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COMMUNITY VOICES | You really don't want to meet the Dicks at Dick's Resort in the Mall of America

I'm not one to cry. Truth is, I rarely cry, but during a visit to Dick’s Resort in the Mall of America I was literally reduced to tears! The bartender was abusive, abrasive, and mean as HELL.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Northside music teachers inspire

Hopewell students gather after last year's Founders Day Funder.

The Northside community knows Jaette Carpenter and Ellie Fregni, both longtime music teachers and friends in North Minneapolis, well.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Homelessness an ever growing epidemic in Minnesota

Your article, "Homelessness in Minnesota: Women and children first," helps bring awareness to many of the ever growing epidemic of homelessness that continues to be an issue here in Minnesota. In particular I believe that not enough attention is paid to the single men and women who are dealing with homelessness due to mental health and criminal backgrounds. These barriers make it very hard to move someone into permanent housing. “Almost half (47%) of the homeless adults, 2,931 people, interviewed for Wilder's 2012 homeless study reported that they had served time in one or more correctional facilities at some point in their lives”( Wilder Research, 2014).


COMMUNITY VOICES | Darryl M. Robinson, ¡Presente! - Tribute to honor his life and work March 23

It is with very deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of longtime friend and Communities United Against Police Brutality vice-president Darryl Robinson. His passing leaves a giant hole in our organization and in the community.


MN VIDEOS | The Naked Songwriter, episode 15 — Phil Solem (of The Rembrandts)

Phil Solem is one half of The Rembrandts, the duo best known for the hit songs "Just The Way It Is, Baby" and "I'll Be There For You". Phil also has a rock trio called Thrush. Operating out of Minneapolis and Los Angeles, Phil writes and records solo material and music with Thrush, in addition to writing, recording, and producing for other bands. Phil also continues to perform and record with longtime friend Danny Wilde in The Rembrandts.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Sales tax is not the primary barrier to border-to-border broadband

Map from Connect Minnesota

With long experience promoting rural broadband, I carefully reviewed Raul Katz’s article in the Star Tribune o


NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Go to the movies and support Northrup school

Northrop Urban Environmental School (4315 31st Ave.) is partnering with the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis to host a day at the movies on Saturday, March 22 to support the fifth grade camping tri


COMMUNITY VOICES | Memories of the Northside

I have had a strong urging to write about my experiences growing up on the Northside of Minneapolis, especially after seeing the decline and almost demise of the neighborhood.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Keith Ellison, Star Tribune, lies And The TPP

I no longer read the Star Tribune unless it is one that I found for free and then I read it for entertainment value. Most certainly not for informational content.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Fight for a $15 per hour minimum wage: Next steps

I am a candidate for the Minneapolis School Board, citywide seeking Green Party endorsement.

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