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EDTalks: Mohamed Farah on mentoring Somali youth

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Mohamed Farah is co-founder and Executive Director of Ka-Joog, which enriches the lives of Somali-American youth in Minnesota through mentoring and guidance on education and employment. This month he joined other Minnesota leaders at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to talk about ways to prevent youth from being recruited by international extremist organizations. He received the 2012 City of Minneapolis Youth Leadership Award and FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, and has also testified before the US Senate about Al-Shabaab recruitment and the critical importance of improving opportunities for Somali-American young people. EDTalks is a public speakers series that engages young professionals in public education issues in the Twin Cities. This EDTalk was given on October 28, 2014 by Beverly Cottman, a folktale storyteller and retired Minneapolis Public Schools teacher. Continue Reading →

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DFL Fails To Endorse A Successor To St. Paul Councilman Thune

St. Paul City Councilman Dave Thune (Ward 2)

St. Paul City Councilman Dave Thune is retiring, leaving his ward 2 seat open this election. The DFL, the dominant party in St. Paul, met Sunday to consider endorsing a successor to Thune, but none of the candidates was close to the required 60%. All but one St. Paul ward failed to endorse a candidate. Continue Reading →

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Video Replay- Data Privacy Constitutional Amendment Needed Says Broad Coalition

Data Privacy Constitutional Amendment News Conference

It’s not often you get Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and members of Occupy to agree on something. Monday that happened as legislators held a news conference to promote an amendment to Minnesota’s constitution to protect personal data from unreasonable search and seizure without a warrant.
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Politics Over Emergency Spending Bill Escalates- Dayton Threatens Veto

Sen. Richard Cohen

Senator Richard Cohen (DFL- St. Paul) says he is disappointed in House Republicans for trying to politicize a deficiency funding bill that is aimed at dealing with unanticipated emergencies such as extra spending by the Department of Health to battle Ebola. However, Cohen and other Senators today amended the bill in a way that has Governor Dayton threatening a veto. Continue Reading →

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Your Skin Cleanser Could Be Killing The Environment

Senator John Marty

Senator John Marty says microplastics and microbeads used in personal products such as skin cleansers are poisoning Minnesota’s environment because they can’t be screened out at water treatment plants. He wants them banned. The bill advanced Tuesday on a voice vote of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. Continue Reading →

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The Long Road To Same-Sex Marriage Commemorated In Bronze

Mayor Hodges Unveils Plaque

“People can forget what it took. I hope that it will be a good reminder.” —Rep. Karen Clark who authored the law legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota talking about a bronze plaque unveiled at Minneapolis City Hall. Continue Reading →

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