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Posted on 14 September 2020

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Family, FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW

Pregnant and parenting during COVID-19: There are no manuals for this

Posted on 28 August 2020

By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN Ingrid Rasmussen had everything well-organized for her second pregnancy, and the first two trimesters went according to plan. When the Stay-at-Home Order was issued, Rasmussen was six months along. With her husband and their three-year-old daughter, she settled in to being at home. As the senior pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY

Neighbors at George Floyd Square issue demands for justice

Posted on 28 August 2020

By JILL BOOGREN It doesn’t get any more local than this: chocolate chip cookies baked in the commercial kitchen across the street and brought out fresh – still warm – for sale. These “Cookie Crumbs” cookies from Hosea Gourmet are offered, along with t-shirts, jewelry, candles, oils, face masks and other wares by entrepreneurs, at […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY

Ridership was setting records… then there was a pandemic

Posted on 28 August 2020

Metro Transit says it is a good thing fewer people have been using light rail since March By CHLOE PETER Normally, a summer day in July or August would mean big business for the Metro Transit Light Rails. Twins’ games would bring in riders to Target Field or concert goers might take the light rail […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY, REBUILD REPAIR RECYCLE

Green Chair Project helps homeless youth

Posted on 28 August 2020

By JAN WILLMS Resilience, collaboration, flexibility. All choice descriptions that organizations have needed to follow in these times of pandemic and social unrest. So why not bring back a project that worked before in the early 1990s? Joel Sisson and Chris Hand came up with the Green Chair Project around 1991. It was shortly after […] Continue Reading

FEATURED, IN OUR COMMUNITY, REBUILD REPAIR RECYCLE

New life for used plywood

Posted on 28 August 2020

ReUSE Minnesota focuses on plain boards that will get reused in building projects and more By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN In the wake of the Uprising, Minneapolis was flooded with a reusable commodity that residents weren’t used to seeing everywhere: plywood. Within four days of George Floyd’s murder, plywood covered hundreds of businesses and organizations along Lake […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY, PETS

People & Pets Together keeps families from giving up animals

Posted on 28 August 2020

Local nonprofit helps families and their pets during economic crisis By Chloe Peter An older woman walked through the door of People & Pets Together, a program that provides pet food and supplies for those in need. When getting her pet food, she started up a conversation with volunteers and pulled out her phone to […] Continue Reading

OPINION

Dear Mayor Frey and Minneapolis City Council

Posted on 28 August 2020

As representatives of businesses, community organizations and residents in areas impacted by the rioting after the murder of George Floyd, we are concerned by the lack of leadership, transparency and coordination by our elected officials and government agencies, particularly at the City level. We are requesting answers to the following questions: 1. Rebuilding: We appreciate […] Continue Reading

OPINION

Letters to the Editor September 2020

Posted on 28 August 2020

Police union standing in way of change Dear Editor: I am a union retiree so normally I would be inclined to be supportive of the interests and existence of labor unions. However, for reasons I don’t yet fully understand I do not yet embrace the existence of police unions. In the case of the Minneapolis […] Continue Reading

OPINION

What if I need to…

Posted on 28 August 2020

Capturing moments By Abha Karnick They look at the combination, never verbally questioning. But they don’t have to – their stares speak the question as loudly as their mouths could. I don’t think too much of it anymore, unless I’m in a new situation or back home in India. The funny looks they give roll […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY, NOKOMIS

‘Nightwatchers:’ New mystery novel by local author Vincent Wyckoff coming in September

Posted on 28 August 2020

By JILL BOOGREN Get ready to see Minnesota’s North Shore in a new light – or rather, in the dark – in Vincent Wyckoff’s new novel, “Nightwatchers,” to be released on Sept. 8. The sequel to his first novel “Black Otter Bay,” “Nightwatchers”returns to the same fictional small town on the big lake with the […] Continue Reading

AGING WELL, IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW, NOKOMIS

How are seniors adjusting to COVID-19 pandemic?

Posted on 28 August 2020

Local organizations offer various resources By CHLOE PETER Seniors at Hiawatha Suites Senior Living, 4140 Dight Ave. S., watched as Irish dancers performed in the parking lot. The seniors enjoyed the dancing from a safe distance in the dining room or outside on the patio. Hiawatha Suites Executive Director Tanya Welch mentioned that this had […] Continue Reading

Family, IN OUR COMMUNITY, NOKOMIS, SCHOOL

Why they love homeschooling

Posted on 28 August 2020

24 authors of all walks, including Standish resident, talk about how homeschooling works for them in new book By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN As COVID-19 forces educational changes, some parents are considering whether online schooling through their district or homeschooling on their own will work better for their families. To help families decide, Midway-Hamline resident Kathy […] Continue Reading

IN OUR COMMUNITY, LONGFELLOW, SCHOOL

Mississippi River connects teachers from ‘The Headwaters to the Delta’ despite COVID-19

Posted on 28 August 2020

The Virtual Mississippi River Institute blends online and hands-on outdoor learning Last February, more than 30 educators from Minnesota and Louisiana were looking forward to a special river journey. They were making plans to come together on the banks of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities for the 16th annual River Institute, an intensive, […] Continue Reading

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