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The cozy conclave of legislators and the insider baseball played by regulators with those they regulate have become the engine driving too much of our state, local and federal policies and public largesse.

Do you think of yourself as white? Or have you never thought of it before? If you think of yourself as white, how do you feel about it. Do you think of yourself as a person who is usually trusted, who can buy what you want anywhere you want with whatever credit you might need without paying extra for the privilege? Can you live pretty much anywhere you wish?

Like Minneapolis in 2006, enough Saint Paul residents signed petitions to place a Charter:http://www.municode.com/Resources/gateway.asp?pid=10061&sid=23 amendment on the General Election ballot:http://tinyurl.com/StPaulBallot asking voters to approve a new Instant Runoff Voting (Ranked Choice Voting) system for city elections. Unlike Minneapolis, *St.

Minnesota’s media landscape continues to exhibit a generational shift. Aging boomers cling to the printed word, news talk sources, and television news while younger consumers increasingly get their news and information digitally. The Twin Cities dailies slipped away from being reliably family-owned to never-satisfied, Wall-Street controlled profit centers.

There’s something in the soil, in the turning of it, in the planting of seeds and watching them sprout and bloom with food and flowers for family, friends, and neighbors that attracts us in ever larger numbers. It brings together young and old, the low-income and affluent, as well as many other racially and economically diverse urban dwellers seeking better nutrition and self-confidence.

Mary Lethert Wingerd, author of North Country: The Making of Minnesota, the untold history of how the land of the Dakota and Ojibwe became the State of Minnesota.

The annual Freedom of Information Day:http://mncogi.blogspot.com/ is upon us March 16, sponsored by the Minnesota Council on Government information (MN-COGI):http://www.mncogi.org/. You’d think this would not be a necessary day, but government at all levels, remains hell-bent on classifying or labeling as private or secret or confidential much of the information that should be made public.

Record-breaking foreclosures continue apace across the country – and in Minnesota, but, despite laws designed to help tenants avoid premature eviction, renters are getting taken for a ride by banks and realtors who want them out of their homes and units so the properties can be turned over for a profit much sooner than the law allows.

From all indications, we can’t take the need for an accurate count of all our state’s residents too seriously. At stake could be the millions of federal dollars and, ultimately, the strength of our representation in Washington DC.

First Person Radio will celebrate Indian Month in Minnesota with 24 hours of continuous Indian programming on Wednesday, May 27th. Tune in any time during the 24 hours for interesting, enlightening, and informative programming on KFAI Fresh Air Radio.

Charlie Thayer will be on board to bring you his new selections in music (this is for you night owls who like to listen to radio from midnight to 3 am).

First Person Radio will feature the South High School student selected for the White House Conference and give a hats off to Rory Taylor who won a prestigious national youth award and who will also be at the White House Conference.

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