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Coming to America has always been my dream, but I never expected to come to America at a time where everything started going in the wrong direction.Since I was young, I dreamed one day I would get to … more
I'm writing today to celebrate someone who has dedicated the last four years to support students to become better readers at Lake Nokomis Community School Wenonah Campus.As an AmeriCorps member with … more
On May 7 of last year, the Hastings Star Gazette printed its last issue. The paper’s first issue as The Hastings Independent was published in 1857, a year before Minnesota gained … more
It felt like some sort of twisted New Year's countdown. The breath the world was collectively holding all weekend was about to be set free, let loose. She was on her daddy’s shoulders, craning … more
Newspapers are dying.Thousands of newspapers have closed.No one reads the newspapers anymore.Only old people read newspapers.Newspaper ad effectiveness is uncertain.Newspaper ads underperform digital … more
On April 20, 2021, CAIR-MN was at the Justice for George Floyd Coalition headquarters in downtown Minneapolis, watching with our coalition members as Judge Cahill read the verdict in the case against … more
As I write this, the trial of Derek Chauvin is underway and demands for “Justice for George Floyd” are everywhere. But what does justice entail? Does it mean something different for … more
Children are the hope for the future. History has shown us that youth have been at the forefront of social change movements. Whether it be the Freedom Riders of the past (who fought against racial … more
The New York Times covers it thoroughly, half the channels on tv are covering it, the community is buzzing loudly. Funny how 365 days can change the world so surprisingly, so drastically.One piece at … more
Recent media coverage about police incidents and calls to open the memorial site at George Floyd Square (38th and Chicago) to traffic are missing some key points about the Square and fail to answer … more
Our world has changedLike never beforeAnd our lives have changed tooAnd so many families sufferingEvery day and this virus is here to stayAnd we where all caught and unaware and it's sadnessIn the … more
Longfellow Nokomis Messenger staff attended the Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention (MNA) last month from the comfort of our respective homes. As many events these days, it ended up being a … more
From the moment I was sworn in two months ago, I felt the weight and responsibility of taking office in a time of great uncertainty for our state and our country. A global pandemic has upended our … more
It’s just another day in quarantine. The Minnesota winter feels extra cold as negative temperatures discourage walks and breaks away from laptops, people, and small spaces. She thought this was … more
I believe we need a 21st century approach to public safety – one that is mindful and respectful of everyone involved. Let me start out by saying I do not believe defunding or abolishing the … more
The people of Minneapolis have made it clear: our existing public safety system is not working, and it’s time to stop pointing fingers and make change. We’re fortunate to have a shared … more
Public safety is a basic human right. Every person, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, orientation, or economic status has the right to feel safe in their homes and in our community. Our … more
In an effort to get further outside the confines of my limited perspective as a white woman in South Minneapolis, I started following the Facebook pages of a number of Indigenous tribes in Minnesota … more
Last weekend, for the first time in six years, I got to spend a few hours with my grandmother. We caught up on lost time, she officially welcomed my husband into the family, and she spent no small … more
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