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GRATEFUL FOR ART ON THE EDGE
Reflecting on this past week, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. On Saturday July 23, we celebrated creativity, intuition, and community with the first Annual Art on The Edge Festival in Linden …
QUARTERLY TRANSIT SCHEDULE CHANGES COMING
Hi! I’d like to introduce myself to the Southwest Connector readers. My name is John Wilson and I have been a transit enthusiast since the 1970s. You may have seen my Metro Transit column in …
WACSO: ArtCar parade rolls around Lake Harriet
The ArtCar parade gets ready to roll around Lake Harriet. The cars are interesting and the people that drive them are just as interesting. Gotta love city living…this isn’t something …
Briefs Aug. 4 2022
Street Work on Nicollet Ave and 31st St. As part of the city’s Vision Zero Plan to reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths, crews will be installing several cost-effective safety …
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFS Aug. 4, 2022
WALK & TALK IN LORING PARKWalk & Talk with a Naturalist: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon at Loring Park during a guided stroll. The leisurely pace includes stops to observe and discuss different …
New playground equipment at Kenny park
A brief ceremony to celebrate Kenny Park’s newly renovated playground was held on July 21, 2022. It kicked off the annual Kenny Festival, with Kenny Neighborhood Association Co-Chair Jon …
CLUBHOUSE RENAMED TO HONOR SOLOMON HUGHES SR.
On Monday, June 27, Superintendent Al Bangoura and Solomon Hughes Jr gathered at the Solomon Hughes Sr Clubhouse with park and city officials, Hughes family members, and Solomon Hughes Sr Golf …
Is lake unsafe due to pollution from golf course?
The Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan is heading to a public hearing, another meeting in a long line of contentious meetings since the course flooded in 2014 and the public learned how much pumping is …
QUESTION FOR YOU

Home & Garden
FARMERS MARKETS
Summer in the cities finds metro residents flocking like sheep to partake of the bounty offered at more than 15 local farmers market from various neighborhood locations. (See sidebar on page 3.) …
Tips on growing tomatoes in a home garden
Tomatoes are one of the most popular crops among home gardeners – in our neighborhood, it seems like every other house has at least a couple of tomato plants in the yard. Every year, I look …
Yes, there are some great lawn alternatives
Like many Master Gardeners, I volunteer at farmers’ markets every summer, answering yard and garden questions from the public. This year, I’ve gotten quite a few questions from people who …
It’s time to plant your summer vegetable garden
After a long, wet spring, the planting season is finally underway. The last week of May and first week of June are a great time to plant a summer vegetable garden – the days are getting long, …
Guardians of our freshwater
What thoughts or images come to mind when you hear “freshwater”? Do you see a sparkling lake, hear water lapping against the shoreline, feel it tickling your toes? Is it a gurgling creek …
Rebuild Repair Recycle
Carolyn Holbrook loves to bring people together to discuss difficult issues. As an educator, author and advocate for the healing power of the arts, she has spent much of her life doing just that. …
Change Narrative, an organization bringing creative climate programming that balances science with art, empathy, and emotion led by Jothsna Harris, announces “Changing the Narrative: Climate …
There are no new permanent structures in the revised master plan for Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles.That means no picnic pavilions. No new bathroom facilities. No rental kiosks. These items were …
Aging Well
Art-A-Whirl spans neighborhoods and disciplinesWhatever corner of the Twin Cities you live in, chances are you or someone close to you has participated as an artist or a guest in what Anna Becker, …
Longfellow residents Linda Featherstone and her husband Frank Forkins have helped neighborhood cats and dogs to have healthier and happier lives for the past 25 years. Working with pet owners who …
For no good reason, except to have fun, Becketwood staged a parade on Saturday, May 21. The parade included a king, two queens, Schottische dancers and a marching kazoo band.
Opinion
Extremism leaves everything out of whack
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Sometimes, it feels like the whole world has gone crazy, and we're all on one big hamster …
Are we accomplishing enough with the Jan. 6 hearings?
Without an obstructionist Republican megaphone, these hearings are both coherent and revealing – nothing like what you get when one party is doing everything they can to obscure any progress or …
THE MOVERS AND THE SHAKERS
The Longfellow-Nokomis Messenger is not only one of Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhood newspapers, it is part of a long tradition of such Minneapolis and St. Paul publications.Coverage of city …
Let's get rid of 'Edmund Boulevard' and stop honoring a white supremacist
Edmund Boulevard is a scenic, tree-lined street that parallels the West River Parkway, separated from it by a spacious green median. Many of us cross Edmund each day as we make our way toward the …
Vote for real change when you vote for Lori Norvell
Through this tumultuous year in Minneapolis Public Schools, an opportunity for real change has emerged through five open seats on the MPS school board. Voting for three of these open seats can be …
Voices Against Violence
FAILED BY FAMILY COURT
Helpless and hopeless.That’s how Kelsey Kruse felt for years as she tried to co-parent with her ex and his wife, Brett and Sarah Hallow.And then one day, she got the call she was scared …
‘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 …
Longfellow
Grief fell heavy as family, friends and supporters gathered on the 900 block of 21st Ave. in the Seward neighborhood on July 16, 2022, two days after Minneapolis Police officers killed Andrew Tekle …
“Cowboy Cat: the musical!” will premiere at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Longfellow resident, Bob Alberti, is a supporting actor in this show. "Cowboy Cat: the musical!" is an original …
It is an exciting moment when a writer’s first novel is published. But when that first novel is also turned into a movie, the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction can be …
Nokomis
Volunteers of America National Services announces a new partnership with YardHomes, a Minneapolis-St. Paul metro-focused Accessory Dwelling Unit specialist, to create innovative, permanent, …
The community celebration in Nokomis is back on the first weekend of August. This year, it has a new name: Nokomis Days. But the goal of the event is the same: to draw people into the neighborhood to …
Bring your friends and families of all ages together for a casual (or competitive) run/walk against racism. Through this event, we will race forward to advance the mission of YWCA Minneapolis to …
Arts
“Nothing beats a warm summer night and live music at the bandshell,” remarked local artist Robbin Burnham, also known as WACSO (Walking Around Checking Stuff Out). “It’s …
Were you able to get outside over the Fourth of July long weekend? I was lucky enough to swim in a lake, listen to loons and enjoy a picnic with friends and family. We are so fortunate to have access …
Bread and LHENA are organizing and hosting four monthly Twin Cities Community Pop-Up Markets this summer at Mueller Park (2509 Colfax Ave. S.). The next one will be on Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. …
Racial Justice

GFS: Sowing Seeds of Solidarity

The little white house at 4600 Columbus Ave. S. is a typical south Minneapolis home. It has a garden out back and another out front, where every year in mid-July the Black-eyed Susans bloom. Its …

Through Their Eyes
MESSENGER CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
My meeting with the Longfellow ministers
It is hard to believe that the Messenger is celebrating its 40th anniversary. My first experience visiting stakeholders from the Longfellow neighborhood was when Messenger founder Bill Milbrath …
Building community for 40 years
“A newspaper to serve the people, institutions and business enterprises of the Longfellow neighborhood begins its circulation today.”With that front page announcement, Bill Milbrath and …
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

2017–2022: Six Years of NPP20 accomplishments

Rooted in racial and economic equity, the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20) is transforming parks across the city. This long-term initiative resulted from a historic agreement between the …

School & Sports

Wallin helps students rise

“A Minnesota story” is the description president and CEO Susan Basil King uses when she tells about the beginnings of Wallin Education Partners, an organization that makes college …