Kristine Osbakken for Duluth City Coulcil

Kristine Osbakkan is running for Duluth City Council at Large.

“I am Kriss Osbakken, running as an independent candidate for Duluth City Council at-large, and these are some of the issues I care about.

 The City of Duluth is home to more than 2000 homeless people and our winters are long. 22% of Duluthians live under the poverty line of $11,000 a year. Over 40% of us are low income, making around $20,000 or less. And yet, Duluth gives millions of dollars to billion-dollar and foreign-owned corporations. In other places, this is called austerity. Some know it as trickle-down, and we all know it doesn’t work.”

Kristine Osbakkon


Andy Schuler for Golden Valley City Council

Andy Schuler is running for Golden Valley City Council;

“I recently became a homeowner in Golden Valley, the city I was born and raised in. I feel it is my civic duty to not only vote, but become more actively involved in the democratic process. Running for City Council is one way for me to do just that.”

Endorsed by Ecology Democracy Party and Green Party and Legal Marijuana Now Party

Andy Schuler for Golden Valley City Council 2015

Trahern Crews is running for City Council Ward 1 in St Paul

Trahern Crews is a candidate for St. Paul City Council in Ward 1. He is endorsed by the Green Party.

Trahen Crew was born in Saint Paul, MN at Ramsey (now Regions) hospital. He grew up on Holly Street in St. Paul in the mid to late 1970’s. As a child and as a teenager he loved to play football, build things, read, music and the arts as well as the usually childhood interactions with his neighboring peers. He went to Saint Paul Public Schools for his entire educational tenure, and graduated from Saint Paul’s school system with the class of ’93 from Central High School. Trahern Crews has always had a love for community development service work, even volunteering passing out flyers and supporting community Programs.

Trahern Crews For Ward 1

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MN House Ag Policy committee to hear hemp bill

MN House Ag Policy committee to hear hemp bill


Last week, Bluestem posted that the MN Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture & Rural Development hears industrial hemp bill.

On Wednesday at 10:15 a.m., the Agriculture Policy committee will hear the House companion bill, HF683, which is authored by committee vice-chair, Representative Mary Franson.

House Media and The Uptake will livestream the hearing.

The measure enjoys broad support from farm groups such as the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota Farmers Union, since farmers would like to have another profitable crop to add to their rotation. The bill doesn’t provide for widespread cropping of the plant, but would allow industrial hemp research in Minnesota, seen as a step toward end the ban on hemp cultivation.

In general, law enforcement groups oppose the bill because of the similarity in appearance of hemp–which contains very little THC–with marijuana plants that do. Minnesota farmers successfully grew the crop in World War II with very little confusion.

Photo: WWII-era farmers harvesting hemp.

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The challenging realities of growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption prompt an important insight. When the old ways no longer produce the outcomes we are looking for, something deeper is occurring.

  1. We are at or near the bottom among advanced democracies across a score of key indicators of national well-being—including relative poverty, inequality, education, social mobility, health, environment, militarization, democracy, and more.
  2. We have fundamental problems because of fundamental flaws in our economic and political system. The crisis now unfolding in so many ways across our country amounts to a systemic crisis.
  3. Today’s political economic system is not programmed to secure the wellbeing of people, place and planet. Instead, its priorities are corporate profits, the growth of GDP, and the projection of national power.
  4. Large-scale system change is needed but has until recently been constrained by a continuing lack of imagination concerning social, economic and political alternatives. There are alternatives that can lead to the systemic change we need.

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