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COMMUNITY VOICES | Eden Prairie's SWLRT Municipal Consent Hearing

The recommended preliminary plan to align light rail and freight rail through the Kenilworth corridor in Minneapolis or (during earlier considerations) routing freight rail through St.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson in Minneapolis: An exercise in racial slurs with a thin coating of white shaming

Does Minnesota know itself well enough to responsibly produce a show like Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson? The title makes the play sound like a fun, maybe even gory, critique of our seventh president, about whom most Americans have heard contradictory ideas. Whether or not we've investigated the subject, it sounds like attending this play will likely cast a clearer light on a shadowy part of American history, one that might include a critique of the spectacular violence waged from 1829-1837 by the slaveholding president dubbed Old Hickory. Maybe Bloody Bloody will take Andrew Jackson's campaign of ethnic cleansing head on? Maybe it will acknowledge the thousands of Native Americans he killed. As a Native American, a playwright, a musical theatre fan, and artistic director of New Native Theatre, I say right on. What a wonderful opportunity and contribution to American theatre to see a play responsibly take up these important issues, issues that have determined Native American inclusion and access. We need as many advocates in the media as we can get. But that's not what happens, instead this script, written by J. Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers reinforces stereotypes and leaves me assaulted, manipulated and devastatingly used as a means to a weak and codependent end.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Minnesota Transitions School students explore their school's history with animation

Students at the Minnesota Transitions Charter High School and Elementary School explored history through animation working on a project this year with Teaching Artist John Akre. They made a stop-motion animated documentary that traces the history of the High School's location near Lake and Minnehaha from prairie to the present.


Mining records: DNR document review #1

Public Record Media has been reviewing documents released under a 2013 Data Practices Act request to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  The documents relate to several minin


COMMUNITY VOICES | Greenway Experience Open Street helps residents imagine a new kind of street

On May 31, North Girard and Humboldt Avenues North were cleared of car traffic from Broadway to 42nd Avenue for the first Open Streets event of the summer. People rode bikes and other kinds of human powered devices, walked, played music, created art and hung out over a temporary north-south greenway across north Minneapolis.


COMMUNITY VOICES | 200 pack Osseo school district Parents of Color meeting

Photos By: 
Jay Clark

Full house at Osseo District Parents of Color Meeting (Photos by Jay Clark)

 On May 22, More than 200 people crammed the main meeting room at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center to participate in the Community Town Hall for Parents of Color in the Osseo School District. Most of the participating parents were African immigrants and African Americans. The meeting was hosted  by African Immigrant Services and Legacy Family Center. 


COMMUNITY VOICES | Maya Angelou’s life teaches us the value of tenacity

Maya Angelou wasn’t born Maya Angelou. She became her. Quite literally, Marguerite Ann Johnson changed her name to Maya Angelou in the 1950s while starting her career as a nightclub singer.


COMMUNITY VOICES | What happens when the world's largest retailer builds schools in black communities?

This should be our message: "We are the answer, not the problem. Your systems are the problem, not our salvation."

Pop quiz: which of the world's largest retailers was the first to make enormous philanthropic investments in the cause of building new schools to educate poor black children?


MN VIDEOS | Cafesjian's Carousel celebrates 100 years

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This beloved Saint Paul institution has entertained kids of all ages for 100 years - first at the State Fair, and now at Como Park. In this short video, you'll hear how this beautiful merry-go-round was almost lost, then saved.

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