Riverside


An envelope of light

BY GAIL RAJALA HAYDEN I went with a friend to Palmer’s bar, next-door to the Cedar Cultural Center.  After she left, and I was enjoying my second hot pineapple juice, Cadillac Kolstad sat down at the piano. This time it was the sudden and explosive quick first tap to the…

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Another stadium?

BY ED FELIEN Is it possible that local politicians haven’t learned their lesson?  There’s been recent talk about public funding for yet another sports stadium.  Bill McGuire, yes, that Bill McGuire, the one who ripped off $1.6 billion from UnitedHealth through backdating stock options and was ordered by the Securities…

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Rest in peace

BY WIZARD MARKS, FROM THE MINNEAPOLIS ISSUES LIST Lake Street is always changing, it’s axiomatic. Sometimes the changes are great, sometimes not so great, but sometimes just hard to deal with. One such is Jeremiah Collins who, in 1953, after coming home from the Korean War, established Portland Lake Motors.…

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American Prisons

BY POLLY MANN As March rolls around people’s thoughts turn to taxes and they begin to question how they’re being used. If Americans improved their prison system they could reduce the prison population and reduce their taxes. The American incarceration rate is the highest in the world at over 714…

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Protesters march down 35W

BY ED FELIEN For a couple of hours on Thursday, Dec. 3, a revolutionary act by a hundred or more brave souls was being televised live. It was thrilling. They began at the Burger King restaurant at 34th and Nicollet with a demonstration calling attention to the need to raise…

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Demonstrator hit by car

BY ED FELIEN On Monday evening, Nov. 24, the week of Thanksgiving, the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney released the findings of the grand jury in the case of Officer Darren Wilson’s shooting and killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. As expected, the grand jury chose not to indict…

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Unfinished business

BY ED FELIEN The public attack on Mayor Hodges by John Delmonico of the Minneapolis Police Federation, in crudely trying to associate her with gang members in what became known as Pointergate, has backfired big time. It quickly became a national joke, but it laid bare the antagonism between the…

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The death of dreams

BY ED FELIEN Late in November, just before Thanksgiving, Abdullahi ali Anshur was murdered by al Shabaab in Mogadishu. In what must have been a planned execution, they stopped his car and sprayed it with bullets. Anshur was a Somali engineer who returned to help reconstruct his homeland. In Minnesota…

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Queen of Cuisnine “Accident-Proof”

BY CARLA WALDEMAR Spill the Wine 901 W. Lake St. 612-339-3388 www.spillthewinempls.com Spill the wine? Sure, I’ve been known to—but here, It’s. Not. My. Fault.  The name of the Lake Street bistro seems to stand, not for my challenged balance, but the outlook of the venue: It’s to drink, casually,…

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Don’t let the light go out

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE The days grow shorter as they grow colder, and then, one or two days in December, the sun seems to stand still at its farthest point. For a few days, it seems that the days are not getting any shorter, but neither are they getting longer,…

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NENA Town Hall meeting

BY ED FELIEN The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) will host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Keewaydin School cafeteria. From the NENA Board to Southside Pride:  “At the meeting on Dec.11, the current board intends to fill the eight existing vacancies.  The…

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An open letter to Chief Harteau

Southside Pride would like to see a copy of the police report on the accident that occurred in front of the 3rd Precinct Police Station on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 26. The driver of a blue van drove deliberately into a crowd of demonstrators.  Through traffic was going around a stalled…

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