Minnesota Voices is a TC Daily Planet feature that highlights individuals from many different places in our community. They are not just the usual voices who are quoted in news stories and appear on editorial pages (though those people may appear from time to time), but artists, business owners, community organizers, teachers, and more.

Minnesota Voices stories are, above all, interesting and personal. These stories are NOT dry, formulaic, or the same old, same old message that a lobbyist or advocate has given sixteen times already. Minnesota Voices focuses on who people are and what they do in the world, and on what motivates their lives. For information about writing a Minnesota Voices article, click here

MN VOICES | Dr. Anton Treuer: Author, educator, linguist

Dr. Anton Treuer (Photo courtesy of St. Paul Foundation)

Anton Treuer had paid the repair bill and was headed to the lot to pick up his car when the mechanic called after him, “Miigwech!” For Dr.

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MN VOICES | Velma Korbel: "Not everything is Minnesota nice."

Velma Korbel, Facing Race Ambassador award winner and director of Minneapolis civil rights department

Dishwater and burgers. These are the intermingling smells that remind Velma Korbel of segregation.

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MN VOICES | John Whitehead: Folk documentarian

From small town Minnesotan poets and potters to the African-American reclamation of the banjo in the Carolinas, St.

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MN VOICES | Jim Northrup writes on the Rez Road

For more than 21 years, Jim Northrup has been one of the premier literary voices of the American Indian and the Midwest writers' communities. He is a playwright, a fiction writer, a newspaper columnist and teacher, but he calls himself a bullshitter ­- another name, he says, for a storyteller.

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MN VOICES | Tireless women needed

When I moved to Minnesota over 20 years ago, I was a young immigrant who had arrived in the U.S. thinking that everyone here lived well, like the Americans I grew up watching on TV. It did not take me long to learn that, though Minnesota was a rich and prosperous state, there was deep and abiding poverty here, that communities of color bore the brunt of it, and that children of color carried the heaviest load. 

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MN VOICES | The other Twins, Char and Judy Madigan

Char Madigan, Hope Community founder, in 1977.

Char and Judy Madigan, aka "The Twins," don't play baseball, live in pricey digs, or sign $184 million contracts.  The Madigan twins are twin sisters by birth and Sisters of St. Joseph by vocation. For those who are homeless, immigrants, in need of food, health care, justice or a port in life's storms, Judy and Char Madigan are the Twins.

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MN VOICES | Two lifetimes fighting racism

"There is no such thing as races," Dr. Herbert Perkins said.  "There is only one human race." 

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MN VOICES | Remembering Minnie

Last July in Albuquerque a tall, thin, noisy woman walked through the hotel glass doors, hollered my name, hollered the name of someone else, hugged a man, and hugged me, all the while doing that Indian nose nod thing to everyone in sight.

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MN VOICES | Eric Jolly: Public science leader, private man of faith

Dr. Eric Jolly, president of the Science Museum of Minnesota, pauses on an interactive display of the human hand. Photo by Karen Hollish.

Dr. Eric Jolly's eyes still showed his fatigue from a whirlwind work trip to Germany, but when it came time for him to show off some of his favorite things in the museum, the Science Museum of Minnesota president promptly perked up and transformed into teacher mode. He giddily zoomed through the Cell Lab, where children can don lab coats, gloves and goggles to study their saliva's enzymes. Then he raced through the basement-level vault, where volunteers and scientists probe ancient fossils, and where other carefully cataloged treasures wait in metal cabinets to be explored. 

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MN VOICES | Poet Diane Glancy speaks for the voiceless

Poet and novelist Diane Glancy says her work gives a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves: Sacajawea, the Cherokee who walked the Trail of Tears in 1831, the Ghost Dancers who held out hope that a messiah would help them get back what they had lost. Her role as a writer, she said, is "to portray the human experience." 

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