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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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MPS wants to hear from you!

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is planning for the future and we invite you to share your input to help guide our work. FY15 Budget Planning Planning for the fiscal year 2015 (FY15) budget—which runs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015—has begun. We want to make sure that all…

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12th Ward council aide attacked

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE The events at the Brian Coyle Center, site of the Minneapolis 6th Ward, Precinct 3 caucus, are complex. For those who need a primer, the players are: Mohamud Noor, current Minneapolis school board member, candidate for State House seat 60B; Rep. Phyllis Kahn, 42-year incumbent to…

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New Walker Library ready to open, almost

BY ED FELIEN The new Walker Library should be ready to open sometime in April, some people say, which puts them ahead of schedule. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, like Persephone emerging from the cave and her long hibernation in the underworld, the new Walker Library will rise…

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Raina’s Wellness “Talking about Falling”

BY RAINA GOLDSTEIN BUNNAG Falling is a touchy subject. No one wants to admit that a fall is possible in their future. It’s also difficult to broach the topic with a parent or loved one. However, falling is a common occurrence as we age and is the leading cause of…

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6th Ward, Precinct 3 caucus to reconvene Feb. 19

BY ELLEN M. PERRAULT, COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR, MINNESOTA DFL The Minneapolis 6th Ward, Precinct 3 caucus that ended Feb. 4 before officially adjourning will reconvene Wednesday, Feb. 19. The original caucus was held at the Brian Coyle Community Center. Because of space constraints at Brian Coyle, where an overflow crowd at…

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Surviving the way-too-raucus caucus

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE The events at the Brian Coyle Center, site of the Minneapolis 6th Ward, Precinct 3 caucus, are complex. For those who need a primer, the players are: Mohamud Noor, current Minneapolis school board member, candidate for State House seat 60B; Rep. Phyllis Kahn, 42-year incumbent to…

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County gives up on burner increase – MPCA renews commitment to inciner-ation

BY LARA CRAMPTON-NORKUS, RN After almost five years of maneuvering by Hennepin County, Covanta, the Minneapolis Planning Department and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Hennepin County Board voted yesterday to withdraw its proposal for a capacity increase from 1,000 tons to 1,212 tons per day at the 25-year-old Hennepin…

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Lake Nokomis Pavilion Improvements

FROM COUNCIL MEMBER ANDREW JOHNSON Soon, visitors to Lake Nokomis will get to enjoy some upgrades to the patio and covered seating area next to Sandcastle Concessions that the Minn-eapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) have planned. Sandcastle is located at 4955 W. Lake Nokomis Pkwy. in Lake Nokomis Park.…

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Caucusing with the DFL

BY DEBORAH KEEFER RAMAGE My precinct caucus last Tuesday was in the same place as the precinct caucus a year ago, which, because my precinct is (supposedly) massive compared to others in Ward 12, is also the same place as last year’s ward convention—the elegantly shabby auditorium of Roosevelt High…

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