More than a year has passed since the Minnesota State Legislature passed a plan to build the Minnesota Vikings a new football stadium. At that time HIRE Minnesota said in these pages, "If all the right steps are taken, hundreds of people of color will obtain jobs."
Where will you be at 8 o’clock a.m. the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 20? I’ll tell you where you want to be: You want to be at the Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, witnessing a little slice of history.
Ed Kohler of The Deets started a tradition several years ago by using Nice Ride bikes to hit every single kiosk in a single day. I wish I would have joined him for the first year, when there were only sixty-five stations that could be traversed in about three hours. In 2013, there are 170 stations spread out over 110 miles of biking--all of which, under the rules of the challenge, must be traveled using the 50-pound Nice Rides. Furthermore, a lot of the new stations are tucked away in obscure places that probably no one goes to. Like behind random buildings, or in St. Paul.
Minneapolis licensed practical nurse Doug Mann has been a perennial candidate in local races, running for school board eight times since 1999 and for City Council in 2005.This year he's one of a slate of more than 10 candidates vying to be the city's next mayor. Earlier this month he filed a court order to force the city to hold a referendum on the Vikings stadium. Doug Mann spoke with KFAI's Trisha Collopy about the price of opposing the Vikings stadium and his plans to bring housing equity to the city. [Audio below]
The Stadium Implementation Committee meets July 18 and several more times in to September to advise on key design decisions related to the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. This post is primarily concerned about the relationship of the stadium to its surrounding urban environment. In late May Oslund & Associates presented the landscape plan for the stadium, and the following are my questions, concerns and recommendations about this plan. I hope the Stadium Implementation Committee considers the following.
It is July, which is almost the middle of summer vacation. What fun things did you do in June? I am currently going to a fun summer camp each weekday. The name of it is Camp Butwin. We get to go horseback riding, swim in a great big pool and go on nature walks. This is my fourth year at Camp Butwin. I have a lot of friends there, but they are different from my friends at school. So it is fun to see them (almost) every year at camp.
Women’s sports, with very few exceptions, still elicit sexist, chauvinistic reactions from too many males, especially those media types who see female athletes as androgynous, titillating, sexy, or some circus clown act.
The July 4th holiday weekend marked the 33rd annual Hmong Freedom Celebration, also known as the J4 Soccer Tournament and Festival at Como Park in St. Paul. This year, for the first time, a formal invitation to attend the festival was extended to residents of the Como Park neighborhood.
This column, over the past two weeks, has focused on the trials of being an Only One — the only African American — as a reporter in the media booth and as baseball players on the field. This week we conclude our Only One series with a look at club volleyball.
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