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Regular Columnists

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

 


Budget cuts will continue until morale improves

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE I thought I was going to have to write something anodyne and pedestrian this time around, due to the dearth of scandals and uproar in the Minneapolis school system. Well, I thought, no one is howling for Ed Graff’s head, there are no school board elections…

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THE DISH: Viva Mexico, la Primera Parte

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE The Dish visited two casual but popular Mexican restaurants for Part One (la Primera Parte) of our Mexican food exploration and rating report. The first, Dominguez Family Restaurant, is in South Minneapolis and is a full-service restaurant with beer and wine. The second, Andale Taqueria y…

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CONFESSIONS OF AN UNREPENTANT MAOIST: The DFL Endorsing Convention

BY ED FELIEN The spring of 1973 was critical. I had been fired from Experimental College. They didn’t actually fire me. Dean Werntz told the three coordinators who ran Experimental College that if they didn’t get rid of me and David Tilsen, the university administration was going to get rid…

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We like Ray Dehn for mayor

BY ED FELIEN We like Ray Dehn for mayor. We think he understands the problems we face in Minneapolis: “Centuries of over-policing and misconduct have created a fundamental distrust of police by people of color and indigenous communities (POCI)”; “Every person deserves to live in a safe, quality, affordable home.…

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Stan-Eric’s Main Street

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE Last year we suggested that there is a virtual small town called Stan-Eric, taken from the identifier of the e-democracy email list for Standish-Ericsson neighborhood. And 28th Avenue is that town’s main street. For most of this town’s virtual life, the commercial corner at East 42nd…

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Lock him up!

BY ED FELIEN Citizen’s Complaint against Trump Attention Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman: As you know, there were a record 144 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016 in Hennepin County. I had the opportunity recently to report on a public meeting with Chief Arrandondo and Inspector Johnson of the 3rd Precinct.…

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Our Revolution meets in Alexandria

BY DAVID TILSEN After the election last November, the national Bernie Sanders Campaign launched an effort to start a national organization to continue the work of the millions of people who supported Senator Sanders. This organization, called Our Revolution (OR), was received well, and activists enthusiastically started chapters all over…

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Twin Cities DSA’s short, hot summer

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE The amazing growth and emerging political relevance of Democratic Socialists of America has been covered by much of the mainstream media, including publications like LA Times, The Guardian, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone; networks like CNN and CBS; and online media like HuffPost…

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For mayor, Ray Dehn

BY ED FELIEN We like Ray Dehn for mayor. We think he understands the problems we face in Minneapolis: “Centuries of over-policing and misconduct have created a fundamental distrust of police by people of color and indigenous communities (POCI)”; “Every person deserves to live in a safe, quality, affordable home. …

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Customers travel the world at Midtown Global Market

BY STEPHANIE FOX When the Midtown Global Market opened in 2006, rising like a Phoenix from the shell of what had once been an abandoned 1920s era flagship Sears Roebuck, hopes were high. Sitting at the busy corner of Chicago Avenue and Lake Street, the redone market cost $16 million,…

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Requiem for a heavyweight

BY ED FELIEN Someone criticized me in a public forum saying, “Ed and the rest of the Hiawatha duffers are purposefully ignoring the facts because they want to continue to do what they have always done, where they have done it, whenever they want to do it; we’ve wasted enough…

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Young summer students learn food and nutrition science, bridging the opportunity gap

BY STEPHANIE FOX Kids are never too young to learn about science. It was that idea that motived Bonnie Everts to expand SELF, International, a nonprofit that once focused on public health in the African country of Ghana, and move it closer to home. The new mission, Everts said, is…

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J. Selby’s feels the stress of success

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE Matt Clayton is describing how things are now at J. Selby’s, which is buzzing around us even though it’s their Sunday “quiet hour” from 2 to 3 p.m. when the kitchen changes from brunch to dinner and you can only order drinks and dessert. But to…

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THE DISH: Dining out at the co-op

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE Creamery Co-op Cafe 2601 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis Food co-ops may not come to mind as your first choice when looking for a place to eat where you don’t have to do the dishes. But that should maybe change. Seward Co-op offers not one but three…

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CONFESSIONS OF AN UNREPENTANT MAOIST: Experimental College, 1971 to 1973

BY ED FELIEN Just when I had given up any hope of ever being hired again as an academic, David Tilsen, a comrade on the left and a former member of the DuBois Club, told me about Experimental College. It was a college at the University where the students were…

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