The state of Ecuador in Northeast

A vision in the clouds and hope of a better life has rooted hundreds of Ecuadorians in NE Minneapolis. On New Year’s Day Ecuadorians packed the Church of St. Cyril and Methodius for the Our Lady of the Cloud celebration. With Christmas lights strung from the lights and singing Spanish-language hymns and clapping, the Catholic congregation marked the 15th observance at the church of the believed miracle in Ecuador of the appearance of the figure of Mary in the clouds seen as revealing a special love. The celebration included a procession with a figure of Mary and infant son carried aloft on a flower-bedecked platform. Continue Reading

Count ’em: 23 amendments ready for education policy omnibus bill

Some 23 amendments awaited HF2397 when the House Education Policy Committee began its review of the omnibus bill on Thursday morning. The bill is a diverse collection of policies dealing with bilingualism to lotteries and allowing schools to donate unused food. Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Mariana (DFL-St. Paul), discussion is expected to continue tonight and tomorrow where it will likely move out of committee.

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