Success is hard to measure in this business. Things are better. Compared to the last 30 years that I’ve known Central Minnesota, we have made more progress in the last 5-10 years than in the past. It’s still a tough thing, though, and the more you learn, the more you learn you don’t know. Steve…

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STAR TRIBUNE ARTICLE Minnesota’s outstate cities show striking contrasts, census finds. Minnesota has some of the most extreme examples of racial and ethnic change — and changelessness — in the nation, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday. The area in and around Alexandria remains whiter than all but three of the nation’s several hundred “micropolitan areas,”…

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Steve Pederson has a mission: to make Central Minnesota a more welcoming and inclusive place to raise his children. He is a long-time advocate for racial sensitivity and racial equity but these goals were heightened when he and his wife adopted their first child, an African American girl. Now the proud parents of two children,…

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