Phillips/Powderhorn


Spirit and Conscience Love for the Earth

Love for the Earth BY ELAINE KLAASSEN Since all the great romantic loves of my life are now either married, dead, or sainted hermits, I decided on Valentine’s Day that my last great love affair will be with the Earth. As my good luck would have it, there was a…

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Twin Cities Food Justice, local organization saving more than just food

BY AUTUMN CHMIELEWSKI, MHA, MA Good nutrition is a critical part of overall health. The food we eat provides the fuel for our minds and bodies affecting how we think and feel. The importance of good nutrition is highlighted in March through the recognition of National Nutrition Month. This month-long…

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Response to Tony Bouza’s “The Jews” Commentary Published Jan. 21, 2019

Yes, this got our attention. The title, alone, was enough, but it appeared above the fold in the print version. As we read, the distortions from beginning to end it demanded response. Clearly this is just the reaction that Southside Pride had in mind and we are glad to oblige.…

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A Southsider weighs in on the Upper Terminal redevelopment

BY ELINA KOLSTAD I recently found out about the exciting opportunity Minneapolis has to redevelop over 48 acres north of downtown at the site of the Northern Terminal on the Mississippi River. I wanted to take the opportunity to weigh in on the priorities I would like to see the…

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The secret language of lovers

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE How did clandestine lovers communicate in the days before email, cell phones and Skype? Well, not surprisingly, it wasn’t easy. And just like today, when even encryption will fail if you don’t use it right, sometimes things didn’t work out so well. Take Romeo and Juliet,…

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Beaten dog inspires kindness

BY ELAINE KLAASSEN A friend’s beaten dog inspired the kindness of Southside Pride’s IT support person. Celia Wirth and her husband, Ron Wirth, are friends with a senior citizen, Gemma Barry,  who lives a few blocks from the restaurant/bar where Ron is a brewer, Roma in Mahtomedi (50 beers on…

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St. Peter’s AME cares about your heart

BY AUTUMN CHMIELEWSKI, MHA, MA The month of February often brings to mind oversized chocolate boxes and construction paper cards. But Valentine’s hearts aren’t the only ones taking center stage this month. February is also American Heart Month. The designation was first made by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the…

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In lean times, local food shelves fill in the food gaps for many in South Minneapolis

BY STEPHANIE FOX In a corner of the basement at Minnehaha United Methodist Church, George Gallagher is organizing boxes filled with non-perishable foodstuffs. He and volunteer Conrad Larson are working to get food to people living in parts of southeastern Minneapolis, people who might otherwise go hungry. Larson is one…

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Carol Becker thinks it stinks!

From the Longfellow Forum: There is no question that there was a public relations contract for the 2040 Plan with the former head of the Republican Party, and that Heather Worthington, the director of Long Range Planning for the City, lied to hide it. The documents are clear. I went…

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ELDERBERRY JAM: MayDay

BY DAVID TILSEN We had another wonderful MayDay parade, ceremony and festival last spring. The creativity of the puppeteers, sculptors, playwrights, performers and other workers continues to be first rate, and our community supports and benefits from this joyful annual celebration. In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask…

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Kong

BY TONY BOUZA The name certainly conjures a shudder of emotion—cum—eroticism. As a cop in New York, I observed the information that the local distillate—illegal and popular—was, of course, called Kong. Potent. That it killed or blinded many of its imbibers did not appear to be a deal breaker. Hooch…

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LA teachers and us

BY ED FELIEN What does the Los Angeles teachers’ strike have to do with Minneapolis? Well, actually, quite a bit. Some part of the strike was about wages. They got a little bit of the raise they asked for four years ago. They got smaller class sizes and school nurses.…

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The toxic greenwashing of a city: Conserve buildings to conserve the environment

BY ELINA KOLSTAD Whether or not the number of bulldozers per capita will increase due to the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, it must be noted that Minneapolis is ALREADY being bulldozed. One lot at a time, one iconic restaurant at a time, sometimes a city block at a time. If…

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2040 hurts minority businesses

BY NASRO ABSHIR My name is Nasro Abshir. I am the founder and owner of Family First Choice Childcare. My mom and I used to have two childcare locations—one in the Phillips neighborhood and the other in Loring Park. While commercial displacement has been talked about as a “concern” for…

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Poems by Demetrios Trifiatis

OUR FIGHT Clouds of doubt hovered over our heads They multiplied and grew to mistrust That brewed to a storm of anger Which unleashed its rage In thunder of words and Lightning of gestures In a while, The exhausted tempest subsided, Clouds dissipated, The sun of trust hesitantly appeared It…

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