Civil Rights

University of Minnesota limits ties with Minneapolis Police Department

BY: - May 27, 2020

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced on Wednesday the university would drastically reduce its relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department following the killing of George Floyd by a police officer on Monday. “We have a responsibility to uphold our values and a duty to honor them,” Gabel wrote in an email to students and […]

Minnesota Gov. Walz pledges justice for George Floyd as protests move into second day

BY: , and - May 27, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz condemned the death of George Floyd — a day after protests erupted at Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct Tuesday night — saying he too shared the frustration with Black Minnesotans who are once again seeking justice for one of their own. “Watching any of the video of what happened to George Floyd […]

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Minneapolis Mayor calls for charges against officer who killed George Floyd

BY: - May 27, 2020

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to arrest the officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck, killing him and setting off protests across Minneapolis. “I’ve wrestled over the last 36 hours with one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?” Frey asked during a […]

White Minneapolis man threatens to call cops on Black men in their own gym

BY: - May 27, 2020

Update: Tom Austin’s lease in the building was terminated on Wednesday. The man who tried to stop the renaming of Bde Maka Ska Park threatened to call the cops on a group of Black entrepreneurs Tuesday night for using the gym in a Minneapolis office building they share. A video posted on Twitter and Instagram […]

George Floyd, man killed by Minneapolis police, remembered as kind, soft-spoken

BY: - May 26, 2020

Gerald Chambers, at times overcome by grief, recalled George Floyd as a kind and good-hearted man from their time working together at Salvation Army.  Chambers on Tuesday joined nearly 100 people who had gathered at the intersection of Chicago Ave and 38th St. to protest the death of Floyd, who Minneapolis police had detained after […]

Religious progressives get loud and proud

BY: - May 26, 2020

Rev. Doug Pagitt says he loves everybody as Jesus commands. But there are limits.  “As a pastor and Christian, I follow Jesus’ teaching that everyone is a light of the Earth and a child of God, but not every light of the world should be president,” he says.  That’s why the Minneapolis pastor created Vote […]

COMMENTARY

Vote by mail will ensure a safe and fair November election

BY: and - May 20, 2020

What could Minnetonka, Minn. and Loveland, Colo. possibly have in common? It’s neither ice fishing nor rodeos. It’s mail-in ballots. In 2018, our respective congressional districts — Minnesota’s 3rd and Colorado’s 2nd — generated the highest voter turnout among the 435 districts in the country, with a 73% participation rate by eligible voters. As proud […]

Falcon Heights bans front yard victory gardens this year

BY: - May 19, 2020

Quentin Nguyen had already dug up his more than half-acre front lawn, given away the sod and shipped in 40 cubic yards of soil for a vegetable garden, when he got a letter from the city of Falcon Heights. It said the City Council had voted the day before, on May 13, to ban growing […]

DeVos finalizes sexual assault rules that critics say ‘roll back the clock’

BY: - May 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos finalized rules Wednesday that the administration says will improve due process in campus sexual assault cases, but that critics warn could discourage victims from coming forward. The new regulations expand rights for people accused of sexual misconduct on college campuses and make other changes to federal regulations governing schools’ obligations to […]

Lawyers and conservative activists suing Walz administration have been at it for decades

BY: - May 5, 2020

Libertarian lawyer Erick Kaardal has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a coalition of small businesses challenging Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order that declared some businesses essential and others not.  The policy is a cornerstone of Walz’s strategy to combat COVID-19 by keeping Minnesotans out of places that are most likely to serve as disease […]

Land O’Lakes quietly gets rid of iconic Indian maiden mascot

BY: - April 15, 2020

For nearly a century, the Land O’Lakes Indian maiden has kneeled by the side of a blue lake holding out an offering of a 4-stick box of butter. No more. The Minnesota-based farmer cooperative has redesigned its packaging to focus on celebrating farmers ahead of its 100th anniversary next year. “We need packaging that reflects […]