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Musings by Anita White, Longfellow artist City charter vote only way to long-lasting change Dear Editor: In “Community partnership provides repair vouchers instead of tickets," Margie O’Loughlin … more
Policing in our nation and city must be drastically transformed. The unjust murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers put a spotlight on this urgent reality for people in our … more
We (and so many others in this movement) don’t want to just rebrand cops, or privatize cops, or make cops “nicer.” The goal is a city without police, and defunding police is one … more
There was a saying that was repeated so often when I was in graduate school that we all used to groan when our professors would say it. It was a deceptively simple … more
Jerome Evans NENA Board President By JEROME EVANS Dear Nokomis East Community: this is a letter of gratitude. In case we haven’t met, my name is Jerome Evans and I chair the board of directors for … more
  Jill Boogren   After watching in horror the widely circulated video showing George Floyd being killed by a Minneapolis police officer outside of Cup Foods at 38th St. and … more
Photo by Abha Karnick Hamline graduate Abha Karnick wrote this poem after speaking with a mother at Cup Foods earlier this week. View the images she has taken in the Messenger Facebook page photo … more
Photo by Terry Faust Letter from photographer Terry Faust, written after being at the 3rd Precinct on Wednesday, May 28 at 9 p.m.: You know, despite the fact I was amongst angry people, and not many … more
  Tesha Christensen, editor and owner Newspapers have your back. We really do. Now more than ever, local is important. Who is open? Who is sick? Who is helping others? Who can you turn to … more
Amy Pass Sometime last month I started feeling disenchanted with video chat. At first I thought video chat was amazing. It was heartening to see the faces of my friends and family in the midst of … more
Stephanie Fox Workers begin to show up at the small grocery store in South Minneapolis in the dark, to bake the bread that will be sold throughout the day. First responders and those … more
  David K. Porter A lot of people are asking how to write their own wills during this Covid-19 situation. We are all having to think about the fact that we just may die before we've been … more
Denis Woulfe has been working for the Monitor and Messenger since her was a college intern from Hamline. I’ve seen the world of marketing dramatically change during my years with the … more
  Angela Woosley of Inspired Journeys Over the past month, the Coronavirus pandemic has upended our lives, and many of us are struggling to adjust to the new normal. Unemployment, job … more
Amy Pass   I don’t really know what to tell you. Every person is so different, and what you need right now, in this time of pandemic, is different from what someone else might need. … more
Is this really happening? I don’t know about you, but I’ve asked myself that more than a few times the past weeks as we’ve gotten the news that more and more things are shutting … more
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 … more
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 … more
A little bit about me… I grew up on a cattle and crop farm in north central Iowa. With no brothers, every day was “Take Your Daughter to Work” day. I have vivid dreams every … more
Let’s give a hand to our newspaper carriers, those wonderful people who are out delivering the news before many of us wake up. As winter sets in, give your newspaper and mail carriers a … more
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