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A Cold Shoulder or Welcoming Arms for Children in Danger

Minnesota political leaders and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are pondering what the state’s response should be to the children of Central America gathering at the U.S.-Mexican border seeking refuge from gangs, drug wars and poverty back home. Minnesota awareness of the children’s plight was raised within the past week when Congressman Keith Ellison said Minnesota should come to their aid. The Star Tribune article about a community meeting in Minneapolis quoted Ellison as saying, “We have capacity to help here and we should.” A later report from the Associated Press noted…

VIDEO: Vision of a Minnesota World’s Fair

Could Minnesota host the first World's Fair in the United States in a generation? Secretary of State Mark Ritchie leads a committee to bring the multi-month international event to Minnesota. He says it could bring millions of people, billions of dollars and leave cultural, educational and environmental legacies that promote global cooperation and innovation for generations. Ritchie stopped by the Minnesota 2020 studio to talk about his vision for the 2023 World's Fair and how it could impact our community. Join in the discussion.