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The Rand Report: Join neighborhood board

The Rand Report: Join neighborhood board

By Rand Retterath Rand Retterrath I invite all of you to participate in your neighborhood organizations.  For me it is Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association Inc.  Others in the area include East Phillips Improvement Coalition (EPIC), Phillips West Neighborhood Organization (PWNO), Ventura Village, and Central Area Neighborhood [...]

Frank reflection What is war?

By FRANK ERICKSON Just to clear up any confusion, I always put quotation marks around “war” when writing about it. Quotation marks were not used on the “Iraq War” reference in my May issue Commentary in The Alley Newspaper May. That was a accidental editing omission.  Nonetheless, I want to emphasize that I see “war” as not [...]

Cartoon: July 2019 Roof Depot

Cartoon: July 2019 Roof Depot

Cartoon Roof Depot July 2019

Mind-numbing Janjaweed

Mind-numbing Janjaweed

By PETER MOLENAAR Peter Molenaar On the western fringe of Alley News territory, there exists yet another progressive church. Was it more than 10 years ago that Plymouth Congregational (1900 Nicollet Ave.) hosted a sizeable public meeting in response to the Darfur Genocide? Indeed, events in this western province of Sudan, Africa had [...]

Cano: Here are four things to do to show we all matter

Cano: Here are four things  to do to show we all matter

By Rand Retterath Rand Retterrath This issue I’d like to focus on a comment made regarding my 2020 article. Nicole H. posted this response to that article: “This is such a crock. Neighborhoods are not representative of their residents (say what?). The city is requiring work to be done to get money. You act like the money is expected or [...]

Cartoon June 2019

Cartoon June 2019

cartoon Alley June 2019

Commentary: Why aren’t city officials listening to residents?

By Janet skidmore I try to be a good citizen.  I volunteer as a block club leader and as a neighborhood safety patrol member.  I am a long time reserve teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools.  I have been rehabbing a beautiful 100 year old home in south Minneapolis not to flip it, but to live in it myself and restore its beauty for the [...]

Raise Your Voice: Days of May

Raise Your Voice: Days of May

By PETER MOLENAAR Peter Molenaar The word from Senator Jeff Hayden’s Capital Update, May issue: “Senate Republicans are staunch in their position that programs providing giveaways for corporations and the wealthy… should be continued. But every dollar spent on the wealthy… is a dollar taken from students, healthcare programs, and [...]

The Rand Report: Special service districts on Lake St. create inefficiences

The Rand Report: Special service districts on Lake St. create inefficiences

By Rand Retterath According to an Information Brief from Research Department of the Minnesota House of Representatives  “One way for a city to provide an increased level of service or infrastructure to its commercial or industrial areas is to create ‘special service districts.’  Special service districts (SSDs) are established at the [...]

Letter to community: Arsenic levels map confusing

The April 2019 Alley page 3 shows a map with a confusing description: “Childhood elevated blood lead, arsenic & asthma per 10,000 people.”  It should be clarified to show that the arsenic levels were in soil, not blood.  Soil with greater than 95 ppm (or mg/kg) was removed in an extensive project by 2008.     For more information [...]

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