Bikeway extension?
Extending the Midtown Greenway into St. Paul could generate $3 billion in economic development, according to a recent study, and the supporters say the route will help fight climate change.Midtown …
Ladies of the Lake bring joy, lending hand to Twin Cities
You might see them in a walkabout at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, at a Pride-fest in rural Minnesota, Dining Out for Life, cleaning up litter at Augsburg Park or mingling with other customers at …
Local pride surrounds release of documentary
John Wesley Donaldson may be the greatest American baseball player you’ve never heard of. Born in 1892 in the tiny town of Glasgow, Mo., the young African American ball player went on to become …
Fighting racial homeownership gap one family at a time
Nearly 50 years ago, PRG, Inc. was created to serve residents of the Powderhorn Park community in South Minneapolis. The acronym stood for Powderhorn Residents Group. They were originally a group of …
Non-profit sends medical supplies to Bolivia – and shares surplus at home
Joan and Segundo Velasquez founded Mano a Mano in 1994 with the goal of saving surplus medical supplies from the landfill in Minnesota and shipping them to Bolivia, where those supplies were …
BareBones Extravaganza 2021 returns Oct. 31
Shaped from sticks, torn pieces of brown paper bags, newspaper, and paste, bones were in the making at Powderhorn Park in September as artists and community members gathered to prepare for BareBones …
Rebuild Repair Recycle
During the pandemic, we all became well-acquainted with our stuff. Perhaps you purged a lot of things to make more room for … well, living. Or maybe you acquired more things to make staying …
We may be getting some rain, and the temperature is turning cooler, but make no mistake we’re still in a drought.  Our Environmental Services division monitors the impact of the drought on …
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 …
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
Tips as you clean up the garden
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and it’s just about time for fall garden cleanup. But is it better to rake leaves or mulch them? Clean up garden beds now or in the …
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 …
Can I recycle this?
It's the age-old question that never seems to have an easy answer. Fortunately, understanding how things are recycled can help point you in the right direction.The purpose of a recycling facility is …
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 …
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
THIS IS WHAT I SEE
Art by Sarajea “Star” Martin, George Floyd Square community member, foundbysara@gmail.com featuring Jay Webb, aka The Gardener.
Free the Deeds to show that Black lives do matter here
The greater Longfellow neighborhood is one of the most progressive communities in Minnesota. Black Lives Matter and All Are Welcome Here signs are on practically every block. Yet, even as White …
Dear Seward neighbors
Dear Seward neighborsAs many of you know, Seward Neighborhood Group has been experiencing a difficult and trying time. At the end of March, 2021, our Executive Director resigned citing difficulties …
Be a Leader: PPGJLI 5th Annual Community Celebration
Youth can make a difference in the world. They can lift their voice for justice and build a vision for the future of the betterment of society. Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute …
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 …
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
On Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, Ballare Teatro dance instructor Molly Breen (at left) and her Cardio Funk dancers gave a live performance every 15 minutes through the early evening.They danced against a …
'HUMAN TOLL: A public history of 35W' opens Oct. 2A new exhibit at Hennepin History Museum (HHM) explores community resistance and resilience and illustrates how freeway construction destroyed and …
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 …
Nokomis
On Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, NENA and the Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA) are hosting a fall neighborhood clean-up event at Minnehaha Creek. For more information and …
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 …
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 …
Open Streets Minneapolis events give communities a chance to experience their streets in an exciting, car-free environment. This year, events are back on three routes:• West Broadway Ave, from …
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

Pipe organ renewed at Bethlehem Covenant

After over 70 years of faithful use, the Moller pipe organ at Bethlehem Covenant Church in the Longfellow neighborhood of South Minneapolis needed major renovation and updating. A Pipe Organ …

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 …