Could the Next Standing Rock Be Brewing in Northern Minnesota?

The tension is palpable in northern Minnesota where a Native-led protest movement is getting ready to square off with Enbridge over the massive Line 3 oil pipeline being built to carry crude from Canada to the Great Lakes.

Line 3 protest Feature photo

Despite sub-zero winter temperatures, a conflict over a controversial new pipeline is threatening to boil over in rural Minnesota, turning it into the next Standing Rock. 22 people were arrested last week during protests in Aitkin County, around 120 miles north of Minneapolis, for trespassing against the construction of the Enbridge Line 3

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Critical Questions Remain in the Police Shooting of Thurman Blevins

Dealing with the loss of a community member at the hands of the police is nothing new in the Twin Cities. Because of this, the community and activists mobilize quickly to rally around those affected and to make their voices heard.

Thurman Blevins

MINNEAPOLIS -- On the heels of the recent high-profile police killings of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile, the Twin Cities has lost another black man at the hands of police. On the evening of Saturday, June 23, Thurman “Jun” Blevins was gunned down in an alley near 48th and Bryant Avenues in North Minneapolis, less than two minutes after police

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Cop Who Killed Philando Castile Claims Smell Of Pot Made Him Fear For His Life

Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension revealed that Jeronimo Yanez originally told investigators he shot Philando Castile seven times because the smell of marijuana made him fear for his life.

A memorial including a photo of Philando Castile adorns the gate to the governor's residence where protesters demonstrated in St. Paul, Minn., against the July 6 shooting death of Castile. (AP/Jim Mone)

A transcript released Tuesday by Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reveals that former officer Jeronimo Yanez originally told investigators he shot Philando Castile seven times because the smell of marijuana made him fear for his life. The shooting death of Philando Castile sparked outrage across the nation last July when Castile’s

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Trial Of Cop Who Killed Philando Castile Kicks Off

Officer Jeronimo Yanez is charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm, he’s pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Police form a line in response to protesters who blocked a highway while rallying in response to the killing of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by a suburban St. Paul police officer on July 6. (AP/Joe Danborn)

The much-anticipated manslaughter trial of the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop last summer is set to begin Tuesday with jury selection. The immediate aftermath of the July 2016 shooting was live-streamed on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was a passenger in the car

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Mall Of America’s First Black Santa Triggers Racist Firestorm

When the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported the story, the comments online became so racist that the paper had to shut down the comments section.

In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 photo, Larry Jefferson, playing the role of Santa, smiles with Auden Good and his one-year-old brother Ezra of Ramsey while posing for photos at the Santa Experience at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)

For the first time in its 24-year history, the the largest mall in the United States has hired a Black Santa, a retired U.S. Army veteran from Irving, Texas, named Larry Jefferson. The Mall of America in Minnesota hired Santa Jefferson to bring holiday cheer to children last week. But for a nation founded on racist principles and plagued by

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Police Raid Protest Camp In Minnesota, Nearly 70 Arrested

Demonstrators have been camping outside the governor’s residence since July 7, a day after Philando Castile, a black man, was shot and killed by a suburban police officer during a traffic stop.

Joshua Lawrence is arrested by St. Paul police after protesters refused to move from in front of the Governor's residence on Summit Ave. in St. Paul, Minn. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

ST. PAUL, Minn.  — Nearly 70 people have been arrested as officers cleared demonstrators from the street in front of the Minnesota governor's mansion, police in St. Paul said Wednesday. Demonstrators have been camping outside the governor's residence since July 7, a day after Philando Castile, a black man, was shot and killed by a suburban

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