle, a youth support specialist. Having a person of color at the top had profound effects “on many of us from that era.”


Inside Minneapolis' 2018 Super Bowl bid

Organizers of the 2018 Super Bowl, which the National Football League awarded to Minnesota last week, boast that it will be a “public-private partnership” expected to bring millions to the Twin Cities and integrate with other local winter activities.


Food, farming, and football connected by research

For most Twin Cities residents it's easy to overlook the close ties between the University of Minnesota and the state's small towns. If you take a second to think about it though, the connection is clear. As a land grant university, they're closely related through agricultural research, football, and a number of other fields of study.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Minneapolis' Farview Park hosts inaugural Hmong Flag Football Tournament

Photos By: 
Jay Clark

Minneapolis councilmember Blong Yang gives pep talk to Hmong Flag Football Players

On May 3, Minneapolis’ Farview Park hosted its inaugural Hmong flag football tournament.


Minnesota mulls swimming lessons for all public school students

Hannah Lieder testifies before the House Education Policy Committee April 22 in support of a bill sponsored by Rep. Karen Clark, right, that would require aquatic instruction in public schools. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

Swimming lessons for children in Minnesota are issues of wellness, civil rights and survival, said Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Mpls).


In defense of the Dinkytown "riots"

Unless you live under a rock, or are a rock, you’ve probably heard about the so-called “riots” that took place in Dinkytown this weekend. The riots on Thursday and Saturday were directly – maybe indirectly – caused by the Minnesota Gophers Men’s Hockey team winning and losing on each night, respectively.

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