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Redlining is hurting the Twin Cities

When asked to explain structural racism, there are few historical examples that more effectively illustrate the concept than redlining.

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Video: 'Board up banks, not our home'

Occupy Homes along with members of the community placed large wooden boards over the doors at the Minneapolis Police Department and the City Attorneys office, giving them a taste of what's been happening to folks going through foreclosure. Over the past two weeks the Minneapolis Police Department has come down hard on people who are reclaiming vacant homes. Those arrested weren't given a chance to depart the premises, as has been the case for others in this situation. Protestors want to know what's behind the more aggressive law enforcement stance recently and how come no bankers have been arrested or prosecuted for leaving communities in shambles.

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Minneapolis' Northside schools deserve experienced teachers too

At a last month's Minneapolis school board meeting, MPS staff presented their intent to increase funding to Expanded School Choice programs at three Southwest Minneapolis schools – Burroughs, Lake Harriet, and Southwest High School. This program utilizes special funding to transport North Minneapolis students to “choice” district schools while funding Family Liaison positions and other supports within those schools. Increased funding was needed, it was asserted, to add additional positions necessary for the current programming to be effective.

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Trust me: Polymet comment period was too short

What can you do in 90 days? You can grow your fingernails about a third of an inch in 90 days. In 90 days, the average American will drink 144 cups of coffee. And if you had the time to read 25 pages a day of dense technical material, you could read the entire Polymet Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement, or SDEIS. You might just need that coffee.

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Building equity in our communities means recognizing shifting demographics

Building sustainable communities is about reflecting what community looks like – now and in the future. And the faces of our Minnesota communities are changing, rapidly. Especially our suburban communities.

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Science vs. manufactured climate/creationism arguments

To better contextualize how far out some of the lingering "debate" around climate change has become, let's peak into the controversy around evolution versus creationism.

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Lake Superior hits new ice cover record

We’re all painfully aware of how brutally cold winter has been thus far. January produced average monthly temperatures five to ten degrees below normal across Minnesota; for some communities, this was one of the coldest Januarys on record in the past 35 years. It may not come as a surprise that we had the dubious honor of reaching the coldest temperature in the nation on more days than any other state – seventeen. It may also be unsurprising that the amount of ice cover on the Great Lakes is much higher than average this year, and may be on track to break the record of 94.7% in 1978.

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Paying for copper-nickel clean up

If a proposed mine has the potential to produce environmental impacts that will last for decades – maybe even centuries – how can we be sure taxpayers won’t get stuck footing the bill for costly treatment and cleanup? This question is at the heart of debates over PolyMet Mining Corporation's plans to develop an open-pit copper-nickel mine and processing facility in northeast Minnesota, and will be addressed at a House environmental committee today. It will be streamed live on the House website at 12:30 pm.

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Don't like the weather? Wait 30 years

Having lived and worked in Minnesota for over twenty years, this winter, now in D.C., I experienced something new: I had my first work snow day. Though I had heard rumblings of a winter storm, it didn’t occur to me that a bit of snow would shut down the city until the news told me to stay home.

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Medical marijuana: Who decides?

Will medical marijuana soon be legal in Minnesota? That’s the question getting more and more media attention as lawmakers gear up for the 2014 legislative session, when companion bills to legalize marijuana for medical use will be introduced in both the Minnesota House and Senate.

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