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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…

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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…

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In response to John Delmonico

BY ED FELIEN On Dec. 23, 2013, John Delmonico, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation (MPF), wrote an op-ed piece for the Star Tribune arguing that the Minneapolis Police Department should not seek outside investigators when MPD officers use deadly force. The proposal of Chief Harteau to use the Bureau…

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The 407 million dollar question for Hennepin County

BY LARA NORKUS-CRAMPTON, RN Is Hennepin County quietly rebuilding the aging downtown HERC Garbage Incinerator? Would this be the best investment of hundreds of millions of public dollars? Why not invest more in recycling programs? Shouldn’t the public be part of this discussion? A recent item appeared in the 12/10/13…

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Queen of Cuisine “Chatter-worthy”

Chatterbox 229 E. 35th St. 612-728-9871 Also Linden Hills and Highland Park locations Remember way back to 1928? Me neither. But for a taste of that hard-partying, speakeasy era, stop in at Chatterbox Pub and step back in time. For 85 years the Chatterbox has anchored its corner of East…

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Charley’s Garden “Winter dreaming follows rhythms of land and sky”

BY CHARLEY UNDERWOOD In my youth, I used to look forward to winter for a particular reason: reading. I would set aside a long book for the long nights … Russian novels, historical fiction, post-apocalyptic adventure stories. My bed was a hide-away that would pull out from under the sitting…

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LCC elects new officers

On Nov. 21, the Longfellow Community Council (LCC) elected a new president and vice president to its Board of Directors. Andrew Johnson, the former LCC president, won the Ward 12 City Council election in November, leaving a vacancy in the organization. Eric Day, LCC’s current vice president, was unanimously elected…

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Burn, Baby, Burn

BY LARA NORKUS-CRAMPTON A recent report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) makes a strong case that much more municipal solid waste could be recycled and composted. Commissioner John Stine made eloquent statements about the quantity of recyclable and compostable materials that were being inappropriately shipped to landfills. Not…

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Raina’s Wellness “The food waste problem”

BY RAINA GOLDSTEIN BUNNAG Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday. Turkey, football, family and lots of leftovers. Were you able to use up all your leftovers? If so, I commend you. If not, you are certainly not alone. In our house we tried hard (cranberry sauce and peanut butter sandwich,…

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Southside resident commits to planet preservation

BY AMY BLUMENSHINE “I’m a secret agent for Mother Earth.” So proclaims the T-shirt given me by Powerfully Green, my solar panel installer. The 36 new electricity-generating panels themselves are no secret—quite visible on my roof. (“They look sexy,” says my neighbor.) I do admit to some secret satisfaction, however,…

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St. Cloud State: Why do so few Black students graduate?

BY MYRLE B. COOPER, RETIRED SCSU FACULTY MEMBER Earthbound Media Group was employed by St. Cloud State University (SCSU). The Lakota Group was hired by City Hall. Both public relations firms are desperately diverting attention from St. Cloud’s reputation as Minnesota’s bastion of racism. Despite campus and community efforts to hide…

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‘A good man with a gun’

BY ED FELIEN “The only thing that stops a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.” —Wayne Lapierre, National Rifle Association Paul Anthony Ciancia believed he was that good man. He believed he was a warrior against the traitors who were taking over our government,…

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Powderhorn Birdwatch “Winter winds beneath my wings”

BY JOHN KARRIGAN Eagles! Of course the Eagles did not really leave near the end of October as I thought they might have, and there were two Bald Eagles (at least), as a couple of good observers told me. Another “of course”? Of course there were some screw-ups and my…

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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…

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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,…

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