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Games, music & art >> Connect

Posted on 04 May 2020 by Tesha Christensen


Kristi Anderson, at right holding Barney, appreciates seeing her neighbors at least once a day from a distance while they come together to sing. With her, from left to right, son, Josh (holding Boomer, the white dog); daughter, Taylor; and husband, Scott. One day, Caitlin Nightingale, whose parents live on Isabel Ave. and who is without a studio due to COVID-19, offered to snap photos of families on their front steps, part of her #frontporchproject. (Photo courtesy of Caitlin Nightingale Photography)

Play a game together with your neighbors when you join in the LoLa Scavenger Hunt. “Walks outside are still allowed, and are good for your physical and mental health. I intended this scavenger hunt to bring an element of novelty and excitement to an ordinary walk in the neighborhood, and also encourage neighbors to walk farther and longer,” observed local artist Jinjer Markley. “Also, it’s a game that we can play ‘together,’ and even check on each other’s progress by following the hashtags. My hope is that more frequent distance-greetings with our neighbors will make us all feel more like part of a community.”

Markley has lived in the Wonderland Park area of Longfellow for over six years with her husband Presley and her 13-year-old daughter. She was inspired by a similar activity in Lexington, Ky. where her mother lives. As Longfellow already has an established group of artists, it was easy to replicate the neighborhood game here.
She got enough volunteers to run two concurrent scavenger hunts – one in upper Longfellow, and one in lower Longfellow. The hunt started on April 15 and will continue through May 15.
“Go on walks in your neighborhood, looking in windows for art. Don’t forget to say hi from at least six feet away if you see a neighbor – even if it’s just with a wave. If you find art in a window, take a selfie with the art in the background – try to find all of the artworks on the scavenger hunt flyers, visible at If you post the selfie on social media, tag it #lolaquarantineartcrawl or #lolaqac. You could follow the tags to see who else is out and about in your neighborhood!”
The maps are also available online at the League of Longfellow Artists (LoLa) Facebook page or

Neighborhood sing
Each night at 7 p.m., neighborhood join in the Seven Oaks Front Porch Sing.
Kristi Anderson, who has lived on Isabel Ave. for three years, was inspired by news reports of Italians singing on their balconies, and people singing in Spain and Israel. When she heard about the local idea of singing “Imagine,” she pulled out the email list from National Night Out and suggested they step out onto their front steps or yards, sing and dance together.
“We have a pretty enthusiastic group of people,” said Anderson. “It’s nice to see your neighbors out there.”
The sing started with Isabel Ave. homes and stretched out from there. Anderson sends out an email each day with a list of 3-4 songs, lyrics and links to song videos. Fellow resident, Phil Hide, who also lives in the middle of the block, has taken over setting up a speaker to share the songs via Spotify each evening. They’ve done the Beatle’s “Here Comes the Sun” a few times, knowing it is a song some hospitals play when patients are released or removed from ventilators. In mid April, they sang a song from local musician Nachito Herrera, who returned home after COVID-19 hospitalization. For fun, they’ve also done the Hokey Pokey.
At the end of each Sing, they clap together in gratitude for frontline workers.
Anderson is glad to have an updated email list of neighbors. Sophia Kim used the list in April to put together a care package of prepared food for her friend – a single parent of a 12- and 14-year-old who has been working double shifts at the Hennepin County Medical Center emergency room. More than a dozen neighbors contributed to that effort. Neighbor Ann Prosser used the list to get the word out that Blue Cross and Allina were seeking homemade masks and to share other resources for making them.
Anderson includes a bit of art in her emails, as well: a photo of the painted rocks she sees while out walking her dogs. She began attributing them to the Rock-Painting-Artist Fairy – who turned out to be neighbor Gina Jorgensen.

In related news:


Lola Art Crawl Cancelled for 2020 as Alternative Formats Explored

Uncertainties and safety concerns around COVID-19 inform tough decision

On Tuesday, April 14, the steering committee for the League of Longfellow Artists (LoLa) notified artists
and supporters that they are cancelling what would have been the 12th annual LoLa Art Crawl originally
scheduled for Sept. 19–20, 2020. Given the high likelihood of a fall resurgence, or simply a continuation,
of COVID-19 infections, they felt that it would be risky and impractical to invest time and money in preparing for the crawl as usual. Instead, they will be exploring other ways to share the creative output of
LoLa artists with the community.

Artists have been understanding of the decision as they are coping with the effects of the coronavirus and
physical restrictions in their own lives. “I am disappointed and heartbroken,” said Maya Brown of mayamade.“I do however understand and think it’s the best decision for everyone.”

The crawl has been an annual event since its founding in 2009, and the committee members—Steve
Clark, Lisa Anderson, Sharon Parker, Sue Romain, Chris Miller, and Ken Wenzel—came to the decision
to cancel it with a degree of disappointment and resignation.

The decision was informed by a few realizations: (1) Public health concerns around welcoming strangers
into close proximity inside artists’ yards, homes, studios and small businesses; (2) Uncertainty about what
lies ahead and the likelihood that it would have to be called off as we got closer to the date; (3) The financial
hardship faced by our neighborhood businesses, which provide a significant portion of the funding
that makes the crawl possible. “Frankly, we didn’t even want to ask,” said Parker about soliciting sponsor
Normally, if the crawl were to go forward as in the past, volunteers would need to start preparations now.
“Spending thousands of hours of volunteer time between now and September only to cancel is not the best
use of our resources,” said Bob Schmitt in response to the announcement. Schmitt is past administrator
and co-founder of LoLa along with Anita White.

LoLa artist Megan Moore stood next to her mural on the Minnehaha Scoops building earlier this year.
The artwork wraps around the building, see it at 3352 Minnehaha Avenue.

This spring and early summer, the organizers will be communicating with LoLa artists and other stakeholders in various ways, using technology that has become increasingly common in these days of coming together while distancing, as well as phone calls, email, and other means. The group’s goals remain to showcase and promote LoLa artists in their art-making, exhibiting, and sales; involve local businesses in ways that are mutually beneficial; and connect with the community.

They expect to employ a mix of social media, the LoLa website, and home and business activities throughout Longfellow for community members to explore and enjoy the richness of our artist community and small independent business partners in appropriate physically distanced ways. The forms this will take are yet to be determined and will be informed by the networking and communications described above.
Among the projects in the works are a series of art “scavenger” hunts, with flyers made available via Facebook and NextDoor. Please watch for announcements and news from LoLa in The Messenger and other media in the coming months, and on social media via the handle and hashtag LoLaArtistsMN.

When you go on walks and bike rides in the neighborhood, look for art all around you—on buildings and utility boxes, in the windows and front yards of artists’ homes, and even on top of Little Free Libraries (one LoLa artist, Terry Faust, makes “Wee Weather Vanes” for LFLs)—as we continue to make and share our art in sometimes surprising ways.

“We will grow out of this setback. And we will flourish,” said Schmitt.
“We move ahead with courage,” said White.

LoLa is the League of Longfellow Artists, which is a volunteer-driven community organization that showcases, nurtures and supports Longfellow art and artists. It began in 2009 as a small grassroots effort to raise the visibility of artists living or working in the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood of South Minneapolis.

The annual LoLa art crawl started with 42 artists at 20 sites and has grown ever since, with 119
participating artists in 2019 exhibiting at 56 sites. LoLa looks forward to meeting with the public again
next year.

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Look out! Here comes LoLa… to the Highland Fest?

Posted on 01 July 2019 by Tesha Christensen


LoLa volunteer Megan Moore coordinates the Winter Fine Arts Exhibition and the LoLa tent at Highland Fest.

The League of Longfellow Artists (LoLa), best known for their annual art crawl in the Longfellow neighborhood, Sept. 21–22 this year, is heading across the river to also participate in the Highland Fest art fair, July 20–21. That is, a dozen LoLa artists will be sharing a tent during the annual summer event. In addition to some of their own art for sale, these Longfellow artists will have “save the date” postcard reminders for visitors, and will answer questions about LoLa for the curious.
Fest organizers had contacted Megan Moore, painter and LoLa volunteer, and she recruited fellow LoLa artists and the art crawl steering committee to share the cost as an opportunity to promote LoLa to a wider audience, and to support neighbors in Highland by renting space in their event. “I am excited to see LoLa artists collaborating together for an event hosted outside our organization,” says Moore.
The shared tent at Highland Fest is one of several recent changes for LoLa, now in its 11th year.
Administration of the artist-led organization passed from co-founders Bob Schmitt and Anita White, through a transitional year in 2014, to 2015, when Dave Holliday, spouse of artist and educator Meg Erke, stepped in to keep the crawl going.
During Holliday’s leadership, LoLa became a nonprofit, eliminating the need for a fiscal agent, a service that had been provided by the Longfellow Community Council. Additional changes during that time include a new format for the crawl’s printed materials, from a large folded map to a half-letter-size brochure, an updated website by David Skarjune, and the Winter Fine Art Exhibition launched by Moore in 2018.

LoLa co-chair Lisa Anderson said, “I get excited for LoLa every year because it’s fun to see what new and returning artists are up to. I am very excited that we are really promoting how easy it is to bike around the crawl.” (Photo submitted)

“I was happy to step into the LoLa leadership team in 2015 when it looked like the Crawl wasn’t going to happen that year,” recalls Holliday, crediting other volunteers who helped make the crawl happen. “Dan Goddard, Megan Moore, Sally Lieberman, Lisa Anderson, Steve Clark, and Shirley Neilsen joined me. We made a few changes that year including tightening the LoLa boundaries (but grandfathering in LoLa artists outside those boundaries), and moving the crawl from August to the third weekend of September. Our team also ramped up fundraising efforts and rewarded our sponsors with a beautiful ad in the newly created LoLa Art Crawl brochure designed by Megan Moore.” The brochure and other materials are now created by graphic designer Ann Wempner.
With a solid team of volunteers in place, Holliday decided it was time to pass the baton. “With some new professional obligations and a very active young family, I have decided to step off of the LoLa leadership team in 2019,” he says.
The new co-chairs are painter Lisa Anderson, who is also treasurer, and neighborhood arts enthusiast Steve Clark, who will coordinate several facets of organizing the crawl with the many artist volunteers.
“I walked parts of the Crawl in 2014 and fell in love with our neighbors’ creative abundance,” says Clark. “In 2015, I began to volunteer behind the scenes and have not stopped. Meeting artists has fostered a deep sense of gratitude for the riches they give to their community,” he says.

Anderson and Clark are also enthusiastic bicyclists; in fact, Anderson’s “day job” is in the bicycle industry. Their ideas for promoting this year’s crawl include touting the bicycle friendliness of the Longfellow Neighborhood, as well as the multimodal ways the crawl can be enjoyed, including the ease of finding free on-street parking near clusters of sites on the crawl, then strolling from site to site.

LoLa co-chair Steve Clark is planning to show visitors ways to experience the crawl this September in bite-size segments according to their particular interests and transportation modes. (Photo submitted)

“I get excited for LoLa every year because it’s fun to see what new and returning artists are up to. I am very excited that we are really promoting how easy it is to bike around the crawl. Our neighborhood is a very bike-friendly neighborhood – we need to shout that from our roof tops,” says Anderson.
Clark is planning to show visitors ways to experience the crawl this September in bite-size segments according to their particular interests and transportation modes.
“The 2019 Crawl promises to reveal many of the paths and routes visiting crawlers take,” he says. “You don’t have to travel more than a few blocks before our signature yellow signs dot lawns and curbs, inviting you in to explore. Key to helping new and returning crawlers reach artists’ doors, yards, studios, and hosting businesses, is showing them how easy it can be to bicycle, skip, skateboard, stroll, walk and drive to new and familiar sites. We look forward to making these options more clear and exciting than ever before.”

The LoLa steering committee also includes photographer Sue Romain, secretary and member liaison; glass mosaic artist Chris Miller, sponsor recruitment and marketing; and this writer, working with Miller on marketing.

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June 2019: In Our Community

Posted on 04 June 2019 by Tesha Christensen

Lori Mercil, a 25-year resident of the Nokomis East neighborhood, is one of three co-producers of an annual dance showcase called “16 Feet,” along with Becky Heist and Gerry Girouard. A wonderful collection of seasoned professionals will be offering an eclectic mix of dance for every viewer’s taste. There are three evening performances of “16 Feet: Dance off the Dock”, the third annual independent choreographer’s showcase at the TEK BOX in the Cowles Center on June 27, 28, and 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 at This series is designed to raise local voices and bring their visions to life. “Come take in these explorations of life: happy, sad, zany, and everything in between!” encourage organizers.

Plant along river gorge
Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) staff and volunteers on June 25, from 6-8 p.m. for a worknight along the beautiful and rare oak savanna and woodlands located just off the main trail along the Minneapolis side of the river gorge. Spend the evening planting shrubs, wildflowers, sedges and a few trees helping to build a buffer of native plant populations around the prized oak savanna area and will help to re-establish native vegetation where buckthorn has been previously removed.
All are welcome and no experience is needed. All tools, gloves and training will be provided. However, be prepared to work on steep slopes and uneven terrain.To learn more and register, visit

Anxiety support group meets
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for persons with anxiety disorders. The groups help individuals develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. An Open Door Anxiety and Panic support group meets in St. Paul’s Highland Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave. S., in Room 108. For information, call Les at 612-229-1863 or NAMI at 651-645-2948.

New youth kickball leagues
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board just launched brand-new youth kickball leagues in South Minneapolis. Teams from different Southside parks will learn the rules of kickball and partake in friendly competition against each other during a four-week season that begins after Fourth of July Weekend. Emphasis will be placed on fun. To sign up, go to, or visit any of the following South Minneapolis recreation centers: Corcoran, Keewaydin, Lake Hiawatha, McRae, Morris, Nokomis or Powderhorn.

Hiawatha Golf CAC meets next June 11
The Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan continues to move forward with a new Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting scheduled Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 6-8:30 pm at Pearl Recreation Center, 414 E Diamond Lake Rd. The June 11 CAC meeting will take the form of a workshop in which CAC members will decide on an outline for a single preferred design alternative for the golf course property. The CAC will discuss what they like and don’t like about the three concepts, potentially propose ideas that are a combination of any of the concepts, or propose new ideas that fit the project’s vision and guiding principles. All CAC meetings are public and anyone interested in the creation a long-term plan for the Hiawatha Golf Course Property is welcome to attend. Snacks, refreshments, and passive children’s activities are provided. Contact Cindy Anderson at 612-230-6472 or to request language, access or interpretation accommodations.

Annual parade at McRae Park on June 1
Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group & McRae Park’s annual neighborhood parade and celebration is set for Saturday, June 1 at 906 East 47th Street, 55407 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Rain date Saturday, June 8. Join in the fun of pony rides, live music, a magician, free ice cream cones, games for kids, a giant bouncy house, urban chickens, face painting, exhibit lane, food trucks, a drawing for bike giveaways from Nokomis Cycle and more, plus purchase raffle tickets to win a 55-inch TV. Parade lineup is at 10:45 a.m. at Field School parking lot, 46th St. and 4th Ave., with the parade starting at 11 and ending at McRae Park. More at

Hiawatha Academies Senior Signing Day

Hiawatha Collegiate High School’s 75 scholars have 265 college admission letters in hand. In all, 100% of seniors are planning to attend college. (Photo by Natanael Moreno)

On Friday, May 17, 2019 the first graduating class of Hiawatha Academies celebrated their admission to college. One hundred percent of Hiawatha Collegiate High School’s seniors have been admitted to college. At the event, each senior announced in front of family, friends and supporters the college they have chosen to attend.
Hiawatha Collegiate High School’s 75 scholars have 265 college admissions letters in hand. One hundred percent college admission is remarkable in Minnesota, a state with one of the nation’s lowest high school graduation rates for students of color. Hiawatha Academies (3500 E 28th St.) aims to ensure access to college as a path to eliminate educational disparities between students of color and their white peers.
Nearly all of the students will be the first in their family to attend college. “Being accepted into college is a really big step in my life,” says Kamren Anderson, a senior at Hiawatha Collegiate High School. “I used to think that I wasn’t smart enough to go to college or like I would never go to college. Over the years I’ve matured and tell myself that I can do it and not give up.”
Hiawatha Academies is a network of high-performing K-12 college preparatory public charter schools located in South Minneapolis. Its mission is to empower all Hiawatha scholars with the knowledge, character and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good. Its vision is to honor the humanity of all people, by actively disrupting systemic inequity in pursuit of an equitable world, and permanently disrupting educational inequity by ensuring a great school for every child.

Theatre at St. Peder’s
Open Eye Figure Theatre is coming to St. Peder’s (4600 E. 42nd St.) and presenting “The Adventures of Katie Tomatie” – an all ages outdoor puppet show – on July 28, 7-8 p.m. More at

Longfellow Garden Club Plant Swap: Growing Iris
Irises have inspired painters and gardeners for centuries. Whether you are new to growing irises or are an experienced iris gardener, come learn about the many varieties of irises and how to plant and care for these beautiful flowers on June 12, 7 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church (3207 37th Ave S.).The speaker will be Tim Moore, who has been growing irises for over 20 years and whose home garden has been on two national tours. He is currently on the board of directors of the Tall Bearded Iris Society and the Dwarf Iris Society.

Get outdoors June 7
Curious about archery, canoeing, climbing, fishing or Zumba? Try out those outdoor activities and more, for free, at Powderhorn Park during National Get Outdoors Day, June 7, 4-8 p.m. There will be local entertainment for the whole family and dinner available for purchase from food trucks. Powderhorn Park is located at 3400 15th Ave S. and is easily accessible by bus or bicycle. Plenty of on-street parking is also available. The event and recreational activities are presented by the REI Co-op, The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service, Minneapolis Parks Foundation and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Ellen Sweetman show at The Vine Arts
The Vine Arts Gallery and livelybrush, LLC. are pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by native-born Minnesota artist, Ellen Sweetman (Minnetonka) June 1 to June 28. Sweetman dismantles her layered identity, old belief systems, and education, and ideas behind acceptance. Utilizing all the tools in her toolbox, she unlearns and begins anew. Discovering her own unique process of creation and becoming reborn in art.

Upcoming events at Hook & Ladder
Dylan & The Dead, The Jones Gang with special “Dylan” guests Mae Simpson, Dan Israel, James Loney, Mark Joseph, Jon Sullivan plus Tangled Up In Dylan, & Dreams of the Wild will be performing on Friday, June 7, 8 p.m. at the Hook & Ladder, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. The Magnolias with Mike Nicolai (backed by The Rank Strangers), and The Owl-Eyes will be on Friday, June 14. The Suitcase Junket with special guest Snarles B is on Sunday, June 16. The Belfast Cowboys are a nine-piece band that specializes in the music of Van Morrison. They have become one of Minnesota’s (and The Hook & Ladder’s) most popular bands, traveling only when their feet get itchy or the offer is too good to refuse. See them on Saturday, June 22. Malamanya, a U.S.-based band of musicians who mutually share respect and enthusiasm for traditional rhythms and melodies from Cuba and Latin America, will perform on Thursday, June 27. Twin Cities musicians Mark Lickteig and Andra Lee Suchy team up to present a special celebration of two of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music – seminal soul music and rhythm and blues artists, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin on Sunday, June 30.

Picnic & Praise
Enjoy the beautiful spring evenings with a casual picnic meal and informal worship outdoors on the circle drive of Trinity Lutheran of Minnehaha Falls (52nd St. and 40th Ave.). Food and music are provided; bring a lawn chair if you’d like. The meal begins at 6 p.m. each Wednesday in June followed by worship and wrapping up about 7:30 p.m. Call 612-724-3691 for more details.

VBS at Morris Park
All children preschool through 5th grade are invited to kick off summer with a “roar” at Morris Park from 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 10-14. “Life is wild and God is good – and so is having fun with new friends and old,” say organizers. “There will be games, tasty snacks, singing and lots of laughs while learning how amazing God is in our lives.” Register online at or call 612-724-3691 with questions.

Ice cream, social set for June 20
The 7th annual Ice Cream Social and Sidewalk Sale at 56th and Chicago is planned for Thursday, June 20, 4-7 p.m. There will be ice cream, hot dogs, bouncy house, shopping and more. The annual event is hosted by Diamond Lake Community Business Alliance.

Elder voices meets
Elder Voices will meet Friday, May 31 and Friday, June 28, 10-11:30am. Elder Voices meets at Turtle Bread Company , 4205 34th St the corner of 42nd Ave. and 34th St. There will be time for people to tell or update their Elder stories. Don will be back from being hit by a car on his way to Elder Voices on Feb. 22. DeWayne and Marcea will be back from their road trip.

Clay center of celebration July 13
Celebrate the summer season and the opening of Northern Clay Center’s annual exhibition Six McKnight Artists during an afternoon open house on Saturday, July 13, from 1-4 p.m., 2424 Franklin Ave. E. See the works of talented mid-career artists from across the country and the world. Partake in fellowship, picnic food, fun, and hands-on, clay-themed games and contests. Tour the annual Studio Artist Sale, which runs Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, and features artwork by several dozen artists who work, glaze, and fire at the Clay Center. A wide range of sculpture, tableware, and serving pieces will be featured from over 50 in-house talented artists.

LSS Healthy Seniors June events
Join Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors and Minneapolis Community Education for a monthly Senior Social/Health Talk on Tuesday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.) at Bradshaw Funeral & Cremation Services, 3131 Minnehaha Ave. The presentation is “The Seward Neighborhood – A People’s History.” The Seward Neighborhood Group History Committee compiled a history of this vibrant and historic neighborhood and this book is the result. They’ll share stories that celebrate the people and events that make Seward Neighborhood an important part of Minneapolis history. Tai Chi Easy exercise classes are held on Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 E. 31st Street. Classes cost $5/each and discounts may be available for lower income seniors. Weekly classes will be held through June 24, and then will break for the rest of the summer. Tai Chi is low-impact, slow-motion exercise that’s adaptable to individual abilities. Movements vary between sitting and standing and help improve breathing, coordination, flexibility and strength. Registration is not required – come and try it! A free monthly Diabetes Support Group for adults will be held on June 12 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Trinity Apartments, 2800 E. 31st St.. Anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes is invited to attend. Additionally, Healthy Seniores is looking for “Friendly Visitor” volunteers and volunteer drivers to help seniors live independently. Call Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors at 612-729-5799 or email for more information on activities, services or volunteer opportunities.

VBS, Weed & Water, Beer and Bible
Whether you’re new to the Bible, new to beer, or well-versed in both, you’re invited to join the Beer and Bible group every second Wednesday at Merlin’s Rest organized by Epworth UMC All walks of life and faith welcome. “Come and enjoy great discussion and fellowship —beer is optional,” say organizers. Weed & Water Wednesday is every Wednesday through Aug. 7, 9:30-11 a.m., at Epworth UMC (3207 37th Ave S, Minneapolis). Kids 0 to 8 and their caring adult are invited to Epworth every Wednesday to tend to the Epworth Garden. Each free session will include a story, craft, games and a snack. Any donations for snacks or supplies are appreciated. Calling all children ages 5-11 – you’re invited to God’s Garden, God’s City Vacation Bible School at Epworth Aug. 12-16, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Kids will not want to miss this action-packed week, where we will explore the entire faith story, from the Garden of Eden to the New Jerusalem. We’ll learn more about God’s creation and his love for us through stories, crafts, games, science and music! Each day will also include lunch,” say organizers. Learn more and sign up at

Hope for parents
On Sunday, June 9, Hope Lutheran Church (5728 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis) welcomes Pastor Hollie Holt-Woehl to lead the adult forum at 9 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m. At the Adult forum Holt-Woehl will share about her recently published book, “They don’t come with Instructions: Cries, Wisdom and Hope for Parenting Children with Developmental Challenges.” The book offers companionship for the journey with a developmentally challenged child. The mother of a son with an autism diagnosis, Holt-Woehl recognizes that parenting is never easy. Drawing on her own experience and that of nearly forty other parents she surveyed, Holt-Woehl shares stories, information, and insights about tending to the pain, recognizing the joy, and finding ways to keep hope through the ups and downs of this path. The book focuses on the challenges of parenting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), and/or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

Mental illness and substance abuse
A free Dual Diagnosis peer support group for adults recovering from both a mental illness and a substance use disorder such as chemical dependency meets bi-weekly in Minneapolis. The group is sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Trained facilitators who are also in recovery lead the group, which meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, from 2-3:30 p.m., at Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave., in the Longfellow Room. Use the east entrance and ask the receptionist for directions. For information, contact Bruce at 612-338-9084.
All ages ultimate Frisbee
Transition Longfellow hosts All ages Ultimate Frisbee! Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to dusk at Brackett Park. It’s purposely a low-barrier-of-entry group and style of play. “If you kind-of maybe know how to throw a frisbee and are ok with some jogging, this game is for you!” say organizers. All ages and experience levels – we’ve had kids from age 8 to over 60.

Women’s Golf Week
Women’s Golf Day expands to Women’s Golf Week. Free golf and lessons June 3-7. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Play Golf Minneapolis courses are the only golf courses in the state hosting outdoor Women’s Golf Week events, with FREE clinics, or a FREE 9-hole round (walking or riding on a cart) offered at six golf courses throughout the city.

Catholic school partners with Groves
Our Lady of Peace Catholic School has been selected by Catholic Schools Center of Excellence as one of 18 Catholic elementary schools to participate in a literacy partnership with Groves Academy. CSCOE helps Catholic elementary schools enhance educational excellence and increase their enrollments and Groves Academy advocates for evidence-based literacy instruction for all students in the state of Minnesota. The Groves Literacy Framework™ is a comprehensive, three-year program for reading and spelling instruction designed to prevent reading problems using evidence-based practices supported by scientific research. Weekly classroom coaching, monthly team meetings and other teacher supports are key to the Framework’s success. “Our goal is to have each and every child in our Catholic elementary schools be fluent readers and spellers by the end of third grade. The Framework not only helps the typical student excel, but it can also identify students who struggle and provide them with the support they need to be successful,” said Gail Dorn, president, CSCOE. “We believe that the Groves approach is the best and most successful in the country and we want to partner with the very best!”

Venn Brewing honored
Venn Brewing earned best in the Fruit & Spice Beers (Non-sour) for its Breakfast Stout in the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild (MNCBG) inaugural MN Brewers Cup. More than 500 beers from 80 Minnesota breweries were submitted to 24 beer categories, ranging from Light Lagers to Imperial Stouts and Porters to Wild and Sour Ales. Beers were judged by 30 BJCP certified beer judges. The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild ( is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 2000. The Guild promotes Minnesota’s booming brewing industry by sponsoring festivals and special events, and ultimately showcasing the talent of Minnesota’s craft brewers.

Reading and math tutors needed
Longfellow-Nokomis schools need 11 literacy and math tutors for the 2019-2020 school year according to Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps. Minnesota is reported to have one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation, heightening the need for literacy and math tutors in schools throughout the state. Longfellow-Nokomis schools that have been awarded tutor positions are: Dowling School, Urban Environmental Magnet (K3/Math); Hiawatha Community School (PreK); Pillsbury Elementary (PreK); and Sheridan Arts Magnet (PreK/K3). Tutors are being sought for three different levels of commitment: 35, 25 or 18 hours a week. Tutors receive a stipend every two weeks, and can earn up to an additional $4,200 for student loans or tuition, which can be gifted to a family member if the tutor is 55 or older. Many tutors also qualify for additional benefits like free health insurance and child care assistance. Anyone interested is encouraged to apply now at or by calling 866-859-2825. Tutors will begin in August 2019, and spend the next school year making the commitment to “Help Minnesota Be More.”

Sen. Torres Ray honored
State Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis) was honored at the 8th Annual Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner on Friday, May 24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The dinner celebrates leaders in the DFL party who make significant contributions to the Democratic party and the State of Minnesota. Senator Torres Ray will receive the Joan and Walter Mondale for Public Service Award in recognition for her tireless work and advocacy on behalf of all Minnesotans, particularly those who are most in need. After working in public policy for 16 years, Senator Patricia Torres Ray became the first Latina elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2006. In 2010 she was the first woman of color to run as Lieutenant Governor in the State. She is a recognized local and national leader and was recently elected to chair the National Caucus of Latina Elected Officials within the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, NHCSL. She is a Public Affairs graduate from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, a former adjunct faculty, and ongoing consultant for the school. She has been a resident of Minneapolis for 30 years and has two boys, ages 24 and 22.

Submit your news
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Samuel & Davis All-Star Soul Band

Posted on 29 April 2019 by calvin

Soul Legends Show
Samuel & Davis All-Star Soul Band
w/special guest, Ms. Vickie Battle
Saturday, July 6th, 2019
The Hook and Ladder Theater
Doors 7pm :: Music 8pm :: 21+
$7 Early Bird / $9 Advance / $12 Day of Show
Jan ‘Samuel’ Harris & Cedric ‘Davis’ Brownlee have been singing and dancing since the age
of 12. Both grew up in Memphis, Tennessee surrounded by Blues and R&B ground-breakers
like Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, David Porter and The Bar-Kays—among many others.
At the age of 18, Cedric started working with the iconic Memphis group, The Bar-Kays. Around
that time Jan started as a staff writer for Unisound Productions, a Tennessean-owned music
production company that ran from early to mid ‘80s. 35 years later, they’re keeping the Stax
Memphis legacy alive by performing as the dynamic Sam Moore and Dave Prater better
known as Sam & Dave.
The Samuel and Davis show will feature songs such as ‘Soul Man’, ‘Hold On, I’m Comin’ and
many, many more— keeping the soulful spirit of 60’s and 70’s alive in the new millennium

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Tributary Reading Series meets monthly at Selam Coffee

Posted on 25 February 2019 by calvin

The sounding call of the Tributary Reading Series is simple: “Love your neighbor. Drink Coffee. Dig poetry.” Created by Minneapolis poet and performer Ted King and hosted by the owners of Selam Coffee, the gathering happens on the first Saturday of each month starting at 1pm.

Photo right: Poet Mari Moore read from recently published work. Her honors include a Bush Artist Fellowship, multiple McKnight Artist Fellowships, The Loft Creative Non-Fiction Award, and numerous residencies. (Photo by Margie O’Loughlin)

Saxophonist David Erickson begins playing and improvising on those days at noon. Audience members trickle in by ones and twos; every month, according to King, “It’s standing room only. With this kind of reading, it’s all about the audience. Everyone should feel welcome.” The event is exactly what it’s billed as—an enjoyable, politically charged, power-hour in a cozy coffee shop.

King is the curator of the Tributary Reading Series. “I was recovering from a serious illness a couple of years ago,” he said. “I was homebound and bored. I’m a poet and a performer. I couldn’t get around much at that time, but I thought I could put together a poetry reading series. If I organized it, I could pick all the ways that would make it easy for me to participate.”

Photo left: Curator Ted King chose to call this gathering the Tributary Reading Series because, he said, “A tributary doesn’t start in the main stream!” (Photo by Margie O’Loughlin)

“Readings are almost always at night, but I wanted this one to be during the day,” King added. “Originally we met at the Lake Coffee House, until the owner lost his lease. I approached the owners of Selam Coffee a few months ago, to see if they were willing to host us—and they were. They provide us with a great space, and our series has brought them a lot of new customers. It’s a wonderful connection. The professional poets who participate say that it’s their favorite event in the metro, and they can’t wait to be invited back to read again.”

Photo right: Audience member Patrick Murphy, said, “I’m a closeted poet. I love coming to these readings, to listen to the poetry and for the sense of community. Ted King? He’s an old hipster—his funkiness runs deep.” (Photo by Margie O’Loughlin)

St. Paul poet Christine Jaspers brought her three young daughters to the February event, and said, “Almost everyone who comes to these readings is a writer.” Jasper’s ten-year-old daughter, Claire, read “The Summer Day” by American poet Mary Oliver, who recently passed away.

Selam Coffee is located at 3860 Minnehaha Ave., and can be reached at 612-722-2768.




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LoLa sponsors first-ever fine art exhibit at Squirrel Haus Arts

Posted on 23 January 2018 by calvin

The public is invited to the first-ever fine art exhibition put on by The League of Longfellow Artists (LoLa), planned for mid-February at Squirrel Haus Arts, 3450 Snelling Ave. The opening is planned for Thur., Feb. 15, 6-9pm and will include food and beverages sponsored by businesses that support LoLa. The show can also be seen during gallery hours, Sat. and Sun., Feb. 17-18, noon-5pm.

“The Winter Fine Art Exhibition” will present the work of member artists in a gallery format, with one to three pieces for each participating artist. The show is being organized by LoLa volunteers, and the gallery hours will also be staffed by LoLa artists and volunteers. A wide range of media will be displayed, including painting, photography, printmaking, mosaic, collage, jewelry, and sculpture. Most artists will be at the reception to give the public an opportunity to meet the creators and ask any questions their works provoke in this centralized and intimate location.

This exhibition is a different format from LoLa’s September neighborhood art crawl, which is more of a sales event with each artist presenting a wide range of their work from their home, studio, or at a hosted location in the neighborhood.

“Squirrel Haus owners Michael and Donna Meyer have been great supporters of LoLa since they moved to the neighborhood in 2015. We love the support and energy they are bringing to the arts in our neighborhood,” said LoLa representative Megan Moore Smith.

Photo right: Nadine Mercil Corazon, “Solitario, no.4.” (Photo provided)


Image left: Jewelry by Teresea Chillingworth. (Photo provided)








Image right: “Untitled Red and Brown” by Lisa Anderson. (Photo provided)







Image left: Molly Keenan’s “Dreaming MN Timberwolf.” (Photo provided)









Image right: “Dancing with Raven Spirit” by Gordon Coons. (Photo provided)









Image right: “Still Life with Box Elders” by Megan Moore. (Photo provided)









Image right: “MN Love” by Karen Grimm. (Photo provided)

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Ninth annual LoLa Art Crawl scheduled Sept. 16-17

Posted on 29 August 2017 by calvin

The League of Longfellow Artists (LoLa) invites the public to visit with and buy directly from artists and makers in this South Minneapolis neighborhood by the river known for its classic bungalows and natural beauty, during the 9th annual LoLa Art Crawl on the weekend of Sept. 16–17, 10am to 5pm both days.

In this year’s crawl, 103 artists will be showcasing their work at 63 sites, including artists’ own homes, unique independent shops, cafés, and bistros. Directories with maps are available at, at businesses throughout the

Longfellow neighborhood in September, and from participating artists during the crawl.
The self-guided tour is free and spread out over two days to allow visitors to enjoy and shop for locally created fine art and crafts at their own pace, with opportunities for food and refreshment at our independent cafés and bistros, many of which have pitched in to support LoLa with their sponsorships.

Part of the fun of the LoLa Art Crawl is meeting artists in a low-key setting and talking with them about their work.

More information about the LoLa art crawl and artists is available at

LOLA16r_wicklundPhoto right: Rebecca Wicklund, Site 24—3347 42nd Ave. S. I’m a jewelry artist, and I’ve participated in the LOLA Art Crawl since its inception. It’s been so wonderful to have the perennial support of the Longfellow neighborhood—and a fun way to get to know more people in the community. I’ll be located at Flourish Pilates again this year with my sister, Beth Wicklund, who creates letterpress cards.

Gwen_PartinPhoto right: Gwen Partin, Site 14—3154 33rd Ave. S. My drawings, prints, and paintings are explorations of pattern, texture, color and the juxtaposition of these in shape and space. The work is mainly abstract but references textile design and things seen in nature. In my daily drawing practice I call My Daily Papers, I complete at least one drawing or painting a day. My prints are monotypes, a painterly way of printmaking where I use an etching press. I use rollers and brushes to apply ink to a plexiglass plate and often make hand cut paper stencils that become part of the finished work.

Bob_SchmittPhoto left: Bob Schmitt, Site 62—Laughing Waters Studio, 3718 E. Minnehaha Pkwy. Chinese calligraphy and painting. Zen one-stroke paintings. Originals, prints, cards, scrolls. A Chinese brush with a Minnesota spirit. Daily drawing for $50 gift card. Walk the meditation garden.



LisaArnoldPhoto right: Lisa Arnold, Site 47—Fireroast Cafe, 3800 37th Ave. S. I’m Lisa Arnold, xola arts. I’m a mosaicist and teaching artist, specializing in stained glass and glass beads. I’ve lived in Longfellow for 20 years. I’ve been a LOLA artist from the beginning. The best part of LOLA is talking to new people, seeing old friends, and getting the chance to make connections with both artists and art lovers.




Megan_MoorePhoto left: Megan Moore, Site 8—3712 E. 29th St. Original oil and watercolor paintings, giclée prints, cards, calendars, books. Megan has been showing her work in the LoLa Art Crawl since 2010. You may have seen her work as public art along the Midtown Greenway on electrical boxes.

Presley_MartinPhoto right: Presley Martin, Site 13—3129 31st Ave. S. Presley Martin’s “The Foam Project” takes a close look at foam from the Mississippi River. Through sculpture, ceramics, and photography this common material is presented in new, unexpected ways.

CrayzikatHardwareNecklacesPhoto left: Kathy Jensen, Site 45—Riverview Café, 3753 42nd Ave. S. Crayzikat Jewelry works to stand out in the sea of jewelry artists by offering interesting, unique, affordable pieces. Examples include eye-catching necklaces and earrings made from hardware store parts and sterling silver earrings in a variety of shapes that allow you to change the beads for a different look. This is the fourth year Jensen’s jewelry has been featured in LoLa.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto right: Julie Meyer, Site 20—3212 43rd Ave. S. With a desire for quality functional items and a passion for creating, Julie Meyer Handbags offer you an everyday bag showing off your individuality. Locally sourced cowhide and leather bags made in Longfellow and sold worldwide.






Jean_Bushey_2Photo left: Jean Bushey, Site 60–4524 35th Ave. S. Beadwork is my medium of choice. I learned to do fine bead knotting while working at Hedstrom Jewelers on 27th and Lake almost forty years ago. I still have beads I bought from dealers at that time. My love of the tiniest of beads and sewing skills drew me to bead weaving. Being part of LoLa and being able to welcome neighbors into my home where I can display my work is a wonderful opportunity for me.

Cherie Rinehart-BurkePhoto right: Cherie Rinehart-Burke, Site 38—4729 Isabel Ave. I’ve worked to hone my painting with a focus on oil, acrylic and watercolor pencils. Making jewelry is incredibly satisfying and fun too. I love scouring thrift stores and garage sales which enable me to create wonderful mosaic bird baths, birdhouses, mirrors and picture frames.





Blake_NellisPhoto left: Blake Nellis, Site 9—Forage Modern Workshop, 4023 E. Lake St. I am a fine art photographer specializing in portraits and weddings (and taking photos of my new baby girl!) I love candid moments and working with the human form.



Ann_OpatzPhoto right: Ann Opatz, Site 38—4729 Isabel Ave. Mittens and slippers made from recycled wool and fabric napkins and pillowcases.



Photo left: Karen Grimm, Site 51—3845 36th Ave. S. Karen’s ReKreations specializes in creating beautiful and practical treasures out of found and commonly discarded items. This year focusing on home decor, gifts, foraged preserves, and garden art!


 ila_duntemannPhoto right: Mary Ila Duntemann, Site 17—3231 36th Ave. S. Handmade glass beads!








SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto left: Jinjer Markley, Site 13—3129 31st Ave. S. In 2016, Jinjer Markley decided to weave the creative thread that has run through her life into an illustration career. She is starting out with a bang—the LOLA art crawl follows two solo shows, one at Riverview Cafe, and one at ArtPlayce in St. Paul. The drawings and paintings from her recent Instagram project: 100 Days of Colorful Flowers will be in her studio for the LOLA art crawl. Besides drawing, Jinjer loves the magic of making things by hand and will have a selection of her handmade felt chickens at the crawl.



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District-wide meeting for immigrant families held at South High

Posted on 27 March 2017 by calvin

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) held a meeting at South High School on March 1 to address the concerns of immigrant and refugee students and their families. According to MPS Superintendent Ed Graff, the district began making plans for the meeting when President Trump’s executive order/travel ban was first announced. “We want students and their families to know that they are welcome here,” Graff said.

Graff explained that ”more than 100 languages are spoken by students in our district, and one in four students is an English language learner here. We pride ourselves on our diversity at MPS.”

Amy Moore, Chief Legal Counsel for the school district, responded to fears that students would be questioned by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on school grounds. “If ICE officers come to any MPS building looking for students they believe are undocumented,” Moore said, “they will be directed to my office. They must have a properly executed warrant signed by a judge to enter a school. We will contact parents if there is any ICE activity or inquiry about their child or children. As of today, representatives from the St. Paul-based office of ICE stated that they have no intention of entering our schools.”

South High Family Meeting 36Photo right: (L to R) Marco Murrieta and Bisharo Yussef of Water Course Counseling, an in-school provider of culturally focused mental health counseling; Julie Young-Burns, MPS Social Emotional Learning Coordinator. (Photo by Margie O’Loughlin)

“In terms of data,” Moore emphasized, “MPS collects nothing related to immigration status. If parents are concerned about any of their child’s demographic information being made public, they can complete a ‘Directory Opt-Out’ form available in every school office.”

What exactly is ICE and what do they do?

ICE was created within the Department of Homeland Security in 2003, in the aftermath of the events of 911. It employs more than 20,000 people and has a presence in all 50 states and 48 foreign countries. ICE enforces both immigration and customs laws which, according to its website, involves going after illegal immigrants in the US and its territories, employers who hire illegal immigrants, and those trying to smuggle illegal goods or contraband into this country.

South High Family Meeting 10Photo left: MPS Board Member Siad Ali received generous applause for his comment, “We love you, and we are determined to look after the wellbeing of your children.” (Photo by Margie O’Loughlin)

In the 14 years since it was created, ICE has been the subject of numerous controversies over its handling of illegal immigrants.

John Keller, Executive Director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, said, “The US Constitution is a powerful, enduring document which protects us in our schools, homes, and places of business.”

The organization he heads is Minnesota’s largest provider of free services to immigrants, and he has had a front row seat to immigration protocol since becoming the director in 2005. “We have seen a radical change in the way immigration enforcement is being carried out with the new administration, as well as a substantial increase in the number of new ICE hires,” Keller said.

He stressed to families that there are only two ways law enforcement officers of any kind can legally enter a home: if they have a properly executed warrant signed by a judge, or if they are invited in. If ICE agents are invited in, they may question anyone in the home—not just the person they inquired about at the door.

To the second point, Keller said, “All persons in this country, whether they are documented or undocumented, have rights. Those rights include denying access to your home to a law enforcement officer not in possession of a warrant, the right to remain silent, and the right to a phone call to your attorney if you are detained.”

Along with rights, come responsibilities. At one of the resource tables in the foyer, wallet-sized, four-fold safety planning cards were handed out to families. Listed responsibilities included:
• If you are detained or arrested, stay calm and be polite
• Do not lie or give false documents
• Make a family preparedness plan in advance
• Remember the details of your arrest or encounter, and write them down

According to Keller, “The average length of a deportation process in Minnesota is 2½ years from beginning to end.”

“If you are arrested or detained, don’t panic,” Keller counseled. “There are resources in the community, such as the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota and the Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s Immigrant Law Project that can help. Deportation is a long, slow process.”

Keller also encouraged families to have a “check-up” with an immigration services provider (such as the organizations listed above) in advance of any problems. “The staff of these organizations can offer guidance about immigration status and next steps, help make a child care and family preparedness plan, and advise which documents you should or should not carry with you,” Keller said.

Other organizations present at the event included CAIR-MN (the Council on American-Islamic Relations), NAVIGATE (help for families anticipating a separation), and the Somali American Parent Association.

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City testing floating catchment to stop trash from entering lake

Posted on 23 August 2016 by calvin

Staff will evaluate pilot project after eight weeks to see if it is helping Lake Hiawatha reduce its drainage debris

Will a floating yellow curtain help with the trash problem at Lake Hiawatha? The city has embarked on an eight-week pilot program to answer that question.

City_trash curtainThe litter catchment (Photo left) was installed near the city’s stormwater drain on Aug. 8. Following the first major rain storm on Thursday of that first week, it broke from its moorings and released trash back into the lake.

“It is understandable that after a big storm like that one with 3 inches of rain, the first test of the catchment should fail,” remarked neighborhood resident Sean Connaughty, who has been pushing for a catchment at the stormwater drain for two years. “But still, it was very disappointing to see the lake again full of garbage after the expectation of a reprieve. So, it remains to be seen whether or not this temporary catchment can be effective.”

trash curtain collapsesPhoto right: Within a few days of being installed, the trash curtain came unmoored following a heavy rain. (Photo submitted)

Trash collected once a week
City crews plan to visit the site to remove trash about once a week during the eight-week pilot project. Crews will note the following during each site visit:
• Amount of trash collected
• Dominant trash types (bottles, plastic bags, etc.)
• Trash in the vicinity, or visible in lake, not caught by the curtain
• Flow coming from the outlet (slow, moderate, fast)
• Recent precipitation events
• Condition of the curtain

“The pilot project was initiated partly in response to requests from citizens concerned about trash in the lake,” observed Minneapolis Surface Water and Sewers Director Katrina Kessler. In the first week following the installation, she received a number of positive comments about the project from citizens.

“I’m really happy that the city is listening and working to change the situation at Lake Hiawatha. The amount of debris and pollution that comes off our streets and goes directly into the lake is astounding,” said Ryan Seibold of the Friends of Lake Hiawatha. “We have to be better caretakers here, as this spot is like a sanctuary for an abundance of animals and waterfowl, many of which are migratory.”

Seibold added, “A lot of credit goes to Council Member Andrew Johnson for pushing for the temporary mitigation and working with Public Works, and to Sean Connaughty for convincing the city that a major source of the pollution is coming from the north end storm sewer that drains the neighborhoods to the north, a very urbanized subwatershed of Minnehaha Creek.”

“This shows that the city and parks finally recognize and acknowledge the seriousness of the problems this storm sewer is causing in the lake,” stated Connaughty. Last summer Connaughty collected over 60 bags of trash from the lake while walking with his dog.

Friends gear up
During this year’s Minnehaha Creek Watershed Clean-up in July, over 5 tons of trash was collected—a record amount. As the creek flows through Lake Hiawatha, it was included as part of the clean-up. The Friends of Lake Hiawatha gathered petition signatures for a mitigation solution during the clean-up.

“In September we will be gearing up for some more projects and looking for more members from the community to join us,” said Seibold. “A lot remains to be solved with regards to pollution issues within the watershed, groundwater pumping from Hiawatha Golf Course, and future flood mitigation and ecological planning. The landscape could be more absorptive and resilient than it is today.” More at

Long-term, Johnson has been pushing for a trash-grid chamber and other mitigation infrastructure to improve water quality, such as open wetland filters, but these efforts have been delayed by the groundwater pumping situation that came to light. “Until this is resolved, I hope this temporary catchment proves an effective solution to reducing pollution,” said Johnson.

“It’s discouraging to see ducks eating plastic bits of refuse, but we’re moving in the right direction,” said Seibold.

Seibold is excited that the voices of a few passionate people are bringing about change. He points out that even though it’s a small lake, it’s connected to so much more, and affects the health of water and wildlife down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.

Adopt a storm drain
“I want to be sure to emphasize that the pilot project will not solve the trash problem,” stated Kessler. “Trash is the result of human behavior. It is especially important that people concerned about the lake be vigilant about picking up after themselves and encourage their neighbors and local businesses to do the same.”

One specific way people can help is by participation in the city’s new Adopt a Storm Drain program. Sign up for the program and commit to clearing leaves and trash from it regularly. If you notice that the device beneath the grate has material in it, don’t try to remove the grate—call 311 and a Minneapolis Sewer Maintenance crew will come out to clean it.

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Former Messenger columnist publishes new book

Posted on 24 February 2016 by calvin

Sherri Donovan Moore writes fictional novel, “You’ll Be Nothing Without Me”


Sheri Donovan MoorePoised with a cup of tea with cream in hand at Merlin’s Rest, Sherri Donovan Moore sits at ease discussing her life’s unexpected roads and alleyways.

“[My] third career is as a writer, and I love it.”

If you think you might recognize the name, it’s because you likely do. Donovan Moore was the author of the flagship monthly column, “The Old White House,” her first paid writing gig that appeared in the Longfellow NokoMessengermis  for nearly 15 years.

The column focused on Donovan Moore’s single-handed feat (with the help of her less-than-handy but helpful husband and some contractors) to renovate her old south Minneapolis home from top to bottom.

“We painted the entire interior, did major work on the furnace…put in a wood burning fireplace, knocked down the wall, changed all the lighting fixtures – stripped all woodwork on the first floor … We only have one room left: the master bedroom.”

She even flipped houses for a few years with her son. But now, the days of writing about her old, white house (in which she still lives) has turned into a full fledge career for the south Minneapolis resident who calls Lake Hiawatha home.

But Donovan Moore hadn’t always realized she was a writer. Before her writing career took off, she worked in sales. It wasn’t until she took a writing class while she was in college for her Bachelor’s in sales and marketing where her fun past time seemed to have the potential to turn into something else.

“My mother always told me I had an active imagination—she lived long enough to see my writing in the columns, but never anything [more]. When I found this writer’s group it was like I finally belonged somewhere,” said Donovan Moore.

Up until now, the Messenger column and a few contest entries were the extent of her published writing. But her active imagination never ceased, calling her to a new adventure as a published novelist.

“The story has been with me for so long…I started writing the book in 2006. I worked for 3M for five years and survived four layoffs, but the fifth one got me. The women in my writing group asked me, ‘when are you going to turn your book over and let me edit?’”

Eventually, she did. Donovan Moore’s first self-published book, “You’ll Be Nothing Without Me,” is a fictional work taking place in the Como neighborhood of St. Paul. It tells the story of Kiki Halloran, an Irish Catholic woman in her early 30s who decides to change her complacent marriage and take charge of her life. The story covers four years through marriage, separation and the new life she creates for herself and her son.

“This woman is pushing herself forward to live exactly how she wants,” said Donovan Moore, “she redesigns herself, her house, and works on a new career.”

Donovan Moore says the idea for the book came from all of her friends’ divorces in the 1980s, mixed in with some love and drama she says she would have liked to have had at the time. Donovan Moore says she sees a lot of herself in Kiki, as at one time she was a divorced, single mother looking for a fresh start.

“For several years when I was young, I gave that power away to my first husband,” said the author. “You have to decide what you want and then go about planning to get it. When getting a divorce, plan so you’re not taken by surprise.”

Donovan Moore credits Barbara Taylor Bradford’s book, “A Woman of Substance,” as an inspiration for her personally, as the main character’s independence taught her that she too can be an independent woman.

“She was absolutely independent and running her own life. I thought, hell, if she can do it, I can do it.”

She also credits writers such as Erin Hart, and local authors Lorna Landvik, Susan Schussler and Patty Janes as other inspiring authors.

Donovan Moore is currently working on her second book, which will be a continuation of her first, based in South Minneapolis and Ireland where Kiki explores the idea of marriage once again.

“What I want women to take away is that you really are the controller of your life. Nobody can tell you what to do. You give away your power recklessly sometimes, and you have the chance to live the life you want.

“You’ll Be Nothing Without Me” is available for purchase on Amazon and Kindle, and at Permanent Solutions hair salon on Minnehaha Ave. To find out more about the book, or about Donovan Moore, visit

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