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Laura Billings Coleman
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Seventeen teen trad musicians from St. Paul's Center for Irish Music are about to take this show on the road to Ennis, Ireland to perform and compete at the All-Ireland Fleadh in August. Come and cheer them on at a free Music in the Park Performance on Thursday, June 1 at 7 p.m. at Como Dockside Pavilion.

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With Trump in the White House, and late night comedy ratings on a roll, Minnesota native and Macalester College alum found just the right time to succeed in show business:
https://www.macalester.edu/news/2018/02/comic-timing/
Comic Timing
Comic Timing
macalester.edu

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Merci, Google! A little shot of French culture for your Friday morning...

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One of the therapy dogs in this story had to take some personal time to recover from the overwhelming post-election demand, but I'm happy to report his tail is wagging again.
The Dog Is In
The Dog Is In
macalester.edu

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How do you fight for women's rights in a hostile climate? Macalester alum Amy Hagstrom Miller is a case study in kick-ass commitment to social justice. My latest for Macalester Today: http://buff.ly/2fIf4OC
Her Day in Court
Her Day in Court
macalester.edu

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Digitally savvy, racially diverse, and raised in the wake of 9/11 and the Great Recession, the best educated generation in our nation's history is ready to reshape the college experience. My latest for Macalester Today: http://www.macalester.edu/news/2016/08/get-set-for-generation-z/

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With a shortage of housing in out state Minnesota, real estate is everybody's business. The latest from the Initiative Foundation's I.Q. magazine.

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The darling Starlings ensemble from the Center for Irish Music played a set to support the Twin Cities Academy book fair this weekend at Barnes & Noble. The keyboard player just turned 10--the old dude on the guitar is 12. Can't wait to hear how they sound in high school. 

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Click and play our toe-tapping new annual report for the Center for Irish Music, now celebrating their 10th year of handing down the tradition. Great art direction from Brian Donahue--great music from the CIM's amazing teaching artists. Sláinte!

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Thirty years ago, the McKnight Foundation took a big risk on rural Minnesota--an investment that's paid off in more resilient small towns across the state. Check out my latest cover story for I.Q. --nice illustrations, too!
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