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Posted on 02 October 2020

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FEATURED, VOICES AGAINST VIOLENCE

‘She must have done something wrong’

Posted on 02 October 2020

Because fit mothers are losing custody and children are being harmed, supporters of Safe Child Act want to make sure family court focuses on child safety over parents rights domestic violence awareness month By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Broke. Homeless. And in danger of losing custody of her children. That’s where Bonnie Roy found herself while […] Continue Reading

Through Their Eyes

‘How about: Building a better department?’

Posted on 02 October 2020

By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN In one of the paragraphs that follow, Ward 12 council member Andrew Johnson speaks to the power of language. When asked about the monumental changes facing the Minneapolis Police Department, he suggests the word “build” as a verb for moving forward. Toward that end, how can we build a better understanding of […] Continue Reading

Through Their Eyes

‘This time, things feel different’

Posted on 02 October 2020

By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN When Ward 12 resident Kate Stevens was growing up in a small town outside Sioux City, Iowa, she was, by her own description, “a naughty teenager.” She got herself into some trouble, and had one appearance in court. It was a brief foray into the criminal justice system, but it set her […] Continue Reading

Through Their Eyes

‘It feels like the world is watching us’

Posted on 02 October 2020

By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN Abigail Cerra lives in the Ward 12, and has served as a Commissioner on the Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission (PCOC) since last January. On Sept. 19, it was announced that all PCOC meetings were cancelled until the new year – leaving the city without police oversight. The Minneapolis PCOC is dedicated […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW, UPRISING

Blocked: 3rd Precinct Building in Seward

Posted on 02 October 2020

By Jill Boogren Hundreds of people gathered in a parking lot on the 2600 block of Minnehaha Ave. on Sept. 16, 2020 to protest city council plans to lease an adjacent space as temporary Third Precinct police offices. But what began as a Block the 3rd Precinct Block Party became the “Blocked” Party as news […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY

Modern-day abolitionist

Posted on 02 October 2020

How life experiences brought Jason Sole to where he is today By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN Jason Sole is feeling peaceful these days. The former drug dealer, street gang member, and three-time convicted felon has succeeded in turning his life around. With criminal justice degrees under his belt, he is focused on creating a radical new definition […] Continue Reading

HOME & GARDEN, LONGFELLOW, NOKOMIS

Going solar: Southside ramping up renewal energy output

Posted on 02 October 2020

By Iric Nathanson Eric Olson is thinking long term when he looks at the financial benefits of his investment in in a solar energy system. “If my only goal was seek the largest possible return, I could have found other places to put my money,’’ Olson says. But the South Minneapolis architect, who lives on […] Continue Reading

HOME & GARDEN

Wise construction during COVID-19: Longfellow contractor adjusts work, looks ahead

Posted on 02 October 2020

By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN COVID-19 has changed the remodeling business for Longfellow resident Philip Hide of Wise Design and Remodel. These days, he’s more likely to meet with clients for their consultations over video calls rather than face-to-face. He’s also asking himself if he really needs to check in with contractors at the site when […] Continue Reading

HOME & GARDEN

ON THE JOB with Minnehaha Falls Landscaping

Posted on 02 October 2020

By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Russ Henry started gardening with his mom when he was a kid. His first job was pushing the lawnmover around the neighborhood when he was 10. He has worked in the landscape industry his entire career, starting in plant nurseries as a teen, and then moving on to landscaping companies. “Eventually […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, HOME & GARDEN

ON THE JOB with Buck Bros.

Posted on 02 October 2020

By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Tracy Kruse didn’t start out to be one of the few women in construction, but it is a role she has enjoyed. The daughter of a high school shop teacher, Kruse was looking for work after college and ended up building movie sets in the Twin Cities. After a few years […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY

Green housing, jobs and farm along Midtown Greenway

Posted on 02 October 2020

Community members push city to use former Roof Depot site to solve current needs By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Southside residents could have had access to fresh, locally grown food this summer after other grocery stores were damaged in the civil unrest. Instead, the area is a food desert. They could have had space to relocate […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY

Who are the Global Shapers?

Posted on 02 October 2020

Global Shapers Community is a network of young people working together to address local, regional, and global challenges. Locally, they are collaborating to support the East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm proposed for the city-owned Roof Depot site. (See related article by clicking here.) A community meeting and design challenge was held on Saturday, Sept. 19. […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY

URBAN FORAGER

Posted on 02 October 2020

By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN As people use public land more and family budgets get skinnier, Tim Clemens of Ironwood Foraging is helping build more resilient communities. He does that by sharing knowledge about plants that everyone used to know but has been lost. “Learning the lifeways of trees, herbs, mushrooms, and animals used to be […] Continue Reading

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