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Phillips/Powderhorn  •  Nokomis  •  Riverside


It’s up to us to stop displacement

BY MAGDALENA KALUZA Our neighbor, Miss Linda Taylor, is facing the immediate threat of displacement from her Powderhorn home of 18 years. As her neighbors, we are clear: We will not allow her to be intimidated and displaced by a landlord who already owns far more homes than they need!…

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Support our teachers

BY ELINA KOLSTAD “We’ve gotta keep the schools open. … When we don’t have [open schools], boredom sets in. And boredom is no excuse for carjacking.” These were the words of Mayor Frey in January of this year when he advocated keeping schools open during the recent omicron surge. He…

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Who’s using our hockey rinks?

BY ERIC SKOGLUND I saw the kindness of middle school boys make a grandmother cry. It happened on a hockey rink, at a pickup game at Hiawatha School Park a few hours before the Cincinnati Bengals would win a football game and advance to the Super Bowl. Pickup hockey is…

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MPD staffing

BY CAM GORDON On Feb. 2, the City Council received a report on police department staffing that recommends steps the mayor and Council could take to improve public safety in Minneapolis. The $170,000 study grew out of a City Council directive from 2019 and its results are reminiscent of the…

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Oedipus the King

BY TONY BOUZA The Greeks were the finest expression of civilization ever. Why? Because they made their citizens better humans. How? By cautioning against hubris (pride) and avoiding hamartia (the critical flaw). The antidote? Merciless introspection. Oedipus was the toughest, smartest, most admirable—yet, came a cropper, wandering blindly in the…

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What about Umbrella Man?

BY ALLISTER ROSE “We have evidence that extremist agitators were hijacking protests to pursue their own separate and violent agendas.” – William Barr, The Wall Street Journal, 7/28/20 The video In the spring of 2020 we saw the images: a tall, white man dressed in black, wearing a gas mask,…

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Robin responds

A statement by Robin Wonsley Worlobah, Council Member from Ward 2, on the MPD killing of Amir Locke: I spent the afternoon listening to the grieving family of Amir Locke and local community leaders. I heard justified anger. Most of all, I heard the pain, frustration, and sadness that we…

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Another brother down

BY ED FELIEN Just before sunrise on Feb. 2, the MPD SWAT team bursts into a downtown apartment: “Police!” “Search warrant!” “Get on the ground!” Amir Locke is asleep on a couch, under a blanket. They kick the couch. Amir gets up, turns to the officers. He is holding a…

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Quakers look at policing cops

BY JOHN STUART Quaker social justice values are embodied in “Testimonies,” adherence to peace, equality, community and integrity. A year ago, members of the Minneapolis Friends Meeting began to talk about the policing of our city in the light of these Testimonies. Too often, we had seen violence in policing.…

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70 join Minneapolis anti-war protest

On a very cold Saturday afternoon on Feb. 5, 70 people joined a Minneapolis protest to speak out to say, “No War with Russia.” A statement issued by organizers read, in part, “Following the Biden administration’s announcement that 3,000 U.S. troops are being moved to Eastern Europe, people will be…

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