Category: News

‘Miracle Baby’ survives 11-story fall at Riverside Plaza

BY ED FELIEN A 15-month-old baby boy is recovering in critical but stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center where doctors are calling him the Miracle Baby. Musa Dayib probably crawled through the stiles (the railings) on the balcony in his family’s 11th floor apartment at Riverside Plaza. Miraculously, after falling 11 stories, he landed flat on his back in […]

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Music in the Town Square

BY ED FELIEN If you’ve ever driven through a small town in almost every section of the country, the main street will lead to a downtown and a small, one-block- square park in the center of town, and it almost always has a bandstand in the center for band concerts in the summer. Mexicans call their town centers the zocalo. […]

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Payday lending: loansharking the poor and vulnerable

BY DAVID TILSEN Payday lending is a very profitable business. We know these places well here in Minneapolis. They will lend anyone money, and the interest rate is really exorbitant. Some reports are that the interest rate can exceed 250% on an annual basis. Of course they loan it for a couple of weeks so the rate doesn’t seem that […]

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Tenants win hope of bedbug-free building

BY PETER BROWN, MINNESOTA TENANTS UNION Bedbug infestation is widespread in Minneapolis rental property. Bedbugs lead to renter instability/forced relocation as tenants flee infested buildings. Bedbugs also cause great distress and property damage to tenants who can ill-afford to throw out and replace the mattresses, box-springs, and furniture that become infested with bedbugs during their tenancy in a bedbug infested […]

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Charley’s Garden “Urban food production essential to survival”

BY CHARLEY UNDERWOOD When I told my wife I wanted to write about Detroit this month, she objected. “It’s spring,” she said. “Why don’t you write about something happier this time, like gardening classes?” I frowned and muttered something about needing to warn people. Detroit, you see, is an urban basket case. In the decade following 2000, the population dropped […]

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Queen of Cuisine “The Second Coming”

BY CARLA WALDEMAR Travail 4124 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale 763-535-1131 No sign on the façade. The entrance—when you finally find it—is through an industrial refrigerator door. Rock music blares, competing with a sports bar TV. The kitchen crew (who double as servers) are dolled up with piercings, tattoos, T-shirts and bandannas. No reservations, no menu, no romance. Oh wait, yes there […]

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Movies

BY TONY BOUZA Movies are America’s pre-eminent art form. I love them. As I lay reading, Erica was watching a movie we’d seen, and enjoyed, years ago—“Good Will Hunting.” I vaguely looked. A romantic comedy about a genius at Harvard whose math mentor is frustrated by the hero’s reluctance or inability to access or use his talents. The mentor enlists […]

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Neighborhood Notes

• The Field Regina Northrop Neighbor-hood Group will be celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary with a colorful parade of VIPs, decorated cars and bikes, and lots more that will travel from 42nd Street to the McRae Park grounds on Saturday, June 7, starting at 10 a.m. The Celebration at McRae Park will start at 11:30 and go until 3. There […]

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Rhonda Dean is the new principal at Washburn

BY ED FELIEN Rhonda Dean started teaching math at the Benjamin Banneker school in the Powderhorn neighborhood, and now, after six years as principal of Andover High School in Anoka, has been named the new principal at Washburn High School. Ms. Dean grew up in Fridley and is a 1979 graduate of Fridley High School. She attended Normandale Community College, […]

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Parkway renovation

A new roadway is scheduled for the Parkway this summer. Council Member Andrew Johnson: “Residents have enjoyed a smoother ride on East Minnehaha Parkway from Cedar Avenue to 27th Avenue South/Woodlawn Avenue thanks to upgrades last year. That repaving project will be continued this year from 27th Avenue South/Woodlawn Avenue to 38th Avenue South. This stretch of road will have […]

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