A towering tribute
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 …
Johnston appointed city coordinator
Amid complaints of a racist work environment raised by city employees and with a Human Resources investigation underway, a divided Minneapolis City Council approved the mayor’s nomination of …
Senate D. 62 primary: Fateh and Laden face off
The Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) Senate District 62 primary race between first-term incumbent Omar Fateh and union leader Shaun Laden is heating up as Fateh is facing questions about past campaign …
BRIEFS July 2022
Longfellow and Seward collaborateThe city council has approved a $15,000 contract with the Longfellow Community Council to provide administrative support and oversight of the Longfellow and Seward …
Public safety on ballot again this year
This is part of a series about the 2022 municipal elections by the League of Women Voters Minneapolis. In November, you won’t see an obvious question on the ballot like last year’s …
When you vote in primary on Aug. 9, stay in your lane
The primary election on August 9 will determine the candidates for the general election. The top vote-getter in each primary race will appear on the ballot in November. In Minnesota, any registered …
What happened to my old polling place? Redistricting!
This is part of a series about the 2022 municipal elections by the League of Women Voters Minneapolis.The Hennepin County Elections office has sene out postcards to registered voters. You may find …
Hennepin County Attorney and Hennepin County Sheriff Candidate Forums set
A consortium of Hennepin County Leagues of Women Voters (Brooklyn Park/Osseo/Maple Grove, Crystal/New Hope/East Plymouth/Robbinsdale, Edina, Golden Valley, Minneapolis, Minnetonka/Eden …
NENA kickball tournament and fundraiser coming July 23
Enjoy a family-friendly summer afternoon and raise money for neighborhood events and programs!Vie for the title of best kickball team in Nokomis East! Get an 8-10 person co-ed team together for the …
QUESTION FOR YOU

Home & Garden
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 …
It’s time to plant your summer vegetable garden
After a long, wet spring, the planting season is finally underway. The last week of May and first week of June are a great time to plant a summer vegetable garden – the days are getting long, …
Guardians of our freshwater
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 …
Grubs Vs Nematodes: showdown in the soil
Large bare patches of dirt, tufts of dead grass, and birds feasting on insects squirming from the ground – if your lawn is starting to look like a scene from “Grapes of Wrath,” you …
Add long-blooming perennials for color all season
Many of us would love to have a yard full of beautiful flowering plants that bloom all season long, providing food for pollinators as well as visual interest. Lots of perennials have showy flowers in …
Rebuild Repair Recycle
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 …
In the 20th century, we made major public investments to transform the metro Mississippi River for commercial and industrial purposes. However, some of that old infrastructure is no longer useful, …
 Hennepin County is working on a new zero waste plan. They are defining zero waste as preventing 90% or more of all discarded materials from being landfilled or incinerated. The new plan will …
Aging Well
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, …
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 …
For no good reason, except to have fun, Becketwood staged a parade on Saturday, May 21. The parade included a king, two queens, Schottische dancers and a marching kazoo band.
Opinion
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 …
Hope article sheds light on system that needs to change
The article "Failed by Family Court" brought back many memories for me of living in a county just north of the Twin Cities, teaching a life skills class for high risk students at the local high …
My brother has cancer
My brother has cancer! I'm stunned! I'm in shock! What now? My inner and outer worlds are out of sync. I feel scared. I feel so alone. Are you with me, dear reader? If you are, you have taken the …
What about extra 20% of services as property taxes go up?
The May edition of the Messenger contained quotes from city council members implying higher property values raise property taxes. Please follow up to clarify. It is my understanding that the budget …
We can do better to build peace
Everyone deserves an opportunity to reach their full potential. But not everyone gets that opportunity today. Due to a never-ending cycle of violence, dreams are being snatched daily. Violence is …
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
Damon Jenkins and his team at First Independence Bank know they face special challenges.“We are the new guys on the block, a new bank in town, so we have to work extra hard to gain the trust of …
Opting to be a stay-at-home dad during the COVID-19 pandemic gave Longfellow resident Matthias Frasch the time to refine a business idea.He has launched EasyMovingBoxRental, a company that offers …
I am the new communications manager at the Longfellow Community Council. I joined LCC in 2022 after working as an events and marketing manager for an independent bookstore in Greater Longfellow. …
Nokomis
Garage Sale Day returns on June 4The annual NENA garage sale brings buyers and sellers together for a neighborhood-wide event. Whether you’re looking to clean out the basement or seeking …
Twin Cities Medical Society is pleased to announce that Becky Timm has been named as the organization’s new CEO. Timm is a seasoned nonprofit executive, with 25 years of experience working in …
Our board of directors is thrilled to announce to our neighbors the hire of new executive director Brandon Long. Brandon moved to the Highland neighborhood of Saint Paul from Iowa with his wife in …
Arts
Welcoming its patrons back to a fresh look, the MSP Film Society opened the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) on May 5 at the theater on 115 SE. Main. Formerly the St. Anthony …
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 …
A new children's book explores a city park through the seasons. Edith Marie Karras has been taking pictures for over 30 years, and has lived in Minneapolis since 1985. She is a Powderhorn resident. …
Racial Justice

ONE YEAR LATER

One year after law enforcement officers killed 32-year-old father and comedian Winston “Boogie” Smith Jr. at the top of an Uptown parking ramp, his family, friends and community members …

Through Their Eyes
MESSENGER CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
Building community for 40 years
“A newspaper to serve the people, institutions and business enterprises of the Longfellow neighborhood begins its circulation today.”With that front page announcement, Bill Milbrath and …
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 2021
Family

LIFELONG VALENTINES

With its mid-month Valentine’s Day holiday, February is synonymous with love. And countless couples seal their love by entering committed relationships, whether marriage or domestic …

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 …