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WHAT DOES PUBLIC SAFETY MEAN TO YOU?
A few dozen residents filed into an upstairs gymnasium at Sabathani Community Center (310 E. 38th St.) on Aug. 29 to talk about public safety – specifically as it relates to planned road …
Primary election results
Zaynab Mohamed, 25, won the Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) party primary in Senate District 63, and will face the Republican party nominee Shawn Holster in November. If elected in the typically strong …
Mayor proposes 6.5%, 6.2% levy increases
On Aug. 15, Mayor Jacob Frey gave his annual budget address and presented his recommended budgets for 2023 and 2024 to the City Council for their consideration. This formally kicks off the public …
MPRB proposes 6.16% levy
At its July 20 meeting, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Commissioners voted unanimously to support a 2023 tax levy increase request to the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) of 6.16 …
From the ‘Hood to the Woods
Beach to beechWhen I arrived in Minnesota as an east coast transplant in the late 1980s, my summer visions were of expanses of New Jersey beaches rather than expansive views of blue beeches, the …
Local nonprofit serving seniors finds its 'new normal'
The past few years have been tough for all of us, with social isolation, soaring prices of every-day items, fears related to COVID-19, and, especially for residents of Minneapolis, unrest and …
Repairs coming to historic park buildings
The Ard Godfrey House, John H. Stevens House, and Longfellow House are scheduled for repairs this fall as part of ongoing efforts to rehabilitate historic structures located in Minneapolis …
QUESTION FOR YOU

Home & Garden
LESS MOWING, MORE GROWING
Longfellow resident Lena Hristova has been working to transform a lawn into a garden since she moved to the neighborhood nearly three years ago. She has one of the 240 raised garden beds Chard Your …
Should you use eggshells and Epsom salt?
It seems like every time I open up social media, I see posts or videos with gardening advice. Sometimes the advice is good, but sometimes it’s useless or even harmful. But how to know which …
FARMERS MARKETS
Summer in the cities finds metro residents flocking like sheep to partake of the bounty offered at more than 15 local farmers market from various neighborhood locations. (See sidebar on page 3.) …
Tips on growing tomatoes in a home garden
Tomatoes are one of the most popular crops among home gardeners – in our neighborhood, it seems like every other house has at least a couple of tomato plants in the yard. Every year, I look …
Yes, there are some great lawn alternatives
Like many Master Gardeners, I volunteer at farmers’ markets every summer, answering yard and garden questions from the public. This year, I’ve gotten quite a few questions from people who …
Rebuild Repair Recycle
Carolyn Holbrook loves to bring people together to discuss difficult issues. As an educator, author and advocate for the healing power of the arts, she has spent much of her life doing just that. …
How can people have hard conversations that will bring them together versus driving them apart?In a city that is engaged in tough conversations about policing, race and more, Chelsea Rowles suggests …
What thoughts or images come to mind when you hear “freshwater”? Do you see a sparkling lake, hear water lapping against the shoreline, feel it tickling your toes? Is it a gurgling creek …
Aging Well
By SHARON PARKERLeague of Longfellow Artists Watercolor painter Barb Morrison is excited to be joining the LoLa Art Crawl for the first time, and to be able to show off the recently renovated …
Today, right now! It's the first day of the first year without my brother. He died! Myself, my sister-in-law, and my nieces – we continue to mourn. Labor Day week-end of 2021 was the last time …
Art-A-Whirl spans neighborhoods and disciplinesWhatever corner of the Twin Cities you live in, chances are you or someone close to you has participated as an artist or a guest in what Anna Becker, …
Opinion
Out and about on the paper route
There’s a 10-year-old in our house now, and my son, Axel, took on a few paper routes this summer. That means, of course, that mom did, too. I was excited he was interested in the family …
20 years with neighborhood newspapers
It has been nearly 20 years since I handed in my first story to the Longfellow Messenger, and it is hard to believe the time has passed so quickly. I had arrived in Saint Paul from Montana with two …
Here's what Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice has been up to
At the start of 2020, Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice was moving into its 16th year and gaining independence: establishing a non-profit, transitioning into its first solo office in the …
Longfellow wasn't hospitable to Jews either
As a Jewish man living in Longfellow since 1994, I'm not a fan to this frequent woke attempt to rewrite history whenever someone finds out that a name of a street or neighborhood is named for someone …
Extremism leaves everything out of whack
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Sometimes, it feels like the whole world has gone crazy, and we're all on one big hamster …
Voices Against Violence
FAILED BY FAMILY COURT
Helpless and hopeless.That’s how Kelsey Kruse felt for years as she tried to co-parent with her ex and his wife, Brett and Sarah Hallow.And then one day, she got the call she was scared …
‘I RAN’
At 25, Sarah* doesn’t speak to her dad. And she points the finger squarely at him and how he treated her before and after her parents’ divorce.She knows that people often blame mom when a …
Professor gives tips to helpers on how to help families affected
Like many issues, domestic abuse situations have only been heightened by COVID-19. Jerrod Brown, a professor at Concordia University and program director for the Master of Arts degree in human …
They took her children away
When Starr Jones* tells her story, people can’t believe this is happening in Minnesota. They can’t believe that the dad was investigated by child protection when their first daughter was …
'She must have done something wrong'
Broke. Homeless. And in danger of losing custody of her children. That’s where Bonnie Roy found herself while trying to get a divorce in Minnesota 10 years ago. Because of her own …
Longfellow
Wanja Kuria joins the LCC after three years of experience organizing for racial justice in political and faith communities. She studied literature and history in her undergraduate, both of which …
Black-owned businesses in Longfellow include: Black Table ArtsCocoa Butta FuturesCreative KuponyaDu Nord FoundationDu Nord Social SpiritsLige's Beauty Salon & BarbershopKMS Air Duct Cleaning …
Grief fell heavy as family, friends and supporters gathered on the 900 block of 21st Ave. in the Seward neighborhood on July 16, 2022, two days after Minneapolis Police officers killed Andrew Tekle …
Nokomis
During the storm on Aug. 3, the large Linden tree that shaded the small Nokomis beach was damaged. "The tree was huge and beautiful and had shaded the little beach on the north east side of Lake …
Love to play bags?! Then come compete in the tournament for your chance to win a gift card to neighborhood establishments (and bragging rights!)Registration is $20 per team – proceeds go to …
Volunteers of America National Services announces a new partnership with YardHomes, a Minneapolis-St. Paul metro-focused Accessory Dwelling Unit specialist, to create innovative, permanent, …
Arts
Ever wonder how they built the Split Rock Lighthouse on top of a 130-foot cliff, when there were no roads or towns nearby? Vincent Wyckoff did, and in researching the what and the how (spoiler: they …
The last 20 years has provided a technological revolution, but educational outcomes have remained largely unchanged. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Minnesota has some of the …
A bodacious birthday bash draws far-flung fans. What took so long?To create something entirely new, never seen, touched or heard before – something that resonates deeply with the beholder …
Racial Justice

GFS: Sowing Seeds of Solidarity

The little white house at 4600 Columbus Ave. S. is a typical south Minneapolis home. It has a garden out back and another out front, where every year in mid-July the Black-eyed Susans bloom. Its …

Through Their Eyes
MESSENGER CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
THE MOVERS AND THE SHAKERS
The Longfellow-Nokomis Messenger is not only one of Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhood newspapers, it is part of a long tradition of such Minneapolis and St. Paul publications.Coverage of city …
My meeting with the Longfellow ministers
It is hard to believe that the Messenger is celebrating its 40th anniversary. My first experience visiting stakeholders from the Longfellow neighborhood was when Messenger founder Bill Milbrath …
Longfellow Business Directory articles
A BETTER BUSINESS AS USUAL
Since we last printed the Longfellow Business Directory in early 2020, our business community, landscape and daily rhythms have been substantially and irrevocably changed. COVID-19 has presented a …
LONGFELLOW RISING
The year 2020 was challenging for the Longfellow business community, particularly in the main commercial intersection of Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue referred to as Downtown Longfellow. The COVID …
RESTORING THE COLISEUM
The Colisum, a community commercial center since 1917, was almost destroyed following the civil unrest after the murder of George Floyd. In order to restore this historic 80,000 square-foot building, …
COMMUNITY VOICES
1) “We are asking questions about what our community needs, trying to use our space and resources to meet those needs, and trying to hold onto connections and awakenings that have been made …
A LONGFELLOW PARTNERSHIP
The Longfellow Business Directory has been an important part of the Longfellow community going back to the 1990s. It was started to help foster better communication within the business community, and …
Elections
Family

Local theater company performs 'the Miser'

Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater Company is pleased to announce their spring 2022 production, "The Miser" by Jean-Baptiste Moliere, honoring the playwright in the 400th anniversary of his …

School & Sports

Wallin helps students rise

“A Minnesota story” is the description president and CEO Susan Basil King uses when she tells about the beginnings of Wallin Education Partners, an organization that makes college …