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Twin Cities celebrates Transgender Day of Remembrance

(Photo by Ted Eytan published under Creative Commons License)

Stoned to death. Stabbed 33 times. Pushed out of a moving car then run over. When hate and fear rage out of control, people destroy by any means necessary. Eighty-one transgender people were murdered in the past year throughout the world.

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: What does Obama's order mean for Minnesota immigrants?

This week's featured guest is local immigration attorney and activist Susana de León. The conversation focuses on Obama's recent executive order on immigration, examining what it means for immigrant communities in Minnesota, and for immigration reform nationally. [Audio below]

MN GOP beware: Biking and pedestrian improvements have broad appeal

Minnesota Republicans captured control of the Minnesota House of Representatives in part by fueling urban versus rural resentment: “Those metro-centric DFLers give everything to Minneapolis and St. Paul.” The truth is, turnout trends associated with non-presidential year elections were a much bigger reason why the DFL lost control of the Minnesota House.

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Minnesota wants more air quality talk

Earlier this month, the state pollution control agency announced a pilot program that aims to improve communication between Minneapolis’ largest pollutant emitters and residents amid concerns about the city’s air quality and fear surrounding its health effects.

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What the Puck? New Swedish playground-like sport to come to St. Paul

(Photo by Glósóli Ateljé/ David Puig Serinyà) A Puckelball field in Stockholm, Sweden.

The midfielder is moving the ball through the center circle. He’s dribbling past a defender, looks for a teammate, passes the ball and it stops because of a bump in the field, right in front of the eighteen-yard box. Welcome to the game of Puckelball.

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In Facebook status, Big Stone Co GOP chair calls Muslims "parasites," writes "frag em" at Mecca

UPDATE: Whitley appears to have removed his profile from Facebook, following a wave of condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans following Jennifer Brooks' post about Whitley in the Star Tribune. We'll be posting about the reaction shortly. [end update]

A status posted today on the personal Facebook page of the Big Stone County Republican chair Jack Whitley suggests that an understanding of the Minority Liberty Alliance's message of inclusion hasn't quite taken hold among conservative leadership living beside Minnesota's western boundary waters.

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Minnesota ranks fifth in student debt

(Photo by Michael Fleshman published under Creative Commons License)

Chloe Laabs estimates it will take 20 years to pay off her student loans.

The Minnesota Student Association member and University of Minnesota biology, society, and environment sophomore said she’ll graduate with about $41,000 in debt.

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Twin Cities immigrant community welcomes Obama's action

(Photo from El Colegio's website) El Colegio's school mascot, Los Jaguares.

Maria Cervantes was among dozens of Latino community members who assembled Thursday night at El Colegio High School in Minneapolis to watch President Obama’s televised announcement on immigration reform.

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GLOBAL GROCERIES | A final word on #Grapegate

(Photo by Liz West published under Creative Commons License)

By now, you’ve heard of #Grapegate. But, if you’ve been living in a snow bank, here’s a quick update.

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Minneapolis moves toward restorative justice, deemphasizes punishment

(Photo courtesy of Restorative Justice Community Action) Minneapolis residents Manu Lewis and Vincent De Lusia volunteer with RJCA to talk with nonviolent criminal offenders as part of a reconciliation plan, meant to help offenders face how their actions affect the community.

When a University of Minnesota student got arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct, instead of finding himself in front of a judge, he found himself in front of Bill and Susan Engel.

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