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Executive Council Considers DNR Mineral Leases Request

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At 3 p.m. today Minnesota’s Executive Council, including Governor Mark Dayton, Attorney General Lori Swanson, and other elected officials, will meet to consider the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ request to approve issuance of 77 non-ferrous metallic minerals leases. Continue Reading →

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“We’re Treated like Bums” Despite Holding Jobs, Paying Taxes

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After their home in North Minneapolis was destroyed by the May 22 tornado, Dennis and Deborah were forced to seek refuge in the local Armory and at the North Commons Recreation Center. For weeks, they and their five children slept on cots on the floor of a gymnasium. Continue Reading →

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“They’re Trying to Make us Homeless!”

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North Minneapolis resident DeWayne refuses to leave his home on Logan Avenue, which was damaged during the May 22 tornado, but which is still structurally sound and safe. The City of Minneapolis condemned the house and urged DeWayne and his children to go to a shelter. Continue Reading →

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Rybak Sees Solution in North Minneapolis Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak talked to The UpTake’s Chuck Olsen at Netroots Nation about the Minneapolis Promise, the mayor’s plan to export Minnesota’s crazy politicians (and keep the sane ones) and how he will appeal to the White House for federal aid for North Minneapolis, which was ravaged by a tornado on May 22. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis Seeks Tornado Damage Help

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) met with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson in Washington, D.C. to discuss the aftermath of the tornado that hit North Minneapolis on May 22 and caused millions of dollars in damage and resulted in the death of two Minnesotans. Continue Reading →

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Tarryl Clark Brings Unions, Environmentalists Together

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Tarryl Clark told The UpTake at Netroots Nation this past weekend about her work with the Blue Green Alliance, the Midwest-wide merger between unions and environmental groups. Clark has teamed up with former Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer to launch the Alliance’s Jobs 21 campaign. Continue Reading →

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Van Jones Distinguishes Between the American Dream and the American Fantasy

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Green activist Van Jones delivered a thrilling speech at Netroots Nation on Saturday, rolling out his new organization, “Rebuild the Dream” which will kick off this summer and culminate in a rally in Washington in October. Jones, who has become a staple at Netroots, distinguished between the American Dream and the “American Fantasy” propagated by the right. Continue Reading →

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“Our Walmart” Protests Poor Working Conditions

Girsheila Green with the organization “OUR Walmart” speaks to investigative journalist Tiny Dupuy about poor working conditions at the Big Box giant. Last week, about 150 workers appeared at Walmart’s headquarters to protest the unhealthy work environment and disrespect between bosses and employees. Continue Reading →

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