Good night, sweet ladies.

Victoria Perkins on being an artist but not making a living as one. It’s a story that’s a long time in the making.

Artists who work crummy jobs to pay the bills have a unique perspective as opposed to non-art-making workers: “People who make art don’t consider their other job to be their career and they have distance from it, so they’re an artist primarily,” says Oakley. “The people who are actually making work consider that to be their job and the other things kind of fall by the wayside.” The joy and meaning in life for many artists comes from their art, the job is just what keeps the joy sustainable. Sure, it’s not the most glamorous lifestyle, but if it keeps you in art supplies, what’s so bad about it?

Victoria Perkins on being an artist but not making a living as one. It’s a story that’s a long time in the making.

Artists who work crummy jobs to pay the bills have a unique perspective as opposed to non-art-making workers: “People who make art don’t consider their other job to be their career and they have distance from it, so they’re an artist primarily,” says Oakley. “The people who are actually making work consider that to be their job and the other things kind of fall by the wayside.” The joy and meaning in life for many artists comes from their art, the job is just what keeps the joy sustainable. Sure, it’s not the most glamorous lifestyle, but if it keeps you in art supplies, what’s so bad about it?

Jake Mohan takes a look at the group of cyclists typically ignored by most media: those who “ride bikes not because it’s cool or healthy, but because it’s the most  efficient, cost-effective option when cars and public transit are off  the table.”
Looking for more bike coverage? Take some time to read one of our first pieces about resources for Women/Trans/Femme and LGBTQ cyclists. And although you may not be interested in biking a bike now as our daylight continues to fade, our staff-written guide on buying a bike is full of info to tuck away through winter.

Jake Mohan takes a look at the group of cyclists typically ignored by most media: those who “ride bikes not because it’s cool or healthy, but because it’s the most efficient, cost-effective option when cars and public transit are off the table.”

Looking for more bike coverage? Take some time to read one of our first pieces about resources for Women/Trans/Femme and LGBTQ cyclists. And although you may not be interested in biking a bike now as our daylight continues to fade, our staff-written guide on buying a bike is full of info to tuck away through winter.


What are you doing here? Someone asks me this question after the service, a woman whose name I  don’t quite catch. She doesn’t mean it how it sounds. What she wants to  do is welcome me, and find out what brought me here in the first place.
This question is more complicated than you might think. It’s a husk,  containing the kernel of another, deeper question—a question about faith  and religion and church in the 21st century, in an age of science and  new atheists, churches in decline, the Tea Party in ascendance, and  pastors burning Qurans and waving signs that say “God Hates Fags”: Why bother? Why church, why now? What’s the point? Just what in God’s name are you doing here?


Andrew DeYoung reflects on finding a way of being Christian that he can live with, in this week’s piece exploring churches that attempt to appeal to younger congregations in the Twin Cities. 

What are you doing here?
Someone asks me this question after the service, a woman whose name I don’t quite catch. She doesn’t mean it how it sounds. What she wants to do is welcome me, and find out what brought me here in the first place.

This question is more complicated than you might think. It’s a husk, containing the kernel of another, deeper question—a question about faith and religion and church in the 21st century, in an age of science and new atheists, churches in decline, the Tea Party in ascendance, and pastors burning Qurans and waving signs that say “God Hates Fags”: Why bother? Why church, why now? What’s the point? Just what in God’s name are you doing here?

Andrew DeYoung reflects on finding a way of being Christian that he can live with, in this week’s piece exploring churches that attempt to appeal to younger congregations in the Twin Cities. 

If you’re sitting at home dreading the coming work week and wondering why the internet never seems to have anything new on Sundays, we are here to help! Deborah Carver gathers the best stories from community newspapers, and this month’s roundup is all about birds.
Speaking of birds, would you like to put a loon on it? The screenprinted poster above (by Steady Print Shop) can be yours by supporting the Twin Cities Runoff’s kickstarter project. 

If you’re sitting at home dreading the coming work week and wondering why the internet never seems to have anything new on Sundays, we are here to help! Deborah Carver gathers the best stories from community newspapers, and this month’s roundup is all about birds.

Speaking of birds, would you like to put a loon on it? The screenprinted poster above (by Steady Print Shop) can be yours by supporting the Twin Cities Runoff’s kickstarter project

Well hey, it’s been a while since we updated the tumblr! Here’s what we’ve been up to at Twin Cities Runoff.
From the picture above, Soleil Ho tells her story after attending OccupyMN on Indigenous People’s Day. Lindsay Lelivelt discusses the birds, bees, and those ever sexy punnett squares in her essay on reproductive fitness. And Chelsey Perkins shows the struggles of laborers as they fight against Cub Foods and other retailers. 
Have you missed anything? Take a peek!

Well hey, it’s been a while since we updated the tumblr! Here’s what we’ve been up to at Twin Cities Runoff.

From the picture above, Soleil Ho tells her story after attending OccupyMN on Indigenous People’s Day. Lindsay Lelivelt discusses the birds, bees, and those ever sexy punnett squares in her essay on reproductive fitness. And Chelsey Perkins shows the struggles of laborers as they fight against Cub Foods and other retailers

Have you missed anything? Take a peek!


A lot of times, young people say they don’t know where else to shop, or  have tried a couple of discount furniture stores that were still way  over budget and scared away anyone with an entry-level salary and  massive student loans. Some of us avoid furniture stores entirely  because they just look expensive. But one of the benefits to  living in a mid-sized city is that you can continuously find good deals  on used furniture without hypervigilant stakeouts to beat everyone else  to the good stuff. For the most part, shopping at smaller stores is much  less stressful than driving out to the supercrowded superstore, where  it’s not actually that much cheaper, and where you wind up buying a  bunch of extra stuff you don’t really need that’s going to break in a  couple of years. You don’t have to buy a whole bunch of new things at  once to make your place look good.

This week we talk about making your house look nice, for not too much money, without heading to buy flat-paks in Bloomington. 

A lot of times, young people say they don’t know where else to shop, or have tried a couple of discount furniture stores that were still way over budget and scared away anyone with an entry-level salary and massive student loans. Some of us avoid furniture stores entirely because they just look expensive. But one of the benefits to living in a mid-sized city is that you can continuously find good deals on used furniture without hypervigilant stakeouts to beat everyone else to the good stuff. For the most part, shopping at smaller stores is much less stressful than driving out to the supercrowded superstore, where it’s not actually that much cheaper, and where you wind up buying a bunch of extra stuff you don’t really need that’s going to break in a couple of years. You don’t have to buy a whole bunch of new things at once to make your place look good.

This week we talk about making your house look nice, for not too much money, without heading to buy flat-paks in Bloomington. 

liquidchroma:

chuckolsen:

Minnesota Community Pride Showcase // InCommons + Bush Foundation + MinnPost + The UpTake

Plus, the Runoff crew popping up in some snazzy shirts!

Hey, we’re in this video! Look at those beautiful blue t-shirts!

stuffaboutminneapolis:

Every so often I come out with a list of Minnesota “organizations” that have a presence on Tumblr. Many of these groups work at their Tumblr and keep posting updated information about themselves, while others get hot and heavy for a few months and then fizzle out maybe because the Summer intern…

Hey, we’re on this list! Thanks for including us! (Even though we don’t use Tumblr best practices all the time, but we try!)

Official-looking in our official t-shirts in front of official cameras at Minnesota Community Pride Day. Photo via The Uptake.

Official-looking in our official t-shirts in front of official cameras at Minnesota Community Pride Day. Photo via The Uptake.

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