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Super Bowl 2018: Looking deeper into the bidding process

What promises did Minnesota leaders make to the National Football League in order to secure the 2018 Super Bowl?

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Jeff Strate: A Mike "Stretch" Gelfand sighting

Mike Gelfand (right) with producer Jeff Strate (center) and video journalist Bill Sorem on July 31 at the Bloomington Communicty Access Television studio to tape Democratic Visions.  Photo by Ron Levitus.

Joan Rivers, Lewis Black, Jackie Vernon and Phyllis Diller were among the comedians Mike “Stretch” Gelfand and I talked about yesterday (September 4th) during a retreat to a Linden Hills caffeine p

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Mehr Jay Shahidi: Is this Cold War 2?

The editors of Time magazine needed almost 6 years to pay attention to my article published in Twin Cities Daily Planet on September 8, 2008, in which I stated that Cold War Two had started (see Ti

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John Ervin: An ungodly hour in "Mad Men"-ville

Montage of all the characters in action, bracketed by Ruby Delgado (Helen Chorolec) and her "panties".

On Wednesday, Oct 1. the world premiere of my latest feature film "The Tiki War" will take place at the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival at Saint Anthony Main Theaters.

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Michael Cavlan: Star Tribune letter

A copy of a letter I just sent to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you think they will publish it? Given that I have sent about 50 others and around 8 editorial responses I am thinking not.

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Kaleidoscope of quilts at the Minnesota State Fair

(all photos by Mary Turck) 

Remember kaleidoscopes, where impossibly bright designs shift and rearrange as you turned the cylinder? I thought of those as I looked at the extravagantly colored and stitched quilts at the Minnesota State Fair. Hours of thought clearly go into not only the stitching and cutting, but also the artistic design and patterns. Whether they are painstakingly hand-stitched or machine-quilted, each one is a work of art.

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Tong Thao: Hmong Men respond to sexual assault within their community through 'Man Forward'

Sexual assault is a personal violation. When the perpetrator is someone you know, it violates your sense of trust in the deepest way. So when we heard about this most recent incident of a 21 year old Hmong man who has admitted to molesting a 6 year old and other girls in his church, we were appalled and saddened to see continued victim blaming and the lack of accountability. As a group of men who are against gender-based violence, we say men must take a stand and participate in creating community accountability when sexual assault happens in our communities.

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Riding the Green Line: Why shared public space matters

I board the Green Line, traveling east from downtown Minneapolis. It’s my first time taking the new line mid-day on a weekday, and I’m riding it just a few stops. It seems quiet.

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