Monthly Archives آگوست 2020

Minnesota Freedom Fund addresses assault of Mac’s bar manager

At the time, the bail fund, which took in some $35 million (some from Biden campaign workers) had merely gotten people accused of violent crime out of jail, pending a court appearance, without further incident. 

That’s changed now, and the Minnesota Freedom Fund says a recent violent attack has it rethinking how it will approach its mission as a nonprofit. 

As reported last week by Alpha News — as part of its consistent “crime” coverage — a man named Lionel Timms was arrested August 14 and is facing charges of third-degree assault.

That morning, according to charges, the bar manager at Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar in Minneapolis had stepped into a back alley where Timms confronted him in an apparent mugging attempt...

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What I learned watching my girlfriend teach math from our St. Paul apartment

Her students are a mix of middle schoolers and high schoolers ranging from algebra to “calc 2.” She has not seen them in person since she, masked up and a little emotional, handed out yard signs to graduating seniors at the end of last school year.

She’d hoped she might get a little class time with them at the end. It didn’t work out that way.

Her classroom is now just the main area of our two-bedroom apartment. She shares this space with two dogs, who spend the entire day lounging and napping when they’re not muttering at the occasional passing car. The class pet, a tortoise, sits despondently in a terrarium on her desk. As far as he is concerned, his circumstances have neither worsened nor improved.

On Tuesday, she sat down to her second day of the strangest school year she’s yet t...

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7 young Minnesotans talk about an uncertain college year ahead

Well, actually, this year we don’t know what that means at all. No one does exactly, including college students, who’ve weathered a summer of uncertainty as educational institutions debated how to open campuses without becoming COVID-19 hot spots—and still don’t have all the answers even as fall semesters get underway.

So what’s it like to spend a time that’s supposed to be about self-discovery and new beginnings worrying if you’ll infect your classmates by standing too close to them and staring at your laptop as a professor tries to master Zoom? We spoke with seven young Minnesotans to find out. (And, to provide a little bonus context, we also found a professor who teaches about pandemics.)

The students come from different backgrounds and have different interests, but we he...

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Meteor introduces new 3-course cocktail pop-up: Meteor, Interrupted

Through the end of September, the tiny Minneapolis bar we know (and adore) for serving mellow, low-key perfection in a cup has announced it’s switching up its game a smidgelet. This new offering – called Meteor, Interrupted – will offer guests a chance to settle in for a coursed, grand cocktail tasting experience.

As Meteor’s co-founder Robb Jones explained to City Pages, this reservation-only pop-up jaunt was inspired by a desire to create an easily controlled and regulated environment for customers during the pandemic, while also providing an element of surprise to newcomers and established Meteor regulars alike. By swizzling together high-end spirits and techniques that don’t ordinarily fit behind the snug little bar, our humble barkeeps could make the most of skills and ingredient...

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LGBTQ trailblazers 20% Theatre Company announce final season

In total, we’re talking over 55 plays and events, including nationally touring plays, showcasing over 1,000 LGBTQ and allied artists.

“When I decided to start 20% Theatre Company back in 2005, I had no idea what this organization would become, nor how it would impact so many people,” says founder/executive director Claire Avitabile. “Our work has not just changed lives, but it has also saved lives.” 

A recent press release explains that while the company is not in financial crisis at the moment, the current COVID situation and the state of the arts scene in response has made sustainability impossible. Rather than take on debt, they are bowing out — or, as they poetically put it, “sunsetting” — before things get dire.

“Our programs and productions have given hundreds of marg...

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Read Joe Biden’s deeply humane letter to Mark Rosen

Rosen wanted more time with his wife, Denise. She’d been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive, insidious brain cancer, in 2018.

While Denise fights, Mark acts as her caregiver. Her condition, he says now, can best be described as “stable.” The overall mood is “a combo platter” of hard times and sunny patches, and they’re trying their best to enjoy their time together in the relative isolation of a global pandemic.

Last week, as presidential candidate Joe Biden accepted the Democratic nomination, he spoke at length about his son, Beau, who lost his life to the same form of cancer Denise is fighting.

The speech took Mark back to a letter he and Denise had received back in 2018, shortly after her diagnosis...

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Minnesota’s Sturgis-related coronavirus cases are here. Expect more.

The rally attracted hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country to South Dakota two weeks ago, where they partied, compared hogs, camped, attended concerts (Smash Mouth! Quiet Riot! and… these guys), all in a broad state of masklessness.

It takes a while for COVID-19 symptoms to appear, if they appear at all, so we’re still learning what kind of impact this gathering will have on public health.

Based on yet another round of frighteningly far-reaching cellphone datamining by private companies, it doesn’t look good.

Location data firm X-Mode Social created this apocalyptic-looking map using software built into apps that users downloaded onto their cellphones (read those terms and conditions, y’all...

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Minneapolis intersections are strangely beautiful

In 2014, the Hawaii-based artist set out on a one-year, 11,000-mile bicycle trip that looped west from Boston and back. Soon after, he began committing his urban bike adventures to memory via artful maps of intersections, the first of which, Seattle’s, grabbed headlines and spurred requests.

This past weekend Minneapolis became the 53rd entry in Gorman’s “Intersections” series. The piece showcases the sneaky geographic beauty of our traffic grid, featuring appearances from Lake Street, Broadway Avenue, Stinson Parkway, and several other major roadways. 

Take a look:

“For each city, I start with the intersections I remember,” says Gorman, who spent a weekend couchsurfing in Minneapolis during his cross-country bike tour...

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Republicans are campaigning all over Minnesota without masks. What could go wrong?

This is fine.

Below, see events this past week featuring U.S. Senate candidate (and coronavirus skeptic) Jason Lewis , congressional candidates Michelle Fischbach and Tyler Kistner, GOP U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, Republican Party of Minnesota chair Jennifer Carnahan, and Katrina Pierson, a senior political adviser to President Donald Trump.

As you scroll through these videos and pictures, look for the people wearing masks. It’s like finding Waldo. (Bonus points for the ones who have masks around their neck.)

Let’s see… Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud, St...

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Milks, ranked from straightest to queerest

As a card-carrying bald enby lesbian with two dogs and zero fucks to give, I am regretfully compelled to inform you this is a little off-base.

In the grand scheme of things, soy milk… well, it could be gayer. No offense, but it’s kinda basic, and we queers are mostly on the new shit now.

For the uninitiated, the following is a comprehensive list of milks ranked in ascending order of queerness.

We will not be taking questions.

20. Skim milk

19. One percent milk

18. Two percent milk

17. Whole milk

16. Goat milk

15. Soy milk

14. Rice milk

13. Brown rice milk

12. Coconut milk

11. Almond milk