Category Archives: Minnesota

When flames of racial strife engulfed a Minneapolis street

Fifty years ago Wednesday, Plymouth Avenue in Minneapolis went up in flames. The racial tensions that led to violent demonstrations around the country in the summer of 1967 spread to the city’s north side. Young blacks rebelled against an unjust power structure and set fire to storefronts. Hundreds of National Guard troops were deployed to… Read More »

To be black and armed in Minnesota

Lucky Rosenbloom’s office at the corner of Dale Street and Interstate 94 in St. Paul is covered in signs — hot pink, bright yellow and blue. The signs promise: Guns. Permit to carry. Men’s and women’s classes. Call the number listed and you’ll get Rosenbloom’s answering service: “Let my experience as a paralegal, military police… Read More »

Protests outside Minnesota governor’s mansion after officer-involved shooting

Protesters gathered outside the governor’s mansion early Thursday morning following the fatal officer-involved shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn. Protesters marched from the scene of the shooting at Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street to the governor’s mansion in St. Paul. Many protestors… Read More »

Five Black Lives Matter protesters shot in Minneapolis; police searching for white suspects

Simmering racial tensions have boiled over yet again after several men shot five people who had been protesting the recent police killing of an African American man in Minneapolis. The shooting occurred late Monday night about a block from the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct, where protesters have held daily demonstrations since the fatal Nov.… Read More »