20 AWARDS
TMC Publication's three newspapers earned a total of 20 awards at this year's Better Newspaper Contest. Congrats to the winners! NEWS1) First Place, Sports Story - Eric Erickson, “Unforgettable …
A sweet journey
The Twin Cities’ beloved chocolatier Mary Leonard of Chocolat Céleste didn’t take a day off work when she was being treated for breast cancer. Not even when she was dealing with …
ETS volunteer finds joy in art
Ron Buhta is the most optimistic and grittiest person I have ever met. He retired 17 years ago, but laughs at himself as he “is now busier than ever." A Vietnam veteran and self-taught artist …
Did you know dust in your house has 10 harmful chemicals?
It’s a warm summer afternoon, sun shining through kitchen windows. The front door flies open; kids and dogs come bursting in two by two. Running through the house and right out the back door. …
Help LCC erase 1,111 racial covenants in Longfellow
There are around 8,000 racial covenants still attached to properties in the city of Minneapolis. Since implementing Just Deeds in 2021, a free legal service that assists property owners in removing …
Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater announces 2023 season
Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater Company, located in the Nokomis Neighborhood in south Minneapolis is pleased to announce four productions for its 2023 season. The theater performs at Lake …
Man dies in hit and run at Cedar Ave./E. Lake Nokomis Parkway
A pedestrian was struck by an unknown vehicle on Thursday morning, Jan. 12, 2023 and was killed at the Cedar-Edgewater-Lake Nokomis Parkway intersection. Police responded to the report of a person in …
City briefs February 2023
City settles suit with Town Talk DinerThe city council has approved a settlement regarding the lawsuit brought against the city and mayor Jacob Frey by Kacey White and Charles Stotts, owners of the …
Tidbits February 2023
SKI CLUB SEEKS BOARD MEMBERSCross country skiing season is well underway with North Star Ski Touring Clubmembers enjoying weekly outings, monthly events, and organized ski trips. The board is …
QUESTION FOR YOU

Rebuild Repair Recycle
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 …
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. …
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 …
Aging Well
HyggeCertainly, the long, cold, dark Minnesota winters can spark a melancholia for some. Yet frigid temperatures and spare daytime hours can also create the mood to hibernate, as other creatures of …
Ever been accused of having a thin skin? When it comes to maintaining proper body temperature, this old adage is no joke. As we age, our metabolic rate decreases and our skin literally thins. Often, …
The world of queer synchronized swimming is very small. But the Subversive Sirens, a non-binary synchronized swimming team out of Minnesota, is making a big splash. (Forgive the pun.) Advocating …
Opinion
I rely on the Connector, Messenger for my business
I've been a garden designer and landscape business owner since 1995, but I took a 10-year hiatus in New Zealand from 2004-2015, when I returned to Minneapolis I had to start over from scratch. I …
Carrying on a tradition, one doorstep at a time
It was the summer before my junior year at Hamline University in 1977. I had already been named the editor of the Hamline Oracle, Hamline’s student newspaper, for my junior year, and I decided …
Restore freedom to drive, pass Driver’s Licenses for All
Nearly 100,000 of our fellow Minnesotans aren’t allowed to drive. Not because they aren’t old enough, or they have a suspended license, or they pose a danger to themselves or other …
We're working to integrate our schools
All around the country, caregivers and their children are entering school choice season. Here in Minneapolis, the deadline to request a school is Feb. 7. Whether it be a preschool, elementary, middle …
Voices Against Violence
A SAFER APPROACH FOR CUSTODY CASES
Who’s right? Who’s wrong? And how does it affect the kids?Figuring out family dynamics in custody cases can be tricky, but the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP) in St. Paul …
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 …
Longfellow
At 42, Kim Jakus is switching career fields and is leaving the Longfellow Business Association (LBA) at the end of December 2022.“I don’t consider it to be a midlife crisis, but it is a …
The start of a new year always feels filled with so much promise. Our futures feel expansive and possible. And while so much of our focus shifts to ourselves in the new year, making goals and changes …
Bethlehem Covenant Church3141 43rd Ave. S. • 612-721-5768www.bethlehemcov.org Pastor Colleen Nelson(Handicapped Accessible)Traditional Service – 9 AMContemporary Service –10:30 …
Nokomis
The Nokomis Naturescape (NN) is beautiful, but I never knew its importance until today.Vicki Bonk, a self-described “persistent volunteer," began working with a habitat concept for Lake Nokomis …
Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater company presents the premiere of “A Christmas Carol Krampus or It’s A Pretty OK Life,” a new holiday production for adults, written and …
The 2022 midterm election provided many firsts for Hennepin County and Minnesota as a whole. Black women will serve in the Minnesota Senate for the first time with the election of Zaynab Mohamed, …
Arts
In a blog post for Barnes & Noble, local author Marcie Rendon writes of the stories that lurk at the edge of our consciousness, waiting to be told. Stories that are “too disturbing, too …
Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue Dance Troupe performs during a mural unveiling at Wells Fargo (2919 27th Ave. S.) on Sept. 22, 2022. Artist Charles Caldwell, a lifelong Minneapolis resident, set the mural …
When in the course of human events...* Sometimes coincidence sparks a column. During the second week of October my volunteer work with the ACLU and attending a Guthrie Theater play coincided with …
MESSENGER CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
SO MANY STORIES IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
Our neighborhoods are full of wonderful stories. And for more than a dozen years, I got to tell those stories right here in the Messenger. It was grand.Minnehaha Falls is full of stories. It has been …
20 years with neighborhood newspapers
It has been nearly 20 years since I handed in my first story to the Longfellow Messenger, and it is hard to believe the time has passed so quickly. I had arrived in Saint Paul from Montana with two …
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 …
Home & Garden
Best time to prune most plants is late winter
As fall turns to winter, you may be looking at the bare, brown branches in your yard and wondering when to cut them back. Overall, the answer is not yet! But there’s lots to think about before …
Standish tile artist creates unique pieces for homes
Standish tile artist Haruko Ruggiero always had a sense that she would develop her own “something” related to interior design and patterns. She began by fashioning together mosaics. …
Bringing houseplants inside for the winter
This summer, you may have brought your houseplants outside to enjoy the warmth and humidity – I certainly did! As the nights get colder and days get shorter, it’s time to bring …
LESS MOWING, MORE GROWING
Longfellow resident Lena Hristova has been working to transform a lawn into a garden since she moved to the neighborhood nearly three years ago. She has one of the 240 raised garden beds Chard Your …
Should you use eggshells and Epsom salt?
It seems like every time I open up social media, I see posts or videos with gardening advice. Sometimes the advice is good, but sometimes it’s useless or even harmful. But how to know which …
Racial Justice

City’s plan to buy Peoples’ Way met with apprehension

At a neighborhood meeting at Sabathani Community Center on October 24, Minneapolis’ Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) agency announced plans to purchase the former Speedway …

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 …
Election 2022

Aurin Chowdhury announces run for Ward 12 seat

On Nov. 30, community advocate and City Hall Policy Aide Aurin Chowdhury announced her candidacy for Minneapolis City Council in Ward 12. Incumbent Ward 12 Councilmember Andrew Johnson announced his …

  • Jerome Evans announces bid for City Council Ward 12

    Jerome Evans announces his bid for Minneapolis City Council in the 12th Ward. Current Ward 12 Council …

  • COLLIN BEACHY

    Beachy is currently in his 21st year of teaching. This is his eighth as a special education teacher with …

  • KERRYJO FELDER

    How will you reduce the achievement gap between Black and White students in the district?Even before the …

  • Who votes, who doesn’t and why

    This is part of a series about the 2022 municipal elections by the League of Women Voters …

  • DAWANNA WITT

    wittforsheriff.comWitt is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She has 22 years of experience in law …

  • JOSEPH BANKS

    banks4sheriff.comBanks started his law enforcement career in south suburban Robbins, Ill. as Police …

  • MARY MORIARTY

    www.MaryforHennepin.comMoriary began her career as a public defender in Hennepin County in 1990 and …

  • MARTHA HOLTON DIMICK

    marthaforhennepin.comMartha Holton Dimick is a retired judge and is running for Hennepin County Attorney …

Family

FOSTER THE FAMILY

What do you do when a foster child you have raised for several years is suddenly going home to her birth parents? How do you react the first time the school principal calls you in to discuss a …

School & Sports
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How states compare by the shortage of mental health professionals—and how much they fall short
Charlie Health investigated how every state ranks in the shortage of mental health professionals and what it would take to close the shortfall using data from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Census Bureau.
How states compare by the shortage of mental health professionals—and how much they fall short
Charlie Health investigated how every state ranks in the shortage of mental health professionals and what it would take to close the shortfall using data from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Census Bureau.
How to Survive "Super Sick Monday" After the Big Game
(BPT) - Are you looking forward to the Big Game on Sunday but dreading the day after? You're not alone. Last year, 16.1 million Americans missed work the Monday after the Big Game, and 8 million …
People Protesting Predatory Pornography
(NAPSI)—Research suggests some 40 million Americans visit porn sites regularly. While watching consenting adults is perfectly legal, there are aspects of the porn industry that can be …
How to create a seamless revenue lifecycle experience for your business
(BPT) - In an increasingly complex world, successful businesses need to see the big picture in order to excel and grow. Understanding and optimizing the revenue lifecycle can help you see beyond the …