Articles By: Ashley Pederson

Some healthcare reform is better than no healthcare reform

BY LYNN BALFOUR   Why did the U.S. healthcare system need reforming? According to the United States Census, approximately 46 million Americans were uninsured in 2009.  Health insurance was so costly that people could not afford it. Many Americans delayed seeking medical care from a primary care physician and instead relied on costly medical care from a hospital emergency room.  Insurance […]

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Double homicide on Lake Street

BY ED FELIEN On Friday night, April 11, at about 9:30 p.m., Minneapolis police found the bodies of two Somali men, Dahir Ahmed Abdirahman, 29, and Tahany Abdi Omar Erbob, 24, in a car parked in a parking lot behind an apartment building near Lake and 29th Avenue in the Longfellow neighborhood. They were dead as the result of multiple […]

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Kahn v Noor in DFL Primary in August

BY ED FELIEN After a long Saturday afternoon and five ballots, the 60B DFL convention adjourned without an endorsement, and incumbent Phyllis Kahn and challenger Muhamed Noor will meet in the Aug. 12 primary. Nearly 300 activists participated in the balloting at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis on April 5. On the first ballot Kahn was just six votes shy […]

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Syria, sarin gas, Mint Press and false flags

BY ED FELIEN The Washington Post noted on April 16 that “Syria’s opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. It is unclear how the rebels obtained the wire-guided missiles, which are capable of penetrating heavy armor and fortifications and are standard in the U.S. military […]

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The story of MayDay – 39 inevitable miracles

BY DEBORAH KEEFER RAMAGE Is the MayDay Parade and Ceremony an unlikely miracle, or is it inevitable that something like this would emerge from this particular community? Most of the people I asked this replied with some variation of “a little bit of both!” On the one hand, it’s unique, and so powerful compared to the perceived resource and power […]

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Queen of Cuisine “Falling Star”

BY ED FELIEN AND CARLA WALDEMAR When someone’s dream dies, it diminishes all of us. Margaret Chamberlain’s dream of Bread Star Rising is dead. We were so excited about the idea of artisan bread baked right here in the neighborhood that we sent ace gourmet and Queen of Cuisine Carla Waldemar down to interview her. Here’s what she wrote: Margaret […]

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Charley’s Garden “Suggestions for annihilating gloom”

BY CHARLEY UNDERWOOD It may seem strange to talk about depression in a gardening column, but it really has been a hard winter. As I write this, the snow is finally receding into dirty roadside sculptures and melting into street lakes nearly large enough to have names. We may actually have spring at last, but it has been a long, […]

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Andrew Johnson’s first 100 (and a bit) days

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE Andrew Johnson is the youngest member of the Minneapolis City Council at only 29 years of age. (“Also the only single one,” he reminds me to mention.) One of seven (of 13) CMs newly elected in November 2013, he is also one of the ones most likely to succeed Gary Schiff in being the leftward pull […]

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Potholes and paving projects

BY ED FELIEN According to Mike Kennedy, the city’s director of the Transportation Maintenance and Repair Division, residents in the southwest and Lake Nokomis areas of the city call in with more complaints than anywhere else. But, the StarTribune reported, “He doesn’t believe their streets have more potholes than other parts of the city.” Even if a city crew gets […]

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Neighborhood Roundup: Organics recycling in HPDL is here! NENA annual meeting

Attention Hale, Page and Diamond Lake residents: Recycle organics beginning on Earth Day, Saturday, April 26, from 9:30 to noon at Pearl Park. Bring all your compostables like fruit and veggie scraps, meat and dairy, and paper products like napkins, pizza boxes and much more. Volunteer monitors will be on hand to answer your questions and help ensure the first […]

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