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MSR river cruise celebrated 80 years of publishing

A toast to 80 years!

On Saturday, August 1, friends, supporters and contributors of the oldest African American-owned business in Minnesota gathered at St. Croix Boat & Packet on 525 Main Street South in Stillwater to commemorate 80 years of continuous publication of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) with a riverboat cruise celebration.
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK | Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. visits the MSR


Members of Urban Ventures’ Summer Lab stopped by the MSR office July 23 and chatted with MSR Publisher/CEO Tracey Williams-Dillard, as part of a community scavenger hunt. Much to the delight of the youth group, NFL wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. — who plays for the Arizona Cardinals and grew up in the neighborhood — happened to be driving by and stopped to take pictures with the excited teens.   Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS | MSR 80th Celebration: Legacy Boat Cruise Highlights


The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) celebrated 80 years of service to the community with the Legacy Boat Cruise, Saturday, August 1, 2015. Over 200 supporters and friends of the MSR gathered to sail down the St. Croix River to mark the joyous occasion.

The celebration included remarks from the MN Twins’ Diversity Marketing Director Miguel Ramos, a Congressional Record presentation from Congressman Keith Ellison’s office and a stirring musical performance from The Steeles. See photos by photographer Chris Juhn and stay tuned for the event recap. Continue Reading →

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Washburn Center revisited

Photo courtesy of Washburn Center for Children

The July 16, 2015 issue of the MSR carried a story on Washburn Center for Children under the headlines “Leading provider of children’s mental health services has no Black clinicians: Agency relies on other sources for cultural competence.” Continue Reading →

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Local prep star works to ‘raise his game’ for collegiate play

Jashon Cornell, right, with his defensive line coach Larry Johnson
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Local prep star works to ‘raise his game’ for collegiate play


Cretin-Derham Hall’s Jashon Cornell garnered national attention from many of the best collegiate football programs in the nation as the 7th best defensive end in the country as well as the 3rd best defensive end in the Midwest, the best in the state of Minnesota, and ranking as the #33 recruit overall in the class of 2015. He’s committed to Ohio State University. Since graduating from high school this past November, he’s enrolled in Ohio State’s offseason program and has been working with his new coaches to make the transition to playing football at the collegiate level. Fortunately for Cornell, he has a valuable resource to his advantage. He’s a cherished recruit in one of the best football programs in the country. Continue Reading →

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For the love of classic cars


The MSR recently spent a weekend late night with a group of middle-aged Black men who owns cars that made Detroit famous for its styling. The group regularly meets in St. Paul near the State Capitol.  Read more of the story below. Reggie Washington says his 1968 Cadillac Calais’s makes it unique. Continue Reading →

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