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Je Suis Satire! Well, Hang on a Minute, What’s that Gonna Cost Me?

Jan 11, 2015
If all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail. - Anonymous
It’s Sunday morning, and I am still in bed.  In fact, I’ve been mostly in bed since Wednesday, fighting this hateful flu against which I thought I’d already immunized myself in late November (since I’d also been in bed for a couple of days back then).  Turns out, not.  And...

St. Paul Man Wrongly Imprisoned in Camry Deaths to be Paid by State

Dec 5, 2014
Koua Fong Lee spent 2-1/2 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Now, the state is prepared to put a dollar amount on his suffering.
Attorneys for Lee, who was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide after crashing his Toyota Camry in 2006, have filed a stipulation in Ramsey County District Court for him to receive compensation under a...

#pointergate: Outrage, Backlash, and the Politics of Fear

Nov 8, 2014
Unless you were living under a digital rock yesterday, you saw Twitter blow up into a frenzied backlash against a Wednesday night KSTP report accusing Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges of encouraging gang activity by throwing up a "gang sign" with a north side volunteer who was doorknocking to encourage voting on election day.  Most people saw the...

Saint Paul Looking for Residents to Serve on Boards

Oct 1, 2014
When my brothers and I played little league baseball, my dad served on the park board. His service taught me that a community cannot thrive without the volunteer sacrifices of its residents. Please take a look and try your hand at one of these roles!

Statewide Briefing Reveals Earned Sick Time Access Rates Vary Widely Based on County of Residence

Sep 25, 2014
For Immediate Release – September 24, 2014
Contact: Greta Bergstrom, Greta@TakeActionMinnesota.org, 651.336.6722
St. Paul, MN – TakeAction Minnesota and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research released a new report detailing access rates to earned sick time in Minnesota based on county of residence. The report, which can be found here, is a...

Civil Unrest, Civil Rights, and MRAPs at Your Kid's Ball Game

Aug 18, 2014
Last evening I returned from 17 days of Army training with my infantry unit and caught up on all the news since July.  It was sad to hear about the death of Robin Williams, a man loved by all, and of the ongoing tragedy in Israel and Palestine, but something which particularly caught my eye, in light of my recently completed military training...