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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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Controversial Education Maven Michelle Rhee Riles Up Minnesota

A Lightning Rod in the Battle Over Education Reform: Michelle Rhee

Controversial education expert Michelle Rhee, founder of Students First and former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public school system, brought her combative education reform rhetoric to Minnesota last week, drawing a vocal protest from opponents and challenging state educators to alter teacher seniority systems that Rhee said contribute to the achievement gap between white students and students of color. Continue Reading →

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Freedom At Midnight: After Years of Struggle, Same-Sex Marriage Arrives in Minnesota

Finally a Family in the Eyes of the Law: Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke celebrate their new marriage with son, Louie. Photo for The UpTake by Judy Griesedieck

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 →

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Rolling Gun Violence Prevention Campaign Hits Minneapolis

Carlee Soto, in green, watches Wednesday's gun violence prevention rally in Minneapolis. Last December, Soto's sister, a teacher, was among the 26 fatalities in the mass murder at Sandy Hook School in Newtown. Conn.

Political figures, faith leaders, community members and prominent survivors of gun violence came together in Minneapolis Wednesday morning to campaign for tighter gun laws, including background checks for all gun sales. The rally was part of “No More Names: The National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence,” a 100-day bus stop campaign that is visiting 25 states. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis Dems Fail to Choose Mayoral Pick; Ranked Choice Voting Comes to Fore

Candidate Betsy Hodges, with support from Gary Schiff's campaign, blocked endorsement for Mark Andrew. Photo courtesy Terry Gydesen, of terrygydesen.com

A contentious, 12-hour convention Saturday failed to endorse a DFL candidate for Mayor of Minneapolis, increasing the significance of the role that Ranked Choice Voting will play in the November 5 election and giving a crowded field of candidates more room for maneuver. Continue Reading →

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Across Downed Power Lines, Broken Trees

Click on Photo to Watch Scenes from North Minneapolis Block Party

A lot has been done, but there’s more to do to recover from the Minneapolis tornado that happened one year ago. Residents on the 3000 block of Logan in North Minneapolis were among many who came to each other’s aid following the May 22 tornado. Continue Reading →

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Does North Minneapolis Need Pie in the Sky Ideas or Roofs Overhead?

Click Photo to Hear Opinions on How the City Should Help North Minneapolis

Nearly a year after the tornado that ripped through North Minneapolis, opinions vary greatly on what the poverty-stricken community needs most from local and state government. Should the City introduce “pie in the sky” ideas or focus on more immediate problems? Continue Reading →

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