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Kaleidoscope of quilts at the Minnesota State Fair

(all photos by Mary Turck) 

Remember kaleidoscopes, where impossibly bright designs shift and rearrange as you turned the cylinder? I thought of those as I looked at the extravagantly colored and stitched quilts at the Minnesota State Fair. Hours of thought clearly go into not only the stitching and cutting, but also the artistic design and patterns. Whether they are painstakingly hand-stitched or machine-quilted, each one is a work of art.

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Tong Thao: Hmong Men respond to sexual assault within their community through 'Man Forward'

Sexual assault is a personal violation. When the perpetrator is someone you know, it violates your sense of trust in the deepest way. So when we heard about this most recent incident of a 21 year old Hmong man who has admitted to molesting a 6 year old and other girls in his church, we were appalled and saddened to see continued victim blaming and the lack of accountability. As a group of men who are against gender-based violence, we say men must take a stand and participate in creating community accountability when sexual assault happens in our communities.

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Riding the Green Line: Why shared public space matters

I board the Green Line, traveling east from downtown Minneapolis. It’s my first time taking the new line mid-day on a weekday, and I’m riding it just a few stops. It seems quiet.

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SE 21st Ave: A Rob Kirby comic

I’m Rob Kirby, a Minneapolis cartoonist. I occasionally draw installments for a series of comics called “Time Forgot,” which pays tribute to old and/or forgotten places and artifacts in the city that interest me. The latest episode is “SE 21st Ave,” a mini-tribute to a cool little block in the SE Como area that I took a real shine to.

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#TeamG.Rice a hip-hop performing hit at Mill City Nights, in Minneapolis

(Photo by Trevor Slattery) G. Rice (left) accompanied by his music producer MOsh (right) performing live at Mill City NIghts, in Minneapolis.

Hip-hop artist G. Rice and his music producer MOsh made their debut in Minneapolis at Mill City Nights, where they had fans raving about their performance.

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Maddie Ulanow: Minnesota’s Gaza protests require less vitriol, more perspective

In the past two weeks, the Twin Cities have been rocked by protests both for and against the Israeli military campaign in Gaza. Though St.

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Educating future nurses as a ticket out of poverty

FHCA Founder, Rachelle Simmons and her class gather around a patient during a hospital tour.

Sometimes, an airplane ride can change your life. Rachelle Simmons was college visiting in Baltimore with her son, and mentally noted something unique.

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Minneapolis councilmember Cano meets with 2909 Bloomington Ave. S. families

(Photos by Jay Clark) Young 2909 Bloomington residents greet councilmember Alondra Cano, give her tour of backyard

On August 7, councilmember Cano met with over 50 family members living at 2909 Bloomington Ave. S., to hear about safety concerns and work with residents to get problems fixed.

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