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The soul behind the images:
A showstopper exhibitionWhen cooler temps and shorter days signal the Fall Arts Season in the metro area, there are many cultural activities competing for attention. As always, this column strives to …
Standish tile artist creates unique pieces for homes
Standish tile artist Haruko Ruggiero always had a sense that she would develop her own “something” related to interior design and patterns. She began by fashioning together mosaics. …
I'm scared – what about you?
Is it Halloween? Are there ghosts in my house? I can only focus on what is in front of me. What is this me being scared? It's a mystery. Do you ever get scared? Is it a mystery to you? Tell yourself, …
Bringing houseplants inside for the winter
This summer, you may have brought your houseplants outside to enjoy the warmth and humidity – I certainly did! As the nights get colder and days get shorter, it’s time to bring …
League of Women Voters announces Minneapolis School Board candidate forum
League of Women Voters Minneapolis will host a candidate forum for Minneapolis School Board. All candidates on the general election ballot have been invited.  Advancing Equity Coalition is a …
APARTMENTS RISE IN WEST MAKA SKA
Abbott and Chowen avenues are expected to remain dead end streets well into 2023 to allow for work on the West Lake Station and the West Lake Quarter apartment buildings before being re-connected by …
CITY BRIEFS
EARLY VOTING  Early voting for the Nov General Election begins on Friday, Sept 23. Any Minneapolis voter may choose to vote early at the Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services center at …
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFS
POLLINATOR PATHWAY EDUCATION KICK-OFF Attend the Pollinator Pathway Education Kick-off on Sept. 29 from 6:30-8 p.m. University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners and volunteer landscaping …
WHAT DOES PUBLIC SAFETY MEAN TO YOU?
A few dozen residents filed into an upstairs gymnasium at Sabathani Community Center (310 E. 38th St.) on Aug. 29 to talk about public safety – specifically as it relates to planned road …
MOLTEN BEESWAX, PAINT, AND COLLAGE BLUR LINE BETWEEN PAINTING AND SCULPTURE
Jodi Reeb is a visual, fine artist from Minneapolis specializing in fine art abstract, collage, sculptural, contemporary, landscape, acrylic and encaustic paintings …
WE SOLDIER ON
Today, right now! It's the first day of the first year without my brother. He died! Myself, my sister-in-law, and my nieces – we continue to mourn. Labor Day week-end of 2021 was the last time …

BEGINNING A NEWSPAPER

Welcome, readers of the new Southwest Connector. We’re glad you’ve picked up a copy of our inaugural edition. It’s an exciting time for neighborhood journalism. Thanks for coming …

Voices Against Violence
FAILED BY FAMILY COURT
Helpless and hopeless.That’s how Kelsey Kruse felt for years as she tried to co-parent with her ex and his wife, Brett and Sarah Hallow.And then one day, she got the call she was scared …
‘I RAN’
At 25, Sarah* doesn’t speak to her dad. And she points the finger squarely at him and how he treated her before and after her parents’ divorce.She knows that people often blame mom when a …
Professor gives tips to helpers on how to help families affected
Like many issues, domestic abuse situations have only been heightened by COVID-19. Jerrod Brown, a professor at Concordia University and program director for the Master of Arts degree in human …
They took her children away
When Starr Jones* tells her story, people can’t believe this is happening in Minnesota. They can’t believe that the dad was investigated by child protection when their first daughter was …
'She must have done something wrong'
Broke. Homeless. And in danger of losing custody of her children. That’s where Bonnie Roy found herself while trying to get a divorce in Minnesota 10 years ago. Because of her own …
Home & Garden
Should you use eggshells and Epsom salt?
It seems like every time I open up social media, I see posts or videos with gardening advice. Sometimes the advice is good, but sometimes it’s useless or even harmful. But how to know which …
FARMERS MARKETS
Summer in the cities finds metro residents flocking like sheep to partake of the bounty offered at more than 15 local farmers market from various neighborhood locations. (See sidebar on page 3.) …
Guardians of our freshwater
What thoughts or images come to mind when you hear “freshwater”? Do you see a sparkling lake, hear water lapping against the shoreline, feel it tickling your toes? Is it a gurgling creek …
Grubs Vs Nematodes: showdown in the soil
Large bare patches of dirt, tufts of dead grass, and birds feasting on insects squirming from the ground – if your lawn is starting to look like a scene from “Grapes of Wrath,” you …
Add long-blooming perennials for color all season
Many of us would love to have a yard full of beautiful flowering plants that bloom all season long, providing food for pollinators as well as visual interest. Lots of perennials have showy flowers in …
Mindful Creativity
New artists and spaces join with familiar participants for LoLa Art Crawl
By SHARON PARKERLeague of Longfellow Artists Watercolor painter Barb Morrison is excited to be joining the LoLa Art Crawl for the first time, and to be able to show off the recently renovated …
Nicollet Pop-off Event and Mural
On Saturday August 13, the Lyndale and Kingfield Neighborhood Associations hosted a Nicollet Pop-off at the Twisted Hare Salon, 3401 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408. The main event, along with a …
A WALK THROUGH TANGLETOWN
Today’s Tangletown neighborhood used to be known as Washburn Park, and the high school, library and historic water tower still bear evidence of the family that transformed the space from farm …
GRATEFUL FOR ART ON THE EDGE
Reflecting on this past week, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. On Saturday July 23, we celebrated creativity, intuition, and community with the first Annual Art on The Edge Festival in Linden …
Rebuild Repair Recycle
According to the Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, limiting the earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would require reducing greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 45% by 2030 and …
The Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan is heading to a public hearing, another meeting in a long line of contentious meetings since the course flooded in 2014 and the public learned how much pumping is …
Carolyn Holbrook loves to bring people together to discuss difficult issues. As an educator, author and advocate for the healing power of the arts, she has spent much of her life doing just that. …
Aging Well
Beach to beechWhen I arrived in Minnesota as an east coast transplant in the late 1980s, my summer visions were of expanses of New Jersey beaches rather than expansive views of blue beeches, the …
Today, right now! It's the first day of the first year without my brother. He died! Myself, my sister-in-law, and my nieces – we continue to mourn. Labor Day week-end of 2021 was the last time …
Art-A-Whirl spans neighborhoods and disciplinesWhatever corner of the Twin Cities you live in, chances are you or someone close to you has participated as an artist or a guest in what Anna Becker, …
HENNEPIN AVENUE
Hennepin Ave design: Helpful or hurtful?
If the proposed reconstruction plan for Hennepin Ave. passes, Kristin Traynor says The Corner Balloon Shoppe will be moving from 2455 Hennepin Ave. “I have an extremely diverse group of …
Hennepin for People supports city’s proposed plan for Hennepin Ave. South
As woman of color, Wedge resident Chandra Lalla says she knows how “our streets don’t serve everyone well.“For generations, city streets were built solely with car travel in mind, …
True progress on Hennepin requires a business plan
Small businesses are the lifeblood of any community. They provide distinctive character to a neighborhood and are the engine that drives a local economy. Without local businesses, there is no local …
COMPETITION FOR SPACE ALONG S. HENNEPIN
By Tesha M. Christensen In a one-way presentation on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, city staff acknowledged that there are competing desires for E. Hennepin Ave., and they can’t all be addressed …
Opinion
Suicide rates too high; we should learn warning signs
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide rates in Minnesota declined slightly in 2020, but it’s important to remember there were a record number of suicides in 2019, and this is …
OUT AND ABOUT ON THE PAPER ROUTE
There’s a 10-year-old in our house now, and he took on a few paper routes this summer. That means, of course, that mom did, too. I was excited he was interested in the family business and …
HOW TO CREATE HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS FOR EVERYONE
Minneapolis has 83 residential neighborhoods, 70 neighborhood associations, 13 wards, 11 communities and five precincts. If we do a health check based on gun violence, some of these places are not …
Follow up to my last column about ‘Republican Untrustworthiness’
I was not surprised to receive a lot of response to my last column, which among other things, included these sentiments:   “Once you have drunk the Republican Kool-Aid, you seem to …
Feeling good starts with gratitude
Birthdays are about a lot more than eating cake. Of course, it’s always nice to celebrate another trip around the sun. But it’s equally important to remember that we don’t make the …
COLUMNISTS
Teaming up for good
It was sunny and 70 degrees for the 17th Annual Linden Hills Woofstock, and the pooches were not to be disappointed. Nor were the fans of The Disappointments, the latest teenage rock group coming …
Wellness in the Workplace
Working can be stressful! Everyone who is employed or volunteering has been pivoting and re-adjusting schedules, expectations, and communication these past few years. Thank you to all the front-line …
Somewhere in the middle
Being 22, I am on the older end of Generation Z, people born from 1997 to 2012. I am a part of the same ‘cringey’ generation who does Fortnite dances and is obsessed with TikTok videos. …
QUARTERLY TRANSIT SCHEDULE CHANGES COMING
Hi! I’d like to introduce myself to the Southwest Connector readers. My name is John Wilson and I have been a transit enthusiast since the 1970s. You may have seen my Metro Transit column in …
Extremism leaves everything out of whack
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Sometimes, it feels like the whole world has gone crazy, and we're all on one big hamster …
George Floyd Memorial Square

GFS: Sowing Seeds of Solidarity

The little white house at 4600 Columbus Ave. S. is a typical south Minneapolis home. It has a garden out back and another out front, where every year in mid-July the Black-eyed Susans bloom. Its …

Neighborhood organizations
City Briefs
Hennepin Layout Approved After the mayor’s veto of the council approval of full-time bus-only lanes, the council approved a modified layout for the Hennepin Avenue South reconstruction …
Neighborhood Briefs
Greenway Glow Arts Festival SEPT. 10The annual Greenway Glow Arts Festival on the Midtown Greenway will be Saturday, Sept. 10, 4 - 10 p.m. Bike, walk, or roll along the Greenway to experience live …
Linden Hill hosts annual fest Sept. 17
The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) is excited to announce that it will host its annual festival at Linden Hills Park on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 12 to 8 p.m. The park is located at 3100 W. …
Bde Maka Ska Giant Green Chair Facelift
The chair at Bde Maka Ska is part of the original Green Chair Project that began in south Minneapolis during the early 1990s.  The project was a way for young people to create a better community …
Briefs Aug. 4 2022
Street Work on Nicollet Ave and 31st St. As part of the city’s Vision Zero Plan to reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths, crews will be installing several cost-effective safety …