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Consistently rated in the top 3 park systems in the country, our beloved Minneapolis parks have a labor problem. The largest bargaining unit of unionized workers at Minneapolis Park and Recreation … more
RECONNECTING WITH STORIES AND JOURNEYS From time to time I need to remind myself what I am tasked to do  when it comes to writing Stories and Journeys.I am tasked to write what I'm … more
I am sharing exciting news about Karen Sieber, historian, educator, and leader in public humanities this month. She has discovered a missing chapter in Minnesota’s history about our … more
In November 2023, Alpha News released a program by former local news anchor Liz Collin called “The Fall of Minneapolis.” In the hour and 42-minute documentary, interviews with (mostly) … more
WHAT THE COMMUNITY HAS DONE AT GEORGE FLOYD SQUARE OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS A question was posed at the end of a recent George Floyd Square Visioning Workshop: What do you want to see memorialized? I … more
A proposal to create a statewide recycling program financed by paper and packaging producers is included in the House & Senate Environment Omnibus bills (HF 3911/ SF 3887). However, unless there … more
A little known fact about South Minneapolis: it is home to a Lithuanian Heritage School that has been going strong since its inception in 1999. Founded by a Lithuanian immigrant and mother of four, … more
IS THERE A RIFT BETWEEN THE MINNEAPOLIS REGIONAL RETIREES COUNCIL (AFL-CIO) AND ALL ELDERS UNITED FOR JUSTICE? "Building power through unity: All Elders United for Justice aims to bring power to … more
It's hard to get a consensus on anything in the United States these days. But one issue unites the whole country. According to " The State of Kids and Families in America 2024 ," a report from … more
As an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011, I, like many Wisconsin emigrés, experienced significant upheaval around Wisconsin Act 10. Under the guise of a … more
So far in 2024, I have been showing up for more meetings and events in-person or via Zoom. In person showing up has been enabled by three factors. 1) The mild winter weather enabling me to be out and … more
Mark your calendars for an anniversary celebration, Thursday, May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Vine Arts Center in the Ivy Building. Stop by for food, drinks, updates about SLRJ, and to view a gallery … more
Dear Reader, you have continued to tell me your Medicare stories via tesha@longfellownokomismessenger.com .  A Southwest Connector reader, Judy M., has written to tell me her Medicare … more
ARE YOU STILL DELIVERING? I noticed that I haven't received the February edition, and I am just wondering if there has been a change. I live in Longfellow. Is there a good place for me to go to … more
I noticed that I haven't received the February edition and I am just wondering if there has been a change. I live in Longfellow. Is there a good place for me to go to get a copy? I don't mean to … more
I just read the article about the change of delivery service. Sorry to hear! Thanks for commitment to this valuable news source. I read it cover to cover! Annie Ittner, Nokomis more
Just writing to let you know we did get our paper. Hope your delivery services work out — I myself love a paper newspaper and appreciate reading about what’s happening in the ‘hood. … more
Being a small business owner has its good and bad days. In late December 2023, we got some tough news. Independent Delivery Service (IDS), a staple in the Twin Cities for 40 years, was shutting down … more
WHY ARE WE BEING BRAINWASHED ABOUT MEDICARE ADVANTAGE? I was so happy to read Donald Hammen’s Medicare column in the December issue, because the private health insurance industry saturates … more
Welcome to the start of year three for Stories and Journeys. Welcome to the start of year eight of my retirement journey including Medicare plus supplement. Another reader has told me their take on … more
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