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“Northstar Rail supporters celebrate $157 million federal award”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8528
by Dan Haugen, Minnesota Monitor
The Northstar Commuter Rail project has another $157 million in the bank as of Tuesday morning. A signing ceremony in Anoka that activated a federal funding agreement to pay about half the costs of constructing the 40-mile transit line.

“Workers speak out about problems at Hannon Security”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8511
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
As Congressman Keith Ellison and faith and community leaders listened, Hannon Security Services workers described an atmosphere of racial discrimination and mistreatment by the local security firm.

“Julglädje from Minneapolis!”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8508
by Ryan Zickermann, TC Daily Planet
From Saint Lucia’s crown of candles to ginger cookies on the Swedish Christmas tree and Norwegian gnomes and julebukk, the Swedish Institute in Minneapolis staging a Nordic “Christmas of light” through January 13.

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“Interview: Steph Devine, making music and managing musicians”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8534
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
You aren’t going to find many individuals like Steph Devine on any music scene and she certainly is a remarkable presence here in the Twin Cities. Devine is both a behind-the-scenes force in artist management and an accomplished vocalist who, more and more these days, steps on stage. Considering the competitive nature of the industry—and how stacked this area is with artists’ reps and performing talent—one is fortunate to do either with any success, let alone both.

“Gospel maestro Robert Robinson: a beloved institution”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8464
by Dwight Hobbes, Insight News
Twin Cities maestro Robert Robinson is a beloved institution. The mere mention of his name brings to mind state-of-the-art excellence in sheer, unsurpassed vocal prowess. His newly released discs, The Faith Project and The Spirit of the Season are stocking stuffers you can’t miss with when shopping for the Gospel music lover on your list. As his tour takes off, you can catch the legendary Mr. Robinson with Holly Collison, Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir and backed by a nine-piece orchestra on Dec. 15, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Benson Great Hall, on the Campus of Bethel College in Arden Hills (651-638-6333 or 866-424-4849). Doesn’t matter what kind of year you’ve been having, you’ll leave that concert feeling profoundly uplifted. Robert Robinson granted Insight News an interview to discuss his craft and career.

“Darning mental socks: ‘Mind Fields’ at Intermedia Arts”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8516
by Jay Gabler, MN Artists
Jay Gabler offers some insight into the artists and issues highlighted by a new show at Intermedia Arts, “Mind Fields,” which features work done by artists grappling in some way with mental illness.

“Global trauma, global healing: an interview with Kevin Kling and Interact Center’s Jeanne Calvit”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8426
by Dean J. Seal, MN Artists
Dean J. Seal chats with acclaimed writer and storyteller Kevin Kling and Interact Center’s Jeanne Calvit on their recent multinational collaborative performance in Australia and about the healing power of being “contrary.”

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“The imaginary urban-rural transportation divide”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8531
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
In an economics experiment known as the ultimatum game, subjects offered a share of a $10 windfall regularly turn down the free money if they think their cut isn’t big enough and somebody else’s is too much. That way, under the rules of the exercise, nobody gets anything.

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“We are all Minnesotans today”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8532
by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet