Articles By: Ashley Pederson

Unmarried mothers

BY POLLY MANN The recent movie “Philomena,” which has had tremendous box office success, focuses on the plight of an unmarried Irish woman seeking the son taken from her at birth. But before the movie was made, Catherine Corless, a married mother of four children, had discovered that between 1925 and 1961 a total of 796 children died in the […]

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Egypt, the Next Chile

BY NATHAN BLUMENSHINE Recently I visited the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile. The exhibits focused primarily on the killings, torture and disappearances perpetrated by the Pinochet military regime during its 16-year rule after overthrowing the Allende government in 1973. As do many monuments memorializing tragedies, I was reminded that we must never allow this sort of […]

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Marijuana Reform: the good, the bad and the very ugly

BY OLIVER STEINBERG As far as the Minnesota “medical cannabis” law, it is a FALSE STEP to reform, not a first step, and we ought to be emphatic about that! It is unequivocally a BAD law, repeating the mistakes of the 1980 THC Therapeutic Research Act, which was a dead letter as soon as it was passed. This is a […]

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Focus on vets

BY AMY BLUMENSHINE At least 22 veterans die by suicide each day. These deaths deserve our community attention. These deaths deserve our societal resolve to address the suffering some veterans experience before more tragic and unnecessary final losses reverberate through our communities. Veterans account for 20% of all suicides. Recently, a group of veterans and family members of vets who […]

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Progress reported in fighting racist lending practices

BY ED FELIEN Minneapolis City Council Member Blong Yang will hold a hearing in his committee on the evidence of racist redlining lending practices by Minneapolis banks.  Council Member Cam Gordon, in his newsletter to his ward, said, “On July 23 (1:30 p.m.) Myron Orfield from the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity from the University of Minnesota Law School will formally […]

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Powderhorn Birdwatch “Growing up in the park”

BY JOHN KARRIGAN My almost regular monthly beginning:  Once again, we had a lot of really strange weather last month. The lake is still very high. I believe all the land on the island was under water at some point and I know, on at least one day, lake water was over the northwest new sidewalk and onto the ball […]

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Historic moments for Cedar Avenue, 2014

BY ED FELIEN The summer of 2014 has been big for Cedar Avenue. The President of the United States came and had a Jucy Lucy [yes, it’s spelled Jucy, not Juicy] at Matt’s Bar on 35th and Cedar. Word is he forgot to “Fear the Cheese” and burned his mouth on the molten center.  For the uninitiated, a Jucy Lucy […]

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What happened to True Thai?

BY ED FELIEN It’s sad to see a restaurant go. It’s like an old friend who suddenly leaves town without saying good-bye, and you never know if it was something you said or did that made them leave. True Thai used to be one of our favorite family outings. Everybody had their favorite dish, but we’d all share. We especially […]

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SNG reduces rates for loans to 2.5%

FROM THE SEWARD NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP The Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) has allocated NRP Phase II funding for home improvements within the Seward neighborhood. Eligible applicants include owner occupants and rental property owners of 1-4 unit buildings: 2.50% fixed interest rate. $12,000 maximum. Flexible terms up to 10 years. Eligible improvements include exterior, energy, mechanical and electrical improvements. No income limits. […]

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Memorial Day

BY CHANTE WOLF I agonize over Memorial Day. I despise the fly-overs, 21-gun salutes, barbecues and blowout sales that make it all seem so cheap and so easy to forget until next year. I want to throw up, sob, run away and hide. Then comes the anger over our never-ending wars and never-ending deaths, and I don’t know what to […]

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