Twin Cities Readers And Writers: Two Author Fairs Coming Up

Whether interested in meeting local authors or attending writing workshops, you may want to add two upcoming author fairs to your calendar.  Saturday, November 18: The Dakota County Local Author Fair Put on by the Dakota County library of Apple Valley and The Loft Literary Center of Minneapolis, the afternoon will feature 30 authors (including myself), writing workshops,…
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Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: Elk, Sand Dunes, And Agri-Culture

The night camping at the marijuana farm was just the beginning of my exposure to Oregon agriculture.  On July 7, I awoke before all the pot farmers did and crawled out of my tent. I guess their sleep schedule differs from the farmers I’m used to. By the end of this day, I’d meet more…
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Video: Spring Walleyes In A Creek In Northern Minnesota

The moist, form-fitting earth around footsteps in the forest, the budding green grass below and buds above, and the trickle of now-melted streams bringing nourishment to the land… Particularly for a city-dweller like myself, immersion into nature awakens a piece of me. And naturally, no time of year is as enlivening as the springtime. This…
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Out Today: My Story About The Hmong In Minnesota In Today’s Star Tribune

I was inspired to write the story two years ago. I walked into a Hmong-owned insurance office near the school I work for to find it decorated like my grandfather’s den: deer antlers, wildlife photography, and pictures of hunters in blaze orange all along the wall. In my mind, such outdoor interests were almost exclusively…
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Ayla Travels The World, Part 11: A Norwegian Visits Old Family In Minnesota

A Norwegian in Minnesota is about as commonplace as one in North Dakota, which is what we shared last week. And when we say Norwegian, we don’t mean someone named Sorenson whose great great great grandfather sailed the Atlantic in 1872. We mean Norway-born-and-raised Ayla. After visiting family in Minot, North Dakota, Ayla and her boyfriend Peder took…
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A Single Mother Of Twelve: A Story Of Family And Community

In response to my story in the Star Tribune about fatherless youth in Minneapolis, a reader sent me her own story of growing up in a single-parent home. Teresa was one of nine kids who her mom cared for in the 1950s and 60s.  Combined from two letters Teresa wrote to me, please enjoy her touching story of…
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If You Want To End Abortion, Here’s How To Do It

“These rallies are meant to intimidate and harass our patients, who rely on our nonprofit health centers for basic, preventive health care. The people behind these protests have a clear political agenda: They want to ban abortion, and block women and men from accessing basic reproductive health care.” -Eric Ferrero, vice president of Planned Parenthood…
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Meet Khu Oo Reh, Karenni Leader

  Meet Khu Oo Reh. Mr. Reh is the Vice President of a leading Karenni political group. “Karenni?” you ask. The Karenni (and their ethnic cousins the Karen) is an ethnic group from the country Burma (also known as Myanmar) in Southeast Asia. They are distinguishable from from the Burmese in language, script, custom, and…
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Highlights From The Minnesota State Fair: Newspaper Museum And More Food, Animals, And Entertainment

  I arrived to photograph my school’s involvement with a Hmong cultural event. I stayed to see all the other spectacles at the Minnesota State Fair. By 1:00, I had seen the fried fruit, the radio station “reporting live from the fairgrounds,” the United States Marines offering free pull-up tests (Free?! What a deal!), and of…
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Highlights From The Minnesota State Fair

  Its origins are in livestock, food, contests, and carnival rides–and its heartbeat remains as such. But like many other events/organizations originated long ago (the State Fair goes back to before we even had a state, in what was known in the mid-1850s as the “Territorial Fair”), the Minnesota State Fair has evolved and grown to…
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