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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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From the MSR Legacy Archives


As part of our celebration over the next several months of 80 years of continuous publication, the MSR will be republishing notable stories from our extensive archives of more than 4,000 weekly issues of African American news in Minnesota. Many of our readers will surely recognize friends, family and neighbors from the distant and not-so-distant past — such as from among these budding musicians featured in the June 22, 1951 Minneapolis Spokesman.  

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First-of-its-kind public pool comes to North Minneapolis

First-of-its-kind pools come toNorth Minneapolis.

A new “cutting edge” pool is expected to open in North Minneapolis later this month. The Webber Park Natural Swimming Pool (NSP), pending inspection approval, will open July 24, said Minneapolis Park Board officials.

According to a park board fact sheet, there are approximately 20,000 NSPs, mostly located in Europe. They are “living systems… They function more like a stream, lake or wetland.” Most NSPs in North America however are private. Continue Reading →

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Healing ceremony brings new spirit to Rondo Days

2015 Rondo Days Parade Highlights

On Friday, July 17 a healing ceremony took place at a proposed commemorative plaza at the corner of Concordia Avenue and Fisk Street in Saint Paul in order for everyone who had a role in the destruction of the Rondo Community to be given the opportunity to acknowledge their role and apologize.
On the following Saturday, July 18, vendors, entrepreneurs, members and friends of that community gathered at the Rondo Education Center’s Outdoor Field on 560 Concordia Avenue to bring back a sense of community, togetherness, pride and reunion from the old Rondo community. Continue Reading →

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Convention to bring 2000 Black journalists to the Twin Cities

9l-r) Rod Hicks, Bob Butler

Minneapolis, for the first time, is hosting the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) annual convention August 5-9. The MSR recently interviewed convention organizers, NABJ officials and others about the group coming to town as part of our pre- and post-convention coverage.

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