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CLUBHOUSE RENAMED TO HONOR SOLOMON HUGHES SR.
On Monday, June 27, Superintendent Al Bangoura and Solomon Hughes Jr gathered at the Solomon Hughes Sr Clubhouse with park and city officials, Hughes family members, and Solomon Hughes Sr Golf …
Volunteers of America partners with YardHomes on ADUs for homeless vets
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, …
Community grieves, seeks answers
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 …
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 …
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.) …
FRINGE SHOW; 'COWBOY CAT'
“Cowboy Cat: the musical!” will premiere at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Longfellow resident, Bob Alberti, is a supporting actor in this show. "Cowboy Cat: the musical!" is an original …
WALK AGAINST RACISM AUG. 13
Bring your friends and families of all ages together for a casual (or competitive) run/walk against racism. Through this event, we will race forward to advance the mission of YWCA Minneapolis to …
A priest named Dan
It is an exciting moment when a writer’s first novel is published. But when that first novel is also turned into a movie, the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction can be …
Meet new NENA Executive Director
The new Nokomis East Neighborhood Association Executive Director Brandon Long is no stranger to neighborhood work.“I’ve learned that community is immensely powerful,” said Long. …
QUESTION FOR YOU

Home & Garden
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, …
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
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 …
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 …
Let's get rid of 'Edmund Boulevard' and stop honoring a white supremacist
Edmund Boulevard is a scenic, tree-lined street that parallels the West River Parkway, separated from it by a spacious green median. Many of us cross Edmund each day as we make our way toward the …
Vote for real change when you vote for Lori Norvell
Through this tumultuous year in Minneapolis Public Schools, an opportunity for real change has emerged through five open seats on the MPS school board. Voting for three of these open seats can be …
WRITING WITH A SENSE OF GRATITUDE
Gratitude for the life of my brother, Richard A. Hammen, an out-of-town reader of the Messenger. Reader as long as his powers of comprehension were intact. Gratitude for the fact that he was the …
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
Environmental conservation is not an individual responsibility, but a collective one. The residents of Greater Longfellow consistently prioritize the preservation of the neighborhood’s natural …
On June 21, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis marked the opening of a new location for Hope Street for Youth, the largest emergency shelter for youth in the state of Minnesota. Hope …
Despite initial fears that outside investors would scoop up properties along E. Lake Street after the 2020 Uprising, not a single one has been sold to outside interests, reported Lake Street Council …
Nokomis
National Night Out Aug. 2National Night Out (NNO) will be on Aug. 2 this year. NNO takes place every year on the first Tuesday in August, and is organized by registered block club leaders. Events are …
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 …
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 …
Arts
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 …
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 …
Racial Justice

Community Safety Initiative

By CHLOE PETER In fifth grade, Simone Hardeman-Jones was asked to identify a social problem and identify a solution. She chose to have her classmates and community help her in writing letters to a …

Through Their Eyes
MESSENGER CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
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 …
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

Local woman pens new children's book

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. …

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 …