Dana Sikkila set out from Mankato in June for a 900-mile bike tour
Dana Sikkila set out from Mankato in June for a 900-mile bike tour

Project Bike

Dana Sikkila set out from Mankato in June for a 900-mile bike tour, advocating that every person has skills and wisdom to share, and ideas that grow and sustain their communities.

Traveling with a bike, trailer, and film crew, she connected with Minnesota artists, learning what motivates them to create art. The tour included visits with 15 artists, in places such as Brainerd, Crosby, Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Owatonna, Taylors Falls, North Branch, Kasota, and the Twin Cities.

A reception and film premiere will be held October 5, 7-9pm, at 410 Project in Mankato (523 South Front Street), and on October 20 at Hennepin Theatre Trust in Minneapolis. Both events will exhibit art collected on the bike tour.

Details: #410projectbike, the410project.com

When Women Are at Seats of Power

The Guardian reported on the attempts of Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, to convince the European Union that migration is a common challenge to be met collectively, rather than decided by individual countries. Italy and Malta had turned away 630 refugees on board a rescue ship; one Italian leader referred to refugees as a cargo of “human flesh.”

The prime minister said his new majority-female cabinet is one reason for changes in Spanish government. The cabinet was the result, he said, of the feminist strike in Spain on March 8, when its society came out against gender-based violence, the wage gap and in favour of pay and work equality for women. “This government is the result of that demand.” 

Primary Voting Details

Early voting for the August 14 primary has begun. Find your sample ballot by zip code, including everything from school board candidates to county sheriff options, as well as how to register and how to vote by mail.

Details: myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us