Larry Long remembers Pete Seeger

When folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died, many of the tributes mentioned his influence on generations of musicians and community organizers. In the Twin Cities, one person who was deeply affected by Pete Seeger is singer-songwriter Larry Long.

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Local civil rights leader Matthew Little passes

Matt Little is gone, leaving a legendary legacy. He was widely renowned and will be well remembered as a Civil Rights Era icon who held a soul-deep commitment to empowering the African American community.

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Notes from the feline underground: Saintly City Cat Show

Spend enough time with your cat, and you start to see the world as a calm and beautiful place. As Martha used to say, that is a good thing. In our house, cat companions are expected to indulge in the occasional selfie. T is proud of all of our fur kids, none more than Orson, especially after hanging out at this weekend's annual cat show. "He is a good looking boy," T said. He then added (as usual), "There is no bigger cat in all of the Twin Cities." I gently reminded him that obesity is not a badge of honor, and cat shows do not award ribbons for Largest Pet Ever.

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Was I too Black to volunteer for high-society gala?

It's 6:15 p.m. and I'm not supposed to be home right now, in full makeup and in my pjs.

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It was cold... but the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Parade was still enjoyable

Yesterday’s grand day Saint Paul Winter Carnival Parade was cold, but people came and watched, and I knew they would. Some of the people in the parade were thanking spectators for coming out. I did not see anyone I recognized, but that could be because everyone pretty much looks the same once they cover their faces with scarves. At parade time it was 4 or 5 degrees above zero with a 20mph wind which made it feel like it was -15 or -20 depending upon where you get your weather reports.

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Five things to love about Saint Paul from someone who moved here from somewhere else

1. Traffic

I know this sounds ridiculous: to love the speed by which one can get across town. Big deal, right? Yes. It is. You have no idea. Prior to moving to Saint Paul in 2008, I lived in Seattle, a city with an enormous and ever-worsening traffic problem. Zillions of people are constantly moving into Seattle and clogging up the roads in the process. Seattle blew it on transportation by failing to either build enough roads and mass-transit options when it was early enough or, alternately, build enough enormous walls to keep people from moving there. Now it’s too late.

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NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Hiawatha Ski Hut open on Sundays thanks to neighborhood support

Over 550 people signed a petition asking that the Minneapolis Parks Board improve the skiing experience at Lake Hiawatha Golf Course, and they responded.

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