Category: News

Breakfasting with Alondra Cano

BY DAVID TILSEN In January, Alondra Cano officially started her new job as the council member representing the 9th Ward of Minneapolis. She said the work actually started the evening she was elected. Her phone began ringing and people began asking her to listen to them. As she started to make decisions she thought a lot about the responsibility and […]

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Ms Piff presents the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

It must be almost spring because here comes Ms Piff (the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival). From April 3 to 19 there will be 200 films shown from all over the globe. The Film Society has been showing other than mainstream films since 1962.  All films are at St. Anthony Main except where noted. To see the full list […]

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Powderhorn Birdwatch “Spring is for the brrrrds”

BY JOHN KARRIGAN I wasn’t finding too much to write about except for more snow and excessive cold in January and February, so I did not write anything. I was starting to think the same might be true for March, but the last few days, some spring things are starting to happen. (I am writing this on April 1.) First, […]

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Straight talk about Crimea

BY ED FELIEN Crimea is a dangling appendix to Ukraine. It is connected by a narrow patch of land barely 10 miles across. The total area of Ukraine is about 233,000 square miles. The total area of Crimea is about 10,000 square miles, so Crimea represents only 4.3% of the total area of Ukraine. Russia has based its naval fleet […]

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Abdi Warsame’s very bad, terrible, really awful first few months

BY ED FELIEN Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame has had a very bad first couple of months. First, he voted for Barbara Johnson for council president against his fellow Southside council member, Elizabeth Glidden. Any hope progressives had that he would align himself with liberals from South Minneapolis like Cam Gordon, Alondra Cano, Andrew Johnson and Elizabeth Glidden were […]

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Charley’s Garden “Nothing to lose and everything to gain”

BY CHARLEY UNDERWOOD It has gone out of fashion lately, but people used to say, “The best things in life are free.” Now the assumption seems to be the opposite, that you aren’t having fun unless you pay for it, and even that spending more money will give you more happiness than spending less. What BS! If we need proof […]

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Queen of Cuisine “Blue Meadow”

BY CARLA WALDEMAR Bluestem 2610 Lyndale Ave. S. 612-870-7855 Monday morning, and we’re hungry. So hungry a bagel won’t do. And neither will dishwater coffee. Sooo—picture a scene in a Woody Allen movie—we’re driving around South Minneapolis—Patisserie 46, Lynn on Bryant, Lucia’s, braking only for their “Closed on Mondays” signs. Finally, I remember: Yeah, French Meadow! And then I remember […]

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What’s going to happen to Hiawatha Golf Course?

BY ED FELIEN Colorado-based golf consultant Jim Keegan gave a report to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) at its Feb. 12 meeting that got a lot of people’s attention. He said the major reason rounds were down at city courses was not because of cost—the costs are less than anywhere else and not because of location—there are 8,000 […]

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A pipe driven through the heart of Minnesota

BY PAULA FISCHER MN 350, the Sierra Club, Honor the Earth and others are fighting Enbridge Energy of Canada before the Public Utilities Commission on April 3. Enbridge seeks to increase its enormous oil transport system using its existing Alberta Clipper Pipeline through Minnesota, increasing the barrels per day of tar sands crude oil from 450,000 to 800,000 piped from […]

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Manifesto of the Farmer Labor Association, Part Two

BY ED FELIEN “We mean to establish a Cooperative Commonwealth.” What does that mean? And how do we get there? A Cooperative Commonwealth is simply the recognition that we all share responsibility for the health of our planet and the health of our brothers and sisters. We are the stewards of the land and water for future generations. We are […]

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