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Ed Felien  •  Elaine Klaassen  •  Polly Mann  •  Tony Bouza  •  David Tilsen  •  Debra Keefer Ramage  •  Stephanie Fox  •  Johnny Hazard 

 


Confrontation at the convention

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE “Well,” I tweeted, “now I can cross ‘being manhandled at a DFL convention’ off my bucket list.” I didn’t mean to be vague tweeting, but I was still trying to sort out exactly what had gone down and how I felt about it. It all began…

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Spring on Minnehaha Avenue South

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE Closings – a nearby Aldi, Dumpling, Glass Endeavors Several months ago, Aldi closed their store in the Hi-Lake Shopping Center. Ever since the Aldi opened in part of the former Rainbow Foods space at Lake and Minnehaha, there had been two Aldis in easy walking distance…

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CORRECTION!

BY ED FELIEN In last month’s editions of Southside Pride we published “Swamp creatures rise from the dead.” I wrote: “That changed in 1964 when (according to the story believed in South Minneapolis) Vice President Humphrey wanted to please his boss, LBJ, with the sight of a full-flowing Minnehaha Falls—even…

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“This time it needs to be different.”

BY ED FELIEN Council Member Jason Chavez wrote in his newsletter: “The Minnesota Department of Human Rights released its report on the investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department. According to the report, it included approximately 700 hours of body worn camera footage and nearly 480,000 pages of City and MPD…

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Spring on 34th Avenue South

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE Groceries and bakeries – Oxendale’s and Asa’s Bakery May is finally here and it’s time to shine some sunlight on 34th Avenue and 50th Street and its nearby businesses and organizations. Let’s start with getting some groceries in. Oxendale’s is a small local chain with one…

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It’s spring! Time to renovate, remodel and grow

BY STEPHANIE FOX To misquote the poet Tennyson, in the spring a homeowner’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … repair and remodeling. But where to start? “Your house is the most intimate place in your life and when people go through personal changes, they call us,” said Donnie Kimbler…

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Spring on East 38th Street

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE There have been a number of significant changes along East 38th Street in the past year. We only have space to tell of some of them. Let’s visit the places on 38th starting at Nicollet Avenue South and moving eastward toward 42nd Avenue South. Nicollet Avenue…

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Council moves (slowly) forward on rent stabilization

BY CAM GORDON On April 14, the Minneapolis City Council took a step forward towards implementing the rent stabilization charter amendment approved by voters last November. They voted to establish a work group. The idea was proposed by Council President Andrea Jenkins at the first Council meeting of this term.…

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Arts bloom again

BY LYDIA HOWELL Like spring’s promise, the arts are re-emerging from COVID-19, featuring inventive styles, new narratives, and live music, from local to international. The pandemic-enforced pause made for introspection that has been integrated into theatrical innovations and led to an inclusion that has transformed whose art is included, and…

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Intelligence versus wisdom

BY TONY BOUZA The recent turmoil surrounding New York’s governor is a wonderful example of the lessons the Greek ancients tried hard to teach us. But we are slow learners. Andrew Cuomo is the smartest guy in the state. Honest. I grew up with guys like that. Not many, but…

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Abortion: Mexico/U.S.

BY JOHNNY HAZARD In the wake of the passage last year of a series of anti-abortion laws in Texas, there are signs that the opposite tendency is shaping up in Mexico. The Supreme Court there has issued various decisions liberalizing abortion laws in recent years but last September came the…

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