Articles By: Ashley Pederson

Charley’s Garden “A world without bees equals a world without food”

BY CHARLEY UNDERWOOD For hundreds of years, miners toiling deep in the earth have taken small birds with them. If the air got bad, the canary died and the miners knew they had to get out fast or perish. Today we use the expression “a canary in the mine” to indicate an early warning. Honeybees are that warning species for […]

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Queen of Cuisine “Grand slam dining”

BY CARLA WALDEMAR Borough 730 Washington Ave. N. 612-387-1613 Think it’s the ballpark driving the hordes to downtown’s newly-flamin’ Warehouse North? Nah—it’s Borough. Far easier to hit a home run on Target Field than in the food biz, where competition’s lethal and fans as fickle as the Minnesota weather. Yet, almost a year since its debut, Borough hasn’t missed a […]

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’Tis the Season

BY DOMINICK BOUZA It seems like every year someone prints a story about the Salvation Army’s disagreement with gays, lesbians, transgender folks and others who live “alternative” lifestyles. Last year, an Australian Salvationist and Major within the hierarchal structure of the Salvation Army said on a radio show that gay parents should be put to death. He didn’t actually say […]

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Vikings referendum denied

BY ED FELIEN On Nov. 13, Judge Phillip D. Bush signed an order dismissing the Petition for a Writ of Mandamus in Mann vs. Minneapolis City Council that would have required a citywide referendum on whether the city should contribute more than $150 million to the construction of a new Vikings stadium. Judge Bush did agree that Vikings stadium taxes […]

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How did they kill Terrance Franklin?

The 228-page police report of the killing of Terrance Franklin has contradictions and inconsistencies that should have set off alarms for Police Chief Janee Harteau, Mayor Rybak, County Attorney Mike Freeman and Minneapolis City Council Chair of the Public Safety Committee Don Samuels. There are clear and arrogant admissions of the use of excessive force. There are serious questions as […]

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A novel approach to increased police accountability

BY ERIC SCHILTZ, PROJECT MANAGER, COMMITTEE FOR PROFESSIONAL POLICING High profile cases of police misconduct have crowded the news over the past few years. This is not surprising; the City of Minneapolis has paid out roughly $20 million over the last seven years for police brutality and misconduct claims. These payouts come directly from the city’s general fund, from taxes that […]

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Neighborhood elder honors the time he is given

BY ELAINE KLAASSEN Phillips/Powderhorn resident Walter Ortman turns 102 on Dec. 3. He is a steady, serious, kind man who is keenly interested in everything and everyone around him. I first met him 14 years ago when I started playing piano at First Church of God, 35th Avenue and 32nd Street. Sometimes, before the offerings, Walter would give entertaining talks […]

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SENA annual meeting

The Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA) will meet for its annual meeting on Wed., Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lake Hiawatha Park building at 2701 E. 44th St. The agenda will be: 6:30–6:45: Pastries and coffee; 6:45–7: Introductions and recognitions; 7–7:30: What’s the Big Idea? Presentations; 7:30–7:45: Election – SENA Board members; 7:45–8: Announcement of winning Big […]

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Minneapolis elections 2013 – how did we do?

BY DEB KEEFER RAMAGE Dave and Barb Tilsen and five other friends joined me at the Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub for an election post-mortem and to await the arrival of the Andrew Johnson campaign’s post-election gathering. We were all antsy until about 8:30, when results began to come in on our smartphones. (We tried to get the bar to tune the […]

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Young and black and dealing crack

BY DWIGHT HOBBES A key component to the plague of crack cocaine is a complicated one. Black teens and young adults, by far mostly male, are on a conveyor belt to incarceration. Because they are black and because they sell crack. One observation is, well, if they weren’t breaking the law they wouldn’t go to jail, pure and simple. There’s […]

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