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Past articles by Randy:

Longtime shoeshine stand loses concession at MSP airport

Rosemary Zeno, who operated the family small Black-owned company, was in tears after the vote. → Read More

University of Minnesota associate dean's behavior questioned in student's rape case

A U official helped find a lawyer for a Chinese billionaire after a student alleged she was raped, according to court filing. → Read More

Racial covenants found embedded in Ramsey County property deeds

The research is far from complete, but the Mapping Prejudice group plans to launch a dialogue about the consequences of racial covenants in Ramsey County as it has in Hennepin County. → Read More

Former Star Tribune columnist Jim Klobuchar celebrated at memorial service

He died May 12, 2021, at the age of 93, and was buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. The public service was postponed until Friday due to COVID-19. → Read More

Special Olympics USA games coming to Twin Cities in 2026

The Twin Cities hosted the 1991 International Special Olympics, which drew nearly 130,000 fans over seven days of competition in 16 sports. About 6,000 athletes from around the world participated. → Read More

As police claims of PTSD soar in Minneapolis, public officials scramble to find solutions

In Minneapolis, the city has already paid out more than $20 million in workers' comp claims to cops. → Read More

George Floyd protester receives $2.4 million payout from Minneapolis after losing eye to a police projectile

Soren Stevenson sued the city in federal court after he was hit by a 40mm blunt impact projectile fired by police officer. → Read More

Former Hennepin County Library Director Chad Helton fails to win Seattle library job

The board unanimously chose Tom Fay, never mentioned Helton in public comments. → Read More

Michelle Gross and the Minnesota group she leads seek to hold police accountable

The president of Communities United Against Police Brutality says she believes in policing "that serves the needs of the community." → Read More

Hennepin Library Director Chad Helton acknowledges new county residency policy

Helton was interviewed virtually for the job of chief librarian in Seattle on Thursday. → Read More

History Theatre's 'Not for Sale' unearths a painful episode of racism in South St. Paul

A man's battle against bigotry becomes the subject of a play inspired by his daughter. → Read More

Minneapolis police training, policies under microscope in trial of 3 ex-cops in George Floyd's death

The fourth former officer, Derek Chauvin, has pleaded guilty to federal charges after being convicted in state court of murdering Floyd. → Read More

Clyde Bellecourt, AIM co-founder and longtime civil rights leader, dies

One of the most important leaders in the history of the American Indian struggle for civil rights, he was 85. → Read More

Longtime civil rights activist Mel Reeves dies of complications from COVID-19

Reeves, 64, was at the forefront of community activism. → Read More

Lowell Erdahl, former Lutheran bishop and social justice advocate, dies at 90

He was an outspoken advocate on issues of peace, social justice and inclusion of women and gays in the ministry. → Read More

Wright family, activists cheer Kimberly Potter verdict

A crowd erupted in cheers outside the Hennepin County Courthouse on Thursday as the two guilty verdicts were announced in former police officer Kimberly Potter's manslaughter trial for shooting Daunte Wright. → Read More

Some thought Kimberly Potter's emotional testimony was genuine; others say she was acting

Those with a law enforcement background had a different take from community activists on the Potter trial → Read More

Albert Lea bar owner goes on trial for resisting state COVID mandates

Lisa Hanson, who is representing herself in court, again found herself battling officials in the legal establishment, who found many of her arguments without merit or in violation of law or court procedure. → Read More

Would Travis's Law have helped Travis Jordan in 2018? Maybe not, some say

Minneapolis mental health responders will not go into situations where violence is possible until police consider it safe. → Read More

Rent escrow requirement prevents tenants from challenging poor living conditions, lawyers say

Landlords benefit from a court directive that is a violation of due process, housing litigators say. → Read More