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By TALIA MCWRIGHT   Rosie Jablonsky brushed out the curly hair of a young girl, as stylists in the Mall of America salon gathered around. “She looks like a lion,” one … more
There is a new, detailed plan that would transform 3000 Minnehaha Ave into a “Black Cultural Center.”  The plan for the city-owned site was presented Jan. 29 at the Hook and … 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
ARE YOU STILL DELIVERING? I noticed that I haven't received the February edition, and I am just wondering if there has been a change. I live in Longfellow. Is there a good place for me to go to … more
NEW NAME FOR LITTLE NOKOMIS BEACH? The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is considering renaming the Lake Nokomis 50th Street Beach "Al Wittman Beach." It's the smaller beach of two … 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
Primary election   The presidential nomination primary will be held on March 5. The election is partisan and only open to candidates seeking to run with one of the three participating … more
Violence Free Minnesota issued the following statement on Tuesday, Feb. 20 to call attention to the full circumstances around Shannon Cortez Gooden's murder of two police officers and an EMT in … more
Signs of recovery can be seen all around the City of Minneapolis A new video series, Stories of Recovery , highlights some of the incredible rebuilding efforts happening in the city and the people … more
The Southwest Connector is excited to welcome Gina Rautenberg and Karen Binkowski to " Let's Connect ," our monthly community speaker series, on Friday, March 8, International Women’s … more
Kendall Crosby remembers being at a conference in Atlanta, Ga. and sharing the mission statement for his St. Paul hardware store: “To go above and beyond customer expectations.” The … more
In 1952, Salvador “Sam” Battisto started a vacuum shop in his basement. Today, his son Russ and granddaughter Gina are continuing to operate A-1 Vacuum Cleaner Company (2575 Fairview … more
I noticed that I haven't received the February edition and I am just wondering if there has been a change. I live in Longfellow. Is there a good place for me to go to get a copy? I don't mean to … more
I just read the article about the change of delivery service. Sorry to hear! Thanks for commitment to this valuable news source. I read it cover to cover! Annie Ittner, Nokomis more
Just writing to let you know we did get our paper. Hope your delivery services work out — I myself love a paper newspaper and appreciate reading about what’s happening in the ‘hood. … more
Every artist has an interesting origin story. But nothing compares with how Mark Rivard got started. Rivard began illustrating skateboards with Sharpie markers in the early 2000s. That led to an … more
Due in part to high demand, parents who want to place their kids in summer rec programs or summer camps should being vetting such programs and camps well in advance of summer. The following are a … more
Musicians Richard Baldinelli and Dr. Joan Madden exude joy whether playing their trumpets in the 53rd Street Brass Quintet, looking forward or reminiscing. The two musicians capture the delight of a … more
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