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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 7/19

Growing wealth gap harms families and the economy

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Caitlin Biegler

Over the last 25 years, the wealth gap between white and African-American families in the U. S. has nearly tripled, growing from $85,000 in 1984 to $236,500 in 2009, according to a recent report from the Institute on Assets and Social Policy.

How to improve the urbanism of the new Vikings stadium

from by Sam Newberg

The Stadium Implementation Committee meets July 18 and several more times in to September to advise on key design decisions related to the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. This post is primarily concerned about the relationship of the stadium to its surrounding urban environment. In late May Oslund & Associates presented the landscape plan for the stadium, and the following are my questions, concerns and recommendations about this plan. 

Iron Range ethnic foods draw national attention

from Minnesota Brown by Aaron J. Brown

The NPR show America’s Test Kitchen shared a two-part series that writer Carolynn Purpura MacKay penned for Cook’s Magazine about two popular ethnic foods from northern Minnesota’s Iron Range. She traveled to Hibbing last January to learn about the Italian spiced pork dish porketta and the eastern European dessert bread potica.

CNBC gives economic critic center stage on MN

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

The House GOP agrees that Minnesota is doing well….and that it is because of their policies. On the other hand, some of their business communties allies are afraid to substantiate a booming economy for fear of giving Democrats the credit. It is a message with two faces.

Walnut Grove mural bridges cultures

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The painting, Yang says, shows the similarities between Laos and Walnut Grove and also melds the new Hmong culture and the pioneer history of this Minnesota community. For example, Laura Ingalls and a Hmong woman stand side by side, one in a simple lace-collared prairie dress, the other in intricate and colorful traditional celebratory Hmong attire reserved for special occasions like weddings and New Year’s celebrations.

Fresh website, stale theology

from Theoblogy by Tony Jones

Well, now there’s a slick new website that claims there’s a “movement” to bring back head coverings in worship. Oh, I should mention, it’s head coverings for women only — they don’t seem to be interested in the Torah commandment that men cover their heads while at prayer.

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