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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 couch, perfectly designed for never having to straighten the covers […]

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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 by the LCC board to serve as the new president. […]

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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 one word about incinerators, as per usual for the MPCA. […]

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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, anyone?), but inevitably part of the delicious feast ended up […]

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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, whenever the sun is shining, based on both what those […]

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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 historic and present racial hostilities, FBI hate crime statistics, hundreds […]

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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, bankrupting our currency and trying to establish a New World […]

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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 column was not printed in the November Southside Pride, but […]

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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 indicate an early warning. Honeybees are that warning species for […]

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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, almost a year since its debut, Borough hasn’t missed a […]

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