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Articles from January 13, 2012

Acclaimed Howler Celebrates Debut Album
Fresh from doing an interview with MPR's Chris Roberts, and on his way to doing phoners with "a ton of Japanese press," Jordan Gatesmith settled into a corner booth at Jack's Minneapolis this week to talk about his next-big-thing-or-else band Howler....
Adieu from Max
This will be my last Max About Town column for MinnPost, although I will likely be doing some writing for the site down the road, as MinnPost's Hollywood correspondent. I had thought to do what they call an Irish goodbye, where you just leave a party...
Come June, Minneapolis Taxis Must Accept Credit Cards
Come June, your credit card must be accepted by taxicab drivers licensed in Minneapolis, but don't expect them to be happy about your method of payment.And don't expect members of the City Council, who today approved the credit card requirement, to claim...
Fire Department Sick Leave Policy Gets Committee Review in Minneapolis
Sick leave in the Minneapolis Fire Department is a lot more than six days off each year when you are feeling under the weather.A report released earlier this week by the Fire Department shows that more Minneapolis firefighters call in sick on weekends, especially...
Local College Fair Highlights Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Imagine growing up African-American in the pretty much white- bread culture of Minnesota in the 1970s and 1980s, as Kerwin Bell did, and maybe thinking this was all there was to being black in America, even though your parents told you different."In...
Max Is Moving on, but New Arts Features Are Coming
As Max Sparber notes in "Adieu from Max" today, this marks the end of MinnPost's Max About Town feature. We will miss Max's take on Twin Cities arts and culture, from quirky arts history and properly made cocktails to the latest doings at the Walker....
Minneapolis' Sparse, 'Strategic' Stadium Proposal Offers Lots of Wiggle Room to Entice the Vikings
It seems unlikely that even Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak took very seriously Thursday's "final proposal" the city placed on the desk of Gov. Mark Dayton.While Ramsey County lugged a 148-page report to the Capitol, Minneapolis showed up with little more...
Minnesota Advisory Group to Examine Highway, Transit Funding
Saying that Minnesota's highways, roads, bridges and public transit systems are in decline, Gov. Mark Dayton wants an advisory board to find ways to reverse the trend.Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel will set up the Commissioner's Transportation...
Obama Strikes Back (at Romney, through a Surrogate)
As I mentioned on Wednesday morning, when Mitt Romney declared victory in the New Hampshire primary, he previewed the argument that he will make as the Repub nominee (assuming all continues to roll for him in the primaries) for the proposition that Pres....
Slow This Stadium Thing Down, Say Cautious Legislators
MORNING EDITIONIt's like the Army ... hurry up and wait. With all manner of Viking stadium proposals submitted for Gov. Dayton's review, the most operative talking point at the Capitol is: "Let's not rush into things." Mike Kaszuba and Eric Roper's Strib...
Stadium Situation ... No Different Than Eight Months Ago
AFTERNOON EDITIONWith Gov. Dayton mulling the "choices" for Vikings stadium sites, MPR's stadium guy, Tim Nelson, chatted with "Morning Edition" host Phil Picardi about what it all means: "State leaders have been urging prospective hosts to winnow down...
Stearns County: Minnesota's Organic Farming Capital
Jim Degiovanni has been a lawyer for more than 20 years. Spending most of his days in an office, Degiovanni saw myriad cases come across his desk -- from local-government law to real-estate and banking transactions. But for someone who loves hunting...
St. Paul Hopes Saints Stadium Will Be in Dayton Bonding Bill
With Gov. Mark Dayton planning to release his proposal for a bonding bill on Tuesday, St. Paul officials have their fingers crossed that a stadium will be on his list.A St. Paul Saints stadium, that is.That's the city's No. 1 priority for the state-wide...
Teach for America Teachers Moving into Policy Positions
Earlier this week, Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education selected John White as the state's new superintendent of education, the equivalent of the state education commissioner.If you recognize his name, you will know that the job he's leaving...
The Controversy over 'Culture-Bound' Mental Illnesses
The Boston Globe ran a fascinating and provocative article last Sunday on the controversial topic of "culture-bound syndromes," mental illnesses that have been identified by the psychiatric community as occurring only within a particular society or culture.The...
YPN5Q: Minnesota Newspaper Association Program Manager Sarah Bauer
YPN5Q is a weekly Q&A series spotlighting the state's top young business and civic leaders and creative minds -- professionals propelling change through entrepreneurship, the arts, public service, social media, and community involvement.This week, we...
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