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Posted on 29 July 2020

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LONGFELLOW, Through Their Eyes

‘It feels like everybody is on edge’

Posted on 29 July 2020

By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN Troy Houle is a lifelong Longfellow resident. His parents still live in the house he grew up in. He lives just a few blocks from them, as does his sister. Troy has been a Minneapolis Park Board employee for more than 25 years. He said, “They call me a ‘senior man in […] Continue Reading

Family, FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW, Through Their Eyes

‘Reverend, you can lean on me’

Posted on 29 July 2020

By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN Father Joe Gillespie’s first pastoral ministry was at Cook County Hospital in 1968. He moved from Minneapolis to Chicago, and started his new job with energy and enthusiasm. Then Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, followed by violent anti-Vietnam War protests at the Chicago Democratic Convention. Chicago suddenly […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW, Through Their Eyes

‘We just want our lives back’

Posted on 29 July 2020

By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN Bunni (last name withheld on request) has lived in Minneapolis since 2007. She moved here for college, and ended up with three degrees in art, business, and law enforcement. Last December, she also ended up broke and homeless. There was nowhere for her to live, so she parked her van across from […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY

1,000 MILES

Posted on 29 July 2020

Terry Willis completes march from Alabama to George Floyd Square On July 12, 2020, Terry Willis completed his 1,000-mile march from Huntsville, Alabama, to his destination in Minneapolis, 38th St. and Chicago Ave. S., where George Floyd was killed by police. As he arrived, the growing crowd was jubilant, chanting “Terry, Terry” and “One man, […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW

Why is city excluding neighborhood residents?

Posted on 29 July 2020

Neighborhood leaders concerned Minneapolis, state plans for rebuilding aren’t including voices from community By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Why is the city leaving Longfellow residents and businesses out of its plans for rebuilding along E. Lake St.? At a Zoom meeting on Thursday, July 23, of the 12 local leaders in attendance, only two had been […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: Just what is it?

Posted on 29 July 2020

By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Michele Braley has been wrestling with the issue of justice for a long time. She’s part of the Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice (SLRJ) group formed 18 years ago when residents of the two neighborhoods came together to explore how they could grow restorative justice practices in their neighborhoods. “The creation of […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY, VOICES AGAINST VIOLENCE

You don’t have to leave to seek help

Posted on 29 July 2020

Casa de Esperanza offers hope, resources to help families live free of violence By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Need someone to walk with you as you get out of domestic violence? That’s what Casa de Esperanza offers women, children and men. It’s hard to nail down exactly what the Midway non-profit Casa Esperanza does because they […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY

Backyard conversations

Posted on 29 July 2020

Inspectors seek to build bridges between law enforcement,community By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN The Fifth Police Precinct is the nearest precinct building to the Longfellow and East Nokomis neighborhoods, since the Third went up in flames last month. Inspector Amelia Huffman commands the Fifth Precinct, and said, “The days following the killing of George Floyd were the […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY

Tips to prevent activist burnout

Posted on 29 July 2020

Burnout affecting many South Minneapolis residents affected by COVID-19 and racism, says Paul Johnson of Workflow Strengths By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN Longfellow resident Paul Johnson quit his steady, reliable job at the end of February. He had dreamed of starting his own business for years, and the time seemed right. When he first heard about COVID-19 […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW, NOKOMIS

Homeless encamp in city parks, MPRB policies shift and adapt

Posted on 29 July 2020

By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN For more than a century, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) has not allowed camping or other overnight activity in the parks between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. This changed on March 27, 2020, when Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-20. The original Shelter-in-Place order restricted local units […] Continue Reading

LONGFELLOW, SCHOOL

History’s push and nature’s shove

Posted on 29 July 2020

Two Sanford students win the National History Day contest By CHLOE PETER Jackson Nguyen’s screen lagged a bit. He nervously awaited to hear the news of how his, and his partner, Jack Randolph’s, website had done in the National History Day competition (NHD). Due, to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the awards were broadcast online. What had […] Continue Reading

LONGFELLOW, NOKOMIS, SCHOOL

Being the bridge: South High Foundation helps students in financial crisis

Posted on 29 July 2020

By CHLOE PETER The South High Foundation, 3131 19th Ave. South, was started in 1983 with only $75. Their goal was to provide financial assistance to students and school programs in order to enhance the students’ ability to learn. It’s come a long way since then. In the 2017 school year, the South High Foundation […] Continue Reading

LONGFELLOW, NOKOMIS, SCHOOL

Athena award winners honored in shortened school year

Posted on 29 July 2020

By MATTHEW DAVIS High school sports evaporated with the spring thaw due to COVID-19 but recognizing top student athletes didn’t. Three area seniors received Athena award honors, capping their high school careers in May. Named by the Minneapolis Athena Awards Committee, the annual honor goes to a female senior student athlete at each participating high […] Continue Reading

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