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Public Strategies Group helps government revamp its programs

When Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began thinking about ways to redesign how to support people with disabilities, it turned to Public Strategies Group in St. Paul. The organization not only envisioned a new system of support services, but also suggested the widely held views of people with disabilities was wrong-headed.

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New exhibit examines U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

In the governor’s reception room at the Minnesota State Capitol an enormous painting commemorates The Treaty of Traverse des Sioux of 1851, a document calling for two Dakota Indian tribes to receive payments in return for land representing half of what became the state of Minnesota.

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Ethnicity in the shadow of the Capitol

After a two-year planning effort, a five-block stretch in that neighborhood, from Galtier Street on the east to Mackubin Street on the west, has a new moniker: Little Mekong. The name derives from Southeast Asia’s famed Mekong River, with flowing water replaced by asphalt and a light rail line now under construction.

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DEED’s Mark Phillips is on a job-creating mission

There is little question when visiting with Mark Phillips that he is a son of the Iron Range. The Department of Employment and Economic Development commissioner speaks fondly of his 30 years in economic development on the Range, a swath of northern Minnesota dense with mines and industry.

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