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Can I get a bike over here? May 13, 2010

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I recently saw this video from GOOD and whether it be from lack of sleep or just a predisposition towards bicycles, I was really struck by this video.

The video shows a high level of bike traffic in Utrecht, Holland and suggests that it is indeed possible for us to give up our cars and use pedal power as a primary mode of transportation. Americans in general are reluctant to give up their cars, it must have something to do with the freedom. But as we all look for ways to go green I think it’s important to remember that changing your lifestyle actually means changing your lifestyle. If you really want to reduce your carbon footprint buying recycled paper is good, but choosing not to burn gallons of fossil fuels on your way to work is even better.

Coming from Minneapolis, this concept of biking is not new to me. Minneapolis has been named the most cyclist friendly city in the U.S. and has the highest number of bikers. So now I don’t know whether to say “Be like them” or “Be like us.” But either way I thought I would call attention to this very simple idea.

Ride your bike more. It’s good for you, it’s good for the environment, and it’s good for showing off your butt in tight bike shorts. We can all do more to reduce our impact on the environment, and biking is one of the simplest and most beneficial solutions.

I can’t wait to May 13, 2010

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A while back I wrote a post about Minneapolis rapper Phonetic One. Now, unfortunately he made the terrible mistake of attending the University of Wisconsin, and like all Badgers do (and practically everyone else in the Midwest) he participated in the Mifflin block party festivities. And not only did he participate, he performed.

But this post is not just more publicity for a local music act, it’s actually about the song. The song’s chorus repeats, “I can’t wait to, go back to, Minneapolis and just chill.” And really, that’s all I want to do right now. The feeling runs so deep that I knew I had to share this video. I hope you enjoy it.

Police brutality May 10, 2010

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The following two videos only recently came to my attention and needless to say I am outraged by the Minneapolis Police Department’s unnecessary use of force in both these cases. Please watch the videos and then read my comments that follow.

Both of these videos show outrageous examples of police brutality and I for one can not stand idly by and let these incidents go unnoticed or unchecked. If the police are going to brutalize and attack citizens, either innocent of their suspected crimes or not, they MUST be held accountable. The police are supposed to protect and serve the community, not beat and brutalize its citizens. The city MUST launch an internal investigation into both these cases and justice MUST be served.

But too often the officers in these cases go unpunished in the manner they truly deserve. I am reminded of the police officer who in 2006 shot and killed 19-year-old Fong Lee. Lee was shot eight times in the back and the officer planted a gun on the victim. Officer Jason Andersen was cleared in court of any wrongdoing and given the department’s Medal of Valor.

Police brutality is nothing short of civic terrorism and it must by stopped.

Please, if you see these videos, send them to friends and help speak out against police brutality.

Always coming back home to you March 12, 2010

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Tomorrow morning, way too early in the morning in fact, I will be heading back to the city I love: Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am excited to see my family and friends, but really, I miss the city itself.

I miss the diversity, the skyscrapers, and the liberal politics. I miss the kindness of strangers, the lakes, and Twins and Vikings fans. I miss the parks, the radio stations, and the restaurants. I miss the people, the atmosphere, and the Mississippi river. I miss my city.

My time in Iowa has made me appreciate the little things that make Minneapolis unique. Sometimes they are hard to see. Sometimes you would never notice them because it’s hard to imagine living differently. But take it from someone who has been away too long, Minneapolis is truly wonderful, and its inhabitants are truly lucky to live in such a place.

In future posts I will try to highlight more of Minneapolis’s unique and amazing features and show you that there are few places better to live.

For now I will leave you with our city’s theme song. I apologize for the lack of video, but remember that looks don’t matter, it’s about the message. Enjoy.

Das Flugtag? March 3, 2010

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Energy drinks are not really my thing. Sure, when I have a paper to write, or when finals week comes around one or two manage to find there way into my backpack. But overall I would just rather refrain from the overly processed sugar and gluco-who-knows-what that goes into those cans.

But my concern in writing this post is not to dissuade people from enjoying the liquid lightning and uncontrollable jitters of energy drinks, but rather to persuade people to get more involved with them. I’m looking at you Twin Cities.

On July 24, 2010 Harriet Island will host the Twin Cities’ first ever Red Bull Flugtag. You might not recognize the name (or even the language) but you surely have seen the commercials. And tell me this doesn’t look like fun:

So let this post serve as a notice for all you aspiring aeronauts out there. Get your team and crafts together, and even if you have a fear of flying, make sure to check out the event and let’s make the first ever Twin Cities Flugtag a huge success.

Information about applying can be found following the link below. Applications due April 16.

http://www.redbullflugtagusa.com/TwinCities2010

Happy days! February 16, 2010

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According to a recently released USA Today study, residents of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area ranked 16th in the nation in terms of well-being. Translation: Everyone love Minnesota!

Needless to say, I am not surprised. I love my hometown with all my heart, and even though I don’t share the same admiration for our sister city, St. Paul, I fully understand why people in the metro area love it so much. With an incredible arts and music scene, parks, trails, and lakes, and great city services, not to mention professional sports teams and the classic “Minnesota Nice,” how could you not want to live in the Twin Cities?

But more than the ravings of a Minnecentric fan, I think this study speaks volumes about the area in that the results come from the people themselves. The people were asked, the people spoke, and the people said, “We love it!” It makes me feel wonderful to know that residents of the metro area feel the same way about our home as I do. And I hope that this blog, which above all else looks to strengthen the greater Minnesota community, can be an outlet for the shared sense of well-being that the metro area seems to have.

So even though you’re feeling good already, give yourselves a pat on the back, metro residents. It can only make you feel better.