Minneapolis Center for Victims of Torture marks 25 years

“The first client I met was a religious leader from Africa,” said Douglas A. Johnson, the Executive Director of the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT). “When he was tortured, the torturers told him, ‘You’ll be alone with this for the rest of your life.’ When he arrived at the CVT, he said that just knowing such a place existed made him feel better. He realized people did care about victims of torture. The Center stands as a statement, telling victims that they’ve been lied to by their torturers – people really do care.” 

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St. Paul has “the Craic” at Irish Fest

“Where’s the craic?” is a common Irish phrase, roughly translated as “Where’s the fun and good conversation?”  Minnesotans found it this weekend at the 32nd Annual Irish Fair of Minnesota. Located on Harriet Island, the fair overflowed with entertainment and good times. 
Large crowds flocked to watch Irish dancers such as the Saint Paul-based Rince na Chroi (Rink-a na Cree) dancers (equipped with the massive curly wigs), accompanied by the Two Tap Trio. Eager to dance themselves, some fairgoers tried their feet at set dancing and ceili (kay-lee) dancing. An Irish festival would be incomplete without traditional Irish music, or “trad.” Continue Reading