Category: Phillips/Powderhorn

Bloat

BY TONY BOUZA As I travel about the state, people, invariably kind, seem incredulous 1) that I’m still alive, and 2) that I make Minnesota my home. Maybe I should get out more. Then comes, “What are you doing now?” The truth is, as little as possible. “Are you writing?” That’s a tougher question. Frankly, I don’t especially want to […]

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New Year’s Day tragedy on the West Bank

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE It started with an explosion, at approximately 8:15 a.m. on New Year’s Day. By the time the firefighters arrived, the building was in flames. There were injured victims lying around outside the building, having jumped from second- and third-floor windows. The crew fought the blaze inside for about 15 minutes, then had to leave due to the […]

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Five15 on the Park gets public financing amidst community concerns

BY CHRIS STEGEMAN As citizens, we establish neighborhood organizations to advocate on our behalf and hold meetings to ensure that our public health and safety needs are being met. What are we left with when the city’s agenda pushes forth a project against the sentiment of neighborhood organizations, particularly in instances where such projects are partially funded with public money? […]

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Hiawatha Death Star kills again

BY ED FELIEN Sunday night, Jan. 12, at about 6 p.m., the Hiawatha Deathstar struck again. A pedestrian who lives in the area was killed walking across the light rail tracks at 42nd and Hiawatha. He became the 10th victim since June 2004. Metro Transit spokes-man John Siqveland said the gate arms were down, an alarm was sounding and lights […]

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The Stadium Financing is unfair

BY DAVID TILSEN People have asked me a lot over the summer why I am trying to stop the new Vikings stadium. I have a few stock answers. One is that I have no objection to a new stadium, I just don’t think I should be forced to pay for it. Other times I ask the questioner if they are […]

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Majority of City Council side with equity

BY NICK ESPINOSA AND ANTHONY NEWBY One hundred fifty community members braved a record cold snap to demand that the new City Council prioritize closing Minneapolis’ worst-in-the-nation racial equity gaps as they begin their new term. After the conclusion of the inauguration ceremony for the new council, hundreds kicked off the rally for equity by singing “We Shall Not Be […]

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Nuclear Iran

BY RICHARD TAYLOR “Omission,” George Orwell once noted, “is the greatest form of lie,” an observation relevant to the U.S. conflict with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program. The omissions provide ironic support to Obama’s statement,” I wouldn’t say [chances of success of the interim agreement] are more than 50-50.” Obama’s cause for pessimism, largely echoed in the mainstream […]

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Powderhorn fireworks for 2014 canceled?

BY ED FELIEN There will be a special meeting hosted by the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at the park building at 3400 15th Ave. S. to discuss fireworks at Powderhorn for the Fourth of July. For the last 10 years, PPNA and MPRB have […]

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Walker Community Church 2.0 rising

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE On Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, neighbors of 3104 16th Ave. S. may have seen something that hadn’t occurred for 18 months—churchgoers, some toting musical instruments, trickling into the building. Just two days earlier, the trustees and Rev. Walter Lockhart had received the certificate of occupancy from the city and word spread through the networks—WERE BACK! As […]

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Legislative agenda 2014

We sent the following letter to State Senators Jeff Hayden and Patricia Torres Ray and Representatives Jim Davnie, Jean Wagenius, Karen Clark and Susan Allen: An Open Letter to our state representatives and senators: You represent the most progressive districts in the State of Minnesota. As your constituents we have a right to expect that you would exercise leadership in […]

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