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On a spring afternoon in June 2017, I’m bounding along a country highway in a minivan with four other passengers. I’m gazing out the window across a green sea of a waist-high crop … more
If adopting the much-needed Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan were a round of golf, some of the park board commissioners would get a penalty for slow play. The master plan addresses the current … more
The golf course I grew up on was only nine holes, but it was stunningly beautiful in the rolling hills of a southern Minnesota river valley and our community was very proud of what we had. People … more
The April issue got my attention with its outstanding coverage of local community issues. The renaming of a street to honor exemplary fire chief John Cheatham along with the Token POC column by Abha … more
Imagine you are with me at my recent visit to the River Lake Eye Clinic. I have been a client there for many years. Even before receiving original Medicare plus supplement. You have now taken the … more
Hiawatha was the Iroquois chief who founded the Iroquois Confederacy over 800 years ago making it the oldest living participatory democracy on earth. Hiawatha resolved conflict, brought Peoples … more
Dear Commissioner Shaffer,   First, let us acknowledge that this process is difficult and painful for nearly everyone in our community. Especially so for many of our Dakota and Indigenous … more
Hello president Forney,I am writing to express my concern regarding the Darwin Lehman proposal for Hiawatha Golf Course and the Park Board's intention to entertain this proposal in a public meeting … more
Hello Park, Commissioners,   Friends of Lake Hiawatha object to any plan that damages, alters, or eliminates existing habitat. We object to any plan that kills, displaces or threatens … more
In Minneapolis, public safety remains an open wound. ​​There has been no slowdown to the shootings, carjackings, robberies and other criminal acts that plagued the city in 2021. Minneapolis now … more
Of all my identities, being a Field-Hale-Field kid is one of the most formative. Let me explain. I grew up on First Avenue in south Minneapolis, a stable block of Tudor and Craftsman-style homes that … more
As I make my way down the river of life experience with those of you who have taken the plunge and joined me as readers of Stories and Journeys, I always knew this moment would come. Initiating … more
I recently took part in the 15-week Minneapolis Police Academy, and I believe the department has not done enough to change the culture of the officers. I did not want to join the police department, … more
I glanced around the room, hoping something would be different this time. Entering yet another door into yet another room. The same kind of room I was just in, funny enough. Crowded, chattery, even a … more
I often tell people that I came into my current work in community newspapers as the “Intern Who Never Left.” The statement usually draws a smile and perhaps a look of surprise since most … more
A growing percentage of youth in the United States live with major depression. According to Mental Health America, 15.08 percent of youth (age 12-17) experienced a major depressive episode in 2021, a … more
Just finished reading the latest issue of Longfellow Nokomis Messenger. Great job! Thanks for the thoughtful and thorough reportage – your contribution to the community gives us hope for an … more
Ward 11 community – for those of you who I haven’t had the opportunity to connect with yet, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Emily Koski, and I am your new council member. I … more
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