Christmas church services
Bethlehem Covenant Church3141 43rd Ave. S. • 612-721-5768www.bethlehemcov.org Pastor Colleen Nelson(Handicapped Accessible)Traditional Service – 9 AMContemporary Service –10:30 …
City’s plan to buy Peoples’ Way met with apprehension
At a neighborhood meeting at Sabathani Community Center on October 24, Minneapolis’ Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) agency announced plans to purchase the former Speedway …
Subversive Sirens imagine a better world
The world of queer synchronized swimming is very small. But the Subversive Sirens, a non-binary synchronized swimming team out of Minnesota, is making a big splash. (Forgive the pun.) Advocating …
Aurin Chowdhury announces run for Ward 12 seat
On Nov. 30, community advocate and City Hall Policy Aide Aurin Chowdhury announced her candidacy for Minneapolis City Council in Ward 12. Incumbent Ward 12 Councilmember Andrew Johnson announced his …
Jerome Evans announces bid for City Council Ward 12
Jerome Evans announces his bid for Minneapolis City Council in the 12th Ward. Current Ward 12 Council Member Andrew Johnson is not seeking reelection. "In Minneapolis we work hard and our values are …
FOSTER THE FAMILY
What do you do when a foster child you have raised for several years is suddenly going home to her birth parents? How do you react the first time the school principal calls you in to discuss a …
Riverview Theater one of few one-screen theaters still operating locally
It was Dec. 30, 1948, that the Riverview Theater at 3800 42nd Avenue opened its doors, showing the film “June Bride,” starring Bette Davis. The neighborhood icon caters to its community …
Creativity and community in a time of Isolation
In 2021, retired University of Minnesota filmmaker Paul Eide and a few members of his family pictured a way to fight pandemic isolation – a way that creatively drew them together.Just before …
Best time to prune most plants is late winter
As fall turns to winter, you may be looking at the bare, brown branches in your yard and wondering when to cut them back. Overall, the answer is not yet! But there’s lots to think about before …
QUESTION FOR YOU

Rebuild Repair Recycle
The Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan is heading to a public hearing, another meeting in a long line of contentious meetings since the course flooded in 2014 and the public learned how much pumping is …
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. …
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 …
Aging Well
Is it Halloween? Are there ghosts in my house? I can only focus on what is in front of me. What is this me being scared? It's a mystery. Do you ever get scared? Is it a mystery to you? Tell yourself, …
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 …
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 …
Opinion
SO MANY STORIES IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
Our neighborhoods are full of wonderful stories. And for more than a dozen years, I got to tell those stories right here in the Messenger. It was grand.Minnehaha Falls is full of stories. It has been …
Musings on $20
Each day since writing the last Stories and Journeys column, I have been checking the obituries in the newspapers I read. None of them are mine. So, here I go again.Before starting to write this …
Time is running out to hold Big Tech accountable for abusing local news
Local journalism is facing an existential crisis because of Big Tech's abusive business tactics.   In the early days of the internet, the news was something you had to go out of your way …
DON’T BE LURED INTO LIVE-TRAPPING WILDLIFE
The cry of an animal in distress caught my attention one warm August morning. I hurried outside. Animal suffering mostly takes place behind closed doors, at factory farms and research labs, but the …
Why do schools still spank students?
I am astounded that schools are still spanking students in the United States, even if the use of it is declining. If a parent hit their kids that’s child abuse. If an adult hits an adult …
Voices Against Violence
A SAFER APPROACH FOR CUSTODY CASES
Who’s right? Who’s wrong? And how does it affect the kids?Figuring out family dynamics in custody cases can be tricky, but the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP) in St. Paul …
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 …
Longfellow
You have probably heard of Asa’s Bakery by now, but just in case you haven’t, it’s time to tell you about a little shop located on 5011 S 34th Ave.When first walking into the shop, …
As I’m writing this, snow is falling outside announcing winter’s arrival. With the snowfall and bitter cold temperatures, we prepare to leave another year behind, but not first without …
Local brewers were among the booths dotting Boom Island Park during the 21st Autumn Brew Review on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. There were among 95 breweries from across the state at the annual event …
Nokomis
Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater company presents the premiere of “A Christmas Carol Krampus or It’s A Pretty OK Life,” a new holiday production for adults, written and …
The 2022 midterm election provided many firsts for Hennepin County and Minnesota as a whole. Black women will serve in the Minnesota Senate for the first time with the election of Zaynab Mohamed, …
Nokomis has a new coffee shop! Crema Coffee + Crema at 5013 S. 34th Ave., opened on Oct. 12, 2022. It is owned by Leah Owens and Patrick Hankee and managed by Kit Loose.Leah’s lifelong dream …
Arts
Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue Dance Troupe performs during a mural unveiling at Wells Fargo (2919 27th Ave. S.) on Sept. 22, 2022. Artist Charles Caldwell, a lifelong Minneapolis resident, set the mural …
When in the course of human events...* Sometimes coincidence sparks a column. During the second week of October my volunteer work with the ACLU and attending a Guthrie Theater play coincided with …
Catch a Nur-D show and support local radio on Friday, Oct. 28, 5-9 p.m. at Urban Growler Brewing (2325 Endicott St.).“I love Nur-D’s energy and stage presence!” said WFNU co-founder …
MESSENGER CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
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 …
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 …
Home & Garden
Standish tile artist creates unique pieces for homes
Standish tile artist Haruko Ruggiero always had a sense that she would develop her own “something” related to interior design and patterns. She began by fashioning together mosaics. …
Bringing houseplants inside for the winter
This summer, you may have brought your houseplants outside to enjoy the warmth and humidity – I certainly did! As the nights get colder and days get shorter, it’s time to bring …
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.) …
Racial Justice

‘THIS IS TOO MUCH’

When five people in the throes of a mental health crisis were killed in incidents with police, Michelle Gross said she knew Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) had to act.CUAPB was …

Through Their Eyes
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 …
Election 2022

COLLIN BEACHY

Beachy is currently in his 21st year of teaching. This is his eighth as a special education teacher with Minneapolis Public Schools.  “I come from a family of teachers, and I am a strong …

  • KERRYJO FELDER

    How will you reduce the achievement gap between Black and White students in the district?Even before the …

  • Who votes, who doesn’t and why

    This is part of a series about the 2022 municipal elections by the League of Women Voters …

  • DAWANNA WITT

    wittforsheriff.comWitt is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She has 22 years of experience in law …

  • JOSEPH BANKS

    banks4sheriff.comBanks started his law enforcement career in south suburban Robbins, Ill. as Police …

  • MARY MORIARTY

    www.MaryforHennepin.comMoriary began her career as a public defender in Hennepin County in 1990 and …

  • MARTHA HOLTON DIMICK

    marthaforhennepin.comMartha Holton Dimick is a retired judge and is running for Hennepin County Attorney …

  • Minneapolis school board District 5

    Vying for this position are Laurelle Myhra (laurellemyhra4schoolboard.com)  and Lori Norvell …

  • SONYA EMERICK

    www.Sonyaformps.comEmerick is a lifelong Minneapolis resident, an MPS grad, and a parent of an MPS …

Family

CANS FOR SAM

Longfellow residents Linda Featherstone and her husband Frank Forkins have helped neighborhood cats and dogs to have healthier and happier lives for the past 25 years. Working with pet owners who …

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 …

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How spending at department stores has changed in the last three decades
Experian examined data from the Census Bureau's Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey to see how department store spending has changed since 1993.
One-hit wonders of the 1990s
Stacker compiled a list of one-hit wonders from the 1990s using Billboard chart data and music industry news.
From smart kitchens to robocooks: 10 tech innovations transforming restaurants
Task Group analyzed news and trends across the restaurant industry to find 10 innovations pushing the forefront of technology when it comes to food service.