Articles By: Ashley Pederson

Lake Nokomis Pavilion Improvements

FROM COUNCIL MEMBER ANDREW JOHNSON Soon, visitors to Lake Nokomis will get to enjoy some upgrades to the patio and covered seating area next to Sandcastle Concessions that the Minn-eapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) have planned. Sandcastle is located at 4955 W. Lake Nokomis Pkwy. in Lake Nokomis Park. The improvements are mainly being done to provide a patio […]

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Caucusing with the DFL

BY DEBORAH KEEFER RAMAGE My precinct caucus last Tuesday was in the same place as the precinct caucus a year ago, which, because my precinct is (supposedly) massive compared to others in Ward 12, is also the same place as last year’s ward convention—the elegantly shabby auditorium of Roosevelt High School. Attendance was a bit over 30, and our delegate […]

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Manifesto of the Farmer Labor Association, Part One

BY ED FELIEN “Capitalism has failed and should be abolished!” “We mean to establish a Cooperative Commonwealth!” That’s the Preamble to the 1934 Farmer Labor Party Platform, and the party that believed in those principles went on to elect Floyd B. Olson governor and win a majority in the Minnesota State House of Representatives. Do those ideas have any resonance […]

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The Guantanamo Public Memory Project Exhibition

Many activists have stated that at the root of violence is the dehumanization of another human being. Although there are many, almost imperceptible ways to dehumanize another person, torture and indefinite detention carry dehumanization to the extreme limits. It is necessary for America to rethink Guantanamo. The Minnesota Council of Churches’ newsletter states: “For many faith-based activists, Guantanamo Bay represents […]

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Vikings lawsuits summary

BY DAVID TILSEN For those who are confused, here is a quick summary of the various lawsuits to stop the stadium. In the Cohen, Woodruff, Ostrow lawsuit, they contended (correctly) that the stadium legislation requires the Vikings to pay for the parking ramp, and the city should not be selling bonds to pay for it. The city has violated both […]

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Queen of Cuisine “Lurking on Loring”

Y CARLA WALDEMAR Lurcat 1624 Harmon Place 612-486-5500 www.cafelurcat.com “Choose a place,” my companion from out of town directed: “downtown, or close by; good food and wine lists; unobtrusive service; and quiet enough for conversation.” Oh, and bonus points for a lovely, relaxed setting and a photo-op view. The pressure was on. She was not only from out of town, […]

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Charley’s Garden “Preparing peacefully for the worst”

BY CHARLEY UNDERWOOD You may have a relative like mine. We disagree about almost everything: foreign policy, stadium spending, military budgets, the role of government. It may not surprise you to discover that we really like and respect each other, but you might be startled how much we agree. He is something of a hunter/libertarian with a lot of guns, […]

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Precinct caucuses Tuesday, Feb. 4

BY ED FELIEN Precinct caucuses are this Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. To find out where your precinct is convening for your political party, call: DFL: 651-293-1200 or go to dfl.org; Republican: 651-222-0022 or mngop.com; Green Party: 651-288-2820 or mngreens.org. The Farmer Labor Association is urging its members and supporters to caucus with the DFL and bring these resolutions […]

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Manifesto of the Farmer Labor Association, Part One

BY ED FELIEN “Capitalism has failed and should be abolished!” “We mean to establish a Cooperative Commonwealth!” That’s the Preamble to the 1934 Farmer Labor Party Platform, and the party that believed in those principles went on to elect Floyd B. Olson governor and win a majority in the Minnesota State House of Representatives. Do those ideas have any resonance […]

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Raina’s Wellness “Health Lessons from 2013”

BY RAINA GOLDSTEIN BUNNAG Many of us hope to better our health in 2014, but even with the best intentions, resolutions can be hard to stick to and motivation may wane quickly. Last year was a breakthrough year for health science research and it brought several important discoveries that can be useful to tweak or focus your goals for the […]

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