Articles By: Ashley Pederson

The hapless versus the horrific

BY ED FELIEN The state conventions are over. The parties have picked their candidates. The battle has begun, though we haven’t heard much sound and fury yet. The DFL, predictably, picked Mark Dayton as their candidate for governor and Al Franken as their candidate for senator. The incumbents were nominated unanimously by acclamation. The only controversy at the convention was […]

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Organics Recycling Program-Update

BY THE HALE-PAGE-DIAMOND LAKE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION The Pearl Park Drop-Site Organics Recycling Program has been up and running for almost a month and it is going great! We have had amazing participation and interest. Thank you to all of you who have participated; and to those that have been volunteering at the drop site, Thank you! This program would not […]

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Reopening Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street

BY ED FELIEN Soon the City of Minneapolis will be taking concrete steps to reopen Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street, through the site where Kmart and Jerry’s Foods currently stand. The street got closed 40 years ago when the city was desperate to get a tenant at its Lake and Nicollet development site. Through probably the worst example of bad […]

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Fourth of July, yes! Fireworks, no! Celebrating Our Independence

BY THE POWDERHORN PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION For 123 years, Minneapolis has celebrated the Fourth of July at Powderhorn Park. Over the decades the event has reinvented itself to reflect the changes in our community and 2014 marks another transformation. Working with our longtime partner, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, PPNA’s Board of Directors voted in March to continue to […]

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Racism, redlining and reparations

BY ED FELIEN The wheels of justice grind slowly but exceedingly fine. Sometimes it takes an earthquake to shake up City Hall. In this case it was Myron Orfield’s report on housing discrimination in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, which documented that the area lost $20.5 billion as a result of racist redlining in lending practices by mortgage bankers in […]

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Powdernorn Birdwatch “Finally, no longer strangers to paradise”

BY JOHN KARRIGAN I could start this month by not complaining about the weather because it has been fairly OK recently. I would not even have to mention the little ice crystals that fell on me at 6:15 a.m. on May 15, when I saw four Black-crowned Night Herons, two Great Blue Herons, one Great Egret and a few Robins […]

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Sports mascots and racist stereotyping

On May 13, 2014, at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 13th Session, The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media, the American Indian Movement Interpretive Center, the American Indian Movement and its Affiliates called for a resolution or a study that addresses racist and derogatory, demeaning propaganda against Indigenous people, in particular the use of the […]

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Denny Shapiro, Minneapolis School Board 2002-2005, died of a heart attack Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

BY CAM GORDON, CITY COUNCIL MEMBER This is a hard loss for Minneapolis and for the larger educational and national Montessori movement, especially the Public School Montessori movement, as well as for me personally. I had known Denny for decades and he was one of the kindest, most dedicated and giving people I know. When he was on the school […]

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‘International development’ in Bolivia

BY NATHAN BLUMENSHINE In January I left my home and job in South Minneapolis to do volunteer work in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Like many people in my neighborhood, I feel a duty to address the pressing issues of our time with both local and global knowledge. Unfortunately, environmental destruction, economic inequality and racial discrimination are not just Minnesota problems. Often when […]

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The end of the Rainbow

BY ED FELIEN The corner at Lake and Minnehaha is changing dramatically. On the surface it looks calm and much the same, but there aren’t nearly as many cars in the parking lot as there were last fall, and if you go inside Target or Rainbow the most dramatic thing you see are empty aisles. Target’s problems started last fall […]

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