Articles By: Ashley Pederson

Community cooperatives can take back health care

BY JOEL ALBERS Last September, 125,000 Minnesotans faced unprecedented HMO premium rate hikes of 50-67% (25% increase the prior year), forcing most of these individuals and families in neighborhoods across Minnesota to struggle to pay for, or go without, health insurance. Being priced out of the market and ending up uninsured leads to worsened health and is a leading cause […]

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Four Sisters Farmers Market

BY GAIL RAJALA HAYDEN For the third summer in a row, the parking lot at 1414 E. Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis is the location of the Four Sisters Farmers Market, most definitely a place you will want to be. Each week, on Friday afternoons, live music, food demonstrations, and the wares of approximately eight vendors can be found and enjoyed. […]

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Mayday volunteer and peace/labor activist Thomas R. Dooley, born Jan. 20, 1926, died July 4, 2017

BY GREG, KRISTEN, DOUG, DON, CRAIG & MORGAN Comrade Tom died at the age of 91 of unknown causes in a nursing home in St. Paul, after a short stay, having transferred from United Hospital subsequent to colon surgery for colon cancer.  His mother died on July 4th too, when Tom was 6 months old, so Tom grew up without a mother […]

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CONFESSIONS OF AN UNREPENTANT MAOIST: Mo Burton and the Black Panthers, 1971, spring

BY ED FELIEN There wasn’t much to do after losing the election, so I started hanging out with Mo Burton.  He was a 6-foot, 2-inch, 290-pound black guy who had a great political analysis and wanted to start a local chapter of the Black Panther Party in Minneapolis.  We’d drive around, drink cheap wine, smoke some pot, talk politics and […]

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A new police chief?

BY ED FELIEN We do not need a change of the Palace Guard. Replacing the chief of police is not the solution to the problem with the Minneapolis Police Department. The problem is there is no accountability. The MPD officers believe they are above the law. They believe their badge and their gun makes them the law. Their recently re-elected […]

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Crowds at Nokomis Farmers Market get a visit from big birds

BY STEPHANIE FOX A trip to the farmers market usually doesn’t include a chance to meet birds of prey, but on Aug. 2, visitors to the Nokomis Wednesday Farmers Market could come and see, up close, three Minnesota raptors. The birds, an 18-year-old bald eagle, a 2-year-old red-tailed hawk and a 3-year-old American kestrel falcon, from the University of Minnesota […]

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Park Board votes to close Hiawatha Golf Course

BY ED FELIEN At its Aug. 9 meeting, the Park Board voted 6 to 3 to stop pumping water out of the Hiawatha Golf Course by the end of the season in 2019.  That means the course will be flooded because there is a dam holding back 2 to4 feet of water at 27th Avenue.  Rather than take down the […]

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The last days of the last Lyndale Avenue record store

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE On Treehouse Records’ web page there is a little tagline that says “The World’s Last Record Store.” I suspect this dates from the dark days of waning fortunes for record stores, before the Great Vinyl Resurgence of 2009. (I just made that up, but it’s vaguely accurate.) Nowadays there are lots of record stores, and lots […]

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Anti-war protest

Over 60 people joined an anti-war protest at Hiawatha and Lake Street on Saturday, July 22. The protest, called by the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, was held in response to the ever increasing military intervention around the world by the Trump Administration. A statement issued by organizers said in part, “The Trump Administration is carrying out a stealth escalation of […]

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‘Young people speakin’ their minds Getting so much resistance from behind It’s time we stop Hey, what’s that sound? Everybody look – what’s going down?’ –Stephen Stills ‘Social clubs in drag disguise’ –Bob Dylan

BY ED FELIEN And they burned the bridges behind them. A new generation came to take their place, so they fought back.  They wore the machinery down; ground the process to dust; exhausted them; outlasted them, and they remained intact. The DFL establishment that ran the City DFL Convention was the older generation in drag, scolding the delegates like a […]

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