Articles By: Ashley Pederson

A unique shop caters to the outdoor crowd with bargains and repair services

BY STEPHANIE FOX A camping box, made out of a wooden file drawer, has just arrived at the Repair Lair and owner Nancy Ford is checking each item. One piece catches her interest. “It’s a massive cook set with a one-burner stove,” she says. She turns the stove over in her hands. “This is cool. It’s a 413G camp stove. […]

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FROM WHERE I STAND: Short observations

BY POLLY MANN CEO pay may not be quite as high as it once was, but the numbers still dwarf the pay earned by the typical worker. Chief executives of America’s 350 largest companies made an average of $15.6 million in 2016, or 271 times more than what the typical worker made last year, according to the Economic Policy Institute’s annual […]

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Save Hiawatha Golf Course

BY ED FELIEN At its meeting on Aug.9, the Park Board will hear a recommendation from staff to close Hiawatha Golf Course and turn it into Camp Swampy, a wetlands theme park. In spite of a crowd of more than 70 frustrated golfers, a Park Board committee voted 5 to 0 to approve the staff plan. They agreed to spend […]

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Healing body and/or soul on Bloomington Avenue

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE Although primarily a residential avenue, Bloomington Avenue has a plethora of small businesses, quite a few of them dedicated to wellness of one kind or another. There are also a few venerable but unconventional churches on or near Bloomington, which adds up to many varied resources for healing the body, mind or soul. Right at the […]

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Open Streets on Franklin Avenue

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE This year Franklin Avenue’s Open Streets celebration will be on Sunday, Aug. 27, at the usual times: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The boundaries of the Franklin Avenue festival are Portland Avenue in the west and 32nd Avenue in the east (four blocks longer than last year). The idea for Open Streets came from a young […]

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POWDERHORN BIRDWATCH: Living organisms continue peculiar habits

BY JOHN KARRIGAN Like most of the year so far, things seem odder than other years. June 28, after the July writing was done, was an interesting day. There were at least five, and I am quite sure, probably eight Great Blue Herons, the usual 20 Canada Geese, many Wood Ducks and Mallard Ducks, and the occasional but unusual Osprey […]

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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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Save Lake Hiawatha: Stop using chemicals on your lawn!

BY SEAN CONNAUGHTY To understand the problems facing Lake Hiawatha it is first important to understand how water flows in our community. As part of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed, whatever goes into our storm drains on our streets goes directly into Lake Hiawatha and Minnehaha Creek, which then flows into the Mississippi River. Communities downstream get their drinking water from the Mississippi. […]

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Save Hiawatha Golf Course

BY ED FELIEN It seems nothing can stop them from closing Hiawatha Golf Course in a couple of years. At a public meeting late last month, Michael Schroeder, the assistant superintendent for Planning Services, told an anxious crowd of more than a hundred golfers that the course would be open next year and maybe even for the 2019 season. But […]

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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 Convention was the older generation in drag, scolding the delegates like a third grade […]

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