Articles By: Ashley Pederson

For Mayor, Ray

BY ED FELIEN We like Ray Dehn for mayor. We think he understands the problems we face in Minneapolis: “Centuries of over-policing and misconduct have created a fundamental distrust of police by people of color and indigenous communities (POCI)”; “Every person deserves to live in a safe, quality, affordable home. Markets alone cannot meet the needs of low- and moderate-income […]

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Southside Pride Sample Ballot

Mayor Ray Dehn City Council Ward 2: Cam Gordon Ward 12: Andrew Johnson Park Board At-Large Meg Forney, Mike Derus, Charlie Casserly Park Board District 3: Charles Exner or Abdi Gurhan Mohamed Park Board District 5 Bill Shroyer

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Dinkytown holds memories for generations of Minnesotans

BY STEPHANIE FOX It started with the railroad, or at least that’s what some historians claim. The small four-block commercial section of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood called Dinkytown may have gotten its name from the railroad tracks that ran through the area. Or maybe, not. Photographer and Minneapolis historian Steve Bergerson says that the area was strategic to the growth of […]

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Best and worst of Mexico after the quake

BY JOHNNY HAZARD At 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept.19, the annual simulacro that commemorates the earthquake on that date in 1985 had recently finished and I was working with a student in a second-floor office near the fire escape in Iztapalapa, Mexico City. He noticed something just before I did and said, “Está temblando.” The two-story descent seemed interminable. We […]

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The 2017 Biennale, almost banal

BY COOPER In late July I was able to see the 2017 Biennale in Venice, Italy. The Biennale is a grand gathering of work by artists from all around the world. There are two sections, the Arsenale and the Giardini, each with more pieces of art than you could see in one day. I spent three days trying to see […]

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What’s wrong with the Minneapolis Public Schools?

BY ED FELIEN They’re too big! They are like the Tower of Babel. The Bible says the ancients built a great city and then they built a great tower. The tower grew more and more elaborate. The people became more and more convinced of their own genius. The tower grew bigger and more complex. People could not understand each other. […]

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FROM WHERE I STAND: Noam Chomsky holds the U.S. accountable

BY POLLY MANN One of the most erudite and informed people on the planet is Noam Chomsky, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of countless books and a lecturer par excellence. The May 2017 edition of the London Review of Books contains reviews of three books written by Chomsky and one about Chomsky entitled “Chomsky: Ideas and […]

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The Justine Damond killing: some modest questions

BY TONY BOUZA Do you want to know why police departments across the breadth of America are screwed up?  Look no further than the July 15, 2017, shooting of Justine Damond—a white woman—by a Minneapolis police officer who is black. In this ghastly tragedy we encapsulate the nation’s ills.  Race, police accountability and official paralysis. The kicker here is that […]

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Budget cuts will continue until morale improves

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE I thought I was going to have to write something anodyne and pedestrian this time around, due to the dearth of scandals and uproar in the Minneapolis school system. Well, I thought, no one is howling for Ed Graff’s head, there are no school board elections this year, the dropout rate for young male students of […]

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THE DISH: Viva Mexico, la Primera Parte

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE The Dish visited two casual but popular Mexican restaurants for Part One (la Primera Parte) of our Mexican food exploration and rating report. The first, Dominguez Family Restaurant, is in South Minneapolis and is a full-service restaurant with beer and wine. The second, Andale Taqueria y Mercado, is as the name suggests, a counter service restaurant […]

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