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Don’t Tell Me: Bobby Blue

An anthem of self-love and acceptance, of capturing and taking control of your own destiny is Bobby Blue’s unrecognizable reimagined cover of Madonna’s classic song, “Don’t Tell Me.” Bobby Blue is a Costa Rican American countertenor singer and songwriter who has learned a certain way of communicating as a performer. Blue grew up in a…

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Maria Isa Takes Us Outside With Her New Album

“I’ve been involved in cultural arts since I took my first breath on this planet,” says Maria Isa, a proud Puerto Rican raised on the West Side of St. Paul. “I was raised on traditional Afro-Puerto Rican, Afro-Boricua music of Bomba and Plena. That is a part of my blood.” Isa has been performing since…

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The Second Time Around: Andrew Walesch

“Nobody hates Frank Sinatra,” says Andrew Walesch, the musical director at Crooner’s Supper Club in Fridley, Minnesota. For those who missed seeing the famous singer perform his iconic songs now have a second chance to experience the magic of nostalgia through Walesch. He says, “There are people that love Sinatra, and there are people that…

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Black Hart Creates New Legacy in Saint Paul

On Saturday, July 30 at Allianz Field the Minnesota United FC will be playing their annual Pride game against Portland Timbers. For soccer fans and pride celebrators alike there is a neighborhood bar serving both niches.  The Black Hart in the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul is “the new spiritual home for soccer in the…

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Making a Splash: Minnesota Ice Swim Club

“Persistence pays,” says Josh Tomashek, one of the coaches of the Minnesota Ice Swim Club. He and his fellow coach Luke Paquin have recently breathed new life into the LGBTQ focused sports team and are ready to take it for another lap. Tomashek says, “a lot of the gains that are made in swimming really…

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Regarding Janus – Paula Boggs Band

My highest belief is in duality. Not one thing is one thing only. Human nature is to force a category, a label to everything we experience. We mark our lives on a linear timeline and organize it into chapters. The point where a chapter ends, it also begins. It’s in these transitions that I find…

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Diversity & Inclusion at the Minnesota National Guard

The Minnesota National Guard has been way ahead of the game when it comes to diversity and inclusion compared to other military organizations. Major Corey Robinson, the current Director of Diversity and Inclusion, says that their efforts started more than ten years ago, which is twice as long as other national guards.  He recalls a…

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Life is Experiential: Brigadier General Dan Gabrielli

They say life is a gift. The unwrapping of life’s present is usually a cascade of mysteries of the unknown. No matter the qualities of what you get, they can all be categorized as one: experiences. Brigadier General Dan Gabrielli, the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Minnesota National Guard says, “It’s the gift of experience…

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Holding Out For Hero: Captain Forrest Jennings

Like many heroes, Captain Forrest Jennings of the Minnesota National Guard has been on a quest.  What started as a personal mission to “change the stars” has become a humanitarian campaign to help others master their own fate as he did. Coming from a difficult upbringing and a conservative environment where he wasn’t comfortable to…

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Ukrainian Alien: From Minneapolis with Love

What started as a loving inside joke and nickname, revealed the inspiring story and individual: Denys Pashynskyi (pronounced Dennis). Denys, a fiery and delightfully boisterous Ukrainian immigrant is a lover of diversity, diverse experiences, and creativity. Making his acquaintance and knowing his story inspires more than he probably realizes.  Denys grew up in the small…

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