Southwest Journal Nov. 15–28, 2018

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A historymaking election

The color barrier is broken on the county board, and a refugee is going to Congress

By Dylan Thomas / dthomas@southwestjournal.com

Voters had a chance to elect a person of color to the Hennepin County Board for the first time ever on Election Day. They elected two. History was also made in the state’s 5th Congressional District, which includes Minneapolis, where voters for the first time elected a refugee to represent them in Washington, D.C. And after spirited challenges to the county’s top two law enforcement officials, Hennepin County voters narrowly elected a new sheriff. Those changes at the local level came as DFLers swept races for governor and the state’s other constitutional offices and a surge of support for Democratic candidates nationwide gave that party control of the U.S. House of Representatives, even as Republicans gained seats in the Senate. Minnesota’s state Legislature will be similarly split along party lines, with DFLers taking the state House from Republicans, who maintained a narrow state Senate majority. SEE ELECTION RESULTS / PAGE A14

Ilhan Omar is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. Photo courtesy Ilhan Omar for Congress

Ilhan Omar’s road to Washington

Fulton resident wants state high school league to account for disabilities in races

By Michelle Bruch / mbruch@southwestjournal.com

“Here in Minnesota, we don’t only welcome immigrants, we send them to Washington,” said Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar, closing her acceptance speech with the song “Girls Like You,” a nod to her music video cameo. The song is fitting for Omar, who proposed amending the Minnesota Constitution to add gender equality under the law and says she was raised by “crazy feminist men” who never paid much attention to Somalia’s traditional gender roles. In her acceptance speech, Omar noted she’s the first woman of color to represent the state in Congress. The first woman to wear a hijab in Congress. And the first refugee in Congress. “She’s the American dream. She’s an inspiration for all of us,” said Aboubaker Hassan, an immigrant from Djibouti in the audience. “She kind of reminds us there is still hope in this country.”

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Roots When Omar’s mother was born in Somalia, neighbors came to give condolences. A firstborn daughter traditionally wasn’t cause for celebration, Omar told St. Joan of Arc Church in February. But her grandfather wouldn’t hear it. “My grandfather told the visitors that his daughter was going to be better than any son that they will raise,” Omar said. Her mother’s first job was assistant to the minister of petroleum, Omar said, and she later became a department director. “[My grandfather] instilled in her this feeling, this desire to prove everyone wrong, to know her worth and to know that she had a place in the world,” Omar said. Omar never knew her mother, who died shortly after giving birth to Omar, her seventh child. But Omar was close with her grandfather, who called SEE OMAR / PAGE A10

By Nate Gotlieb / ngotlieb@southwestjournal.com

Michael LeBlanc finishes near the bottom of most of his high school Nordic ski races because of a disability that makes it impossible for him to ski with poles. The Fulton resident, his family and his coaches hope to change that in coming years by having race organizers account for his disability when timing him. LeBlanc and his team are advocating for the use of an algorithm that would cut a skier’s time by a certain percentage, depending on his or her disability. They say such a “factoring” system, which is used at the Paralympic level to account for athletes’ disabilities, would even the playing field for skiers such as LeBlanc.

The coaches in LeBlanc’s high school conference, the Metro West, have agreed to use time factoring at their meets for the upcoming season. LeBlanc, his coaches and his family plan on petitioning the Minnesota State High School League to use factoring at its section and state meets. “I think it’s just so important that he can finally feel like it’s the result he’s earned,” said Kate Hokanson, Nordic coach at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, the school with which LeBlanc competes. “Nobody thinks that he’s not working hard enough to earn those results,” she added. LeBlanc, 16, has a condition called SEE INCLUSIVE SKI TIMING / PAGE A18


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FRANKLIN & NICOLLET

Social House Restaurant & Lounge The new Social House restaurant is serving Ethiopian and other East African cuisine at 12 E. Franklin Ave, a site formerly home to a money exchange service. Staff recommend calling ahead for takeout dishes like Ethiopian awaze tibs, a dish made with lamb and berbere spices and available with enjira.

The restaurant also serves sambusas, banana crepes with nutella, rice or pasta with goat meat, shrimp fried rice, and faxira bread filled with onion, jalapeno and tomato. Customer Angelia Rene Thomas raved about the “beautiful” restaurant. “To come in, to be treated like friends, nothing but niceness,” she said.

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Bonchon, meaning “my hometown” in Korean, is open at 1414 W. Lake St., serving its trademark spicy and soy-garlic Korean fried chicken. The franchise was founded in South Korea in 2002 and expanded worldwide, opening its first U.S. location to two-hour lines in 2006. The restaurant became famous for made-to-order chicken with a frying technique that renders out the fat, creating a crisper skin and leaner meat. The Uptown menu also features bulgogi, japchae, pork buns, sliders, Korean tacos and Asian fusion dishes like popcorn shrimp and udon noodle soup. Photo by Michelle Bruch

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Sitting in an infant seat, baby Benjamin watched his mom work the rowing machine last week at Cru Row Club, now open at 2905 Garfield Ave. “It’s a great little sound machine,” said Elizabeth Fulmer. Babies are welcome at the row club, co-founded by Fulmer and Betsy Koch, who met at a baby-wearing barre class and ran a half marathon together shortly after giving birth. “It kind of hurts when you get a little older,” Fulmer said. Both mothers of three, they started searching for heart-pumping, lung-burning workouts that were easier on their bodies. They rediscovered rowing, a sport where they both competed in college, and decided to launch a business. The co-founders have both worked at General Mills, and Koch, who teaches classes, has also worked at Life Time Fitness. “We’re brand people and business people and we love fitness,” Fulmer said. Koch said rowing works more than 80 percent of the body’s muscles, and the machines can adapt for sculpting moves like bicep curls. “There really is nothing like it,” she said. “It’s a full-body workout.” The row club started as an outdoor pop-up last summer. With children in tow, they rented a 26-foot U-Haul to bring rowing

NOTED: City staff recommended Planning Commission approval Nov. 13 of a five-story, 51-unit apartment building proposed by North Bay Companies at 2637-2645 1st Ave. S. The site currently holds a commercial building, parking lot and duplex. Four units on 1st Avenue would have walkup entries, and amenities include a fitness room and enclosed bike parking.

Cru Row Club co-founder Elizabeth Fulmer participates in a baby-friendly class. Photo by Michelle Bruch

machines to the State Fair and Open Streets at 50th & France. Now anchored for the winter at the Minnesota Power Yoga space, classes focus on sculpting or incorporating yoga, and daycare is available in an adjoining lounge. The first class is free.

A new surface lot at the rear of the site would hold 23 parking stalls, and the project qualifies for reduced parking requirements because of its proximity to high-frequency transit. The sites would be rezoned R5, a highdensity residential district, up from R2B (a two-family district) and OR1 (a small-scale neighborhood district).

LINDEN HILLS

Wild Rumpus’ Tom Braun leaves legacy in Linden Hills “My occupation in life is to get people to laugh,” said Tom Braun, co-founder of the children’s bookstore Wild Rumpus, in 2016. Braun died Oct. 31. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s four years ago. When Wild Rumpus opened in 1992, the founders aimed to create a bookstore completely

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different from any big box chain, securing a pet shop license to fill the store with animals. Braun lived above the shop, and he said whenever he felt dark about the challenges of Alzheimer’s, he’d head downstairs to chat with customers and feel the good vibrations. The shop was named Bookstore of the Year in 2017 by Publishers Weekly. “From the onset of this whole adventure, it’s just been a breathtaking, amazing experience for all of us,” Braun said. The neighborhood will remember Braun for more than the bookstore, however. Braun played a role in bringing the composting pilot program to Linden Hills as founder of Linden Hills Power and Light. The organization grew out of conversations with people like Arctic explorer Will Steger who wanted to take action on climate change. The group now reports that more than 1,000 households in Linden Hills compost, diverting an average of five tons of waste each week. A celebration of Braun’s life is 1 p.m.–3 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Walker Art Center’s Skyline Room. On that day, the shop will remain open in his honor, and profits will go to Minneapolis Climate Action (formerly Linden Hills Power and Light), the Alzheimer’s Association and Emerge MN.


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CITYWIDE

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New local children’s books

Many children’s book authors call Minneapolis home. Here is a sample of the latest releases by local authors: Kate DiCamillo has two new books on the shelf. A shy dog takes a trip to the dog park in “Good Rosie!” The middle grade book “Louisiana’s Way Home” tells the story of Louisiana Elefante, awakened by her granny in the middle of the night to suddenly leave home. Struggling to find a way back to her friends, Elefante arrives in a small Georgia town to meet a “surly hotel owner, a walruslike minister and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder.” “Dream Country,” a historical fiction book for teens and young adults by Shannon Gibney, shifts between five generations of a Liberian-American family, all pursuing an elusive dream of freedom. The book follows a 17-year-old refugee who’s sent from suburban Minneapolis to a Liberian reform school, an 18-year-old Liberian on the run from government militias in the early 20th century and children who leave a Virginia plantation in 1827 for a chance at freedom in Liberia. “Makoons” by Louise Erdrich, now available for all ages in paperback, continues the story of Makoons and his twin, Chickadee. Their family travels to the Great Plains of Dakota Territory, where they must learn to become buffalo hunters. The series is based on Erdrich’s family history. Anna Ostenso Moore, a Linden Hills resident and priest at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, typically hands out a picture book to help prepare families for baptism. But she increasingly noticed the pictures didn’t represent the diversity in the families she was serving.

So she created her own book, called “Today is a Baptism Day,” hand-picking local illustrator Peter Krueger. Now she’s handing out copies to families, hoping they can now see themselves in the pages and share their own stories of faith. The first print run sold out and was sent for reprint less than 30 days after release. “A Tear in the Ocean,” a middle grade book by H.M. Bouwman and a companion to last year’s “A Crack in the Sea,” is a historical fantasy adventure that’s slated for release in January. The character Putnam steals a boat to solve a mystery of increasingly salty water and discovers his boat has a stowaway. The key to the saltwater mystery begins a hundred years earlier with Rayel, who is working to foil a plot to kill her father. Alison McGhee’s “Dear Sister” is inspired by notes her own children write to each other. Made for grades five and up, the book is an illustrated collection of letters that a boy writes to his annoying little sister. Mélina Mangal, an author and librarian at Dowling Elementary, has released “The Vast Wonder of the World,” telling the story of African-American biologist Ernest Everett Just. Despite obstacles and discrimination, Just continued his research, observing sea creatures and making discoveries about egg cells and the origins of life. Saymoukda Vongsay was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and immigrated to Minnesota in 1984. Her book “When Everything Was Everything” is described as a love letter to Vietnam War refugees, recalling her own memories of food stamps, ESL classes and public housing.

“A Tear in the Ocean” image courtesy Penguin Random House “The Vast Wonder of the World” image ©Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner Publishing Group

22ND & STEVENS

NuWay Women’s Recovery Center The addiction treatment provider NuWay plans to convert a mansion at 2104 Stevens Ave. into a women’s recovery center. The project received City Planning Commission approval Nov. 5. The community residential facility would house 31 women in early recovery from substance use disorder. The sober facility would be staffed 24 hours per day, and it would provide onsite counseling, mental health treatment and independent living skills training. Formerly owned by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, NuWay purchased the building in 2015, and it’s currently used for office space. NuWay treats addiction at another historic mansion at 2118 Blaisdell Ave. An initial

proposal for housing there was controversial in 2015, but the Whittier Alliance hasn’t taken a position on the new center. “It just hasn’t really been a strong topic of conversation in the neighborhood,” said Kaley Brown, executive director of the Whittier Alliance. Monique Bourgeois, Nuway’s chief community relations officer, said the development would be “full circle” for the building, which she said was formerly owned by Chrysalis, now part of Tubman, and was dedicated to women’s residences in the 1970s. “Women are an underserved population when it comes to accessing and availability of residential substance use disorder treatment,” she said in an email.


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Mayor Jacob Frey on Nov. 1 announced his intention to reappoint Medaria Arradondo to a full three-year term as chief of the Minneapolis Police Department. Minneapolis’ first black police chief, Arradondo has led the department since last summer. He became interim chief in July 2017 following the resignation of former chief Janeé Harteau, who left the department after an officer shot and killed a woman who called 911 to report a sexual assault, and the next month was appointed to fill out her term. If confirmed by the full City Council, Arradondo’s three-year term will run Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2021. The nomination was scheduled to go before the council’s Executive Committee Nov. 14. A 29-year veteran of the department, Arradondo “isn’t just from Minneapolis, he is of Minneapolis,” said Frey, speaking against a backdrop of 25 police cadets at the MPD Special Operations Center in the WebberCamden neighborhood. “Today he commands respect in City Hall, among our MPD officers and, yes, throughout our entire city,” Frey said. “Why? Because he has lived his values, he has built a career worthy of our admiration and he treats every person he meets and with whom he serves with the dignity and respect they deserve.” Arradondo said the “roadmap” for his

leadership of the department has “trust, accountability and professional service.” He highlighted the department’s efforts to reduce violent crimes — rates of assault, homicide and robbery are down citywide compared to 2017 — and gun violence, its commitment to making crime data public and to demonstrate “compassionate and committed outreach” to people experiencing homelessness or mental illness. “However even with the significant progress that’s been made this year, I’m also aware that for some in our city there still exists a turmoil of trust with the MPD, and I acknowledge that belief,” he said. Arradondo said the department needed to build trust with the community so that, when something happens, Minneapolis residents “at least give us the benefit of the doubt.” He said officer wellness and treating the “invisible injuries” officers’ incur in the line of duty was another priority, as was recruiting officer candidates. Arradondo was born and raised in Minneapolis, graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1985 and joined the MPD four years later. He began as a patrol officer in the Fourth Precinct and has served in various roles for the department, including First Precinct inspector and assistant chief. He is the 53rd person to serve as chief of the MPD, the state’s largest police department. Arradondo and Frey. Photo by Dylan Thomas

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Tchourumoff to leave Met Council Alene Tchourumoff is stepping down as chair of the Metropolitan Council to take a position with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Appointed to her position by Gov. Mark Dayton and sworn into office July 31, 2017, Tchourumoff will spend her last day with the Met Council on Nov. 30. The agency’s vice chair, Harry Melander, will fulfill the duties of chair for the remainder of Tchourumoff ’s term, which runs through the end of the Dayton administration. A planning and policy-making agency for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area, the Met Council’s scope of work encompasses transit, regional parks, wastewater treatment, housing and more. Tchourumoff was the 15th chair of the agency, created by the Legislature in 1967, and the third Dayton appointee after Adam

Duininck (2014–2017) and Susan Haigh (2011–2014). Dayton described Tchourumoff as an “outstanding leader” of the Met Council in a statement issued Oct. 30, the day her departure was announced. Prior to her Met Council appointment, Tchourumoff served as Minnesota’s first state rail director, monitoring railway safety and infrastructure projects. From 2013 to 2016, she was planning director for Hennepin County. Tchourumoff is joining the Minneapolis Fed as senior vice president of community development and engagement. She will lead outreach to communities in the 409,291-square-mile Ninth Federal Reserve District, focusing in particular on low- and moderate-income populations and development on Native American lands, according to the bank.


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Police shoot suicidal man

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By Michelle Bruch / mbruch@southwestjournal.com

Worried about a Nov. 9 text from Travis Matthew Jordan saying he planned to commit suicide, an individual reached 311, a line typically used for noise complaints or burnt-out streetlights. “He calls me all the time saying he wants to die, and I don’t know how to deal with it,” the caller said. Minneapolis 311 routed the caller to 911, and officers pulled up to Jordan’s home at the 3700 block of Morgan Avenue North by the end of the call. Jordan came out of the home with a weapon, according to police, and officers fired shots at him. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said Jordan, 36, died the same afternoon of multiple gunshot wounds at North Memorial Health Hospital. Police said body cameras were activated. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating. Jordan, known as “T.J.,” grew up in Honolulu, where he worked as a sommelier and enjoyed surfing, according to his obituary. He moved to Minneapolis in 2012 and worked as a mixologist at several bars and restaurants. The 311 caller said Jordan had been taking alcohol to deal with depression and anxiety. On Nov. 9, he sent the caller a music video about suicide and cried on the phone, saying he didn’t want to live and didn’t want to think about his future anymore. He’d shown interest in obtaining a gun in the past, the caller said. Hennepin County operates a 24-hour mobile crisis team and phone line. The service is called Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE), and it’s projected to handle at least 40,000 phone calls and 7,000 site visits in 2018. The number is 596-1223 for adults, and 348-2233 for youth 17 and under. One-third of those calls come from people considering suicide, said Kay Pitkin, the county’s administrative manager of emergency mental health services. Other calls are related to issues like depression, psychosis, traumatic experiences or a child’s out-of-control behavior at school. Family members and neighbors can call as well. If someone is in immediate danger, they are advised to call 911, Pitkin said. The same group is part of a pilot “co-responder” program that can be dispatched to police calls related to mental health. Based out of a 5th Precinct office, two

co-responders typically working between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. have responded to an estimated 985 calls in the 3rd and 5th precincts through September this year. On the scene, they can start therapy and connect a person to food vouchers, emergency cash assistance or service providers they can call at any hour. “The co-responder was very effective in this first year in keeping people out of jail and keeping people from being arrested because of the mental health crisis,” Pitkin said. “There were only two instances of use of force. And for both of those, the person ended up not being charged and went to the hospital to receive the treatment they needed. That’s our intent. That’s what we like to see.” Co-responders aren’t working in the 4th Precinct and were not sent to Jordan’s call. Under a policy that aims to protect the co-responders’ safety, they aren’t sent to scenes until police deem it safe. Police Public Information Officer John Elder said they do not dispatch co-responders to incidents where there is the implication of a weapon or statements about a weapon. “Half of the co-responder car is an unarmed civilian,” he said. He advised that if a suicidal person has a knife or a gun, people should call 911 as dispatch can quickly send paramedics if needed. Mayor Jacob Frey proposed making the co-responder pilot permanent in his 2019 budget, suggesting $74,000 in one-time funding and $206,000 in ongoing funding. Activists including the Racial Justice Network are calling for immediate expansion of the program into North Minneapolis. A service of remembrance for Jordan is Nov. 17, followed by a gathering of family and friends at Starkson & Steffel Funeral & Cremation Service – McRaith Chapel in Waseca. “He enjoyed skateboarding, drawing, animals and above all else entertaining, bringing his Aloha to Minnesota in every form of the word,” states his obituary. “His family will fondly remember the Love, Patience and Understanding that he shared throughout his life.” For information about the county COPE line and strategies to prepare for a crisis, visit hennepin.us/residents/emergencies/mentalhealth-emergencies.

Voter turnout soars in 2018 An estimated 207,114 ballots were cast in Minneapolis for the 2018 election, a remarkable turnout for a midterm election that was nearly on par with recent presidential election years. Unofficially, 75 percent of registered voters in Minneapolis cast a ballot, a rate roughly 20 percentage points higher than turnout for the last midterm election in 2014. Turnout among Minneapolis voters neared 79 percent in the 2016 general election. In a statement released on Election Day, Mayor Jacob Frey said the city’s efforts to make voting easy and accessible helped to boost turnout. “Expanded early voting options and policies that make it easier for tenants to vote have made Minneapolis one of the most voter-friendly cities in the country, and we look forward to defending that title in 2020,” he said. The city’s embrace of no-excuses absentee voting played a significant role.

Nearly 51,000 people cast early ballots, more than four times as many as in 2014. More than 26,000 ballots were cast at the city’s four Early Vote Centers in the weeks leading up to Election Day. Turnout was highest in Southwest Minneapolis’ Ward 13, where nearly 86 percent of registered voters cast a ballot, according to the unofficial results of the election. It was a strong year for turnout across Minnesota. Several hours after polls closed, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon reported on Twitter that statewide turnout was nearly 64 percent of registered voters, the greatest percentage for a midterm election since 2002. An estimated 2,594,922 voters cast a ballot, the largest number for a midterm in state history, Simon added, describing it as a “recordbreaking performance.” — Dylan Thomas

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unday’s most-read story on the Star Tribune website was “Fastest growing religion in Minnesota and the country is ‘none,’” about the increase in non-joiners and nonbelievers who identify with no organized religion and how we’re all going to hell for not showing up in the pews. But no matter what the state of the heathenry, Sundays remain a day of reflection, and humans will probably always instinctively yearn for something like community and Big Love on the seventh day. So this past Sunday, as a refutation of the idea that we live in a state and country void of spirituality and worshipful ways, my buddy Pete and I headed out to be among the non-church-goers to see what revelations could be had. I know from experience that there’s all sorts of ways to worship, all sorts of rooms to be with God in, and after a week of politics, elections, crooks, hate crimes, racism, fascism and constant reminders of all god’s children’s differences, I just wanted to hunker down in some churches of someone else’s making, with the Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning” and Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down” playing in my head. Friday and Saturday nights may historically be the most popular live music nights, but Sunday promises it’s own under-the-radar miracles. This past Sunday was the birthday of Kurt Vonnegut, who famously wrote, “This is Sunday, and the question arises, what’ll I start tomorrow?” Yes it does, and yes it burns, but first up was Sunday, lovely Sunday, at the Driftwood Char Bar, which has been hosting James Loney’s orchestral folk-pub rock band Lolo’s Ghost every Sunday morning since spring. The Driftwood after all these years has remained incredibly vibrant in this neighborhood, offering music, food, drink and connection seven days a week, and it’s always worth championing as a good example of the aforementioned church of the DIY. As the band played, regulars and firsttime brunchers drank coffee, mimosas and beer and feasted on omelets and eggs Benedict. As a hazy noon sun seeped through the windows, the cozy little hideaway once again felt as vital a hub as there is in this town. There was Terry Katzman, legendary music champion, promoter, producer and label head, behind the soundboard recording Lolo’s Ghost for posterity and his massive live music collection. There was David and Debra, a couple of nightclub critters clad in Keith Richards and David Bowie T-shirts, regaling their table with juicy local rock gossip from the Hook and Ladder the night before. There was Driftwood owner and manager Heidi Fields cooking breakfast in back and serverbartenders Tina and Lori purposefully singing along to Loney’s version of Bob Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Have To Serve Somebody.” Loney’s big heart and songs spirited us on our way, and after a pit stop at Harriet’s Inn to watch the Minnesota Wild vanquish the St. Louis Blues, we set out on the treacherous trek to St. Paul without the convenience of shuttered interstates 35W and 94. Heroically on this cold Midwestern night in this godless country, we made our way across the Mississippi River to University Avenue and the Dubliner

Just another magic Sunday: Clark Adams, Mikkel Beckman, Blair Krivanek, Nick Salisbury and Ray Barnard entertain the faithful Sunday night at the Dubliner Pub. Photo by Jim Walsh

Pub (formerly the Ace Bar), where Ray Barnard and his crew (Clark Adams, Mikkel Beckman, Nick Salisbury, Blair Krivanek) were in the middle of their monthly happy hour set. The groove was perfect, soulful and steady, the songs as delicious and smooth as the Guinness on tap, and taking it all in were several of Adams’ friends and fans from the Blaisdell YMCA, where Clark works as a custodian and fills the place with his heaven-sent falsetto. After hanging with songwriter-bandleader-music lover John Magnuson and engaging in an impassioned chat about the creator, reincarnation, music, frequencies, life, death and existence itself, we made our way down University Avenue to the Turf Club, where we stopped for dinner in the Clown Lounge and talked about our friend and hero Slim Dunlap, who we will pay tribute to in that room the day after Thanksgiving, and who lit up many Thursday nights up on that Turf Club stage for many memorable years in the ’90s. Upstairs, legendary British techno duo The Orb was holding forth with music that sounded like it was birthed in caves and catacombs. I’ve spent a lot of time in my headphones with The Orb, and Lord knows I wanted to feel that bass in my torso, and once upstairs, The Orb did not disappoint. The Turf was a throbbing womb, set to a primal beat that the first people associated with, yes, god. “We could be anyplace in the world right now, any club anywhere,” Pete said, reading and speaking my mind, and hell if the sonic shower didn’t wash off some of this mortal coil’s latest scabs. Birth. Baptism. Rebirth. We stood up front and I danced the Kirk Cousins dance amidst the cool kids and, for a couple hours I was all-in for all of it: the volume, the sensory overload, the rapture, the perfectly synched and sexy videos, the otherworldliness of it all, the simple fact that we were all out on a Sunday night on the prairie, immersed in a cutting-edge, one-night-only connected freedom. “Let’s get lost,” Chet Baker said, and so we did, a roomful of techno-ambient house-dance music

seekers who found themselves gathered on a Sunday night. Our souls and feet were lifted by the decibels, harmony and sheer beauty — all of which, in fact, led to this Monday morning ramble. Because as I stood there in the middle of the Turf Club late Sunday night, looking up at the swirling metallic ceiling and enveloped by an ancient pulverizing sound in what felt like a tunnel to eternity, I was heartened to realize that, despite the headlines about people not going to church, every bit of what I was experiencing as a sentient being had been organized by true believers and people of faith. So call them it you will — tabernacle, cathedral, temple, synagogue, mosque, shrine, sanctuary, church, bar, pub, whatever. We were there, and we were alive and human and worshipful, and our Sunday sample study proves that any given Sunday can be inspiring and deeply meaningful. So much so that going forward, this heathen gives thanks and praise to God that he has a plan for next Sunday and all the Sundays to come. Hallelujah! Jim Walsh lives and grew up in South Minneapolis. He can be reached at jimwalsh086@gmail.com.

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Voices

Protect those displaced by development Regarding 1400 Nicollet Avenue (“Up or out,” Nov. 1–14), readers should know that Citizens for a Loring Park Community, dozens of residents, faith organizations and the now-displaced businesses lobbied months for a final product that would benefit existing and future community members. From the outset, the developer was against maintaining the vibrant, artistic, person of color-, immigrant- and woman-owned businesses in comparable spaces at comparable rent. Additionally, they were against any sort of affordable housing — even at the rate of 60 percent of area median income, which would have opened up funds for businesses to relocate or take the hit. Businesses reported different versions of developer engagement, and some were never spoken to at all. Now, we’ve lost all but one of the restaurants, at least nine POCI businesses and another arts organization. Keep in mind, the city has a goal of being a livable, vibrant city where cultural and commercial attractions are within walking distance! If Reuter Walton Companies was serious about smaller, local, entrepreneurial opportunities, they’d devote less space to IKEA showroom-style entrances and more footage to storefront space. Side note: Several of us in the neighborhood who were engaged from day one are scratching our heads — why was Janne Flisrand interviewed for this story? Janne was never involved with this issue and never once attended a CLPC, City Planning Commission or City Council meeting in defense of the businesses or neighborhood. We already see the brunt of development being borne by POCI business, families and resources. If the city truly stands on the rhetoric it promotes, much more aggressive action must be taken. I advocate a charter amendment or policy stating that, where POCI and or immigrant businesses are displaced due to the interests of a “growing” city, affordable housing and commercial corridors must be developed. To me, this is one of the only ways we can defend our “values” in an otherwise market-driven developer’s paradise Teqen Zéa-Aida Loring Park

Kenny’s Lumbar Bendson named school nurse of year Ann Lumbar Bendson said she knew she always wanted to go into a profession in which she could care for others. The longtime Minneapolis Public Schools nurse was honored for a career of doing so earlier this month. Lumbar Bendson, who estimated that she has worked at Kenny Community School for over 13 years, was named School Nurse of the Year by the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota, the state’s organization for school nurses. She said she found out about the award while she and her family were on vacation to Colorado this summer. She added that it felt like validation for the work she does but that she was also quite surprised to receive it. Lumbar Bendson decided to go into nursing as an undergraduate student at the University of St. Thomas, where she was one of five St. Thomas students selected for the St. Catherine University’s nursing program. She subsequently earned a master’s degree in nursing with a focus on adolescent health from the University of Minnesota, before beginning with MPS in 1998. Lumbar Bendson has worked at several schools around Minneapolis and currently works at DeLaSalle High School in addition to Kenny. She is also in charge of health programming for the district’s home-school program. There is no such thing as a typical day on the job, Lumbar Bendson said, noting that the role involves everything from managing chronic conditions to developing, writing and monitoring health plans. The position also involves helping families get the resources they need to empower their kids, she said, from doctor’s appointments to vision screenings. Lumbar Bendson said she thinks all aspects of the job are rewarding, but it’s especially neat to see the students grow into amazing adults. She said she gets the most satisfaction

Ann Lumbar Bendson was named 2018 School Nurse of the Year by the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota. Photo by Nate Gotlieb

knowing that for some students “I mattered and helped them through something that was difficult.” In addition to her school work, Lumbar Bendson has been a leader at the district level, helping MPS develop a nursing mission statement and a director of nursing position. A press release from the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota noted Lumbar Bendson is a co-leader for the grief recovery program in the Twin Cities, adding that she has been instrumental in partnering with the Phillips Eye Institute to provide vision screening and glasses. Lumbar Bendson lives in Minnetonka with her husband and two sons. She said she’s big on self-care and personal wellness, noting her participation on a women’s hockey team called Ms. Conduct. — Nate Gotlieb


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her in as she prepared for school each day. He repeated a story of the mythical “araweelo,” the revered queen of a kingdom in which all the leaders were women and all the peasants were men. The queen was a tiny person with a powerful presence, Omar said, and her grandfather told her to “take on the day like an araweelo.” Omar was 8 years old and living in Mogadishu when civil war broke out in Somalia. One night militia members attempted to break into their home and kill the men in the family, she said. Her sisters recognized the men’s voices, realized they were schoolmates, and convinced them to leave. They escaped the country in the middle of the night, arriving months later at a refugee camp in Kenya. The camp had no school, no sanitary system and no running water, Omar told the Inver Hills Community College in a keynote last year. (Omar served on a higher education committee in the state legislature, and said in a statement to news media that she would repay speaking fees for the event.) They lived in the camp for four years. Her grandfather held out for a sponsorship to the United States, repeatedly turning down offers from other countries. “He believed the United States would be the only country that would allow his grandchildren and his children the opportunity to one day be of the people,” Omar said in February. “To feel like they belong.”

Introduction to America Arriving in Arlington, Virginia as a sixth-grader, Omar said she was disappointed to discover a disconnect between American ideals and American reality. Caste and privilege weren’t supposed to matter here, she said, and everyone was supposed to have opportunity. “When we arrived, it was the first time I realized what it meant to be a black person,” she said at St. Joan of Arc. “What it meant to be a Muslim person. All of the identities that I had come to love about me were now a source of tension.” When she accused her family of lying to her about America’s promise, they countered that all progress must come from hard work. “We can drown in the misery, we can feel hopeless, we can complain, or we can take some action and decide to partake in making our societies, our environments better so that it lessens the struggles for someone else,” she said. She started school with two English phrases: “hello” and “shut up.” Her father urged her to master the language as quickly as possible, and she became fluent in about four months. “He would say, ‘When you can talk to people, they would finally see who you are,’” she said. Her family eventually moved to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, where Omar absorbed her grandfather’s interest in politics, translating the local DFL caucuses for him at age 14. Her first community organizing work took place as a student at Edison High School, where she assembled a group of people dedicated to unity and diversity who met every Monday and shared a meal. She started working at age 16, taking jobs as a cashier, office cleaner, security guard (“If you can believe that,” she said) and working the night shift at the post office with her dad. Using money fundraised in car washes, Omar and her father traveled to East Africa to help deliver aid in the midst of the Somalia famine in 2011. Speaking of the experience in 2015, she said the nation must reduce dependency on fossil fuels and become better stewards of the environment.

Political life Prior to public office, Omar worked as a nutrition educator, as a Humphrey Policy Fellow and as senior policy aide to Council Member Andrew Johnson. She said she used her time at City Hall to advocate for the expansion of restorative justice, which gives offenders a chance to seek restitution by meeting with people impacted by crime. And she pushed to allow Minneapolis restaurants to stay open later during Ramadan, so people fasting could enjoy a meal after sundown and businesses could better survive the season. She later encouraged East African women to become civic leaders as policy initiatives

When the call came for me to run for Congress, I answered, because the time demanded it. — Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar

director at Women Organizing Women. In an interview, Johnson said it had been “surreal” to watch Omar’s journey from policy aide to state representative to Congressperson. “Anybody who thinks this is just about the fact that she’s the first Somali woman or the first refugee doesn’t know Ilhan,” Johnson said. “But she’s also somebody who, if you strip that symbolism away, has tremendous ability to bring people together, to build coalition and consensus.” Omar has said that’s why she ran for state representative. Although she said incumbent Phyllis Kahn’s 44 years of service paved the way for her, and she had worked on challenger Mohamud Noor’s campaign the year prior, she decided to personally run because of her fluency with all communities. “Being a liberal, to me, means being open to new ideas,” she said in her kick-off speech for state representative in 2015. “But do you know what the definition of being progressive is? It’s acting on those new ideas.” She won the seat with 41 percent of the vote in the primary and nearly 80 percent of the vote in the general election. As a state legislator, she spoke against the administration’s travel ban impacting countries including Somalia. She described anxiously standing at the airport as Immigration and Customs Enforcement rechecked passports in 2017. When Omar landed, she said she posted on social media: “They let me back in.” Omar participated in a 24-hour sit-in on the House floor to protest lack of action on gun violence, supporting bills that would have required background checks in gun transfers, furthered gun research and allowed police or family to petition the court to prevent individuals who pose a danger from owning guns. After legislators tabled gun bills, Omar said she was proud to see students walk out of class and march to the Capitol for action. Omar was chief author of bills to eliminate the statute of limitations for sex offenses, require a counselor in every school, prohibit state and local governments from acquiring military-grade weapons and make Minnesota a sanctuary state, although none of the aforementioned bills gained traction in the legislature. Omar strongly opposed a bill to increase penalties for protesters blocking traffic.

Campaign for Washington In her 2018 campaign, Omar’s campaign team said that for every dollar spent on advertising, they spent four dollars on the field program to directly connect with people. Omar ran on a platform of single-payer healthcare coverage for all, a higher national minimum wage, access to tuition- and debtfree college, the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and expanded admission of refugees. Succeeding Keith Ellison to the seat, she was elected to Congress with 78 percent of the vote, defeating Republican Jennifer Zielinski, who received 21.7 percent of the vote. In a social media post congratulating Omar, Zielinski wished her luck with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board, alluding to an investigation related to Omar’s out-of-state travel. “When the call came for me to run for Congress, I answered, because the time demanded it,” Omar said in her acceptance speech. “A time when racism and white supremacy threatens our very existence, when my status as an immigrant, black, Muslim woman means the administration does not see me as an American. You know I will not bow down. You know I will not back down to fear and hate. I will stand strong with you.”


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Public Safety Update By Michelle Bruch / mbruch@southwestjournal.com

CK Food & Fuel owner looks to rebuild As Martin Onuh takes the short walk from his doorstep to the burnt shell of his business, CK Food & Fuel at 48th & Nicollet, a Metro Transit bus driver honks and waves. Onuh said he’s been overwhelmed by community support since his morning walk into work Sept. 30, when he broke into a run and found fire trucks at the corner. Washburn High School students who frequent the store learned Onuh didn’t have insurance, and they set up a GoFundMe campaign that’s raised nearly $26,000. That’s enough to offset at least half his replacement costs, he said. “I still can’t believe it,” he said. “The community has really picked me up.” Arson didn’t cause the fire, as initially believed. Instead, Onuh said closed-circuit camera footage showed he left an air-freshening candle burning overnight, which started the counter on fire, ignited nearby cans and found additional fuel in the cigarette cases. “I’m kicking myself,” he said. Nevertheless, Onuh said he feels huge relief that the fire wasn’t caused by arson, and he no longer has to wonder what happened. Cooking was by far the leading cause of fire in Minnesota in 2017, according to the state fire marshal, while careless smoking was the leading cause of fire deaths. Sixty-eight people died in Minnesota fires in 2017, the most since 1995 and a 58 percent increase from the prior year. State Fire Marshal Bruce West said he thinks

Martin Onuh, owner of CK Food & Fuel, surveys the damage from a Sept. 30 fire. Photo by Michelle Bruch

2017 may have been an anomaly, as 34 people have died to-date in 2018. A longer view of the state’s fire history shows a significant decrease in deaths since the 1970s, attributed to the promotion of smoke alarms, sprinkler systems, new inspections and code enforcement programs.

Shorter escape time West said residents have just three-four minutes to escape a typical home fire, while historically people had 12–15 minutes to escape. “The wood that we use now is lighter, the wall coverings are lighter, the joists are lighter, and so the buildings don’t stand up to the heat as long as the older, more well-built houses,” said Minneapolis Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner.

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“The houses that we build now are so wellinsulated for energy conservation that it actually holds in the heat from the fire, which then contributes to the members failing quicker.” Minneapolis’ century-old housing stock holds up longer in fires, as does vintage furniture made of wood and packed with cotton, he said. But modern furniture made with microfiber and foam burn much faster, as well as the petroleum-based plastics and other synthetic materials increasingly common in homes. (One of Tyner’s instructors referred to modern furniture as “comfortable gasoline.”) Home design can also play a role in rapidlygrowing fires. New homes tend to be larger, with two stories, and the larger the home, the more space available to sustain and grow

a fire, according to the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. Features like tall ceilings and open floor plans can contribute to rapid smoke and fire spread, as more oxygen is available to feed the fire.

Common firestarters In Minneapolis, Tyner said he often sees cooking fires start when people leave cooking unattended or fall asleep, increasingly common when alcohol is involved. The food might burn up, or grease overheats, and flames typically spread to the kitchen cabinets, he said. Careless smoking is the most common cause of fatal fire, Tyner said, and alcohol is often a factor. A typical scenario is someone lying down with a cigarette and falling asleep, he said, while the couch or bed catches fire and the person continues to sleep. Space heaters are another common cause of fire when they are left running attended, left close to something flammable, or left running all the time and overheat. At CK Food & Fuel, Onuh said that all he can do now is wait. Restoring the building is estimated to take six months, he said. He typically worked 6 a.m.–10 p.m. every day at the store. “This has been my life for the past eight years,” he said. “I’m hoping that once the building is restored I’ll be back, bigger and better.” The GoFundMe campaign is available at gofundme.com/freeck-moneyformartin.


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By Rebecca Noble

Happy Holidays from Neighborhood Roots

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appy holiday season! There is so much to be thankful for this year. We hope all of your celebrations this holiday season will be filled with local foods purchased from the Neighborhood Roots farmers markets. If you missed our Holiday Market on Nov. 11, be sure to mark your calendar for the three upcoming Winter Farmers Markets in 2019. Join us for three festive winter markets full of local

food and good cheer on the Saturdays of Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 23. Each runs 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in the greenhouse of Bachman’s Garden Center, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S. Amazing farmers and vendors from the Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis farmers markets will be bringing cold-hearty produce, pasture-raised meats, farmstead cheeses, baked goods, crafts and so much more. At each market, enjoy live music all morning long and

beer or wine available for sale by the glass. For a full list of vendors, music and activities, visit our website at neighborhoodrootsmn.org and sign up to receive our newsletter. Local small business sponsors are what make the Neighborhood Roots farmers markets possible and help keep us going strong all year long. Huge thanks to Hero Heating and Cooling, Nicollet Ace Hardware, The Augustine Team Realtors, Lakes and

WINTER SQUASH SOUP WITH GRUYÈRE CROUTONS Adapted from Bon Appetit 1996 Ingredients (for the soup) 1/4 cup butter 1 large onion, finely chopped 4 large garlic cloves, chopped 3 141/2-ounce cans low-salt chicken broth 4 cups 1-inch pieces peeled butternut squash (about 11/2 pounds)

Method (for the soup) Heat butter in a large pot over medium heat. As butter begins to bubble, place onion and garlic in pot and sauté for about 10 minutes until tender. Add broth, squash and herbs to pot. Raise heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes or until squash is very tender.

4 cups 1-inch pieces peeled acorn squash (about 11/2 pounds) 11/4 tsp minced fresh thyme 11/4 tsp minced fresh sage 1/4 cup whipping cream 2 tsp sugar

Puree soup in batches in a blender or use a hand blender to blend the soup in the cooking pot. Stir cream and sugar into blended soup. Bring soup to a slow simmer and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Ingredients (for the croutons) 2 Tbsp butter 2 41/4-inch-thick baguette bread slices 1 cup grated Gruyère cheese 1 tsp minced fresh thyme 1 tsp minced fresh sage

Method (for the croutons) Butter one side of each slice of bread. Arrange slices, butter side up on a baking sheet. Broil about 1 minute or until golden. Flip slices of bread over and spindle cheese, thyme and sage over unbuttered side. Season with salt and pepper. Return to oven and broil until cheese has melted. Serve atop or aside squash soup.

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Legends Brewery and Lake Wine & Spirits for their support. Here are a couple great recipes to try throughout the winter. Challenge yourself to use as many local ingredients as possible. Rebecca Noble is market manager for Neighborhood Roots. She has worked with the Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis farmers markets since 2014.

MAPLE GLAZED APPLE SLICES Adapted from Epicurious Ingredients 4 tart apples 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 3 Tbsp maple

syrup 1 Tbsp water 1 tsp lemon juice 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Method Remove apple cores and cut apples into ¼-inch slices. Heat butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Place apple slices in butter and saute until golden and tender. Stir in maple syrup, water, lemon juice, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Cook for a couple of minutes until apples are glazed.

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Everything you need to know about winter squash

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inter squash is up there with pumpkin spice and sweater weather when it comes to the highlights of fall. To some, the large, tough-skinned vegetables may be intimidating. Let’s break down what you need to know to get ready for the season!

Selection Each variety of squash has its own distinct shape, color and size, but most share a somewhat nutty, sweet flavor. Buying squash at farmers markets is a great way to get to know new varieties, since you can talk directly to expert growers who can recommend the best squash. In general, choose small to medium-size squash that feel heavy for their size. Squash dries out over time, resulting in less desirable flavor and texture. Small scratches and blemishes are completely fine, but avoid squash with dark or soft spots.

Storage Winter squash will keep for several months in a cool area of your house (think pioneer-time vegetable cellar).

Preparation There are probably as many ways to prepare winter squash as there are varieties, but they all start with the same few steps:

Scrub the squash under running water to remove any dirt. Use a large, sharp knife to remove the knobby stem. Cut the squash in half by inserting the tip of the knife firmly and cutting through the squash lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. At this point, depending on what you are making, it is time to choose your own adventure. You can roast the halves, cut side down on a baking sheet at 375 until tender (about 30–40 minutes). Or you can cube the squash before roasting, sautéing, boiling or steaming. You do not need to peel winter squash unless you are working with extremely tough-skinned varieties. Butternut, delicata and acorn squash do not need to be peeled. In fact, the peels add great color, fiber and texture to recipes! The recipe below for squash and root vegetable bisque comes from the Mill City Farmers Market, offering winter markets inside the Mill City Museum (no admission required) select Saturdays through April, including 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Nov 17. Find more information at millcityfarmersmarket.org. — Jenny Heck

SQUASH AND ROOT VEGETABLE BISQUE Recipe Courtesy of the Mill City Farmers Market • Serves 4-6 3 lbs. winter squash, any variety, washed well and left unpeeled and whole 2 Tablespoons sesame oil 1 large onion, large dice 2 carrots, large dice 2 parsnips, peeled and large dice 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup white wine, or dry sherry

2 cups full fat coconut milk 1 quart (4 cups) vegetable stock ¼ teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup from Horner’s Corner ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1½ teaspoons salt

Preheat the oven to 425. Place the whole squash on a cookie sheet and roast for 45 minutes to 1½ hours, or until a fork can easily pierce through to the center. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1 hour. Once cooled, peel the squash, and remove the seeds. In a large Dutch oven, heat the sesame oil over medium high heat and sauté the onion until nicely brown and caramelized. Add the peeled squash and remaining vegetables, and sauté another 3 minutes. Deglaze the pot with the wine, then add the coconut milk, stock, herbs, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until the diced vegetables are soft enough to mash with the back of a spoon. Puree the soup in a high powered blender, food processor or with an immersion blender. (If using a regular blender, make sure to remove the vent in the lid. Pureeing hot liquid with the lid completely closed can cause the liquid to explode out of the blender!) Pour the soup back into the Dutch oven and thin if necessary with more stock. Season to taste with more salt, pepper or maple syrup.


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Going to dark places The ‘unexpected element’ shared by bands Sister Species and Lena Elizabeth

By Sheila Regan

SISTER SPECIES AND LENA ELIZABETH DOUBLE ALBUM RELEASE When: 7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. (Doors open 7 p.m.) Where: The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. Cost: $12 advance, $15 at the door Info: thecedar.org

From left, Lena Elizabeth Bredeson, Abby Kastrul and Emily Kastrul. Submitted photo

The co-headliners of a Nov. 29 concert at The Cedar Cultural Center, Lena Elizabeth and Sister Species are two groups that defy stereotypes of what female-led bands — especially ones featuring folky instruments — are supposed to be. Abby and Emily Kastrul, the sisters of Sister Species, were looking for a band to open the release show for “Heavy Things Do Move,” their new album, when Cedar booking director Emmy Carter suggested Lena Elizabeth, a group led by singer-songwriter Lena Elizabeth Bredeson — who also happened to be planning the release of a new album. “We thought it was an exciting way to collaborate, as opposed to compete with each other,” Emily Kastrul said. “There’s so much competition in the music industry. It was cool to say we can mutually lift each other up.” Abby and Emily Kastrul play guitar and accordion, respectively, and sing. Bredeson sings and plays ukulele. “They are not your typical cutesy folksongs,” Abby Kastrul said. “I think we both have an unexpected element.” For Sister Species, that unexpected element might simply be the self-described “orchestral pop” group’s size. “When you show up to a little DIY venue and there are eight of you, including a horn section,

people are like, ‘Whoa. What’s going on?’” Emily Kastrul said. The two bands also defy expectation by going to dark places. “There’s a lot of blunt honesty and anger,” Bredeson said of her music. “Those are really heavy subjects, and I think that’s not what people are necessarily expecting of somebody with a ukulele.”

A tool for healing “Get it Right” is Lena Elizabeth’s first full-length album, and in it Bredeson takes on anxiety, depression and a life-long battle with eating disorders.

“Anxiety and self-hatred are things I’ve really struggled with my whole life,” she said. “These last few years have been a lot about acceptance for me.” Bredeson said many people hear the new album’s title track think it’s about a bad relationship. “Really, it’s a song talking to that person inside me that’s saying, ‘You’re not good enough,’” she said. “I don’t want that anymore, and I hope that it is inspiring for other people.” Bredeson has often used music as a tool for her own healing. “I wrote the best music when I was coming out of it,” she said. “I was not writing any music

Emily and Abby Kastrul are Sister Species. Submitted image

while I was in it.” For her, the creative process isn’t about negating one’s personal demons, but getting a handle on them. “I’ve been able to create the best things once I’ve gotten to a better place and have been taking care of myself,” she said. Sister Species also grapples with mental health topics in their album. “The idea is that there are a lot of heavy things that are moving through the album,” Emily Kastrul said. “Some mental-health stuff and some emotional journeys through loss or change — these human emotions that we all experience. It’s a journey about vulnerability and self-acceptance.” Abby Kastrul explores anxiety and depression with her song “Take it Easy,” which is about self-acceptance. “Gaslight” is about being emotionally manipulated in a relationship. And “Flatline,” a song Abby Kastrul wrote when she started taking antidepressents, is about feeling numb. “Everyone says, ‘There aren’t highs and there aren’t lows,’ and I thought, “Can I deal with that?’” she said. “It’s a reflection on how what could this be like for me.”

Gaining perspective In the past several years, Abby Kastrul has tried several different kinds of medication for her mental health, and found that the process has informed her music. “I guess it’s all about coping,” she said. According to Emily Kastrul, songwriting is a great way to explore complex feelings and experiences. “You sort of get three minutes to look at all the angles of something and to really feel it fully, and then it’s over,” she said. “It becomes a space you can access and touch and prod and examine this feeling, but it’s outside your body. It gives some nice separation and perspective from whatever heavy thing you are feeling.” Both bands will play songs from their new albums at the Cedar show, which will also include guest artists playing with the bands and solo piano sets by both of the Kastrul sisters. It’s yet another way for the musicians to embrace putting themselves out there in a raw and vulnerable way. Digging deep into emotions is a way for these artists to set healing vibes out into the world.

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Changes in Hennepin County include two new county commissioners: Angela Conley, who unseated Peter McLaughlin in District 4, and Irene Fernando, who defeated former Minneapolis City Council Member Blong Yang in the race for an open District 2 seat. Conley, who is African-American, and Fernando, the daughter of Filipino immigrants, together broke a barrier. The board has not included a person of color in its history, which goes back more than 150 years. Conley said the board “desperately needed diversity,” but added that the change goes deeper than adding non-white members. Conley, who as a young woman relied on food, childcare and emergency housing assistance, noted she may be the first county board member who was also a recipient of county services, while Fernando will be the board’s youngest member at age 32. “I think that having many viewpoints around that decision-making table will allow us to design approaches and solutions in more inclusive and more equitable ways,” Fernando said. Voters in District 3 also re-elected Marion Greene to the county board. Dave “Hutch” Hutchinson, a Metro Transit Police Department sergeant endorsed by the DFL, narrowly defeated three-term incumbent Rich Stanek, a former Republican state legislator. The two were separated by just 2,340 votes — less than half a percentage point. Voters re-elected county attorney Mike Freeman, who withstood a challenge from Mark Haase, the director of government relations for a division of the state’s Department of Human Services. It was a big night for Minneapolis Public Schools, too. Voters elected two new at-large members to the School Board: active parent Kimberly Caprini and former teacher Josh Pauly.

Dave “Hutch” Hutchinson hung onto a narrow election-night lead over Rich Stanek in the race for Hennepin County sheriff. Photo by Nate Gotlieb

Incumbent Rebecca Gagnon fell short in her bid to win a third term. Large majorities also voted to approve two district referenda that will generate $30 million annually for MPS. They renewed the district’s operating levy and approved a

I think that having many viewpoints around that decision-making table will allow us to design approaches and solutions in more inclusive and more equitable ways — Irene Fernando, Hennepin County Board member-elect

new capital projects levy that will be used to cover its existing technology costs. Voters in Minneapolis overwhelmingly answered “yes” to a ballot question on city liquor regulations, making it easier for restaurants located outside of large commercial districts to obtain full liquor licenses. As expected, Minneapolis retained its all-DFL state House delegation. Fue Lee and Raymond Dehn won re-election in their North Minneapolis districts; Northeast re-elected Diane Loeffler to an eighth term and elected Mohamed Noor to his first; longtime representatives Jim Davnie and Jean Wagenius both won re-election campaigns in South Minneapolis; south-central neighborhoods voted overwhelmingly for two newcomers, Hodan Hassan and Aisha Gomez; and Southwest voters returned Frank Hornstein to office for a ninth term while electing Jamie Long to succeed their former representative in 61B, Paul Thissen, whom Gov. Mark Dayton this year appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

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Dayton’s successor in the governor’s office will be fellow DFLer Tim Walz, a Mankato native who currently represents the 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Walz’s running mate, Peggy Flanagan, represents St. Louis Park in the state House and is a former Minneapolis School Board member. DFLer Keith Ellison defeated Republican Doug Wardlow in the race for Minnesota attorney general. Ellison is giving up his 5th District seat in Congress, but it will remain in DFL control with the election of Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American state legislator who was one of two Muslim women in the country to win a Congressional race in 2018. “Here in Minnesota, we don’t only welcome immigrants, we send them to Washington,” Omar said at her victory party. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon won re-election, and a win in the state auditor’s race by Julie Blaha, a union official and former teacher, wrapped up a DFL sweep of the state’s constitutional offices. In the two other statewide races on the ballot this year, Minnesotans re-elected Sen. Amy Klobuchar to a third term with more than 60 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial results from the secretary of state’s office. Sen. Tina Smith, appointed to replace former Sen. Al Franken, who resigned in January, also won her special election to serve out the final two year’s of Franken’s term. Local turnout was remarkably strong for a midterm election. In Minneapolis, the unofficial tally was 173,213 ballots cast, roughly 20 percent higher turnout than in the 2014 and 2010 midterms. Seventy-seven percent of registered voters went to the polls across Hennepin County, compared to 81 percent in 2016, a presidential election year, and 59 percent in 2014, the last midterm election.

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f you care about how you’ll be getting around the city of Minneapolis in the future, then you’ll want to be a part of the conversation about the Transportation Action Plan. Work on the city’s new plan has begun and your voice is needed to help it take shape. The action plan will take the transportation goals and policies identified in Minneapolis 2040, the city’s update to the comprehensive plan, and lay out in detail how they will be implemented. The previous Transportation Action Plan, Access Minneapolis, guided the city’s transportation work through 2017. One of the major outcomes of it was the Complete Streets Policy, which is a design and policy approach that prioritizes people walking, biking, taking transit and driving vehicles, in that order. Other outcomes of Access Minneapolis include bus-only lanes on some downtown corridors, investment in the bikeway network and the pedestrian crash study that helped to examine the factors contributing to pedestrian injuries and deaths on our city streets. Just as with the comprehensive plan, the city updates the Transportation Action Plan every 10 years. This next plan will address advanced mobility, pedestrians, people who bike, people who use transit, street operations, freight and street and sidewalk design guidelines. The plan will support the Complete Streets Policy, the Vision Zero effort to eliminate fatalities and severe injuries due to crashes by 2027, Minneapolis Climate Action Plan goals and the city’s commitment to equity.

Development of the Transportation Action Plan is led by Public Works and will be shaped by residents as well as a policy advisory committee, interagency technical advisory committee and various work groups. The city’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Bicycle Advisory Committee are both involved in their respective components of the plan, and each received a presentation update over the summer. Community engagement plans, which are still in draft form, currently focus on outreach to historically untapped groups, including people living in areas of concentrated poverty where the majority of residents are people of color, people living with disabilities, seniors, people who walk and bike as their primary transportation mode, people who are transit-dependent and families and youth. These voices will be crucial in helping

The city recently updated its community engagement timeline for the Transportation Action Plan as follows: Round 1 (Spring–Fall 2018): Introduce project and gather community input Round 2 (Winter 2019–Spring 2019): Gather input on draft plan components Round 3 (Summer 2019–Fall 2019): Gather feedback on the draft Transportation Action Plan

Now in development, the city’s Transportation Action Plan translates policy into real changes on streets and sidewalks. Submitted photo

the city to prioritize projects, guide the implementation and design and ensure the city’s transportation network works for us all. After two years of gathering community input on the comp plan, Minneapolis 2040 includes 21 transportation policies meant to “support a multimodal network that prioritizes walking, biking and transit. The statement continues: “The policies are intended to achieve outcomes that increase equity in our transportation system, address climate change and reduce carbon emissions, improve human health through improved air quality and increases in active travel, and enable the movement of people, goods and services across the city.” It is a bold vision, to be sure, and the new action plan needs to provide detail on how the city’s current auto-centric design will prioritize people over vehicles. Minneapolis Director of Transportation

Planning and Programming Jenifer Hager said the city was currently reviewing the transportation-related comments submitted for Minneapolis 2040. “They help us understand what we need to go out and engage the community on in this next round, since we don’t want to ask the same things,” Hager said. To get the latest news on the Transportation Action Plan, sign up for email updates at minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/gompls. You can also use the hashtag #gompls on social media posts to let the city know how you’d like to get around Minneapolis. The city received over 10,000 public comments on the first draft of Minneapolis 2040, and now you can make your voice heard on how to put those policies into action. Sarah Tschida lives in Kingfield and is a volunteer board member with Our Streets Minneapolis.


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Green Gifts Fair slated for Nov. 17 The nonprofit Do It Green! Minnesota holds its 13th-annual Green Gifts Fair 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Nov. 17 at Midtown Global Market. The fair will feature over 85 vendors offering local and sustainably crafted products such as Native American art and eco-friendly clothing. There will also be a silent auction, musical performers, family activities and educational demonstrations from organizations such as the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Recycling Association of Minnesota. A $1 donation per person will be accepted at the door. This year’s fair theme is “My Green Journey,” which Do It Green! Minnesota says was born out of a desire to empower fairgoers to embrace where they are in their “journey toward living more sustainably.” The organization also said it wants to give fairgoers an opportunity to find the next step for reducing their impacts. Annika Bergen, Do It Green! Minnesota’s promotions and outreach coordinator, said the organization is trying to help people share stories about how different aspects of their lives have been influenced by becoming more sustainable. “Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed by how much information is out there,” Bergen

Do It Green! Minnesota’s upcoming Green Gifts Fair will feature demonstrations and educational activities on topics such as recycling and energy conservation. Photo courtesy Do It Green! Minnesota

said, noting that learning from someone or seeing something in person can make a bigger impression than reading something online. She said the organization is trying to acknowledge not only that there are people doing sustainable things but also to show fairgoers ways they can lessen their impacts. As part of the fair, the vendors had to write

short summaries of their own green journeys, which can be found on Do It Green! Minnesota’s website (digmn.org). The organization has also been asking people to share aspects of their green journeys, tips for going green and their favorite aspects of sustainability in the Twin Cities. Artist Lisa Troutman will take those stories and create a mural out of them during the event.

Educational presenters at the fair will include City Pages, which will be helping people create non-toxic cleaners, and Xcel Energy, which will have information on energy conservation and electric vehicles. Other educational presenters will feature information on topics such as pollinators, home solar, recycling, composting and bicycle repair. Do It Green! Minnesota started the Green Gifts Fair to encourage Minnesotans to purchase durable, locally made gifts and to educate them on tips to reduce waste over the holidays, according to Bergen. The organization also works with hundreds of authors who have written more than 850 educational articles for its website and magazine. The organization’s founder, Ami Voeltz, started Do It Green! Minnesota after returning from a stint living in Japan in the late ’90s, according to Bergen. Voeltz had noticed substantial packaging, clothing and electronic waste due to the lack of second-hand and reuse stores in Tokyo and began researching sustainable living. That led to the creation of publication of The Twin Cities Green Guide in 2000 and, eventually, the start of Do It Green! Minnesota, an all-volunteer organization.

City offering no-cost Home Energy Squad participation The city of Minneapolis is offering homeowners and qualifying renters the chance to participate in the Home Energy Squad program for no cost, provided they sign up by Dec. 31. The city is also offering program participants an interest-free loan of up to $10,000 for insulation improvements. Residents must sign up on or before Dec. 31 to guarantee no-cost participation in the program. The city will pay for a homeowner’s or renter’s participation in 2019, provided he or she signs up by Dec. 31. Home Energy Squad is an Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy program that helps home-

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By Sheila Regan

Meet the new trees of Minneapolis Move over ash trees. Up-and-coming new trees are taking space in Minneapolis parks and boulevards. As the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board wraps up year five of its eight-year plan to counter the emerald ash borer infestation by removing all the ash trees in the city, the variety of trees grows every year. Many of these trees are still young, but the hope is that a greater diversity of trees will prevent disasters like those that nearly wiped out the city’s elm and ash trees. One of them, the maackia, a tree of Asian origin, has pretty whitish green flowers that give it distinction. “It’s a smaller stature tree,” said Ralph Sievert, the Park Board’s director of forestry. “We are trying to do a better job to match the tree to the site and not put a giant tree under a utility line.” The corktree, another native of Asia, turns yellow in the fall. Corktrees, like maackias and the larch, or tamarack, another newer addition to Minneapolis’s tree stock, don’t have the pest problems that have plagued other tree varieties in the city. They also have proved to be durable in different soil conditions, Sievert said, especially during dry conditions in the summertime. Larch trees get quite a bit larger than maackias or corktrees. Some, when they are fully grown, will reach 50 feet or more. Of North American origin, larch trees are a deciduous conifer. “They have needles, but unlike a pine, they drop them in the fall,” Sievert said. The Park Board has been planting these three varieties of trees on a small scale for the past five to seven years, according to Sievert. “The whole change came with emerald ash borer,” he said. “We wanted to find more and more types of trees.” During planting season last spring, maackias, corktrees and larch trees made up just 2 percent of the total trees planted by the

Park Board — about 170 of each. Meanwhile, the oak, coffeetree, and planetree varieties took up a larger bulk of the new trees, at 12 percent each. “One limiting factor on planting more varieties is the ability of the nursery industry to keep up with the demand for under-used trees,” Sievert said. “Since it takes time to grow trees, there can be a five-year lag until production catches up with demand.” The majority of trees in Minneapolis are still maples, lindens and even elm trees, which either survived Dutch elm disease or are the disease-resistant variety. Sievert said the Park Board doesn’t plant many maples because there are already so many. Meanwhile, the forestry department continues to take down ash trees. Initially concentrating on boulevard and park trees, where the grass is mowed around the tree, the department will now turn its attention to paths and walkways. “We want to get the tree out of there before it poses a danger,” Sievert said. “It’s easier to deal with the trees before they die, because they decompose fast.” Funding for the ash tree project, which involves cutting down ash, removing stumps and planting replacements, is covered by a levy. The superintendent’s proposed 2019 budget reduces funding for stump grinding and planting activities for other tree species. The 2019 budget also reflects a plan to turn one forestry position into an outreach position, which according to Sievert is a position that used to exist but was eliminated in 2010 after the last person who held the position retired and wasn’t replaced due to budget cuts. “We haven’t had the same contact with neighborhood groups,” Sievert said. “The idea is that this person would ramp up our citizen pruner program.”

Wood plank trail spiffed up New planks have arrived along the West River Parkway wood plank trail between the Stone Arch Bridge and the Guthrie Theater. The Park Board first installed two woodplank trails on the parkway on either side of a wood plank roadway between Portland and 11th avenues back in 2003, for a cost of over $1 million. The wood planks were installed to mimic the way the road used to look like in the Mill City days. But the planks used for the road soon deteriorated and were replaced by concrete in 2010. The Park Board is now replacing the planks for the two sides of the trail a little bit at a time. Phase two of the project began in October with the replacement of an 85-foot section of trail using Douglas fir to replace the old white oak planks.

The Park Board has begun repairs to a wood plank trail on the riverfront. Photos by Sheila Regan

Planning staff is still evaluating the plank design before replacing the entire trail, which will occur as funding becomes available, according to the Park Board.

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upper limb difference. Specifically, LeBlanc’s arms are contracted with about 20 degrees of open and shut capacity, and he’s missing bones in his forearms, has no triceps and has one finger on one hand and one double-tipped finger on the other. Despite the disability, LeBlanc has skied on the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Nordic team for the last three seasons after first being exposed to the sport through Charlie Brown, his friend and classmate at Groves Academy. LeBlanc, now a sophomore at the school, said he didn’t know if he would like the sport at first but kept an open mind. He added that he likes how you get to compete against yourself in Nordic skiing, noting that it’s physically and mentally grueling. “How much effort you put in is equal to the amount of success you will get out,” he said. LeBlanc earned Benilde-St. Margaret’s junior varsity Coach’s Award his first year and made the varsity team last year as a freshman. Mike Brown, Charlie Brown’s dad and a volunteer

Michael LeBlanc, right, pictured with his brother Dominic. LeBlanc and his family want the Minnesota State High School League to account for athletes’ disabilities when timing section and state Nordic meets. Photos by Michelle LeBlanc

for the team, said some of the other kids were surprised by how fast of a skier LeBlanc was. He added that LeBlanc has the advantage of good core stability and balance. Hokanson said she began calculating LeBlanc’s factored time last season to see the difference it would make. She said LeBlanc’s finishing near the bottom of most races hasn’t stopped him from doing his best. “He never seemed bummed out or said it wasn’t worth it,” she said. “He still comes back every race, and he’s ready to do it.”

Factoring used internationally Factoring is a system of classifying Paralympic athletes that allows them to compete in the same race, despite having different levels of ability. Athletes receive different time factors depending on their disability and how it impacts their participation in their given sport. The system “ensures that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus, the same factors that account for success in sport for able bodied athletes,” the World Para Nordic Skiing website says. For example, a Nordic skier who uses two skis and no poles — such as LeBlanc — would have his or her time cut by 21 percent in a classic race and 11 percent in a freestyle race, per World Para Nordic Skiing. A Nordic skier with an impairment affecting an entire lower limb, as another example, would have his or her time cut by 8 percent in classic and 7 percent in freestyle. BethAnn Chamberlain, U.S. Paralympic Nordic development coach, said the factoring system provides an opportunity for athletes with disabilities to compete in the same race. Chamberlain is working with the LeBlancs on their proposal to the state high school league. She said they plan on asking the high school league to cut 3 percent from the times of Nordic skiers who have disabilities, in addition to implementing the international standards. That would help balance the playing field for athletes with disabilities, she said.

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Chamberlain said she’s trying to collect as much feedback as she can from coaches across the state so the high school league understands where coaches stand on the proposal. LeBlanc’s coaches and family have not yet submitted the proposal, but they plan to do so in the coming months. A high school league spokesman said in an email that the proposal would first go to the league’s activities advisory committee and then, if approved, to the league’s board of directors. Hokanson, the Benilde-St. Margaret’s coach, said there wasn’t any pushback from the other Metro West coaches when she raised the idea of using factored timing in conference meets. LeBlanc said adding factored timing to the meets would make it equal for him and other adapted skiers, so they can feel more a part of the team.

Use outside Minneapolis Conversations around factored timing are also happening outside of Minneapolis. Dave Bridges, Nordic coach at Mahtomedi High School, got his fellow Metro East Conference coaches to agree to factored timing this year because of a visually impaired skier on his team. Bridges said his skier is completely blind in one eye and sees “maybe 10 percent of what you

and I would see” out of the other. The skier has a guide ski in front of him during practices and races, helping him find the tracks on classic courses and stay alert of gradient changes. “He’s a real hard worker,” Bridges said of the skier, adding that he finishes in the middle of the pack in his varsity races Bridges said the skier was certified by U.S. Paralympics last year and that his time factor will apply in about six to eight conference races this season. He said the skier wasn’t initially interested in the factor system because he didn’t want to get special treatment but that his dad convinced him that it’s OK to do. Bridges estimated that only a couple of athletes would be affected if the high school league instituted timing factors. But he said it would open the door for people who want to try Nordic skiing and potentially other sports. Chamberlain, the U.S. Paralympic coach, said the use of time factors is typically wellreceived and that it’s just a matter of educating people on why they are needed. “It’s unique that Nordic skiing can be so well integrated for adapted athletes,” she said. “I think it’s a good way to provide a great opportunity for kids to get involved in a great sport that is lifelong.”

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District highlights farm-to-school program to legislators Two local legislators joined Minneapolis Public Schools leaders at Lyndale Community School on Oct. 31 to learn more about the district’s farm-to-school program. State Reps. Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis) and Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie) joined Superintendent Ed Graff and four board members for a lunch at the school. Also in attendance were members of the district’s Culinary & Wellness Services department and a member of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s staff. The lunch came at the end of National Farm to School Month, a month-long recognition of farm-to-school programs across the U.S. MPS has had its farm-to-school program since 2013, Farm to School Coordinator Kate Seybold said, noting that the district contracts with 13 small and midsize farms and farm co-operatives. The program is a win for students, farmers and the community, Seybold said, noting that students get flavorful and healthy produce while farmers get the additional business. It also helps students and families learn about where their food comes from, Seybold said. Farm-to-school programs can include

everything from serving local foods in cafeterias to education activities related to agriculture, according to the National Farm to School Network. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2015 farm-to-school census, 42 percent of districts surveyed said they participate in farm-to-school activities, while another 16 percent said they planned to participate in the future. The benefits of farm-to-school programming include higher rates of meal-program participation and fruit and vegetable consumption, according to research cited by the network. Students also perform better in school, have increased knowledge about gardening and agriculture and are more willing to try new and healthier food, the network says. “We have so much evidence that students who know where their food comes from are more likely to eat it,” said Anna Mullen, communications manager for the network. “That connection is one that’s been proven really powerful for changing the way kids eat.” MPS’ farm-to-school program includes serving locally sourced fruits, vegetables and

meats, having farmers speak in classrooms and cafeterias and holding taste tests and special events such as Junior Iron Chef. The program also includes a monthly “Minnesota Thursdays” meal, during which the Culinary & Wellness Services department serves an entirely locally sourced meal. There are also garden-to-cafeteria programs at about eight schools. One aim of the program is to expose students to new things so they can learn to think critically about their food, Seybold said. Another aim is to help them build the vocabulary to describe what they like and don’t like, she said. “We really look at cafeterias as an educational space just like a classroom in that regard,” Seybold said. The farm-to-school program is beneficial for farmers in addition to students, Seybold said. Farmers know that their investments will lead to sales, she said, and the district is able to use large produce items that sometimes don’t sell well. Farmer Becca Carlson, owner of Seeds Farm in Northfield, sells romaine lettuce, cucumbers and delicata squash to the district. Carlson said

her relationship with MPS has helped her transition her farm from a community-supported agriculture model to one that specializes in wholesale delivery. She said it’s meaningful for her to see kids fueling their bodies with healthy foods and developing healthy eating habits. The farm-to-school program is part of MPS’ “true food” philosophy of serving whole and fresh foods without artificial flavorings. In recent years, the Culinary & Wellness Services department has worked to add kitchens and salad bars across the district. Just over half of the district’s schools have kitchens, Seybold said, adding that the pre-packed meals served at other schools have the same integrity as ones cooked in a school kitchen. Mark Stauduhar, principal at Lyndale Community School, said students at Lyndale have been exposed to a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and dishes that might not have been possible without a full-service kitchen. He noted the students get a chance to meet new people who are trying to promote health, nutrition and health, which they enjoy.

District, educational support professionals agree to new contract Minneapolis Public Schools’ educational support professionals have a new labor agreement. Union members approved a proposed 2017-19 contract by a 16-percentage-point margin during voting this past month. The School Board approved the agreement on Nov. 13. ESPs occupy positions such as associate educator, childcare assistant and special education assistant. There are approximately 1,135 employees filing the roughly 1,375 positions covered by the ESP agreement, according to the district. ESPs typically need some professional experience plus an associate degree or the equivalent number of college credits, according to job description summaries in the old contract. Starting pay for ESPs ranges by position, from

$13.19 an hour for child care assistants under the old contract to $17.15 for special education assistants and $19.05 for associate educators. The proposed new contract includes retroactive salary step movement in 2017-18 for ESPs who worked at least 110 days and had satisfactory job performance the previous year. Those ESPs would receive retroactive payments from the district to reflect their increased wage for 2017-18. The proposed contract also includes a 1 percent across-the-board increase to the salary schedule for 2018-19, instead of salary step movement for the school year. ESPs below a $15 hourly wage would be bumped to a $15 wage for 2018-19, instead of receiving the 1 percent increase. That would affect 135 employees, most of whom are childcare assistants.

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2018 Holiday Events Guide

Haul out A the holly

re you humming a tune after reading that line? There’s no denying this season has its own soundtrack. Whether it’s a centuries-old carol, a ’50s swing ditty or a smooth soul groove, you know when you hear ’em that the holidays are here.

But how well do you know these songs of the season? As you check out this list of festive things to do, quiz yourself by reading (or singing) the line at the beginning of each event. It’s a lyric from a holiday song — can you guess which one? The answer is at the bottom of each event. And whichever song gets stuck in your head, let’s hope it’s one of your favorites.

BY ANNE NOONAN

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CAMERON KINGHORN: IN THE COURT OF MUSICAL ROYALTY

ground. “When I entered the Music Education program in college, much of my coursework revolved around classical music,” he explains. “But I fell in with some musicians through jazz band and we formed a party band called The Tasty Tones that played soul, R&B and pop tunes at house parties. That’s when I really fell in love with being a front person. It was then I truly experienced the joy of being able to curate other people’s fun, and the performance anxiety I’d been struggling with up until that point basically evaporated,” he continues. It was at the U that Kinghorn and Meckler forged their bond. “I met Adam while he was getting his masters and I was getting my bachelors. We were in trumpet studio and jazz band together and I looked up to him as an incredible musician and composer,” Kinghorn explains. Meckler invited Kinghorn to join his Adam Meckler Orchestra, a modern jazz big band that he leads and writes for. “Thankfully, I overcame my nerves and agreed to join. Shortly after a return from a gig in New Orleans, Meckler and drummer Reid Kennedy dreamed up an R&B and soul band and approached me at a rehearsal proclaiming: ‘I’m starting a band and you’re going to sing in it.’” And that, as the cliché goes, is Nooky Jones history. The three began serious work on songwriting and once they completed ample tunes, put they assembled the rest of the band.

Curating fun, cultivating domesticity

Royal roots Literature buffs are used to Victorian novelists attaching aptronyms (self-descriptive names) to their characters. But sometimes this happens in real life. Take the case of South Minneapolis resident, the multi-talented musician Cameron Kinghorn. His appellation, King Horn, genuinely approximates his musical roots and ongoing ventures. Music runs deep in Kinghorn’s veins. Playing piano since he was five, he added trumpet in his sixth grade band as a bit of a teenage defiance to his mother’s wishes. “My mom hoped I’d be a saxophone player, but in true teenage fashion I opted to play anything but,” he grins. Still, he became a master of his horn of choice – and notably, of his own golden pipes – his voice. His was a musical family. “My mom and sister both have beautiful voices, and I have been singing since I was a kid,” he relates. “My earliest memories are accompanying my mom to church choir rehearsal and occasionally sitting in.” Kinghorn’s engagement in musical theater during middle school was transformative, offering him the thrill of performing in front of large audiences. “Because I suffer from some pretty severe performance anxiety,” he admits, this experience kindled his deep desire to perform. When the University of Minnesota recently conferred a posthumous doctorate to Prince, Kinghorn was summoned to be a member of the treasured vocal tribute. You could say he is rightly a King in the Prince’s court. This wasn’t the first time he had been called upon to honor Prince. In June 2017, when thousands of shocked fans gathered to mourn Prince’s untimely death and to celebrate his life, Kinghorn ascended the stage outside of Frist Avenue in what’s been termed “a jaw-dropping” moment when he sung Prince’s classic, “How Come U Don’t Call me Anymore?” hitting precisely the right tone and tenor with his falsetto voice, hushing the crowd into silent reverence, a feat he’s replicated during his yearly holiday show cameos with The New Standards at The State Theater.

From the halls of learning to center stage The rise of his current venture, Nooky Jones, with his two hot horn-playing collaborators, trumpeter Adam Meckler and trombonist Scott Agster, bolsters the King of Horns mythos. A sound check at recent Nooky Jones gig at the Dakota showcased beyond measure the power of the horns to propel the band’s unique mixture of sounds and influences. Along with Kinghorn as front man and vocalist, Meckler and Agster are Kevin Gastonguay on keyboards, Andrew Foreman on bass and Reid Kennedy on drums. I asked Kinghorn to describe the band’s sound that has been called soul, R&B, funky and jazzy: “I always like to start with soul,” he declares. “My biggest influences come out of this genre – Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha. My falsetto comes by way of D’Angelo and Bilal, which comes by way of Prince. And there are vibes from Erykah Badu,” he adds. “These artists make the listener feel good in all the right ways and that’s the style we’re going for – smooth, playful, sexy and authentic.” During Nooky Jones’ first set at the Dakota this particular evening, jazz was a decisive undercurrent. My fellow audience members were riding all the grooves. Richard Doten, owner of LaDoten Custom Guitars, a local business, waxed nostalgic about Nooky Jones and Kinghorn in particular. “He takes me back to ’60s R&B,” he noted in his own resonant voice. Sue and Don Houge, formerly from Excelsior and now jubilant downtown dwellers explain: “We saw Kinghorn perform at Orchestra Hall and the Target Center and here. Now we book tickets whenever he’s performing here.” Across from us, Brandon Clayton, a tenor saxophonist in the top jazz band at the University of Minnesota, where he got to know Kinghorn, bathed our table in enthusiasm as he effused about Kinghorn’s talent and future, explaining that he tries to make as many gigs as possible. Kinghorn’s appeal and multi-genre style reflects his solid, multi-faceted musical back-

To behold Kinghorn whip up the passion of the dazzled damsels attests to his innate showmanship. Such remarkable and spellbinding talent portends a bright future. The Dakota audience was rocking and grooving and sighing and dancing, leaving no doubt that Kinghorn has just the right chops to “curate” an evening of pure musical abandon. The pleasure of this raucous scene was a far cry from my first meeting with Kinghorn at a funeral of the grandfather of his longtime partner, Ella Masters, whose extended family has been my Minnesota family of choice for over 25 years. In private, Kinghorn indeed comes across as a shy and a gentle soul, an impression that’s never wavered over the past years as we’ve gathered at various family celebrations. He met Masters at the U where both played in the jazz bands. Kinghorn relates a warmhearted story of their early courtship: “While Ella’s version of events paints me as calm, cool and collected, I am actually fairly shy, so she made the first move, inviting me to a party at her house. We were hitting it off, and when I found out that it was only a few minutes until her birthday, I got the party to sing her Happy Birthday. That was six years ago.” Watching dozens of young women swoon at the Dakota, I wondered how a rising performing artist maintains a solid relationship. “Being a performer is one facet of my identity, and it does garner a lot of attention, but there are other facets that are equally important to me,” Kinghorn admits. “Sharing those with Ella is a big part of what’s deepened our relationship. But, of course it does still require checking in with each other regularly,” he sheepishly adds.

Part of Kinghorn’s ability to balance life in the limelight alongside dedicated domesticity may stem from his unusual Minnesota upbringing. His family is devoutly Mormon, and he was highly involved in the church growing up. Eventually, he began questioning his faith and ultimately decided not to continue practicing. The challenges of being an outsider are known to forge character, and Kinghorn’s youth was staunchly outside mainstream. His mixed race, Mormon family stood apart in his childhood community of Circle Pines, Minnesota, which was overwhelmingly Caucasian and Christian. “While we grew up in an area with a lot of privilege, obviously not all layers of privilege were available to us as a mixedrace family,” he reflects. “I think as a result my siblings and I have all developed our own ways of being vocal about the things that matter to us.” His older sister Andrea is completing her doctorate studying family structures in urban communities at Northwestern University, and his younger brother Chris is in medical school at The Ohio State University. Kinghorn’s parents now live just outside San Diego where his dad is a patent attorney who recently started working as CEO and president of a medical device company, and his mom is happy going back to school to get her bachelors. “I’m fortunate that my family is supportive of the direction my life and career have taken,” he acknowledges.

Nooky Jones and Beyond A week after my front and center seat for Nooky Jones’ wildly successful sold out concerts at the Dakota, I perched front row center balcony at Minneapolis’ venerable Orchestra Hall where Kinghorn plied his backup singing for Minnesota’s other musical royalty, “Queen” Dessa and her equally talented lady-in-waiting, Aby Wolf. As one of Dessa and, separately, Wolf ’s anointed backup singers, along with multiple other guest gigs, Kinghorn must judiciously manage his time and musical commitments. “I always jump at the opportunity to work with other artists, and I’ve been lucky to work with a lot of incredibly talented people. Throughout my career I’ve had to make a lot of tough decisions around where I’m going to commit my time. I’m still figuring out that balance to this day,” he confides. Inevitably, as his singular identity grows, he will need to become increasingly strategic. Recently, he performed with Wolf ’s Champagne Confetti at the local Public Functionary and participated in a weeklong residency with that project in Duluth. He’s flying to San Francisco the last week of October to play trumpet with a band called Mild High Club with whom he got to perform at the celebrated Coachella gathering in California this year, “which was an incredible experience,” Kinghorn remarks. Here at home, be sure to catch Kinghorn performing at the legendary The New Standards’ annual Holiday Show at the State Theater, Dec. 7–8. Nooky Jones is in the studio recording new music and will be putting on their yearly Soulful Soirée at Icehouse at the end of December.

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE CREATIVE ARTS IN MINNEAPOLIS ASTONISHES. Estimated at over $4.5 billion in sales, or eight times that of Minneapolis’ sports sector according to the 2015 Creative Vitality Index (CVI), an economic measure used by the city, it has earned our region a lofty place as a national creative mecca. ¶ Behind such stunning statistics toil humans whose creativity and innovation fuel this so-called creative class, dubbed by author Richard Florida. Frequently laboring for the sheer love of their craft, many visual and performing artists, directors, inventors and innovators produce from an inner creative core more likely fueled by passion than personal gain. These makers are marked by an almost holy drive to create — and when their artistry and intent collide, it often yields something extraordinary in its wake.


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100 artists. (Free admission. Cookie sale and soup lunch available for purchase.)

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When: Nov. 17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Where: Christ Presbyterian Church, 6901 Normandale Rd., Edina Info: cpconline.org/event/holiday-boutique/

MARKETS & SHOPPING

“Joy to the World,” lyrics by Isaac Watts

NORTH LOCAL MARKET

HANDMADE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

In the heart of downtown Minneapolis off 7th & Nicollet, the North Local Market offers goods and gift options from 35 local vendors. Busy downtown workers, take note: It’s a chance to shop for holiday presents with ease while supporting local artists and business owners. And at least a dozen vendors will be food related, so you won’t go hungry while shopping. When: Nov. 15–Dec. 24; 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday Where: City Center, 33 S. 6th St. Info: Look for signs inside City Center “We Need a Little Christmas,” Jerry Herman

KNIGHTSBRIDGE BOUTIQUE EVENT

“I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas/ From the bottom of my heart …” Fusing Latin culture and the North, new Minneapolis brewery La Doña Cervecería partners with Minneapolis Craft Market to host a holiday market of high-quality, artisan-made gifts. Linden Hills Farmers Market favorite Dulceria Bakery will be on hand serving desserts, plus Flagsmash food truck. And of course, there’s beer. (Free onsite parking or unmetered street parking.)

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“Off with my overcoat, off with my glove …”

When: Nov. 18, noon–5 p.m. Where: La Doña Cervecería, 241 Fremont Ave. N., Unit B Info: dameladona.com or mplscraftmarket.com

Shop top vintage vendors while sipping beer in the spacious-yet-cozy Lakes & Legends, where the holiday season brings a Christmas tree into the tap room. This monthly mobile market focuses on premium vintage and one-of-a-kind treasures.

“Feliz Navidad,” José Feliciano

“Haul out the holly …”

MINNEAPOLIS NORTHEAST FARMERS MARKET

“But you still catch my eye/ Tell me baby/Do you recognize me?”

“He never had a haircut/He never took a shave …”

When: Nov. 17, 10 a.m.–3 p.m Where: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Haben Center, 2501 Hwy. 100, St. Louis Park Info: bsmschool.org/knightsbridge-boutique

When: Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Where: Solar Arts Building, 711 15th Ave. NE Info: northeastmarket.org “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus,” Leon René

“Last Christmas,” George Michael

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“While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains …”

“Voices singing, let’s be jolly/ Deck the halls with boughs of holly …”

What would it be like to have most of your gift list checked off early? Bring your Christmas list to this annual event where you can shop for unique items made by more than

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“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” Irving Berlin

Inspired by London’s upscale retail district, this holiday gift hub features more than 65 boutique-style merchants showcasing on-trend jewelry, home goods, accessories, gourmet foods, unique clothing and more. (Free admission.)

When: Dec. 16, noon–5 p.m. Where: Lakes & Legends Brewing, 1368 LaSalle Ave. Info: lakesandlegends.com or mplsvintagemarket.com

No need to stop your farmers market forays just because it’s cold. Take it inside at this monthly version, where there’s a Bloody Mary bar, prepared foods, kids activities and music on vinyl by The Ring Toss Twins. With all that going on, don’t forget to buy your vegetables.

recent addition to the Minneapolis retail scene, like KISA in Gaviidae Common. It offers a unique array of Turkish apparel and jewelry. Then take time to shop at a local biz that’s part of the fabric of Minneapolis (i.e. you can’t imagine the city without it). A suggestion: The Electric Fetus, a record store with a huge selection of gifts that’s having its 50th anniversary this year. More cause for celebration: Most of the store will be 20 percent off that day. When: Nov. 24 Where: Various businesses throughout Minneapolis Info: electricfetus.com, kisaofficial.com “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Johnny Marks

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Nothing’s quite ordinary at Betty Danger’s, and neither is her holiday sale. Find a fantastic variety of locally made gifts, decide what to buy while sipping a cocktail or having brunch and then celebrate your purchase with a ride on the vertically revolving tables in the sky (aka the Ferris wheel). Quirky? Yes — and oh so fun. (Complete list of local artists and websites will be listed on Facebook event page on November 12.)

A festive one-stop shop for picking up all kinds of artisan-made gifts, this Minneapolis Craft Market event is one of the biggest indoor holiday markets of the season. Modist Brewing’s taps will keep things jolly as beer-loving shoppers peruse the works of 35 vendors throughout the tap room and warehouse space. (Free admission. Metered street parking available; ramp across the street.) When: Dec. 9, noon–5 p.m. Where: Modist Brewing, 505 N. 3rd St. Info: modistbrewing.com or mplscraftmarket.com

When: Dec. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Where: Betty Danger’s Country Club, 2501 Marshall St. NE Info: bettydangers.com

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night includes live jazz at Spring Finn & Co., plus a cooking demonstration at neighbor boutique Ūmei.

Stop in to see — and shop — the creations of more than 70 Minnesota makers whose work was curated by the American Craft Council, There There Collective and the Food Building. Sample artisanal food, see glass-blowing demonstrations and get hands-on with interactive projects. A ticketed preview party the night before promises first dibs on items, plus tarot readings, live painting, and music deejayed by Transmission. (Free admission. Preview party tickets are $20 or $15 for ACC members and are available at craftcouncil.org/event/ decked-out.) When: Dec. 1, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (Preview party is 6:30 p.m.–10 p.m. Nov. 30.) Where: Parallel and Hennepin Made, 145 Holden St. N. Info: craftcouncil.org “Home for the Holidays,” Robert Allen (music) and Al Stillman (lyrics)

ELLIOT PARK ART WALK: HOLIDAY MARKET

“In the lane, snow is glistening/A beautiful sight …” Take a walk and so much more. The Elliot Park Art Walk lets you view art exhibits, partake of food truck fare, catch performances and do some needed holiday shopping in a craft marketplace. Start with a happy hour at Finnegans and let the narrator from The Theater of Public Policy take it from there. When: Dec. 6, 4 p.m.–6 p.m. Where: Starts at Finnegans Brew Co., 817 5th Ave. S. Info: finnegans.org or meetminneapolis.org (Search “Elliot Park Art Walk” on Facebook for event.) “Winter Wonderland,” Felix Bernard (music) and Richard Smith (lyrics)

THE ARTFUL PRESENT: HOLIDAY ART & GIFTING EVENT

“Oh what joy, what surprise/When I open up my eyes …” Find a unique gift for a favorite person by stopping in to this fun event featuring jewelry, silk scarves and minicanvases that the artist will personalize on-site. Saturday

2018 HOLIDAY EVENTS GUIDE

ACTIVITIES & DISPLAYS WELLS FARGO WINTERSKATE

“Say lend me a coat (it’s up to your knees out there) …” Join the Holidazzle fun by ice skating! Bring your own skates or borrow a complimentary pair located in the warming house courtesy of CenterPoint Energy. Skate sizes vary and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Free.) When: Open daily throughout the winter skating season including all Holidazzle hours. Where: Loring Park, 1382 Willow St. Info: holidazzle.com or mplsdowntown.com/ winterskate

BACHMAN’S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

“May the calendar keep bringing/ Happy holidays to you …” December schedule looking jam-packed? Get your jingle jangling early with this Christmas kickoff. Santa and Albert the Elf arrive at 9:30 a.m. in their reindeer-drawn sleigh. Bring a camera to snap a pic with Santa and meet the reindeer. Enjoy live Christmas music, crafts for kids, North Pole cookies and take in the holiday play “Who Wants to Be a Toymaker?” (Free.) When: Nov. 17, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (Holiday play at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.) Where: 6010 Lyndale Ave. S. Info: bachmans.com

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“Out jumps good old Santa Claus/ Down through the chimney with lots of toys …” Kick off December with a visit with Santa himself! This family-friendly day of holiday traditions also includes real live reindeer, carolers strolling the village and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows. Shoppers can check out the special in-store events hosted by merchants at 43rd & Upton and use the free trolley running continuously from there to 44th & France. (Free.) When: Dec. 1, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Where: 43rd & Upton and 44th & France Info: facebook.com/events/1081273562053899/ “Up on the Housetop,” Benjamin Hanby

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When: Dec. 16–17, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (Cooking demonstration is 6 p.m. Saturday.) Where: Veronique Wantz Gallery, 901 N. 5th St. Info: veroniquewantz.com

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GINGERBREAD WONDERLAND

“It’s a yum yummy world made for sweethearts/ Take a walk with your favorite girl …” Invite some sweet (or spicy) loved ones to view a whole neighborhood of gingerbread houses, known as “pepperkake” in Norwegian. Some structures mimic local buildings — a previous year included rock club First Avenue — and this year’s display will have a Ferris wheel, train and photo booth. Cap off your tour with a stop at


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“A Marshmallow World,” Carl Sigman (lyrics) and Peter DeRose (music)

HOLIDAZZLE: A LITTLE NORTH COUNTRY … IN THE HEART OF THE CITY

“The bench in the park is all alone in the dark …” Step back in time and experience a streetcar. It’s decked out for the holidays, complete with seasonal greens and Santa on board. After the ride, have a toasted marshmallow by a friendly fire. On Dec. 1, you can also ride in the evening and take in hundreds of luminaries lighting the right-of-way. The ride lasts approximately 20 minutes. (Tickets are $4. Evening ride is $5. No reservation necessary.) When: Nov. 24–25 and Dec. 1–2, 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Evening rides 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Where: Lake Harriet Trolley Depot, 4200 Queen Ave. S. Info: trolleyride.org

Bundle up and head on down to beautiful Loring Park in the heart of the city for this wintry get-together. With a kids zone, games, the Fulton beer garden, musical performances, fireworks, the chance to meet Santa and more, you’ll have to come more than once to take it all in. Explore the website to plan your trip! (Free admission.) When: Nov. 23–Dec. 23, Thursdays–Sundays. Check website for hours. Where: Loring Park, 1382 Willow St. Info: holidazzle.com

“Little Jack Frost Get Lost,” Sefer Ellis (music) and Al Stillman (lyrics)

“Through the frosty air they’ll go/ They are not just plain deer …”

CAPELLA TOWER HOLIDAY MUSIC SERIES

“There’s a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well …” Hurrying through the skyways (to get your lunch or run an errand) is commonplace during the cold months, but here’s a reason to slow down. For an entire month, Capella Tower welcomes everyone to enjoy holiday music from a variety of local musicians including choirs, vocal duos, harp, viola and more, both secular and non-secular.

Now that’s the giving spirit! (Free. Signs posted in the building will list the full performance schedule.) When: Weekdays Nov. 26–Dec. 24, twice a day at 7:30 a.m.–9 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. or 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Where: Capella Tower Skyway, 225 S. 6th St. Info: facebook.com/capellatower

TALK OF THE STACKS: HOLIDAY COOKIE TRADITIONS

“There’ll be parties for hosting/ Marshmallows for toasting …” Star Tribune staff writers Lee Svitak Dean and Rick Nelson will talk cookies with food writer Beth Dooley as they share best-loved recipes and baking lore from the newspaper’s popular holiday cookie contest. Dean and Nelson’s brand new volume of “The Great Minnesota Cookie Book” covers 15 yummy years of the cookie competition. Enjoy a complimentary selection of awardwinning cookies from this year’s cookie contest following the talk — while supplies last. (Free.) When: Nov. 29, 7 p.m. (Doors are 6:15 p.m. for general admission seating.) Where: Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall Info: supporthclib.org “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” George Wyle and Edward Pola

When: Nov. 17–Jan. 6; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday Where: Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave. Info: norwayhouse.org

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“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” Meredith Wilson

the new Kaffebar, now serving lefsedogs, soup, wine and beer and more. (Admission is $5. Free for Norway House members and children 12 and under. Group tours may be scheduled and are eligible for a discount on admission.)

“Jingle Jingle Jingle,” Johnny Marks

BARS OF CHRISTMAS CRAWL

“Roll out the Yuletide barrels and sing out the carols …” Browse (and purchase) high-quality, artisan-made gifts while tasting brews from this Community Supported Brewery in Northeast. Take part in the beer exchange where you bring one kind and take another one home. And don’t be thrown off at 5 p.m. when a boisterous, beer-loving gang starts singing; that’s just the Twin Cities Beer Choir doing their thing. When: Dec. 1, 1 p.m.–6 p.m. (Beer exchange is 3 p.m.–8 p.m. and Beer Choir performs 5 p.m.–8 p.m.) Where: 56 Brewing, 3055 Columbia Ave. NE Info: mplscraftmarket.com or 56brewing.com

“Maybe I’ll hit the bars/ Maybe I’ll count the stars until dawn …” Put on your holiday onesie (you have one, right?), Santa suit or elf costume and get ready to move bar to bar with a mass of festive folk dressed in outrageous holiday garb. For this third-annual event, the megamerry group will visit Cowboy Jacks, The 508, The Pourhouse and more. (Tickets start at $16 and include a 16-ounce Santa Stadium Cup, Santa hat — for online orders, while supplies last — and wristband. No cover at bars with ticket purchase.) When: Dec. 8, noon–8 p.m. Where: Various locations in downtown Minneapolis Info: xmasbarcrawl.com/minneapolis “Hard Candy Christmas,” Carol Hall

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‘A CHRISTMAS STORY’ OUTDOORS

2018 HOLIDAY EVENTS GUIDE

When: Nov. 13–Dec. 29, various times. Relaxed performance, modified to accommodate patrons with sensory and vestibular sensitivities, is 6 p.m. Nov. 18. Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St. Info: guthrietheater.org

“Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun …” Bundle up to root for Ralphie Parker for this outdoor showing of the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story.” Moviegoers get free hot chocolate and popcorn for their heartiness. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and hand warmers, and get ready to do wintry posts using the hashtag #onlyinminnesota. (Free.)

“Please make these reindeer hurry/ Well their time is drawing near …”

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“But if you really hold me tight/ All the way home I’ll be warm …”

When: Dec. 22, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Where: Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave. NE Info: hclib.org

MOORE BY FOUR: THE HOLIDAY SHOW

“Christmas Time Is Here,” Vince Guaraldi (music) and Lee Mendelson (lyrics)

“Yuletide carols being sung by a choir/ Folks dressed up like Eskimos …” A New Year’s Day tradition that sells out every year, the Heights Theater presents “Holiday Inn” on the big screen. It’s full of fancy costumes, likable characters and Irving Berlin’s songs, including “White Christmas.” This special screening also features Edward Copeland at the Mighty Wurlitzer. (Tickets are $10.) When: Jan. 1, 1 p.m. Where: The Heights Theatre, 3951 Central Ave. NE Info: heightstheater.com “The Christmas Song,” Mel Torme and Robert Wells

When: Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Where: Carl Kroening Interpretive Center at North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 N. Mississippi Court Info: minneapolisparks.org

Treat yourself to a night with Twin Cities vocal legends Moore by Four. They’ve sung for the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Super Bowl and at concert halls around the world. Kick back and hear them add seasonal flair to their tight vocal ensembles and innovative arrangements — right in your own backyard. (Tickets from $20.) When: Nov. 23, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Where: Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Mall Info: dakotacooks.com

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“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style …”

ON STAGE

When: Nov. 23–Dec. 24 (excluding Sundays), noon–1 p.m. Santa visits 1 p.m.–3 p.m. Saturdays. Where: IDS Center Crystal Court, 80 S. 8th St. Info: ids-center.com

‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’

“You’re as cuddly as a cactus …”

“Silver Bells,” Jay Livingston and Ray Evans

Enjoy an evening of celestial fun! Gather at a bonfire and have hot cider while learning why the amount of light changes throughout the year. Make a luminary and get a winter phenology bingo card to play in coming weeks then bring back to the Nature Center for a prize. ($5; free for kids under 13. Pre-registration is optional.)

“And I’m just gonna keep on waiting/ Underneath the mistletoe …”

Pause as you’re walking by this airy, welcoming crossroads of downtown Minneapolis — you’ll get to hear different groups and artists performing over the lunch hour all month long. Santa makes the scene, too: He’s there after every Saturday show. (Free.)

2018 HOLIDAY EVENTS GUIDE

“All is calm, all is bright …”

When: Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Where: State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. Info: briansetzer.com or hennepintheatretrust.org

Bring a sweater (maybe one you don’t like too much), and get ready to have goofy, creative fun making your own ugly sweater. Materials are provided. And your outfit for the next day is all set. (Free.)

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Whether you were a Stray Cats fan or not, no matter. Brian Setzer’s Christmas show is named right: It rocks! Setzer starts his tour in Minneapolis, so just put aside the fact that turkey day hasn’t arrived yet and grab yourself a seat for this guitar-and-horns extravaganza.(Tickets from $53.50.)

“All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff

When: Dec. 13–16; weekdays at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and weekends at 5 p.m. 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Where: Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St. Info: mnhs.org

When: Dec. 15, 3 p.m. Where: Target Field Station, 335 N. 5th St. Info: northloop.org/event/ christmas-story-target-field-station

“Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” Jule Styne (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics)

It’s the Washburn Crosby 1920 holiday party, and you’re there. Set in the museum’s Flour Tower elevator ride, this heartwarming play has scenes unfolding on different floors as the audience meets characters drawn from the real pages of the company’s employee newspaper, the Eventually News. Recommended for ages 8 and older. (Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $16 for children 8–17. Minnesota Historical Society members save 20 percent. Admission is $2 off with a Fringe Festival button. Tickets include museum admission and refreshments following the play.)

THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA: CHRISTMAS ROCKS!

“Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me,” Aaron Schroeder and Claude Demetrius

“Olden times and ancient rhymes/ Of love and dreams to share …”

“Jingle Bell Rock,” James Boothe and Joseph Beal

‘AN “EVENTUALLY” CHRISTMAS: HOLIDAYS AT THE MILL’

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” Albert Hague (music) and Theodor Geisel (lyrics)

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Charles Dickens must have been able to imagine the future. His classic Christmas tale about slowing down to consider life — past, present and what may come — still works today. At approximately a two-hour runtime, it’s the perfect way to take a break from holiday frenzy and enjoy a Minneapolis theater gem. (Tickets from $29. Preview performances are $15. Senior, student and youth discounts available. Recommended for ages 8 and up.)

JENNIFER GRIMM: A CHRISTMAS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

“Sing we joyous, all together/ … Heedless of the wind and weather …” Jennifer Grimm brings together her local musical family — plus members of her family-family — for a lovely and lively evening of holiday music, ranging from classics to new

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Sanford Moore. (Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors 62 and older and $15 for students with a valid ID.)

“Doorbells and sleigh bells/ And schnitzel with noodles …” Previously a sold-out hit, this Jenna Zark play is based on the award-winning book by Eric A. Kimmel. Interactive and fun for the whole family, it tells the story of latke-making Bubba Brayna — and how the smells from her kitchen draw in an unexpected (and very hungry) visitor. Craig Johnson directs. (Tickets are $20.) When: Dec. 2 and 9, 1 p.m. (Additional shows for school groups Dec. 4–18; call for info.) Where: Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul Info: mnjewishtheatre.org “My Favorite Things,” Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) and Richard Rodgers (music)

“And when you walk down the street/ Say hello to friends you know …” A great way to fit in holiday entertainment when your schedule (or budget) is tight? Enjoy it for free on your lunch hour when you’re already downtown. Stop by the City Center atrium to be entertained by an array of talented solo performers, bands and choirs — including some wellknown Twin Cities artists. (Free.) When: Nov. 26–Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Where: City Center Atrium, 33 S. 6th St. Info: Look for signs inside City Center

Join Nichole Carey in the cozy Bryant-Lake Bowl theater for a night of cabaret Christmas songs — her favorite! With a nod to old-time variety shows (a hint of naughty, mostly nice), she’ll have the stage set as an inviting living room. She’ll host special guests, have fun surprises and sing holiday tunes from her brand-new Christmas album, “Magic and Merry.” (Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door.) When: Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Where: Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake St. Info: bryantlakebowl.com or nicholecareysings.com

BRIAN WILSON PRESENTS THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM LIVE

“He’s gotta wear his goggles ‘cause the snow really flies …” A Beach Boys founding member and inductee in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Brian Wilson and his stellar band are on tour to perform “The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album” live in its entirety for the first time. Longtime band mates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will join the legendary artistproducer as they re-create this 1964 album and perform songs from Wilson’s critically acclaimed solo album, “What I Really Want for Christmas.” (Tickets from $63.) When: Nov. 28, 8 p.m. Where: Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave. Info: brianwilson.com/holiday-tour or hennepintheatretrust.org “Little Saint Nick,” Brian Wilson and Mike Love

“Deck the Halls,” traditional melody with lyrics by Thomas Oliphant

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“She didn’t see me creep/ Down the stairs to have a peep …”

‘THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER’

“Ever green have its branches been/ It is king of all the woodland scene …” As a gift to yourself or an invitation to make someone else very happy, consider putting Moscow Ballet’s production on your list this holiday. It’s a break from the hustle-bustle as you take in hand-painted sets, detailed costumes, powerful dancers and the emotion of the story set to Tchaikovsky’s music. (Tickets from $32.) When: Nov. 30, 7 p.m. and Dec. 1, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Where: Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave. Info: nutcracker.com or hennepintheatretrust.org “Gather Around the Christmas Tree,” John Hopkins

When: Nov. 26–27, 7 p.m. Where: Crooner’s Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Highway 65 Northeast Info: croonersloungemn.com

‘MAGIC AND MERRY’: A HOLIDAY ALBUM RELEASE CABARET

“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” Tommie Connor

seasonal tunes. Music styles range from Gypsy Kings to Nat King Cole, with killer talent (Kenni Holmen, American Idol finalist Reed Grimm and more) doing everything from solos to Andrews Sisters-style group numbers. (Tickets are $25.)

When: Nov. 29–Dec. 23, various dates and times Where: Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul Info: penumbratheatre.org “Away in a Manger,” Martin Luther

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Kids can make a holiday craft to take home as a souvenir, and families can explore the Minneapolis Institute of Art post-concert. (Tickets are $15 for adults, free for children and youth up to 17 years old.) When: Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave. S. Info: vocalessence.org/events “Frosty the Snowman,” Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins

MELISSA ETHERIDGE: THE HOLIDAY SHOW

“I hear the sound of Christmas in your song …” An Oscar and Grammy winner with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Melissa Etheridge is a powerhouse rocker who also made her Broadway debut

When: Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Where: Pantages Theater, 710 Hennepin Ave. Info: hennepintheatretrust.org “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” Neil Diamond

ON STAGE (CONTINUED)

in 2011 in Green Day’s rock opera, “American Idiot.” She’ll show her festive side for this show, performing songs from her 2008 holiday album, “A New Thought for Christmas.” Fan favorites include “Merry Christmas Baby” and “O Night Divine.” (Tickets from $66.)

CHRISTMAS WITH CANTUS

“Mark ye well the song we sing/ Gladsome tidings now we bring …” This collaborative men’s vocal ensemble presents a concert around the theme of the Lessons and Carols service, which was created in the 1880s as a way to keep men out of pubs on Christmas Eve. Join them as they honor the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols tradition and reimagine it for our world today. (Tickets $10–$32.)

When: Dec. 13, 11 a.m. (See cantussings.org for other dates and locations.) Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave. Info: cantussings.org “Caroling, Caroling,” Wihla Hutson (lyrics) and Alfred Burt (music)

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA

“I’m dreaming of a place I love/ Even more than I usually do …” Conductor Sarah Hicks collaborated with writer Kevin Kling and director/co-writer Peter Rothstein to create this uniquely Minnesotan holiday show. With quirky storytelling about Christmas and family traditions, plus the talent of the Minnesota Orchestra, it sounds like the perfect mix. You betcha. (Tickets from $30. Reduced rates for under 40, students and children.) When: Dec. 14, 16 and 20, 8 p.m., 2 p.m. and 11 a.m.

TRASHY LITTLE XMAS SHOW

“I got a string of pretty Christmas lights a hangin’ from the cab of my truck …” Join the ranks who mark their calendar for the night they’ll attend Trailer Trash’s Trashy Little Xmas Show. A tradition for families and friends for over 20 years, it’s filled with rocking irreverence and contagious fun helmed by this country-rockabilly band. And dancing with your fellow Twin Citians to a raucous version of “Joy to the World”? It’s a Christmas gift in and of itself. (Tickets are $20–$22 in advance or $25 at the door.) When: Friday and Saturday nights in December, various times. The family show is noon Dec. 2. Where: Eagles Club (Dec. 1), 2507 E. 25th St.; Lee’s Liquor Lounge (Dec. 8 and 22), 101 Glenwood Avenue. Check site for more locations. Info: trailertrashmusic.com “Truckin’ Trees for Christmas,” Red Simpson

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Experience children singing in honor of St. Lucia Day, a Swedish celebration of goodness and bringing light into the dark winter. The American Swedish Institute’s Lucia choir performs traditional music in this one-hour concert set in Larson Hall. (Tickets are $20; $15 for ASI members.) When: Dec. 8, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave. Info: asimn.org “A Caroling We Go,” Johnny Marks “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Kim Gannon and Walter Kent

MESSIAH CHRISTMAS CONCERT

“The world in solemn stillness lay/ To hear the angels sing …” The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah in the stunning Basilica of Saint Mary. Experience the “Hallelujah Chorus” in the ornate atmosphere of this

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1914 structure in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. (Tickets from $12.) When: Dec. 21, 8 p.m. Where: The Basilica of Saint Mary, 1600 Hennepin Ave. Info: thespco.org or mary.org “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” Richard W. Willis

Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall Info: minnesotaorchestra.org

LUMINA: BEAUTY IN THE DARKNESS

“A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices…” Be lifted up on one of the darkest nights of the year by

When: Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. Where: Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St. Info: ourcathedral.org or luminawomensensemble.com

‘THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – A MUSICAL FANTASY’

“And as we trim the tree/ How much fun it’s gonna be together …” Fun for the entire family, this modern version of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Sounds of Blackness is in its 40th year of energizing (and sometimes hilarious) songs and scenes that reveal the true meaning of Christmas. Blending R&B, hip-hop, jazz, blues and gospel, the threetime Grammy Award–winning performers introduce you to Rudolph the Rappin’ Reindeer, James Brown Mice and more. (Tickets from $28.50.) When: Dec. 22, 8 p.m. Where: Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave. Info: soundsofblackness.org or hennepintheatretrust.org “This Christmas,” Nadine McKinnor and Donny Hathaway

“Hearts filled with music and cheeks aglow …”

“O Holy Night,” Adolphe Adam

LUCIA CELEBRATION CONCERT

Lumina, four radiant female voices who explore mystery, beauty and hope in music. Spanning medieval carols to pieces by living and local composers, this concert in the majestic 1910 cathedral includes music for solstice, Christmas and Advent. (Tickets are $10 at the Cathedral Book Shop or at door.)

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Get Out Guide. By Sheila Regan

» MCAD ART SALE For the aspiring art buyer, there’s no better introduction than the art sale at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, featuring work by current students and recent graduates. These are the artists of the future, including some who may have work that will be worth quite a bit more than what you can purchase at this sale. It’s been an annual tradition for 21 years and a great opportunity to nab some emerging artists and designers at the beginning of their careers.

When: 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15 and 16; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 Where: MCAD, 2501 Stevens Ave. Cost: $150 Thursday, $25 in advance and $30 at the door Friday. Free Saturday. Info: mcad.edu

HOLIDAZZLE Minneapolis’s festival of lights is upon us as Holidazzle once again returns to Loring Park. Whether you are there to see Santa, go for a free skate, see the fireworks, watch musical performances, keep warm by a bonfire or enjoy wild rice and cranberry sausages galore, there’s something for everyone. New this year is the “Thwing,” an interactive multi-person swing, downtown sleigh rides down Nicollet Mall, Alpacas and other rescue animals, s’more stations and much more.

When: Thursdays–Sundays, Nov. 23–Dec. 23 Where: Loring Park, 1382 Willow St. Cost: Free Info: holidazzle.com

HOME FIRES BURNING: TRUE STORIES THAT HAPPENED HERE Storyteller Amy Salloway has put together an evening of performances by some of the top storytellers and solo performers in the city, including the legendary Heidi Arneson, 2017 SlamMN Grand Champion Gregory Picket and Jessica Zuehlke, co-author of the wildly popular “Church Basement Ladies” shows. Each of the performers takes on the theme of place, reflecting on what sounds, smells and people connect us to home. After the scheduled performers, the evening concludes with an open mic, when audience members can share their own stories that show their connections to a particular place.

When: 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 Where: Hennepin History Museum, 2303 3rd Ave. S. Cost: $8 member, $10 general Info: hennepinhistory.org

‘FREEDOM DAZE’ Twin Cities-based playwright Aamera Siddiqui’s play, “Freedom Daze,” takes a look at how the Muslim ban came to be. Directed by Suzy Messerole, the work touches on the wave of Islamophobia that has washed over the United States in recent years. Based on true stories, the multimedia performance is sure to be thought provoking.

When: Nov. 29–Dec. 9 Where: The Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave. Cost: $20 in advance, $24 at the door Info: southerntheater.org

» ‘ANTIGONE’ Young, pre-professional performers from the Children’s Theatre Company’s Theatre Arts Training program add a bit of Riot Grrrl to ancient Greek theater in their rendition of “Antigone” by Sophocles, directed by Katherine Pardue. Think of it as a mix of 441 B.C. meets the 1990s, with a feminist punch.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, Nov. 15–17; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 Where: Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave. S. Cost: $10 Info: childrenstheatre.org


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THANKSGIVING Maybe you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving or don’t have a big meal planned or maybe, after spending time with family, you just want to get out of the house. No problem: There are plenty of entertainment offerings on the Thanksgiving Day and all through the weekend. Whether it’s music, dance or a drag-filled brunch, check out these options happening in Minneapolis.

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THANKSGIVING WITH REGINA WILLIAMS Regina Williams’ incredible singing chops match her magnetic stage presence for this Thanksgiving performance.

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CHOREOGRAPHER’S EVENING 2017 Guggenheim fellow Pramila Vasudevan has been picked as this year’s curator of the Walker Art Center’s Choreographer’s Evening, a post-Thanksgiving dance tradition featuring choreographers of all different styles and backgrounds.

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By Dr. Rhonda Downie

Dealing with cats’ redirected aggression

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edirected aggression is when your cat is frightened or upset about something and then takes it out on an innocent party. This commonly can happen if your cat sees another cat or animal outside a window and then gets upset and ready to fight. The other cat in the household just walks into the room, and the angry cat attacks him. This can set up a scenario that whenever the two cats see each other they fight, even though they were best friends before.

What should the owner do? Do not go near the upset cat. He may become very aggressive with you, and people have ended up in the emergency room when their cat attacks them. If two cats are fighting, do not get your hands or feet near them. You can try throwing a blanket on them or using a broom. Thick gloves may be needed to separate them. Use extreme caution. After an episode like this happens, sometimes the cats will continue to attack each other whenever they see each other.

Next steps Keep the cats separate for a period of time, which could be days. Keep litter boxes and food dishes in the separate rooms with the cats. Slowly reintroduce them to each other when they are calm. Try giving treats to both under a door. Play with a toy under a door where they are in opposite rooms. Don’t rush it. small classes

You can then put one cat in a crate in a room with the other cat walking free. Put treats around the carrier. You can then switch the cats in the crate. Pheromone sprays from your vet may be helpful because they add an odor that is pleasant and recognizable to the cats. The idea is to have good things happen when the other cat is around, so the cat with redirected aggression forgets about the original upsetting incident. If the problems persists, you may need to ask your veterinarian for sedatives for one or both of the cats.

Prevention Since seeing cats outside is a common trigger for indoor cats, you may need to keep low windows covered for a while to prevent another incident. You can put cardboard on the bottom half of the window to prevent your cat from seeing out. Another tip to get your cats from jumping onto the windowsill is to use sticky tape on the sill. Cats don’t like the feeling of sticky tape and will stop jumping up to sit in that area. Consider keeping outdoor lights turned off at night so your cat can’t see other critters in the yard. You can also equip your yard with motion detector alarms or sprinklers to keep neighborhood cats or other animals away from your windows.

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Your cat is not really mad at you or the other cat in the house, but a trigger has caused them to blame their fear and anger on others. This can be a minor thing, but it also can be serious. An aggressive cat can be very dangerous, and you need to take this very seriously and be careful. Remember, it can be treated by gradually reintroducing the cats under more enjoyable circumstances without accidentally making the situation worse.

If your cat has a serious problem with redirected aggression, please call your veterinarian so they can help you through it. Sometimes anti-anxiety medications like Prozac are needed to help a particularly anxious cat relax. Dr. Rhonda Downie is a veterinarian at Westgate Pet Clinic in Linden Hills. Email pet questions to drhershey@westgatepetclinicmn.com.

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Moments in Minneapolis

By Cedar Imboden Phillips

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t first glimpse this looks like one of the hundreds, if not thousands, of historic house photographs in Hennepin History Museum’s collections, but look more closely and you’ll see this circa 1882 image has been carefully staged to take in both the elegant home — located at 802 Mount Curve Ave. — as well as the family that lived there. The Waltons were among Lowry Hill’s most influential families. By the time of this photograph, young Edmund Walton, still under 30, was already well on his way to becoming one of the city’s most influential real estate developers. He worked closely with Thomas Lowry and handled the development and sales of many Southwest homes. Money was not the only barrier to purchasing one of Walton’s properties, however; Walton was an early adopter of racial covenants, or racially restrictive deeds, and played a major role in creating the segregated city and housing inequities that remain with us today. Readers can learn more about these covenants and other historic tools of racism at the exhibit “Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis,” open at the museum through Jan. 20. Cedar Imboden Phillips serves as executive director of the Hennepin History Museum. Learn more about the museum and its offerings at hennepinhistory.org or 870-1329.

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