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Continued: Changing face of Minneapolis is evident in caucus attendance

  • Article by: MAYA RAO and ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Last update: April 17, 2013 - 11:25 AM

At North High School in the Fifth Ward, the theme was more about making a difference through community participation than it was about touting candidates. From ward to ward, residents aired grievances and looked for solutions to poverty and crime on the North Side.

“I’m done with complaining. It’s about changing my neighborhood. I want my kids’ kids to be safe in this neighborhood, and I have to be part of the process,” said first-time delegate Dana Smith, 51, who is undecided. “A lot of us think our vote doesn’t matter, but in order to make changes, you gotta be part of the changes.”

Dorothy Robinson, 70, has been a delegate for more than three decades for one reason: “Change. Change in our community for the better. Better things to come.”

She knows who she’s voting for but she’s not telling. Although she wore a T-shirt showing support for City Council candidate Brett Buckner, it didn’t necessarily tip her hand.

“I collect these,” she said.


Staff writers Abby Simons and Steve Brandt contributed to this report.


Maya Rao • 612-673-4210

Eric Roper • 612-673-1732


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