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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - MN: Civic Engagement

Union workers at a 2011 Minneapolis rally. AFSCME Council 5 represents 43,000 Minnesota public-sector employees. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

DULUTH, Minn. -- All six Democratic Farmer Labor party candidates for governor will make their case Friday during a forum at the annual AFSCME convention in Duluth. The candidates are Chris Coleman, Tina Liebling, Erin Murphy, Rebecca Otto, Paul Thissen and Tim Walz. AFSCME Council Five's public a

Residents of a camp near Cloquet are vowing to stop Enbridge Energy from building a new oil pipeline across Minnesota. (Laurie Stern)

ST, PAUL, Minn. - Hundreds of people opposed to Enbridge Energy's proposed pipeline across Minnesota are expected on Thursday at a rally at the State Capitol. The rally will be held at 4 p.m., between the only public hearings to take place in the Twin Cities. Resistance to the Line 3 pipeline has b

A St. Paul event, CodeSwitch, is part of the National Day of Civic Hacking on Saturday. (Matylda/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A hackathon this weekend aims to use computer code and real-life experience to solve pressing social problems. The two-day event in Saint Paul is part of the National Day for Civic Hacking, a four-year-old federal initiative to encourage community activists to harness the pow

Jill Pavlak (right) worked in liquor stores and restaurants to learn how to run her own brewery with her wife, Deb Loch.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – AARP Minnesota and a civic engagement group called Pollen are honoring 50 Minnesotans over age 50. The award smashes the myth that older people are washed up. Instead, the honorees are doing groundbreaking work in their communities. They come from all over the state and f

The MREW conference will teach gardeners how to attract pollinators, among other sustainable practices. (Nic McPhee/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The oldest renewable-energy fair in the country makes its Minnesota debut this weekend. The Wisconsin-based Midwest Renewable Energy Association will have music, food and local beer during three days of workshops and seminars featuring ways to think and act more sustainably.

Researchers say NAFTA has led to the loss of many U.S. family farms. (Don Graham/Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS – The Trump administration reopens talks Wednesday on the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA supporters say it has boosted American farm exports and trade in general among the U.S., Canada and Mexico. But critics say it has hurt people in all three countries by rewardin

This year's national Democracy Convention is Aug. 2-6 in the Twin Cities. (democracyconvention.org)

MINNEAPOLIS -- A diverse group of activists, organizers, artists, educators, students and elected officials from around the U.S. is gearing up for the 2017 Democracy Convention, being held in the Twin Cities next week. It's the third annual event, and Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, national director with

People age 50 and older are expected to be among those most dramatically affected by changes to the Affordable Care Act. (Ted Eytan/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's a new day for the health-care debate in the U.S. Senate. On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence had to break a tie to get senators to take up the repeal and/or replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Some insiders are calling what could come next "skinny repeal," meaning a ver

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