18 local artists have recently come together to release a series of largely a capella songs to fight sex trafficking in Minnesota. A fundraising effort by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, this project includes a CD and a release show at Bedlam Lowertown on May 10.

The release show will feature artists including the Ericksons, We Are the Willows, John Hermanson, and the Prairie Fire Lady Choir; the album additionally includes contributions from artists including Dessa, Haley Bonar, Holly Hansen (Zoo Animal), and Charlie Parr among many others.

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So I got to meet Chris Colfer tonight and he is just so AMAZING~! I can’t even handle his lovely face in person!

I gave him the Cooper and Brian mug that sunshunes sent to me, and he ADORED IT! *this mug HERE —-> *

Me: Hi Chris!

Chris: Hi! What’s your name?

Me: Nicole

Chris: Hi Nicole!

Me: I actually have a gift for you from my friend Agnes who lives in France. She sent this to me to give to you. *gives him mug*

Chris: OH MY GOD! This is so awesome!

Me: Yeah I know! She’s so great!

Chris: She made this?

Me: YES!

Chris: This is so cool! You’ll have to thank her for me!

Me: I will~! *grabs signed book* Thank you so much for coming, Chris!

Chris: Absolutely! Brian’s gonna be SO MAD that Cooper is wearing the crown….

Me: *cracks up* Thank you again!

I hope Agnes is somewhere crying right now, because real friends make eachother cry. It’s true. I looked it up on wikipedia, which is never wrong.





Like whispers from the past, or phantom apparitions, a handful of almost unreadable ghost signs can still be found on a scattering of brick buildings in Lowertown Saint Paul.

A ghost sign, or “brickad,” is a hand-painted advertisement. Once bold hucksters, they announced store names, services and products. Some of them were painted over a hundred years ago. Now they are faded, peeled, and bleached from constant exposure to sun and rain, heat and cold. Faint, almost invisible, they have a ghostly ethereal quality that speaks of a different time, before television and the internet. 

These muted signs tell the city’s story. They remind us of our heritage and those who came before us, the ones who forged the way into the present.

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Marianne McNamara is a retired jack of all trades turned writer living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Find her at


Today in St. Paul, MN we did our first black brunch. There were only about 12 of us but our presence was great! We went to every restaurant, store, coffee shop, etc…that was along our route. We saw so much white uncomfortableness and so much hatred but also occasional moments of support and appreciation. Police were called at most if not all places we went but never showed up until our last location. Ultimately it was a very powerful and energizing action that hopefully woke some of the white community up. I have a feeling it won’t be long until #BlackBrunchMN is stirring things up again. 
Shoutout to stayw0ke for helping me organize this event and actjustly for leading chants and always showing mad love and support. 
Follow our organization, The Black Liberation Project, on twitter @blklibmn to see what else we are up to. 

Photo credit to the talented bleakandblooming(hers are in black and white) and minnieleephotos(hers are in color)! Check out their work on their blogs.