Lost and found: My Minne-Mex journey

The following is the story I shared last month at Sanctuary’s first story telling event: "The Story"

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Sand, land and land stewardship

For longer than I can remember, my family has taken the same route from our farm in southeast Minnesota to visit my grandparents in north-central Wisconsin. The first leg of the four-hour trip takes us across the Mississippi River and through the farmland, pastures and rolling, wooded hills of Trempealeau and Jackson Counties. The landmarks and scenery along every mile of the route have become deeply familiar to us over countless trips in all seasons.

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Putting a (freeway) cap on urban redevelopment

The Green Line LRT has brought many redevelopment projects to St. Paul. One such project site involves a parcel of land on Snelling Ave., just north of I-94, known as the Bus Barn site.

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Rock Star Supply Co. in St. Paul: More than just guitar picks

You’d think a place called Rock Star Supply Co. would sell designer guitar picks, leather pants, feathered earrings and more. And when you walk in to this airy, bright storefront on the corner of Raymond and University in St. Paul, that’s exactly what it seems to be selling.

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Weigh in on statewide bike plan

Minnesotans are invited to weigh in on a forthcoming statewide bicycle system plan at nine public meetings around the state over the next several weeks. Public comments "will help us identify and recommend bike routes, improve existing facilities in the bike system and more effectively address the needs of bicyclists," says the state Department of Transportation.

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Open-source seeds challenge Monsanto, support International Day of Farmers' Struggles

[Today], Thursday, April 17, the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) will release over 29 seed varieties into the global commons and humanity's “moral economy.” This new initiative hopes to provide a counterweight to private patenting of seeds, which has undermined farmers’ rights around the world.

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Will Scott Walker seal the border as Wisconsin's low wage workers find jobs in Minnesota?

One of the Republican talking points during the legislative floor debate on raising the minimum wage was that businesses near Minnesota's borders would flee to neighboring lower wage states.

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When the University of Minnesota is involved, councilmember Jacob Frey isn't shy

City Council member Jacob Frey speaks to the press Friday in Dinkytown about being safe after Saturday's Gophers men's hockey team's NCAA championship game. (Photo by Bridget Bennet)

Jacob Frey has already made a noticeable mark on Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, even though he’s been a City Council member for less than four months.

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OPINION | Reducing income inequality doesn't end with minimum wage campaign

On Monday, progressive state policymakers and fair wage supporters were in a celebratory mood, as Governor Dayton signed into law the first Minnesota minimum wage increase in nine years. Under that law, the hourly minimum wage will be gradually increased to $9.50 ($7.75 for small employers) by 2016 and indexed for growth in the cost of living beginning in 2018. While the new minimum wage law is a big win, more needs to be done to reverse the tide of growing income inequality.

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