Category: News

A proposal for a municipal program

BY ED FELIEN Here is a radical but practical program for the City of Minneapolis that would allow us to evaluate candidates for mayor and City Council. The City of Minneapolis should: 1. Conduct a full public investigation of the police conduct surrounding the deaths of Terrance Franklin and Jamar Clark; 2. Subject complaints of police misconduct to review by […]

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Queen of Cuisine: On a roll with Ruiz

BY CARLA WALDEMAR Costa Blanca Bistro 2416 Central Avenue NE 612-789-9295 www.costablancabistro.com Well, it’s finally here. And worth the wait. Here’s what I wrote for this newspaper back in 2015 about wunderchef Hector Ruiz and his Latin-flavored dining empire: “They call it Rincon 38. I call it tapas heaven. It’s one of the Divine Trinity of cafes saluting Spanish small […]

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The battle inside the DFL

BY ED FELIEN Precinct caucuses are coming up Tuesday night, April 4.  On that night, the DFL starts all over again. The goddess Aphrodite (Venus, in the Roman pantheon) was extravagant in her affections, but every night she would return to her father, Poseiden, the god of the sea, and he would wash her clean, and she would have no […]

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Crockpots rule at NENA

BY STEPHANIE FOX The First Annual Great Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook-Off is history and taking home the championship trophy was Jakob Gant, whose Creamy White Chicken Chili received 33 votes. The Feb 4th event, held in Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church’s basement, raised $400 for community projects, including the Bossen Renters Fair, the Annual Nokomis East Garage Sale Day and the […]

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Fidel and me

BY TONY BOUZA Reader’s Digest used to have a feature called “The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met.”  Set me to thinking. Malcolm X ranks high, but my No. 1 choice would be Fidel Castro. I first met him in 1959 when he attended the U.N. session in the fall and, again, in a reprise in 1960. I was born in […]

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CONFESSIONS OF AN UNREPENTANT MAOIST: Hundred Flowers, 1970 (continued) Run-ins with the authorities

BY ED FELIEN Hubert Humphrey was running for senator again after losing the race for President in 1968.  He was speaking at a Hamline College graduation.  Some of us thought it would be a good idea to remind folks about his defense of the war in Vietnam and his lying to the American people about the carpet bombing of Hanoi […]

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FROM WHERE I STAND: Wisdom from Gorbachev

BY POLLY MANN The words of a former secretary general of the Soviet Union may have little significance once he is out of office but recent statements of Mikhail Gorbachev deserve, in my opinion, recognition, or at the very least an item in a “Good News” column. So I’m filling in the gap. Gorbachev is the author of a recently […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Proposed amendment would legalize marijuana in Minnesota

Things are happening in Minnesota as some lawmakers have introduced the first “legalization” bills, as you may have heard on the news. Please right away call your state rep and state senator asking them to End Prohibition!  Tell them that public opinion wants Minnesota to follow Colorado, California, Oregon, and the other legal states. The bill for a proposed amendment […]

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Fraud in for-profit education?

BY BENJAMIN MERRILL Headlines about fraud within for-profit education businesses appeared frequently in 2016.  Stories of long overdue regulatory action conceal a history of regulatory inaction regarding fraud in for-profit education, which has both allowed and rewarded one of America’s biggest systems of consumer abuse. One of the largest accreditors of for-profits, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools […]

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Go to the movies

BY DAVE TILSEN I love movies. I also love theater, live and recorded music, television, watching sunsets, my grandchildren, OK, OK, way down deep I am shallow, but I am going to talk about this year’s movies, and what I expect and wish the Academy of Motion Pictures Sciences would do. The Academy did add a lot of members in […]

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