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Sumer Spika: Home care workers unionize to bring dignity to work we love

On Tuesday, July 8th, I was proud to be part of the group who celebrated turning in thousands of cards signed by Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) and other home care workers from across Minnesota ex

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Jeff Strate: Meeting the Macbeths in St. Louis Park

(Photo courtesy of PT of MN) Teresa Maria Doran and Jason Rojas star in the Public Theater of Minnesota production of MacBeth, directed by Mark Hauk.

Sunday evening I threaded through the buzzy, sidewalk tables of McCoy’s Restaurant in St. Louis Park’s nifty “new town in town,” Excelsior & Grand.

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Asylum for migrant minors - A letter to HHS and DHS from teachers

This letter was sent to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, and Jeh Johnson
, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, on behalf of the League of Latino

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St. Paul Super Bowl documents detail snow removal, security considerations

In May of this year, Minneapolis was selected as the host city for the 2018 Super Bowl game, after a coordinated bidding process that involved local corporate leaders, municipal officials, and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA). The formal bid for the event has been withheld from public records requests by the MSFA as "nonpublic" data under the Minnesota Data Practices Act. Consequently, the full scope of the public's obligations to provide financial and material support to the event remain unclear.

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Marguerite Spencer: University of St. Thomas adjuncts should not unionize

The University of St. Thomas adjunct faculty members have been voting on whether to unionize since July 03.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Celebrities make a child’s dream come true in St. Paul

Photos By: 
Gino Terrell

Anthony Gresafe (left) gets autograph from Daunte Culpepper (no. 23, right).

Minneapolis, Minnesota native and NHL athlete Dustin Byfuglien was one of the many celebrities who participated in Celebrity Sweat’s annual celebrity softball event to support over a dozen local ch

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NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Buster's on 28th reopens

The patio announces the news: Buster's on 28th has reopened!

After over a year, Buster’s on 28th has reopened.

The popular restaurant closed after a fire during last summer's "solstice storm” on June 21, 2013.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Progressive betrayals of the DFL leadership

Michael J Cavlan

16 mins

This is a copy of what I posted on the DFL "Progressive" Caucus Facebook page. I am now banned from the "progressive" DFL Facebook group.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Minnesota Kurds Want Independent Kurdistan, Worry for Relatives In Iraq

Photos By: 
Jay Clark

Minnesota Kurds Hope that this flag is soon flying over an independent Kurdistan

Since the early 1990’s, a thriving community of Minnesota Kurds has grown  around the Moorhead area, and today numbers more than 1100.  Most of the Minnesota Kurds are from Iraqi Kurdistan

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E-DEMOCRACY | Playing the blame game in education

Tom Goldstein posted at 8:10pm, Jul 05:

I think the most significant problem in education right now is that no one is willing to take ultimate responsibility for the welfare of all children. Teachers blame parents or kids... while parents, some politicians, and administrators blame teachers. Teachers in turn blame administrators--or school board members. School board members blame the state or the federal government for a lack of funds or onerous expectations or whatever, while the state or federal government mandates an ever-changing patchwork of rules and regulations--and the cycle just perpetuates itself. Rarely, if ever, do you hear anybody willing to take responsibility or be held accountable, except in ways where there are no real consequences.

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