Thank you, businesses, for bringing back Crazy Days
NEBA would like to thank our friends and neighbors for making Nokomis East Crazy Days such a wonderful even Aug. 6-8, 2021. We are so grateful to have an amazing community of people who have …
Nokomis East History
What was here in...? Curious? Jackie Sawyer, who owns Nokomis Tattoo with husband Mike Welsh, put together this document for 2021 Crazy Days. The signs were posted throughout the community to help …
Rebuild Repair Recycle
It’s been seven years since the conversation about the future of the Lake Hiawatha Golf Course started. And neighborhood residents are still waiting for something to be done about the trash.It …
Linda Kjerland moved to her Longfellow home 10 months ago, from a condo in St. Paul. Over the course of the winter, she started thinking about how to expand her garden and turn her lawn into …
Come share the river gorge – a community celebration with free ice cream, canoe rides, rowing, walking tours of the oak savanna restoration along the river and more. This event will be held at …
Aging Well
Kevin Morgel rests on a bench along Lake Nokomis, observing the sunset. “I have three goals: try to exercise everyday, to take at least one picture of the sunset, and to do a little writing. I …
The Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota has been bringing diversity to Twin Cities cycling since it started in 1999. Co-founded by Louie Moore and Walter Griffin, the nonprofit …
Rebuilding Together Twin Cities helped veterans secure housing as a part of neighborhood revitalization projects in the Morris Park and Minnehaha neighborhoods. On May 25 and May 26, in partnership …
Home & Garden
Wrapping up the growing season
Although it still feels summery outside, our first frost is right around the corner. But fear not – there’s still plenty to do in the garden! I know I will be soaking up these last weeks …
LoLa artists weekend
The LoLa Artists Weekend this month will include Katie Cameron at Cry Baby Clay, her newly opened shop and studio on Minnehaha Avenue. “I’m super excited to have my studio up and running …
Get a free rain barrel
Friends of Mississippi River (FMR) is giving away free rain barrels and conversion kits this summer in partnership with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO). The barrels hold 55 …
Water wisely during drought
As our unusually dry summer continues in Minnesota, this is a great time to think about smarter ways to water your yard and garden. The same source of water supplies our kitchen taps and our garden …
George Floyd Memorial Square

Taking care of the George Floyd Global Memorial

At the center of the intersection at 38th St. and Chicago Ave. S., a large sculpture of a fist holding a red, black and green striped Pan-African flag is surrounded by a circular garden. On Chicago …

Opinion
We’re so glad you’re connecting with us, your community
You’re smart.You’re curious.You’re interested in your community.And you’re reading the Longfellow Nokomis Messenger.We’re so glad you are.We did our first ever …
We did it! We are the first Community Wildlife Habitat in Minnesota!
Many places say they are wildlife friendly. We can prove it. We have been certified by the National Wildlife Federation, using criteria they have developed since 1973 with their Garden for Wildlife …
Still holding space at George Floyd Square
America needs peace and jutice right now, more and more. There's people who have been meeting at the Square – it's been 15 months – who are holding space, and we're reimagining community …
Join our grassroots organization Braver Angels
America will be 250 years old on July 4, 2026, only five years away. We live in the longest standing democratic republic in the history of the world – certainly worthy of a nationwide …
Why is everyone sharing their pronouns?
Perhaps you’ve been noticing in the past year or so that email signatures, introductions, and name tags more frequently include both a person’s name and their pronouns - most commonly …
Voices Against Violence
'She must have done something wrong'
Broke. Homeless. And in danger of losing custody of her children. That’s where Bonnie Roy found herself while trying to get a divorce in Minnesota 10 years ago. Because of her own …
Voices against violence: mired in the courts
Editor's note: Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, this column by a local resident is being run anonymously. Like most people who have experienced intimate partner violence, I was not …
You don’t have to leave to seek help
Local and national staff, along with Carmen Yulín Cruz (mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico), and Teresa Rodriguez, from Univision, who served as the emcee of Casa de Esperanza’s 35th Anniversary …
Letters to the Editor Feb 2020
We are not believed about our own lives Dear Editor: Thank you for interviewing Leigh Ann Block and, presumably, believing her story. Unlike the lawyers, judges and social workers who cared …
What we've learned: Highlights from Intimate Partner Homicide Report
DIVING DEEPER Now in its 30th edition, the Femicide Report has a new name: the Intimate Partner Homicide Report coinciding with the renaming of the Minnesota Battered Women's Coalition to Violence …
Longfellow
Sanford Middle School has been part of the community for more than 80 years. Located in the Longfellow neighborhood, the school has a long history of multi-cultural heritage. Ahmed Aden Amin was …
The letters painted on the side of the Coliseum Building have pretty much faded away. When they were still legible the letters spelled, “Freeman’s,” the name of the department store …
The Debreselam Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Our Savior (EOTC) congregation is searching for answers, after land it owns in the Seward neighborhood was occupied by a homeless encampment this …
Nokomis
Following their successful summer production of William Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night," Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater Company is pleased to announce the remainder of its 2021 …
NENA and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board are thrilled to present the 13th Annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival on Sept. 11 at Lake Nokomis. Our free festival celebrates the monarch …
Did you hear? Crazy Days is back.Thirty years ago, folks flocked to 34th Avenue for the annual event on the first weekend of August. Bringing back a beloved East Nokomis tradition of sidewalk sales, …
Arts
Dr. Remi Douah is a listening presence at the “Say Their Names” Cemetery near George Floyd Square, just off East 37th Street between Chicago and Columbus avenues. He spends hours there …
Marcela Lorca is the artistic director of Ten Thousand Things (TTT), a theater company whose work has been grounded in practices of inclusion, equity, service and accessibility since in its founding …
Seven years ago, Wonderlust Productions co-artistic directors Alan Berks and Leah Cooper (both former South Minneapolis residents) began inviting people from the adoption community to share their …
Uprising

Investing in Resiliency

If you thought the 350 or so Minneapolis and St. Paul small business owners on Lake Street and West Broadway in Minneapolis, and University Avenue in St. Paul’s Midway who watched their …

Through Their Eyes

Elections 2021
Family

KIDS ON BIKES

Devon Olson and others with Minneapolis Bike Parks knew that kids wanted fun places to ride, but they had trouble convincing the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board and the general public at …

School & Sports

Roosevelt High School’s new principal welcomes students back

Christian Ledesma is the new principal at Roosevelt High School, but the hallways and classrooms are very familiar to him. He completed a one-year internship there in 2016, and was Roosevelt’s …