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Minnesota measure would allow schools to serve lunch to poor students, not toss them out

Social justice organizations are pressing lawmakers to offer free lunches to Minnesota students who can’t afford their own. About 70 percent of school districts in the state either refuse to serve children with negative balances on their lunch accounts or substitute a less nutritious cold lunch, according to a survey…

German prosecutor seeks murder charges against Minnesota man who led Nazi unit

A German prosecutor is recommending murder charges against a Minnesota carpenter for his role in the 1944 massacre of dozens of women and children during a Nazi-led attack on a Polish village. Thomas Will, deputy head of the special prosecutors’ office that investigates Nazi crimes, said Monday he’d found enough…

Rep. Ellison sings adorably for Minnesota marriage equality

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was beaming from ear to ear on Thursday as he played the guitar and sang in his Capitol Hill office to promote a new law legalizing same sex marriage in Minnesota. “This land is your land, this land is my land / From California to the…

Minnesota to become 12th state to legalize same-sex marriages

Minnesota is poised to become the 12th state to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. The state’s Senate on Monday voted 37-30 to legalize same-sex marriage. The state’s House approved the legislation last week and Gov. Mark Dayton (D) has vowed to sign the bill into law. “After last week’s strong…

Minnesota on the verge of becoming 12th state to embrace marriage equality

The Minnesota House on Thursday afternoon approved legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, moving the state one step closer to embracing marriage equality. The state House voted 75-59 to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples with just two weeks left in the 2012 legislative session. The state Senate is…

Waitress sues after police seize $12,000 tip

A struggling waitress in Moorhead, Minnesota is suing after police seized a $12,000 tip because they suspected it was drug money. The Forum of Fargo-Moorehead reported on Wednesday that Stacy Knutson was working at the Moorhead Fryn’ Pan restaurant when she discovered a wad of cash wrapped in rubber bands…

Student: School threatened to arrest porn star prom date

A high school in Oakdale, Minnesota has officially banned a student from bringing a porn star to his senior prom because it is “not in the best interest of students.” Realizing that he was about to graduate without ever having been to a prom, Mike Stone, 18, set out to…

Minnesota House approves voter ID amendment

Minnesota’s House of Representatives has approved a controversial measure to put a referendum on voter photo IDs on the November ballot. After nine hours of debate, the bill was passed along party lines at 2:14 a.m. on Wednesday morning by a vote of 72-62, according to the Star Tribune. If…

Somali groups suspend wire transfers from Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A group of businesses that provide money transfers between Minnesota and Somalia said they had suspended their services on Thursday, forced into the move after a U.S. bank decided to shut down what they call a vital lifeline to the war-torn African country. Somalia has appealed the…

Large mob causes lockdown at Mall of America

America’s largest mall was placed under temporary lockdown Monday evening after several hundred people created a wild scene, according to the Minnesota Star Tribute. More than 200 young people reacted to a small fight involving a large group at a food court in Bloomington, Minnesota’s Mall of America. Ten juveniles…

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