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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 10/24

Policy choices cut poverty in half; easing the strain of midlife career shifts; confessions of an unaffiliated Jew; and more.

Policy choices cut poverty nearly in half

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Clark Biegler

Public policies like Social Security, refundable tax credits and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cut poverty in the U.S. nearly in half in 2013.

Flexibility, focus ease strain of midlife career shifts

from The Middle Stages by Amy Gage

This so-called “hidden job market” — in which a matrix of personal and professional connections opens doors — accounts for up to 80 percent of new hires, according to Forbes magazine.

Confessions of an unaffiliated Jew

from TC Jewfolk by Galit Breen

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And the third, probably most important, part of this decision-making is that our past experiences with Minnesota Nice and the Minnesota Jewish community leads us to wonder if joining a synagogue will necessarily lead us to the community we crave.

Franconia, up close: A visit to a rural Minnesota sculpture park


Touring Franconia Sculpture Park, Part II

from Minnesota Prairie Roots

Audrey Kletscher Helbling takes you on a photographic tour of the 25-acre Franconia Sculpture Park in rural Shafer, Minnesota.

Tools of the trade: Jeremy Warden

from Stubble by Tom Johnson

Jeremy Ward is a Minneapolis-based musician whose new EP is entiteld “& Loneliness” it’s released on cassette on Suntanman Records and is available at and some local record stores.

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