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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 …
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 …
WACSO: ArtCar parade rolls around Lake Harriet
The ArtCar parade gets ready to roll around Lake Harriet. The cars are interesting and the people that drive them are just as interesting. Gotta love city living…this isn’t something …
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 …
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFS Aug. 4, 2022
WALK & TALK IN LORING PARKWalk & Talk with a Naturalist: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon at Loring Park during a guided stroll. The leisurely pace includes stops to observe and discuss different …
New playground equipment at Kenny park
A brief ceremony to celebrate Kenny Park’s newly renovated playground was held on July 21, 2022. It kicked off the annual Kenny Festival, with Kenny Neighborhood Association Co-Chair Jon …
Is lake unsafe due to pollution from golf course?
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 …
Community grieves, seeks answers
Grief fell heavy as family, friends and supporters gathered on the 900 block of 21st Ave. in the Seward neighborhood on July 16, 2022, two days after Minneapolis Police officers killed Andrew Tekle …
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 …
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.) …
Community Safety Initiative
By CHLOE PETER In fifth grade, Simone Hardeman-Jones was asked to identify a social problem and identify a solution. She chose to have her classmates and community help her in writing letters to a …

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
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 …
Home renovations to age in place
At age 69, I was a “silver sneaker” poster child – fit and healthy, living on my own, fiercely independent and proud of it. Ironically, my main fitness exercise, avid fast walking …
Go native in your yard for bugs, birds, beauty and biodiversity
Despite the roller-coaster temperatures and freeze-thaw hazards in Minneapolis this month, after all it is March and the familiar flowers of spring will soon emerge. But as many people anticipate and …
Mindful Creativity
SOUTHWEST SUMMER NIGHTS
“Nothing beats a warm summer night and live music at the bandshell,” remarked local artist Robbin Burnham, also known as WACSO (Walking Around Checking Stuff Out). “It’s …
Diversity of Twin Cities highlighted in anthology
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. …
‘CLIMATE STORIES FOR JUSTICE’ PART OF FRINGE FESTIVAL
Change Narrative, an organization bringing creative climate programming that balances science with art, empathy, and emotion led by Jothsna Harris, announces “Changing the Narrative: Climate …
Get outside: It’s good for you!
Were you able to get outside over the Fourth of July long weekend? I was lucky enough to swim in a lake, listen to loons and enjoy a picnic with friends and family. We are so fortunate to have access …
Community pop-up market this Saturday, July 23 at Mueller Park
Bread and LHENA are organizing and hosting four monthly Twin Cities Community Pop-Up Markets this summer at Mueller Park (2509 Colfax Ave. S.). The next one will be on Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. …
Rebuild Repair Recycle
There are no new permanent structures in the revised master plan for Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles.That means no picnic pavilions. No new bathroom facilities. No rental kiosks. These items were …
Hope comes in many sizes and colors these days. And although it is a four-letter word, it can also be spelled in five letters: SOLAR. It’s not every church in south Minneapolis that invested in …
In 2011, Our Streets Minneapolis hosted its first event on two miles of Lyndale Avenue. Since then, over 575,000 people have attended Open Streets events. After a pause in 2020 and a scaled down …
Aging Well
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, …
By CHLOE PETER “Elders from diverse backgrounds are becoming more aware of the importance of working together to build power,” said St. Paul resident Vic Rosenthal. “For many …
Imagine all the people living in peace! Wait! Not just yet! Imagine us walking exploring the yard surrounding my house. It's spring but feels like summer. We see tulips, dandelions, violets …
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
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 …
Are we accomplishing enough with the Jan. 6 hearings?
Without an obstructionist Republican megaphone, these hearings are both coherent and revealing – nothing like what you get when one party is doing everything they can to obscure any progress or …
WRITING WITH A SENSE OF GRATITUDE
Gratitude for the life of my brother, Richard A. Hammen, an out-of-town reader of the Messenger. Reader as long as his powers of comprehension were intact. Gratitude for the fact that he was the …
You can learn a lot from youth sports coaching
Sports have been around since the dawn of human civilization thousands of years ago. But organized community youth sports are a little younger. They got started in the mid-1800s and became an …
A LOOK BACK AT OUR HISTORY-MAKING, 2021 RANKED-CHOICE ELECTION
The 2021 city elections in Minneapolis were historic. We had record-setting turnout, the highest for a municipal election in over 45 years, and elected a city council that has, for the first time in …
COLUMNISTS
The words are easy, the work is hard
Law and policy are comprised of words, but it takes committed action to create change. As the new year began in 1863, President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect. However, it …
Part 2: Can we improve parking in Linden Hills village?
In the last Connector, I wrote about the parking issues in Linden Hills, and while a big part of me wants to take a break from this topic and write about both “Dobbs V. Roe” and the Jan. …
Meet chalk mandala artist Sandy Forseth
Sandy Forseth will be creating a chalk mandala for “Art on the Edge” in Linden Hills on Saturday, July 23. Learn more about her. Tell me a little about who Sandy is…I am a …
New fellowship to help youth find their purpose
I heard a terrible story the other day from my friend. The story started with a young man arguing with his mom on a hot morning in Minneapolis. It ended with his death. After the argument, he shot …
Can we improve parking in Linden Hills village?
The Linden Hills Village at 43rd and Upton is one of the most vibrant neighborhood business nodes in all of Minnesota. We have award winning restaurants (and chefs!), wonderful coffee shops, a toy …
George Floyd Memorial Square

REMEMBERING GEORGE FLOYD

People gathered May 25-28, 2022 to commemorate the 2nd angelversary of George Floyd’s death. Others lost to police violence were remembered, and their families, who continue to push for change, …

Neighborhood organizations
2017–2022: Six Years of NPP20 accomplishments
Rooted in racial and economic equity, the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20) is transforming parks across the city. This long-term initiative resulted from a historic agreement between the …
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFS July 21, 2022
LHENA NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AUG. 2Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association will be meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at Mueller Park (25th and Colfax) for live music and a potluck social. …
INTRODUCING Wirth on the Woods
Wirth on the Woods is a collaboration between Lupe Development and Swervo Development Corporation to deliver 99 units of affordable senior housing in a six-story building (The Theodore) and 100 units …
Work at Bryn Mawr Meadows Park delayed
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), in coordination with the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission and the City of Minneapolis, recently advertised to receive bids from …
NEIGHBORHOOD BRIEFS July 7, 2022
LYNLAKE STREET ART SERIESThe 2022 LynLake Street Art Series is back for its fifth year July 16-17, and is looking for volunteers. Over 50 artists will visit LynLake and Uptown to paint over 30 walls. …