Becky Timm named Twin Cities Medical Society CEO
Twin Cities Medical Society is pleased to announce that Becky Timm has been named as the organization’s new CEO. Timm is a seasoned nonprofit executive, with 25 years of experience working in …
Add long-blooming perennials for color all season
Many of us would love to have a yard full of beautiful flowering plants that bloom all season long, providing food for pollinators as well as visual interest. Lots of perennials have showy flowers in …
Home renovations to age in place
At age 69, I was a “silver sneaker” poster child – fit and healthy, living on my own, fiercely independent and proud of it. Ironically, my main fitness exercise, avid fast walking …
Uncle's bookstore finds new home in Longfellow
The civil unrest following George Floyd’s murder in 2020 delivered a double blow to Don Blyly, the longtime owner of the Chicago Avenue business with the double name: Uncle Edgar’s …
NENA welcomes new executive director
Our board of directors is thrilled to announce to our neighbors the hire of new executive director Brandon Long. Brandon moved to the Highland neighborhood of Saint Paul from Iowa with his wife in …
DFL endorses Zaynab Mohamed, Emma Greenman, Sencer-Mura as district 63 candidates
Over the course of two lengthy meetings in April, the Senate District 63 Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) party held its endorsing convention and endorsed three candidates to the state legislature.On …
Nokomis Days (formerly 'Crazy Days') is back first weekend in August
We're excited to report that planning is already underway for Nokomis Days the first weekend in August!Last year, we had events in every corner of Nokomis East, from live music, sidewalk sales, and …
Engage with your community, join LCC Board
The Longfellow Community Council is looking for new volunteers for our board of directors. Our board is made up of passionate community leaders, like one of our newest board members, Annie Wang. …
Local theater company performs 'the Miser'
Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater Company is pleased to announce their spring 2022 production, "The Miser" by Jean-Baptiste Moliere, honoring the playwright in the 400th anniversary of his …
QUESTION FOR YOU

Home & Garden
Go native in your yard for bugs, birds, beauty and biodiversity
Despite the roller-coaster temperatures and freeze-thaw hazards in Minneapolis this month, after all it is March and the familiar flowers of spring will soon emerge. But as many people anticipate and …
How to create a food forest
Food forests represent an abundant past and a hopeful future. A diverse planting of native trees, shrubs, and perennials that bear edible flowers, fruit, nuts, and seeds; food forests grow all the …
Wondering what to plant in those tough spots?
As a Master Gardener, people ask me lots of questions about their yards, but probably the most common type of question is “I have a spot that’s hard to grow things in. What should I plant …
PASSIONATE ABOUT BUNGALOWS
What is the history of the Bungalow Club?Longtime Bungalow Club President Tim Counts: The Twin Cities Bungalow Club was started in 1995 by Kristi Johnson, who lived with her husband in a Longfellow …
Plan It MARCH 2022
'The Miser' audtions coming upClassics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater Company is pleased to announce a 2022 Season where everything old is new again. It will be highlighted by four productions of …
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 …

Rebuild Repair Recycle
Longtime Feline Rescue volunteer Nancy Miller writes monthly newsletters and works as a shift lead. “I love this work because I see first-hand the difference that volunteering makes in the …
The non-profit electronics recycler Tech Dump just celebrated its 10th anniversary. With retail outlets now in St. Paul and Golden Valley, they provide an affordable, reliable source of refurbished …
Many buildings that serve Native Americans across the Twin Cities are outdated and dilapidated, making it even tougher to help those in need, according to Dr. Joe Hobot, president and CEO of the …
Aging Well
It is widely known that aging is accompanied by varying rates and degrees of cognitive decline. However, neuroscience research has revealed that by keeping physically, socially, and mentally active …
By SUSAN SCHAEFER Much has been written about the benefits of exercise and being outdoors to beat the blues. According to a recent report from the American Psychological Association, “There …
Imagine that we are standing on the banks of the Mississippi River. It is in fact a few blocks east of where I live in south Minneapolis. Imagine with the writing of this column, I am leaving the …
Opinion
Faced with controversy, park board once again fails to govern
The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is in a difficult position when it comes to Lake Hiawatha and the Hiawatha Golf Course. It has been eight years since the 2014 flood that inundated the golf …
My personal connection to Ukraine
On a spring afternoon in June 2017, I’m bounding along a country highway in a minivan with four other passengers. I’m gazing out the window across a green sea of a waist-high crop …
Park board: Please move master plan forward
If adopting the much-needed Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan were a round of golf, some of the park board commissioners would get a penalty for slow play. The master plan addresses the current …
Golf course designed to sink
The golf course I grew up on was only nine holes, but it was stunningly beautiful in the rolling hills of a southern Minnesota river valley and our community was very proud of what we had. People …
Messenger has my attention
The April issue got my attention with its outstanding coverage of local community issues. The renaming of a street to honor exemplary fire chief John Cheatham along with the Token POC column by Abha …
Voices Against Violence
‘I RAN’
At 25, Sarah* doesn’t speak to her dad. And she points the finger squarely at him and how he treated her before and after her parents’ divorce.She knows that people often blame mom when a …
Professor gives tips to helpers on how to help families affected
Like many issues, domestic abuse situations have only been heightened by COVID-19. Jerrod Brown, a professor at Concordia University and program director for the Master of Arts degree in human …
They took her children away
When Starr Jones* tells her story, people can’t believe this is happening in Minnesota. They can’t believe that the dad was investigated by child protection when their first daughter was …
'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 …
Longfellow
MAY DAY RETURNS MAY 1MayDay 2022 will look different from MayDays past. This year, instead of a parade there will be an art-filled political and cultural festival on May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the …
A new children's book explores a city park through the seasons. Edith Marie Karras has been taking pictures for over 30 years, and has lived in Minneapolis since 1985. She is a Powderhorn resident. …
Dight Ave is no longer named after a man who launched a crusade to bring the eugenics movement to Minnesota and wrote fan letters to Hitler. Instead, it has been renamed to honor John Cheatham, a man …
Nokomis
WALK FOR PEACE AROUND LAKE NOKOMISWhile some might consider their act of giving in May to be walking from door-to-door hanging gift baskets, at Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis you will find a whole …
Like everyone else, a sock needs a friend. And with that in mind, Kia Heise and Chris D. Park wrote their second children’s book “Little Sock Makes a Friend.” The book by the …
Join us on Saturday, April 23, from 4 -7 p.m. for the spring Food Truck Rally! Gather with our neighbors for great food, live music, lots of mingling, and raising funds for NENA’s community …
Arts
Becoming an activist in a worldwide movement for racial justice was beyond anything Angela Harrelson would have imagined for her life. But the murder of her nephew, George Perry Floyd, Jr. – or …
A long-time dream of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Society (MSP Film) is about to come to fruition. The site of the MSP Film Society at St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main in Minneapolis, has …
The Lake Street Council has unveiled sneak peek images of a new outdoor art installation coming to Lake Street. A heart-shaped “We Love Lake Street” sculpture designed by the Chicago …
Uprising

1,100 experiences with police

Standing with police accountability advocates, partners and supporters, Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) announced on Oct. 13, 2021 that they had collected 1,100 stories from …

Through Their Eyes

Longfellow Business Directory articles
A BETTER BUSINESS AS USUAL
Since we last printed the Longfellow Business Directory in early 2020, our business community, landscape and daily rhythms have been substantially and irrevocably changed. COVID-19 has presented a …
LONGFELLOW RISING
The year 2020 was challenging for the Longfellow business community, particularly in the main commercial intersection of Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue referred to as Downtown Longfellow. The COVID …
RESTORING THE COLISEUM
The Colisum, a community commercial center since 1917, was almost destroyed following the civil unrest after the murder of George Floyd. In order to restore this historic 80,000 square-foot building, …
COMMUNITY VOICES
1) “We are asking questions about what our community needs, trying to use our space and resources to meet those needs, and trying to hold onto connections and awakenings that have been made …
A LONGFELLOW PARTNERSHIP
The Longfellow Business Directory has been an important part of the Longfellow community going back to the 1990s. It was started to help foster better communication within the business community, and …
Elections 2021
Family

LIFELONG VALENTINES

With its mid-month Valentine’s Day holiday, February is synonymous with love. And countless couples seal their love by entering committed relationships, whether marriage or domestic …

School & Sports

MFT59 Dance Party at Davis Center

Educators and supporters gathered at the Davis Center on Thursday, March 24 for a dance party. It was day two of the student occupation. Early the next day, MFT59 and the school district announced …