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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
I am writing regarding the article titled "Special Needs Kids and COVID-19" on page 9 of the January issue. As a parent of three children with special needs I want to let you know the article was … more
Imagine for a moment that you are a spiritual guide and poet. You share your Celtic heritage and love for your native landscape of west Ireland. Your name is John O'Donohue. Now back to reality. Into … more
The door was locked. It was always locked. He laid there, blinds down blocking the world around him Blocking a tiresome, exhausting world. They didn’t even knock. The door flew … more
What does it mean to be impartial? Unbiased? Credible?Is a juror unable to be impartial if they have family or personal experience with police brutality?Or, does having experience with something give … more
What does it mean to be impartial? Unbiased? Credible? Is a juror unable to be impartial if they have family or personal experience with police brutality? Or, does having experience with something … more
Approximately 10 years ago the LTL International Leadership Institute organized a training mission for a team of Minneapolis firefighters to travel to our Sister City Eldoret, Kenya. The team was … more
I feel gratitude for everyone who has taken the plunge as we navigate the uncertain waters of life experience through my new column, Stories and Journeys. This column is an article I wrote two years … more
Small businesses are the lifeblood of any community. They provide distinctive character to a neighborhood and are the engine that drives a local economy. Without local businesses, there is no local … more
Imagine that we are standing on the banks of the Mississippi River. It is in fact a few blocks east of where I live in south Minneapolis. Imagine with the writing of this column, I am leaving the … more
Schools and prisons should never be in the same sentence; however, the school-to-prison pipeline is real. For far too many students of color, entering the gateway to incarceration begins with a … more
A longtime reader and community activist reached out to me last month to say hello, and in the course of our catching up, she shared a snapshot of a column I had written 20 years ago which she had … more
This year, we commemorated National Apprenticeship Week from Nov. 15 to 21. NAW was first observed in 2015 at a time when women made up just 9 percent of all Registered Apprentices, despite making up … more
A portion of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA) was included in the recent Build Back Better bill that was passed in the House. The LJSA, which has bipartisan support in the House, … more
There is a lot of discussion across the state — and the country — about how to help people experiencing a mental health crisis. There is general consensus — even among police … more
The past two years have sparked a renewed interest in mutual aid across the country as the pandemic and the George Floyd Uprising have exposed the many systemic flaws in our society. In Minneapolis, … more
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