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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 8/8

Lessons from A Prairie Home Companion

from Community Matters by Paul Mattessich

What ingredients make for the success of a program (radio or other), or for the success of an initiative, or for the success of any organization, for-profit, government, or nonprofit? What lessons might A Prairie Home Companion have for Wilder Research? How could those lessons help us in our continuous effort to improve and increase our impact on the community? What parallels exist between the development of this radio program and the development of Wilder Research, which grew from just a couple of staff at about the same time that Garrison Keillor brought A Prairie Home Companion to the airwaves 40 years ago, to the almost 100 staff that we have today?

Liberty AND Justice

from the Growth & Justice Blog by Julie Gehrke

Our laws and constitutional interpretations become the means to accomplish the vision. And because of this, they change. What does liberty and justice look like? Society will change the answer to this question with each new generation. Therefore, it must also make adjustments to it’s mission – or the path on ‘how to get there.’

A Southwest Light Rail explainer

from streets.mn by Nick Magrino

“So what’s going on with that train stuff?”

“Ah, it’s kind of a long story at this point.”

The other Green Line

from streets.mn by Cassie Warholm-Wohlenhaus

A couple weeks ago I stumbled across many copies of a little book called “The Other Green Line” sitting in a basket at the Textile Center of Minnesota on University Avenue.  According to its website, The Other Green Line (TOGL) was conceived as “a public art experience designed to get people off the Green Line, into businesses and enjoying nature in the neighborhood.”  TOGL is a pocket “field book” created by artist Sarah J. Nassif with the support of Irrigate Arts; it’s essentially a mini public art project based around the Green Line of the light rail that encourages us to explore the idea of connections with our surroundings, with a focus on nature and natural history of the Twin Cities.

Getting punched in the face in front of a mini peace rally only SOUNDS funny

from North by Northside by Jeff Skrenes

Two women were yelling, “Stop the violence, honk for peace!” That’s when I was punched in the face and wound up conducting a citizen’s arrest.  When I type those words all in a row, it’s so surreal that I can’t help but giggle.  Giggling, by the way, was a little painful right after that.

I’ll take country over big city any day

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The big city is not for me. Give me wide open space and sky and fields and farms and small towns.

Give me horizontal, not vertical.

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