Story by Nick Coleman, Executive Editor
Yesterday, The UpTake brought you the story of a baby boy named Emil , born Aug. 22nd to a lesbian couple, and asked whether Emil might be the first child born to a married same-sex couple after Minnesota’s new marriage equality law took effect Aug. 1. Well, it turns out that Emil and his moms were close, but no cigar. We still love Emil and his moms, but Emil arrived a couple of weeks late. Continue Reading →
Editor’s note: Is a baby from Minneapolis named Emil — who has a big brother named Arlo — the first Minnesota child born to a same-sex couple whose marriage is recognized by the state? Well, he just might be — unless we hear of a baby born before Aug. 22 to another married same-sex couple. It’s not an important distinction — all children of same-sex families are precious, of course, like all children. Still, it’s fun to think how Minnesota families are evolving. Continue Reading →
The power of storytelling is the focus of a movie The UpTake is making about Minnesota’s marriage equality battle. Continue Reading →
Hundreds of residents of St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood confronted city officials last Thursday — including Mayor Chris Coleman and top police commanders — about concerns over gang activity, a recent street killing and the brutal beating of a pedestrian, along with a general sense of insecurity in the area. Click here to read The Pioneer Press story on the meeting
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A hundred or more community members marched Monday on Minneapolis City Hall and Chase Bank to demand fair negotiations for Sergio Ceballos and Jaymie Kelly, two south Minneapolis neighbors fighting foreclosure with the help of Occupy Homes MN. Continue Reading →
A rally to promote solidarity and a demand for police accountability at the Hennepin County Government Center plaza Saturday instead split into factions that divided and diluted a protest. Continue Reading →
Tensions around the Minneapolis police shooting of Terrance Franklin, a 22-year-old black man and father, continue to rise as community activists demand a full accounting and the Hennepin County attorney gets set to call a grand jury inquiry into the case. Continue Reading →
Story for The UpTake by Kathryn Nelson and Nick Coleman
The Minnesota State Patrol does not always verify that gun owners have valid permits to carry handguns before they are added to a list of gun owners allowed to carry weapons inside the Minnesota Capitol and its complex. That surprising admission was made Wednesday at a tense meeting of the advisory committee on Minnesota Capitol Security that exposed a number of areas of confusion in the state’s gun permitting laws and how they are interpreted at the Capitol and its 14-acre complex of associated buildings. Testimony by State Patrol Maj. Bob Meyerson caused a number of startled looks on the six-member task force, which is headed by Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon. Meyerson told the panel that gun owners are required to have a Minnesota Permit to Carry as well as permission from the Commissioner of Public Safety in order to bring their handguns into the State Capitol. Continue Reading →
Mercenary-style guards carrying assault weapons will return to the north woods of WIsconsin after an Arizona-based security firm received proper permits to operate in Wisconsin. Last month, the heavily-armed guards, wearing camouflage and some with face coverings, startled hikers and other forest visitors when they showed up — without permits or the legally required name tags and credentials.
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Some conservatives have gone starkers about a Minnesota Fringe Festival play that featured nudity, objecting to a Minnesota State Arts Board grant of $61,242 to the Festival — a whopping $347.97 per production.
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Michael Hastings was the investigative reporter who brought down the top U.S. general in Afghanistan. In June, he died in a mysterious and fiery one-car crash in Los Angeles. Was it an accident? Or a conspiracy? Continue Reading →
Dr. Miles’ most recent anti-torture effort is the Doctors Who Torture Accountability Project, a web site intended to bring attention to physicians around the globe who are culpable in acts of torture. Continue Reading →
Photo slide show for The UpTake by Judy Griesedieck
After years of struggle for the right to marry, Minnesota’s LGBTQ community partied down and tied the knot — all over the state — as the same-sex marriage law passed last spring took effect at 12:01a.m. on Aug. 1. The UpTake has covered every aspect of this story for years (see below). But here, you can just feast your eyes on the sights and sounds of the historic celebration that began Thursday as the freedom to marry finally has been extended to include all of us. Video for The UpTake by Bill Sorem
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After 11 years of refusing to sign state marriage certificates, the Rev. Victoria Safford made up for lost time this weekend by signing six of them at ceremonies that came after the advent of Minnesota’s new same-sex marriage law.
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Weddings often begin after the appointed time, but this one was almost too early: If Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke pledged their troth before the big clock on the Minneapolis City Hall tower struck Midnight, it wouldn’t count. Continue Reading →