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RECONNECTING WITH STORIES AND JOURNEYS From time to time I need to remind myself what I am tasked to do  when it comes to writing Stories and Journeys.I am tasked to write what I'm … more
You probably know that many different fruits are commonly grown in Minnesota, like apples, raspberries, and grapes. But did you know we can also grow kiwis? Read on to learn about some unusual fruits … more
Eight years ago, Nokomis East Neighborhood Association worked with the community to create the Giving Garden. The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association’s Gateway Garden and Nokomis Naturescape … more
Joel McReynolds joined the Longfellow Community Council after a decade of experience in nonprofit programming, including youth mentoring, community gardens, refugee outreach, fundraising, and … more
I am sharing exciting news about Karen Sieber, historian, educator, and leader in public humanities this month. She has discovered a missing chapter in Minnesota’s history about our … more
In November 2023, Alpha News released a program by former local news anchor Liz Collin called “The Fall of Minneapolis.” In the hour and 42-minute documentary, interviews with (mostly) … more
You’ve probably heard of “No Mow May” – a slogan designed to encourage everyone to avoid mowing their lawns until June and letting spring flowers bloom to support pollinators. … more
Nokomis Library is more than just a place to borrow books; it's a vibrant community hub where children’s imaginations come to life, especially during the summer. This year, the library’s … more
A couple years ago following the uprising in our community, the Longfellow Community Council and the Longfellow Business Association joined together to help businesses and residents feel safer in the … more
A proposal to create a statewide recycling program financed by paper and packaging producers is included in the House & Senate Environment Omnibus bills (HF 3911/ SF 3887). However, unless there … more
IS THERE A RIFT BETWEEN THE MINNEAPOLIS REGIONAL RETIREES COUNCIL (AFL-CIO) AND ALL ELDERS UNITED FOR JUSTICE? "Building power through unity: All Elders United for Justice aims to bring power to … more
It's hard to get a consensus on anything in the United States these days. But one issue unites the whole country. According to " The State of Kids and Families in America 2024 ," a report from … more
As an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011, I, like many Wisconsin emigrés, experienced significant upheaval around Wisconsin Act 10. Under the guise of a … more
So far in 2024, I have been showing up for more meetings and events in-person or via Zoom. In person showing up has been enabled by three factors. 1) The mild winter weather enabling me to be out and … more
Mark your calendars for an anniversary celebration, Thursday, May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Vine Arts Center in the Ivy Building. Stop by for food, drinks, updates about SLRJ, and to view a gallery … more
It’s a 60 degree day in March, and I’ve just returned from a walk along West River Parkway. The signs of spring have begun to awaken along the path – budding flowers and grasses, … more
Nokomis East is proud to call itself home to many women-owned and operated organizations, both storefront and home-based.  We don’t know if this phenomenon is unique to the Nokomis … more
Dear Reader, you have continued to tell me your Medicare stories via tesha@longfellownokomismessenger.com .  A Southwest Connector reader, Judy M., has written to tell me her Medicare … more
The Greater Longfellow Neighborhood is known for its charming bungalows and craftsman-style homes. These old homes are embedded into the character of our neighborhood, but as any property owner … more
When people talk about bikes, I used to think of fun commutes or quick after work rides that provide short bursts of freedom on an otherwise humdrum day. I never thought about big adventures or using … more
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