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Unity starts with education

BY ADRIANA CERRILLO DIRECTOR, BOARD OF EDUCATION, MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS From the insurrection at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to the barbed wire lining the streets of downtown Minneapolis, 2021 has been a grim reminder of the divisions in our communities. Unless we make a strong effort to bridge our…

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Charles Rodgers is running for Park Board

BY ED FELIEN Charles Rodgers is running for Park Board. That’s good news for people in South Minneapolis who want a park system that works for all of us. He says, “Growing up in Memphis, the only child of a single mom employed long hours as a domestic to a…

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Two visions of public safety

BY ALEXANDRA CARTER Two Zoom forums on the question of transforming models of public safety were held within a week of each other, but they couldn’t have been more different. The first one, on Feb. 22, was a panel discussion hosted by a candidate for the Ward 2 City Council…

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Agape: What does love look like?

BY ELAINE KLAASSEN If you go to 38th and Chicago, the corner where George Perry Floyd Jr. was killed by a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck, you will see that the people have claimed the intersection as a free state, an autonomous zone of nonviolence and anti-racism. They…

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Between hope and despair

BY ELINA KOLSTAD   On the morning of Jan. 6, I woke up to the news of the Democratic candidates winning the runoff election for the Senate seats in Georgia. I knew that this gave the Democrats too slim a majority to accomplish much and I knew that the Democrats…

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The queen on the hill

BY KATHRYN KELLY Park Board Commissioner Musich sits on her elevated hill over Lake Nokomis and surveys her dominion of Lake Nokomis. On her campaign website she says that her family loves “looking out over the park from our living room and seeing so many people enjoying OUR FRONT YARD.”…

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10th Ward City Council race

BY DAVID TILSEN This year, Minneapolis will have elections for city offices. This means the mayor, all the City Council members, Park Board and Board of Estimate and Taxation. With the multiple crises that the city has gone through and is still going through, I expect the debate and discussion…

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Gimme shelter (cont.)

BY KAY SCHROVEN Oh a storm is threatening My very life today If I don’t get some shelter Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away — “Gimme Shelter,” The Rolling Stones In the 1980s when many mental health facilities were closing, 14 local churches became involved in addressing homelessness and providing…

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Jack Ryan: Spoiler alert!

BY ED FELIEN I feel like Oscar in Sesame Street: “I like trash.” What’s there to do during the pandemic and forced incarceration but watch trashy action flicks on Netflix? And, after you’ve watched all the James Bond movies and “Ocean’s Eleven,” you’re left with the dregs at the bottom…

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Wanted: travel size toiletries

Kay Grace from the Bancroft neighborhood wrote on Nextdoor: “Hello, my 88-year-old mom, Gale, is now staying with us here in South Minneapolis. She used to be an amazing seamstress but now has dementia and cannot do very much. My sister and I are starting a project with her to…

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Monuments

BY TONY BOUZA Our—or any—society is driven by values. We repeatedly extoll the virtues of truth tellers and honest dealers. Our airways are clogged with boasts of integrity. Our morality defines us and we emphasize these beliefs in the artifacts of culture. There are not too many statues left of…

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