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‘This is our Rondo – we just don’t know it yet’

‘This is our Rondo – we just don’t know it yet’

Historians collecting stories from people who lived in path of I-35W in South Minneapolis TESHA M. CHRISTENSENHistorians Denise Pike (far left) and Greg Donofrio (far right) of the University of Minnesota lead a walking tour of Interstate 35W, traveling on both sides of the freeway to talk about how the interstate cut through a neighborhood. [...]

GROUNDBREAKING ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING

GROUNDBREAKING ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING

COURTESY OF THE RED LAKE EMBASSY With prayer, song, speeches and gold shovels emblazoned with Ojibwe floral patterns, the Red Lake Nation broke ground Saturday, Sept. 14 on a 110-unit complex in Minneapolis at the site of the former Navigation Center. About 15,000 American Indian people live in the Twin Cities metro area. 

Healing with community

Healing with community

Jessica entered DAP Advocate Makenzie’s office looking for healing after a long, exhausting journey. She was finally ready to ask for support from someone. Thirty years was how long Jessica was abused by her partner.  Thirty years trying for a few months at a time to leave, but ultimately having to go back.  Financial control kept her [...]

Reducing harm

Reducing harm

Southside Harm Reduction Services working to distribute and pick-up syringes, provide naloxone, and reduce stigma for those using drugs TESHA M. CHRISTENSENLuce Guillen (left) carefully places a used syringe into a container held by Michael Neil on Saturday, Aug. 24 during a clean up on the Midtown Greenway, Lake and Bloomington. Neil, a [...]

Join Nice Ride for $5

Join Nice Ride for $5

By Tesha M. Christensen Nice Ride Minnesota Executive Director Bill Dossett (front right) rides with Council Member Kevin Reich, chair of the Minneapolis City Council Public Works Committee, at the launch of the Nice Ride dockless system last September. The non-profit is now partnering with Lyft to offer pedal-assist ebikes, as well. Things [...]

SOUNDS OF SOUL

SOUNDS OF SOUL

Phillips musician recalls Black music scene of his youth Alfred Johnson By Tesha M. Christensen Sitting on the front porch one summer day, painting in the sweltering heat, Alfred Johnson reminisced about his early days in music and the burgeoning Twin Cities Black music scene of the 1970s and 80s. He’s even found his way into a book [...]

New public art at Bde Maka Ska

New public art at Bde Maka Ska

Photo by BRUCE SILCOX The city of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) announce the dedication of a new gathering space and public artwork at Bde Maka Ska on June 8, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Festivities will include music, comments from descendants and artists, refreshments and activities for the whole family. The artwork [...]

MayDay, HOTB: What will we build together?

MayDay, HOTB: What will we build together?

By CORRIE ZOLL, HOTB EX. DIRECTOR   Photo by Tesha M. ChristensenA record number of people attended the 45th annual MayDay parade and celebration on Sunday, May 5, enjoying beautiful weather while celebrating organizer Sandy Spieler’s last year. A lot has happened over the past six months. HOBT experienced many of the same [...]

MayDay 1974-2019: Tree of Life reflections

MayDay 1974-2019: Tree of Life reflections

Photo by Susan GustThe 2019 Tree of Life team stands under the ToL on the stage of HOBT. What keeps crew members there for decades are the same feelings and experiences that make MayDay a cherished event. By CAROL AND DAN NEUMAN, CARETAKERS OF THE TREE OF LIFE Performing the Tree of Life (ToL) at the Mayday Ceremony is an honor and a [...]

Hennepin County’s first African American commissioner Angela Conley is a lifelong Southside resident with innovative ideas on how to bring more diverse voices into government.

Hennepin County’s first African American commissioner Angela Conley is a lifelong Southside resident with innovative ideas on how to bring more diverse voices into government.

By Tesha M. Christensen Photo courtesy of Chris JuhnAngela Conley (center) is Hennepin County’s first African American commissioner, and she’s staffed her office with other women of color who are working on racial equity issues. On the left is Policy Director Cacje Henderson and on the right is District Outreach and Scheduler Cheniqua [...]

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