Trans woman murdered in Minneapolis, vigil planned for Jan. 21 by Andy Birkey, The Colu.mn • Chrissie Bates, a transgender woman who lived in downtown Minneapolis, was found murdered in her apartment on Monday in what police are calling a homicide. Police say she appeared to have been stabbed. Details are still sketchy, but CityPages notes that Bates had feared for her safety in her building.
MUSIC | Tapes ‘N Tapes at the Electric Fetus by Stacy Schwartz, TC Daily Planet • On Tuesday afternoon, Tapes ‘N Tapes played at the Electric Fetus record store in Minneapolis as part of the release festivities for their new album Outside.
Singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman dies by Erin Elliott Bryan, American Jewish World • The Forward said her music allowed all “to feel connected with sacred prayer even if they knew no Hebrew or were unfamiliar with the prayerbook.” The Jerusalem Post called her “a phenomenon.”
MUSIC | Inunkshuk Pass’s Patti Ryan on “the struggle and redemption in life” by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet • “The poetry of the songs and the display of images speak of common human vignettes, relaying messages of self love, healing, hope, and change. We call ourselves Inukshuk Pass.” So writes the group’s lead singer and principal songwriter Patti Ryan. “The image for each song comes like wrapping on a gift. In a similar style to Jacob Lawrence, I am moved to portray the everyday life of those coming through emotional discovery.”
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THE 58TH YEAR | One last 2010 memory by Steve Date • I was driving down a pretty busy street when I saw somebody standing in the intersection ahead waving their arms. It looked like he or she was wearing a large parka and facing away from me. As I got closer, I saw that the person was facing me, but the hood of the jacket was buttoned completely up over their face. Then I realized that the person didn’t need to see anything, because I could also now see the cane waving in the air.
BLUESTEM PRAIRIE | Grandstanding on gun rights: What exactly is state representative Tony Cornish pushing in aftermath of Arizona? by Sally Jo Sorensen • Bluestem readers know that I favor gun rights, and my position might not be the most popular one in America right now, especially among my friends on the left. So be it. That being said, an article in the Mankato Free Press has left me scratching my head. What is state representative Tony Cornish, who chairs the Public safety committee in the Minnesota House, really asking for in Cornish: What if somebody had been at shooting and returned fire?
OPEN SECRETS MINNESOTA | Expecting legislation that impacts our rights and liberties by Rich Neumeister • Each session I anticipate proposals that can and will have an impact on our civil liberties, privacy, and open government rights. Here are some of those that may be introduced as bills.
MINNESOTA BUDGET BITES | Repeal of health care reform law would add $230 billion to federal deficit by Steve Francisco • The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has informed Congress that repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would add approximately $230 billion to the federal budget deficit over the next ten years (from 2012 to 2021).
CRAZY BOY FARM | Dreaming of farming by Amy Doeun • It seems like ages since I have walked outside barefoot. But all of a sudden this week it seems like things are finally coming together for us, and we are settling down.