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Harry Boyte to present during Civic Fest in Minneapolis

Before and during the Republican National Convention, convention delegates, media, and those of us who just live here will have an opportunity to participate in what organizers are calling "a vibrant civic festival celebrating Minnesota and American history, democracy, and the U.S. Presidency," aka Civic Fest.

If you plan to go, try to time your visit with a talk by Citizen Solution author Harry Boyte. He'll speak about Minnesota's civic tradition and the revival of "self-reliant, self-organized citizen action, in which government is a partner -- not the enemy or the savior."

10 - 11 a.m., August 29

3 - 4 p.m., September 1

Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs