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 …
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 …
George Floyd Global Memorial celebrates Floyd’s 48th birthday
On what would have been George Floyd’s 48th birthday, the George Floyd Global Memorial (GFGM), with community members and supporters, hosted “And Still We Rise,” a celebration of …
POWER OF RUNNING
When Mishka Vertin moved from New York City to Minneapolis in 2014, she hit the ground running. Trained as a social worker, she took a job at Mill City Running while looking for a job in her field. …
Helping professionals need help, too
Coping with the ups and downs of everyday life can be challenging in the best of times. But add COVID-19 to the mix, and those challenges can increase greatly.Jerrod Brown, a professor at Concordia …
Rebuild Repair Recycle
By now, everyone has seen images of plastic-strewn beaches around the world. Half a billion shampoo and conditioner bottles get tossed out every year in this country alone. Nora Schaper and her three …
Supporters of the indoor urban farm at the Roof Depot site unearthed a city report from June that shows city construction would be "problematic" given the lead and arsenic contaimination in the area, …
Supporters of the East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm rallied on Thursday night, Sept. 23 in between two votes that will determine the future of the project. On Wednesday, Sept. 22, the city council …
Aging Well
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 …
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 …
Home & Garden
What about those boxelder bugs?
As the weather gets colder, insects start looking for warm places to spend the winter. Boxelder bugs are a particular nuisance this year – they love hot, dry conditions, so the weather we had …
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 …
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 …
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 already have a mental health crisis system — time to build on it
There is a lot of discussion across the state — and the country — about how to help people experiencing a mental health crisis. There is general consensus — even among police …
What we're doing: Du Nord Foundation Community Market and Eat for Equity
The past two years have sparked a renewed interest in mutual aid across the country as the pandemic and the George Floyd Uprising have exposed the many systemic flaws in our society. In Minneapolis, …
We’re voting Yes on 2
During the height of last summer’s protests over the Minneapolis Police killing of George Floyd, our neighborhood got connected. We gathered, set up group chats, scheduled overnight crews to …
A Mayor Must…
Eyes darting from news story to blog post to social media message, but nothing looks any different. The same text flashes before your eyes.. the Minneapolis Mayoral election race has a pre-determined …
Vote for Charles Rodgers
The Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan has been rejected, twice this year, by the Minneapolis Park Board. But with the coming elections, some candidates still want to cut Hiawatha in half and pre-flood …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Longfellow
Taylor Tinkham has been chalking on neighborhood sidewalks for the last two and a half years. She said, “The idea came out of a mindfulness meditation class I was taking as part of my masters …
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 …
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 …
Nokomis
When Keewaydin Park is revamped in the summer of 2022 it will lack its wading pool but have a new bouldering area that is the first of its kind in the Minneapolis park system.Improvements are …
Food saving basics class NENA's Green Initiatives Committee hosts free webinars to keep our community informed and engaged. Make plans to join us on Nov.3 at 6:30 pm for our free online class on food …
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
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 …
Art by Sarajea “Star” Martin, George Floyd Square community member, foundbysara@gmail.com featuring Jay Webb, aka The Gardener.
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 …
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 …