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The events at the Brian Coyle Center, site of the Minneapolis 6th Ward, Precinct 3 caucus, are complex. For those who need a primer, the players are: Mohamud Noor, current Minneapolis school board member, candidate for State House seat 60B; Rep. Phyllis Kahn, 42-year incumbent to the State House, currently running for endorsement for her current seat, 60B; City Council Member (CM) Abdi Warsame, currently the highest ranked Somali elected official in town, but that would change if Noor won the 60B seat (CM Warsame is a vocal supporter of Rep. Kahn); DFL senate district chairs, Greg Oliver and Ilhan Omar (Ms. Omar is also a policy aide to CM Andrew Johnson of Ward 12); Warsame’s policy aide, Abdi Salah; Brian Rice, high profile political lobbyist and friend of Rep. Kahn; the two co-convenors of the precinct caucus, Mohamed Jama, known as MJ, a Kahn supporter, and Zamzam Ali, female and a Noor supporter. I tried to get a statement from CM Warsame through the city web contact form, but his office has not responded. I have contacted both Noor and Oliver but have had no reply. Corey Day, executive director of the MN DFL, who was present at the caucus, was not able to speak with me personally, but referred me to his office staff, who were quite helpful. I have also had some input from park board member Scott Vreeland, who was present as a

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A pipe driven through the heart of Minnesota


What’s going to happen to Hiawatha Golf Course? BY ED FELIEN

Colorado-based golf consultant Jim Keegan gave a report to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) at its Feb. 12 meeting that got a lot of people’s attention. He said the major reason rounds were down at city courses was not because of cost–the costs are less than anywhere else and not because of location–there are 8,000 golfers within a five-mile radius of Hiawatha, as opposed to 2,000 golfers within a five-mile radius of most suburban courses. The reason fewer people are coming out to play on city courses is because of “the quality of the experience.” The courses are in rough shape. Greens have patches of dirt on them. Fairways have exposed pipes. Overhanging trees should be trimmed because they’re making certain shots impossible. Keegan estimates it would take $34 million to do all of the deferred maintenance and get all the courses up to par, so to speak. How does he propose to pay for that? Keegan says the solution is pri-

vatization: “That’s the clear trend. In California only L.A. has a public golf course. All the rest have been privatized.” That startled me. One of my favorite courses to play is Lincoln Park in San Francisco. It’s a municipal course. I prefer the cozy comfort of a municipal course to the rigid formality of a private course. I checked. Keegan is wrong. Lincoln Park is still owned by the City of San Francisco. Keegan also said that labor unions have no place in the operation of a golf course. He points out that pensions represent 30% to 50% of labor costs. I suspect that figure, but I have not been able to verify or refute it. In any case, I would agree that pensions are a heavy burden for all levels of government–federal, state, local and park board. The City of Minneapolis, thanks to Mayor Rybak’s initiative, was able to persuade the state to help out with some of the pension costs. The park board should be following that example. Keegan noted that Hiawatha has a special problem: “It is constantly being consumed by Lake Hiawatha.” I don’t think Keegan

is right when he says the course is below the level of the lake. The drainage ponds built in the last 10 years seem to be at lake level, and they are well below the level of the fairways. The problem is more that Hiawatha is built on a peat bog, and frost heaves and heavy rains will often make for an uneven playing surface. What is probably needed is something like a Bodpave Ground Paver, a hexagonal plastic mesh that would allow grass to grow through and over it but would stabilize the ground and keep it level. The product is used to level dirt driveways to prevent rutting and for highways to prevent erosion. A product like that is being used now to stabilize the approaches to greens. A much deeper and broader mesh would be needed to stabilize the fairways. So, how would we pay for all the deferred maintenance that has sent golfers away from Hiawatha? Keegan proposes raising fees. He wants to raise the age for the senior discount from 55 to 65. He wants to charge $1 more per round and $3 more for renting an

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MN 350, the Sierra Club, Honor the Earth and others are fighting Enbridge Energy of Canada before the Public Utilities Commission on April 3. Enbridge seeks to increase its enormous oil transport system using its existing Alberta Clipper Pipeline through Minnesota, increasing the barrels per day of tar sands crude oil from 450,000 to 800,000 piped from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wis. Many Minnesotans do not even know that this pipeline exists. There are many serious issues here. Many believe that this oil does not benefit the U.S. and is largely intended for export. Climate scientists warn that full development of tar sands oil will be “game over” for the climate. Enbridge is the company responsible for the 2010 spill in Michigan that poured over a million gallons into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. This type of oil sinks and has to dredged, further destroying the aquatic ecosystem. The spill is yet to be cleaned up. A spill near Cohasset, Minn., in July 2002, resulted in long-term injuries to wetland vegetation and wildlife habitat according to the Natural Resources Trustees, Department of the Interior. Airbourne vapors of benzene and other carcinogens are released during these spills. Enbridge has a history of 804 oil and gas leaks over the last 10 years throughout its entire system.

The Alberta Clipper line crosses the headwaters of the Mississippi River five times and the breadth of the entire state filled with wetlands, wild rice beds and communities. New pumping stations must be built so Enbridge is claiming there will be new jobs. See Pipe, page 2


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electric cart. But will those changes in all the courses raise $34 million? Probably not.

Golf courses have always been a money-maker for the MPRB. The 2014 Park Board Budget assumes continued revenues and expenses and has a surplus of

$129,138. Over the years, golf has pumped millions of dollars into the General Fund to support other activities. For the past 10 years the almost $2 million ($1,931,790) operating deficits of the winter programs at Wirth have been paid for out of the golf enterprise fund. This program must be accounted for separately and should not be counted against the necessary maintenance and upkeep of the

golf courses. Finally, yes, there probably is a need for a dramatic infusion of capital to bring Hiawatha and the other city courses up to a playing level that can make them popular again. Our basketball and football arenas sell yearly naming rights to corporate sponsors. Why can’t some corporation like Allina sponsor Hiawatha? A corporate donation of $500,000 or

$1,000,000 could give them a nice sign outside the entrance and on every score card saying, “Allina is proud to be a partner in the improvement of Hiawatha Golf Course,� and they could probably get a couple hundred season passes to give to patients and friends. It could become a popular form of physical rehabilitation.

The classic jobs verses environment argument wears very thin especially when the risk is so huge. Many landowners along the route are also contesting this project. The hearing will be at the Public Utilities Commission (121 7th Place E., St. Paul) Large Hearing Room at

3:00 p.m. The public comment period is open now through April 14 at 4:30 p.m. Comments must include both the PUC Docket Number PL-9/CN-13153 and the OAH Docket Number 82500-30952 in the email subject line to: Comments should address: • Is the proposed project needed and in the public interest?

• What are the costs and benefits of the proposed project and are there other project-related issues or concerns? • Why is the increase needed? How does sending it to Superior for export through the Great Lakes help reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil? Enbridge is also proposing a new pipeline from North Dakota across Minnesota to Superior, Wis., the Sandpiper Pipeline. Currently, the MN Department of Commerce is seeking comments through April 4 at 4:30 p.m. on proposed alternative routes, what human and environmental impacts should be studied and what specific methods might be used to study them. Use the PUC docket number 13-474 in the email subject line to: Please speak for the watersheds, land, communities and creatures against this oil corporation using our state for its own gains. For more info: Honor the and Paula Fischer ( loves living in Longfellow and writes on behalf of the four-toed salamanders and all wetland wanderers.

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Manifesto of the Farmer Labor Association, Part Two BY ED FELIEN

“We mean to establish a Cooperative Commonwealth.” What does that mean? And how do we get there? A Cooperative Commonwealth is simply the recognition that we all share responsibility for the health of our planet and the health of our brothers and sisters. We are the stewards of the land and water for future generations. We are not healthy as a community if some of us are sick or poor or hungry and homeless. Most of the concrete work in building a Cooperative Commonwealth is already happening outside of government in neighborhood organizations, food cooperatives (co-ops), Transition Towns dealing with peak oil, etc. But there is a significant role that government can play. The rich and powerful have ruled for more than 50 years. During the Eisenhower Administration, in the 1950s, the tax rates on the rich were at 90%. There wasn’t the criminal gap between rich and poor. Working people could own their own homes and send their kids to college. Unemployment was at about 3%. But the rich wanted more. They told us that if we would only give them more tax breaks the money would trickle down and we would all get rich. We gave them tax breaks, and the only thing that trickled down was poverty. Today unemployment is at about 7%. Since 2009, 95% of all income gains have gone to the top 1%. The gap between the rich and the poor is the widest it’s been since the Great Depression. Pope Francis said in November 2013,“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”


olent revolution, then it seems the only viable strategy is to work through the electoral process. Direct action protests and demonstrations are still essential for agitation and education, but to change the government, we need to have access to the levers of power through candidates and elections. And, it seems at this point in Minnesota, the room with the greatest number of progressives and the best hope of transforming a capitalist jungle into a cooperative commonwealth is behind a door marked DFL. However, not everyone in the Farmer Labor Association agrees with this strategy. Many have given up hope in the DFL and are aligned with other progressive political organizations. There will always be a healthy debate

within the FLA with regard to strategic alternatives. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Marx and Engels contained a program that included, among other things, “a heavy progressive or graduated income tax; a national bank; the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan; free education for all children in public schools; abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form; etc., etc.” Quite radical for 1849. The Farmer Labor Association has a program for legislation for 2014 in the Minnesota Legislature. We want: A state minimum wage increase to $15 an hour effective immediately and further increases based on the cost of living. Legislation calling for a single payer

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So, how do we get from where we are to where we want to be? The Minnesota Farmer Labor Party merged with the Democratic Party in 1944 as a part of the United Front strategy in World War II. Almost from the beginning the liberals in the Democratic Party tried to exclude and marginalize the radicals in the FarmerLabor Party. Humphrey engineered the merger so he could run for mayor of Minneapolis and then for senator. In Congress, he wrote or co-sponsored anti-communist legislation; he formed the Americans for Democratic Action to exclude radicals from electoral politics; and he supported the purge of radicals from the labor movement. Has the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) changed much from the 1950s? At the Minneapolis DFL City Convention in 2013, two FarmerLabor Caucus DFL delegates spoke in favor of a resolution supporting the city using its powers of eminent domain to buy homes under foreclosure and sell them back to the distressed homeowners. Two other delegates spoke against the motion, and one of them said the proposal sounded like “some kind of Third Party idea”– a clear echo of the anti-communism of the ’50s. So, why should radicals stay inside the DFL? The proposal won over about 30% of the delegates–that’s more than 300 DFL delegates who might not have thought about the concept, let alone voted to support it, had the Farmer-Labor Caucus not been advocating it as DFL delegates at that convention. The DFL is made up of social liberals, trade unionists, feminists and antiwar and gay rights activists. It is a forum where progressive ideas are debated and discussed, and, sometimes, DFL elected officials even act on them. At this point, it seems like operating as a caucus within the DFL is the best vehicle we have to bring forth new ideas. But it’s not an absolutely exclusive relationship. In the 2013 municipal elections FLA members supported DFL candidates but also supported left alternatives to DFL candidates. If we want a democratic and nonvi-

health plan, similar to Vermont, which would be an extension of Medicare for everybody. Legalization of marijuana and immediate release from prison for anyone convicted of possession of a small amount of marijuana. Immediately begin phasing out nuclear power plants at Monticello and Prairie Island, and increased state subsidies for renewable energy. Felony prosecution and cancellation of contracts with any sports organization that allows racist names to be used as slogans or mascots for professional sports teams using publicly supported stadiums. If South Minneapolis DFL legislators can deliver on this minimal platform, then they deserve our support in the 2014 election. If they cannot, then they deserve our opposition.


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Nothing to lose and everything to gain


It has gone out of fashion lately, but people used to say, “The best things in life are free.” Now the assumption seems to be the opposite, that you aren’t having fun unless you pay for it, and even that spending more money will give you more happiness than spending less. What BS! If we need proof that money doesn’t solve much, we have the entire world of plants. It is all free, essentially. The plant takes sunlight, water and a little nutrition from the soil and that generous green creature turns it into everything we eat, directly or indirectly. Yeah, I can hear the physicists talking now, saying that we could measure the whole process in joules and compare it to gasoline or my furnace or me peddling my bike. And it costs some effort to put seeds in the ground, then weed and water and harvest. But my point is that it doesn’t cost money. You don’t have to have a job to grow food. You don’t have to pay war taxes or stadium taxes on that effort. It is all a gift and it is all free, and our only taxes on it are the thanks we give to whatever deity we recognize as our benefactor. If you doubt me, eat some money for dinner (yum!). So this month, I want to focus on stuff that is free or almost free. Let’s start with conferences. Over the past few years, I have spent the second weekend of January at the Minnesota Organic Conference in St. Cloud, the third weekend of January at the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

(also in St. Cloud), and the second Saturday of February at the Sustainable Farmers Association in St. Joseph. All of these were free in consideration for a little time volunteering at the conferences. And the granddaddy of them all, the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service conference in late February in La Crosse, only cost me $40 for the whole weekend, including a couple of meals per day, just for volunteering and supporting an organization I treasure. There is also a lot of stuff that gardeners and home food-growers can pick up nearly free. I have talked before about the City of Minneapolis’ remarkable spring tree program, which sells wonderful fruit trees from 6 to 8 feet tall, all for the amazingly subsidized price of $25. This year, the fruit trees include Honeycrisp apple, Autumn Brilliance serviceberry, the Evan’s Bali cherry, the North Star cherry, and the Amur cherry. The Honeycrisp is arguably the best all-round Minnesota apple you can get. The three cherry trees produce pie cherries, not sweet for popping them in your mouth, but great in pies, cobbler and the like. The serviceberries are almost my favorite; they find a way onto my morning cereal nearly every day. The apple and cherry trees need full sun, but that wonderful little serviceberry will produce delicious fruit, even mostly in the shade of a house or another tree. If you live in Minneapolis and want one of these trees, you had better move fast. They go on sale March 17 at 8 a.m. and some of them will be

sold out before the day ends. Go to for more information, or call the talented Karen Zumach at 952-767-3886. Then there is the Gardening Matters Food Hubs program which you can join at different levels for different amounts of seeds and seedlings. Small for $15 will get you 10 packets of seeds and 12 seedlings (a retail value of $45); medium for $30 gets you 20 packets of seeds and 24 seedlings (an $85 value); large for $90 gets you 40 packets of seeds and 72 seedlings (a $225 value). There are even scholarships available, though the biggest benefit may be joining a vibrant community of gardeners. Seed distributions will be in March and April, while plants will be distributed on May 17. Details to follow, available at or 612-821-2358. Last, you might consider checking out the Friends School Plant Sale, held every Mothers’ Day weekend at the State Fairgrounds. This monster plant sale has become a Rite of Spring for Twin Cities gardeners, featuring the largest collection of plants in the state. The plant quality is universally great and the prices better than fair but, as usual, the best deals go to volunteers. As a volunteer, you are able to get a special pass to buy plants on Thursday evening before the sale even opens. But even better, in my opinion, volunteers get first dibs on the leftover plants after the sale ends on Sunday afternoon. There are no guarantees that any particular plant won’t be sold out and the plants aren’t free to volunteers, but the discount is so steep that it is worth taking the risk, if you are

flexible. You can sign up online at or by calling 651-621-8930. Free things are almost unlimited. You can volunteer and see plays for free at Mixed Blood, Heart of the Beast, the Pillsbury, the Jungle, Park Square, the Children’s Theater and even the Guthrie. You can hear some of the best music in the world by volunteering at the Cedar Cultural Center. You can sing in the shower or in a church choir or on the front steps for free. You can see movies for $3 at the Riverview ($2 seniors). Over 62 years old, you can take classes at the University for $10 a credit, and audit for free. You can have some of the best talk shows by merely speaking to the person across the breakfast table or walking next to you on the sidewalk. The deeper point here is that Money Can’t Buy You Love. Life should not be cheapened by subjecting joy to the unnatural metric of money. Live it fully. Volunteer your time with groups you like. Give things away. You will be amazed how much you have. Now for the calendar: Monday, March 10, 7 p.m. Free but RSVP required. “Permaculture for the urban gardener,” Mother Earth Gardens at Riverview Wine Bar, 3745 42nd Ave. S., Mpls. 612-724-8463 or Wednesday, March 12, 6 to 8 p.m. $18. “Vegetables and herbs,” Roosevelt High, 4029 28th Ave. S., Mpls. 612-668-4828 or

Monday, March 17, 7 p.m. Free but RSVP required. “Beginning veggie gardening,” Mother Earth Gardens at Riverview Wine Bar, 3745 42nd Ave. S., Mpls. 612724-8463 or www.SignUpG e n i u s . c o m / g o / 1 0 C 0 9 4 B A4A828-A0FE3-winter Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $80, RSVP required. “Fruit tree grafting seminar” (includes 4 take-home grafts), Afton Apple Orchard, 144421 90th St. S., Hastings. 952-2405066 or Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m. Free but RSVP required. “Shoots and microgreens,” Mother Earth Gardens N.E. location, 2318 Lowry Ave. N.E. at Stinson Blvd, Mpls. 612-789-0796 or Monday, March 24, 7 p.m. Free but RSVP required. “Tasks and tools” so you don’t get overwhelmed, Mother Earth Gardens at Riverview Wine Bar, 3745 42nd Ave. S., Mpls. 612-7248463 or Tuesday, March 25, 6 to 8 p.m. $18. “Growing vertically, veggies and flowers,” Jefferson High, 1200 W. 26th St., Mpls. 612-6682740 or Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $35, RSVP required. “Fruit tree pruning,” Dodge Nature Center, 1701 Charles St., West St. Paul. 651-789-3321 or http://www.eventbr March/April: Gardening Matters Food Hubs seed distribution. Details TBD at or 612821-2358. Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m. Free but RSVP required. “Herbs,” Mother Earth Gardens N.E. location, 2318 Lowry Ave. N.E. at Stinson Blvd, Mpls. 612-7890796 or www.SignUpGenius. co m / g o / 1 0 C 0 9 4 BA 4 A 8 2 8 A0FE3-winter2

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2610 Lyndale Ave. S. 612-870-7855 Monday morning, and we’re hungry. So hungry a bagel won’t do. And neither will dishwater coffee. Sooo– picture a scene in a Woody Allen movie–we’re driving around South Minneapolis–Patisserie 46, Lynn on Bryant, Lucia’s, braking only for their “Closed on Mondays” signs. Finally, I remember: Yeah, French Meadow! And then I remember something even better: its new sibling, Bluestem, joined at the hip to its older sis. Bluestem ditches the elder sister’s hippie vibe in favor of a clean demeanor that could

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volunteer, and a few other DFL friends. Finally, I got information about the role of MJ from a harsh letter of reprimand written by Barry Peterson to him and posted on Facebook. The undisputed facts are that the caucus was shut down by Minneapolis police at about 8 p.m., and that there were over 300 attendees with woefully inadequate preparations having been made, causing Coyle Center staff to scramble to accommodate them. It is a fact that MJ, toward the end of the evening, jumped up on a table and started a crowd chanting his nickname. Scott Vreeland, who tried to break up the fight that followed this, says there were “multiple table leapers.” Also, it’s a fact that blows were exchanged, and that the only person injured was Ilhan Omar, who left with a bloody nose and lip, and was later diagnosed with concussion and a sprained neck by emergency services. Omar did not widely publicize her injuries, trying to protect the Party and limit bad PR. But since she has continued to be threatened, blamed and scapegoated since the caucus, she has allowed the emergency report to be released. A joint statement from the two candidates assures us that the caucus will be reconvened and given another chance to elect delegates. How involved was Warsame in the dirty tricks described below? Several people at City Hall think he was very involved, indeed, but I could find no direct proof, other than the actions of his aide and relatives. I talked to Ilhan for nearly an hour, so I know her story. There are some who don’t believe her story, including Rep. Kahn, but they are either outright enemies of Ilhan or suffering from confirmation-bias (admitting that the truth of her story is going to make them look pretty bad). There are also, increasingly,

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hold its own in L.A.: the minimalistchic of earthtone walls accented with birch saplings for a made-inMinnesota look and tiles in Superior blue dressing the curvy bar. The lunch and dinner menus are a 2.0 version of French Meadow’s (which, itself, has leapt far beyond those early sprouts-and-tofu days). But, rest assured, breakfast is just as luscious, only truer to its roots. First, I ordered a cappuccino big as a swimming pool, then a flapjack of crunchy cornmeal dotted with blueberries that lapped over a dinner plate. Add a splash of maple syrup and you’ve achieved nirvana. Stealthily, the Meadowlarks remain true to their mission: healthy, good-foryou eats disguised as photos from

Gourmet Magazine. And, let me add, the menu is as tasty as it is inventive, including dishes for vegans (if the rest of us don’t nab them first). Burgers, too. In a flash of déjà-vu, I recalled a delicious dinner here a few weeks ago, relaxing amid those cushy booths. That night, we’d started our adventure with a trio of rustic tartines (apps $9-12). Crispy toasts bolstered a creamy melange of hummus and avocado; artichokes, looking mild as that ubiquitous dip, but smuggling a cache of hitme-again jalapenos; and a classic slice of Pacific smoked salmon with dill, unctuous as all get-out, and every bit as luscious as those I’d gobbled throughout Scandinavia last summer. When asked our server’s opinion of the Wild Acres duck confit flatbread, she nearly swooned. I took that as a “yes,” and was not mistaken. The thinnest of crusts came laden with arugula, whose spicy bite balanced the

rich fattiness of the duck, abetted by a drizzle of cream cheese hopping with horseradish and tendrils of (supposedly) pickled ramps (today, sweet-sour onions, and no complaint). We should have called it quits after those two generous starters, but no. And I’m elated we abandoned any pretense at seemly restraint, for we’d have missed two terrific mains (entrees $1021). First, a pair of fish tacos to end all fish tacos: moist and tender, lightlyblackened tilapia glistening under heaps of slaw, radish rounds and cilantro, all sparked with a lively lime crema. (We used our extra limes to awaken a side dish of sautéed beet greens–on its own, simply dull and bland, I’m afraid.) But the star of the evening was the chicken and waffle plate, an edible work of art straight out of a Southern farm kitchen. The tender, full-bodied corn waffle supported a huge slab of chicken breast, juicy beneath its light

jacket of cornmeal that sped it through the fryer. It’s then topped with a scoop of creme fraiche, big as an ice cream cone, and a peppy drizzle of chipotle hot sauce. But what makes this dish really click is a pink-peppercorn syrup. As my companion gushed, “Do they sell it by the gallon?” Already twice my original dress size, I decided to pass on dessert–until we read the menu ($6-8). Who could resist a salted caramel and Scotch whisky custard? Not me. And don’t you, either. The topping is almost too solid to pierce, thanks to its stay in the fridge, but beneath it, pure heaven. And that doesn’t count the bonus of icebox cookies and plate painting of chocolate. (Or order many of the fantasies that appear in the Meadow’s pastry case.) That night, I sipped a crisp rose, one of many fine wines by the glass–a swell toast to the delightful new café.

plenty who support her: Facebook is awash in profile pictures that simply state “I Believe Ilhan.” After a week, the DFL Feminist Caucus is largely rallying around her. Ms. Omar is no flash-in-the-pan, picked at random for a leadership role in the DFL. I saw her in action as co-chair of the Minneapolis City Convention, where she was calm and professional. She is dedicated to communicating the finer points of DFL organizing to her fellow Somalis, and seems way too “modern” to be playing the kind of nefarious games of which her mostly male opponents are accusing her. The main conflicting message I am getting from the two “sides”– that is, the pro-Kahn side and, not necessarily the pro-Noor side so much as the pro-Omar side–is that Kahn supporters seem convinced that not only is Ms. Omar an avid Noor supporter, but that she is actively working for his campaign and incapable of acting neutrally in her role as a senate district co-chair. Ms. Omar denies all of that, and her supporters say that even if she does support Noor personally, she is a DFL officer of integrity and ought to be accepted as functionally neutral by Kahn’s campaign. I was able to talk to Rep. Kahn for about a half an hour. She is quite sincere in her belief that Ms. Omar is working against her and is not neutral. When I asked her why, she said it was because she had been told so. She also told me that when she first met Ms. Omar, she thought Ilhan was her supporter but had later learned that she was opposing her. I asked her why she would think that a chair of her SD could either oppose or support her, and she honestly did not seem to understand me. Looking into this further, I discovered an exchange between Kahn and Omar on Facebook well before the caucus where Kahn thanked Omar for meeting with her and thanked her for her support. Omar replied that she was sorry if Rep. Kahn misunderstood, but as SD 60 chair, she

cannot support either candidate. Apparently, Rep. Kahn has not only forgotten this whole exchange, but is ‘remembering” it in a totally false way. Rep. Kahn does not accept that there was any deliberate bad conduct by any of her supporters. This is despite the fact that MJ, her chosen caucus convener, has been reprimanded for gang tactics and gross unprofessional conduct, and that the Cedar-Riverside Youth Council, strongly identified with her campaign, put out a “press release” just hours after the caucus that was full of verifiable untruths. And it was not just Somalis at the caucus who were insisting that Omar be expelled, against all principles of the DFL. According to Omar, one of those who asked her co-chair, Greg Oliver, to expel her was Kahn’s very close associate Brian Rice. The Kahn supporters were successful in getting her removed from her pre-agreed-upon role of running the registration table (another thing that may have contributed enormously to the chaos). Ms. Omar knew who most of her attackers were. They were mainly relatives of either Abdi Warsame, his aide, Abdi Salah, or MJ. Mr. Salah had also threatened Ms. Omar, in Somali, at the caucus, that his female relatives were going to “deal with her.” Because a lot of the threats to Ms. Omar were made in Somali, non-African DFL colleagues were not aware of the extreme violence being directed toward her until she was actually assaulted. In his reprimand to MJ, Barry Peterson says he knows that MJ knows the identities of the attackers but is refusing to divulge them. In an op-ed piece for the StarTribune, Ilhan Omar said, “Last Monday, a direct threat was made from a community member who told my boss to ‘keep me away’ and that he should order me to instead ‘focus on making dinner for my kids.’ ” There were at least two other things that Ms. Omar told me that

were all confirmed by at least one other person, that if true are very damning indeed for someone on the Kahn side. First is that Omar says that around noon on caucus day, she found out from the Coyle Center that someone impersonating her over the telephone had canceled the booking for the caucus. This may have been another reason that accommodations were so lacking. The second has to do with one other undisputed fact–that coconvenor Mohamed Jama started the crowd to chanting “MJ! MJ!”. Here is another puzzle: Both sides admit that Noor supporters were in the majority, yet MJ was the convenor for the Kahn side. Why were so many in the crowd chanting his nickname? Omar told me that “MJ” is also the abbreviation of the name of the Somali clan that most West Bank residents belong to. They may not have even known that it was also his nickname, but naturally joined in as one would for a sports team chant. This was all part of MJ’s lastditch effort to wrest control of the caucus from his co-convenor, Ms. Ali, and it led directly to the outbreak of violence and the shutdown. Ms. Omar also told me that there were attempts to use her position as aide to CM Johnson to prevent her from attending the caucus in any capacity. And of course, the smear that Cedar-Riverside Youth Council, the main enforcer for Kahn supporters’ dirty tricks, primarily used is that she is an “outsider.” Which is patently absurd. Even though she doesn’t live in that exact precinct, she lives on the West Bank. As a respected party leader in the DFL who is fluent in both Somali and English, you would think she would be respected as an asset to the community. At one point during the heated exchanges that preceded her beating, she says that CM Warsame’s aide, Abdi Salah, said to her, in Somali, “I don’t hear what you’re saying, because I don’t talk with women.” Throughout this complex narra-

tive, a theme emerges: that Kahn’s supporters turned on Omar, because as a woman she is an easy target. Similar things have happened before to other Somali women who work in the political arena. And one can’t help noticing that among the Somalis, as in other emerging identity groups, the men are the candidates and “rock stars,” while the women are aides and co-chairs, conveniently filling in the DFL’s gender balance needs and diversity profile while not getting too close to real power.




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Community Welcome to Bid on Hale Field Spring Fling Online Auction

South Minneapolis neighbors are invited to participate in the Hale Field Schools Foundation online silent auction. Bidding starts on Monday, March 10, at 8 a.m. and ends Thursday, March 20, at 8 p.m. Shop for gift certificates, merchan­ dise, classes, etc., from your favorite restaurants and local mer­ chants on our easy­to­use auction website www.springfling.hale­, a secure internet site powered by Greater Giving. All proceeds will benefit the Hale Field Foundation and the Parent Teacher Associations at Hale (K­4) and Field (5­8) school students from the Field, Regina and Northrop neighborhoods. For more information email or call 612­749­6987.

Trees For Sale

Starting March 17, the City of Minneapolis is offering more than 1,000 5­ to 8­foot trees for only $25 each, provided they are planted in the city. Orders will be taken start­ ing 8 a.m., March 17, at Pick­up days will be May 15, 17, 18 or 19. Trees are available for Minneapolis prop­ erty owners including residents, businesses and nonprofits. Several varieties and sizes are available, including fruit trees. There is a limit of one tree per property with a maximum five properties per person.

Opening on City Boards and Commissions


Applications are now being accept­ ed for a number of open board and commission positions that the City Council and mayor will appoint this spring. Board and commission members of the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community­ based input into administration of services. The city is seeking appli­ cants with a diversity of back­ grounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the city. There are more than 40 open posi­ tions on the following six city boards and commissions: Civil Rights Commission; Bicycle Advisory Committee; Workforce Council; Public Health Advisory Committee; Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission; and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 25, but the positions are open until filled. Visit the citys’ website for a full list of appointment opportuni­ ties and position descriptions. Appointments to boards and com­ mission are made twice a year in the spring and fall. This stream­ lined appointment process makes it easier for folks to learn about volunteer opportunities, ensures a more open and understandable process for residents and staff, and increased the diversity of the appli­ cant pool.


Model Trains

Saturdays & Sundays through April, 1 to 4 p.m. Hennepin Overland Railway Historical Society 2501 E. 38th St. Come see the HO model trains

running. $5 per person; $15 per family. Hennepin Overland Railway Historical Society is a non­ profit, tax exempt organization.

Winter Seed Sowing

Sunday, March 16, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Bethany on 36th, basement

3901 36th Ave. S. No digging through 3 feet of snow to plant seeds! In this hands­on workshop, led by gardeners Theresa Rooney and Tina Jones, we’ll be getting our early spring plants ready to grow in plastic milk jugs. This is a family friendly activity. Seeds and soil provided. Bring plastic milk jugs, if you have some. We’ll have extras.

The Town Hall Forum: Protecting the Wild Places

Thursday, March 20, noon Westminister Presbyterian Church 1200 Marquette Ave. Michael Brune is executive director of the Sierra Club. Under his lead­ ership, the organization has grown to more that two million support­ ers, and its Beyond Coal campaign has been recognized as one of the most effective in environmental history. Before joining the Sierra Club, he served as executive direc­ tor of the Rainforest Action Network. He holds degrees in eco­ nomics and finance from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. His critically acclaimed book, “Coming Clean: Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal,” details plan for building a green economy. Free and open to the public.

Gaia Democratic School’s Celebration of Transformation

Sunday, March 23, 5 to 10:30 p.m.


(kid friendly 5­7 p.m.; adults until 10:30 p.m.) Hells Kitchen 80 S. 9th St., Mpls. 55402

Unchained III is a gala night to remember held by Gaia Democratic School to support the democratic education of our K­12 students! Many musicians, games, and silent auction. For more infor­ mation visit http:www.gaiademoc­­Current_News.php.

Longfellow Brewing Club

Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m. 2852 35th Ave. S.

Open to beer enthusiasts of all experience levels, this fun, infor­ mal group meets to share informa­ tion, ideas and samples of their lat­ est beer achievements.

Anniversary of the Lake/Marshall Street Bridge Vigil

Wednesday, April 30, 5 to 6 p.m. Lake/Marshall Street Bridge After the vigil, there will be a potluck and program at St. Albert the Great Church, 2836 33rd Ave.

S. Organized by the Twin Cities Peace Campaign and WAMM. Endorsed by the Anti­War Committee and the MN peace Action Coalition.


All My Realtions Gallery

1414 E. Franklin Ave. 612­235­4970 Where I Fit Textile Artist Maggie Thompson (Fon Du Lac Ojibwe) utilizes a variety of weaving and knitting techniques, printed fabrics and assemblage works as a way to con­

tain memory and reflect upon the difficult subject matter of Indian identity. Thompson used her edu­ cation as an opportunity to delve deeply into the notions of her iden­ tity while focusing on issues of cul­ tural appropriation and native authenticity, examining the rigid ideas of blood quantum and stereotyping. In doing so, she is able to rebuild her textured past and explore the history of her peo­ ple through making art. Gallery Talk With the Artist, March 14, 6 ­7 p.m. Through May 31

Instinct Art Gallery

940 Nicollet Mall 612­240­2317 Still the Sky This exhibition recalibrates the nat­ ural­human­made lens through which we, the many, people see the world we live in. This is the Big Sky/Little Man show, where sweeping skies above the plains of earth and big environments are tugged on by the many, puny peo­ ple. Large paintings and photos will cover the walls of the gallery, while miniature housing develop­ ments and human figures will be placed on the floor. Through March 15

Northern Clay Center

2424 Franklin Ave. 612­339­8007 Mythology Meets Archetype The exhibition will respond to per­ sonal cultural and religious myths that have grown out of the desire to know (or the posture to know) the unknowable. Symbols of the god figure, the mother figure, the self and the demon have been used to describe ancient and con­

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Patrick’s Cabaret

3010 Minnehaha Ave. S. 612­724­6273 Singer/Songwriter Series The show features Renee Copeland, Venus de Mars, Mathew Fox and Bill Geezy, a solid mix of talented, emerging and established artists. $10 tickets at the door (cash or check only). March 15, 8 p.m.


Bell Museum of Natural History

10 Church St. S.E., 55455 612­626­9660 Insects in Icy Times: Surviving the Long Minnesota Winter At March’s Saturday with a Scientist, get to know Petra Kranzfelder, Jane Mazack, Andrea Hefty and Kelly Nail, Ph.D. stu­ dents in entomology here at the U of M, when we take a look at real insects that were found in the water, on the snow and on land during the winter. Learn about how their life history allows them to survive the long, cold Minnesota winters. Free with museum admission. March 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Museum of Russian Art 5500 Stevens Ave. S. 612­821­9045 The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost In 1613, 16­year­old Mikhail Romanov was elected Tsar of Russia, inaugurating a 300­year dynasty. This exhibition provides an overview of the three centuries of Romanov rule, focusing on the tragic end of the dynasty in 1917­ 1918 and the dispersal of the remaining family members and their treasures after the Bolshevik revolution. The events that led to the collapse of imperial rule in Russia are well known, but what happened to their scattered prop­ erty after the Bolsheviks seized power is a story still being unearthed. Through March 23


Guthrie Theatre

818 S. 2nd St. 612­225­6238 Tristan & Yseult Mark of Cornwallis at war; he rules with his head not his heart. But he hasn’t counted on falling head over heels for his enemy’s sis­ ter Yseult or the arrival of the enig­ matic Tristan. This legend is the original tale of forbidden desires, broken hearts and the agony of choosing one human being over another. A blend of comedy, live music, grand passion and tender truths in an irresistible night of love. Through March 23

March 2014

Jungle Theater

2951 Lyndale Ave. S. 612­822­7063 Shakespeare’s Will On the eve of William Shakespeare’s funeral, his widow, Anne Hathaway, recalls her life with and without the enigmatic poet. It’s the enthralling story of a wife and mother who made tremendous sacrifices for love and life. Through March 23

Open Eye Figure Theatre

506 E. 24th St. 612­874­6338 The Odyssey Shipwrecks, sirens and mythical goddesses meet magic, death and revenge. Acclaimed solo artist Charlie Bethel (Beowulf, Gilgamesh) re­imagines Homer’s famous tale in a faithful yet acces­ sible performance. Odysseus’ voy­ age takes him across land and sea, through the underworld, and to the top of Mt. Olympus as he seeks his homeland and the arms of his loving wife. Don’t miss this thrilling epic adventure, suitable for most audiences. March 21 through April 6

tor and tutor elementary aged stu­ dents at schools in South Minneapolis. Stipend, mileage and other benefits. Contact Sara Koch, 651­310­9448 or

Nokomis Library

5100 34th Ave. S. 612­543­6800 Register online or call for all events ** Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award March 1­22 Kids in grades 3­8 can vote for their favorite book until March 22 at the library. You must read at least three nominated titles to be eligible to vote! ** Paws to Read With an Animal Saturday, March 15, 3 to 5 p.m. For families. Volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they

can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice read­ ing aloud. Most libraries host dogs and you can call ahead to see if other animals will be visiting. **Author Talk: Kevin Fenton Tuesday, March 22, 3 p.m. Meet local author Fenton, whose memoir, “Leaving Rollingstone,” revisits his small­town boyhood in Rollingstone, Minn., in a time of major social change. Books will be available for purchase and sign­ ing.. ** First Pages for Adults: How Do I Get Published? Monday, March 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Practical information for increas­ ing your chances of getting pub­ lished. Get answers to important questions and guidance on the research that needs to be done to understand the publishing process.

Roosevelt Library

4026 28th Ave. S. 612­543­6700 Register online or call for all events ** Remember When? A Social Club for Adults 55+ Thursdays, March 6 – May 29, 1 to 3 p.m. Gather with others from the com­ munity to share stories, memories and good company. **Paint It Green: River Weaving Saturday, March 15, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Grades 1­6. Create a river weaving inspired by the Mississippi using natural and found materials. Materials provided. ** Library Lab for Kids: Art Saturday, April 5, 3 to 4:30 p.m. For families. Help us create spring with your own art creations. Materials provided.

Pillbury House Theatre

3501 Chicago Ave. S. 612­825­0459 Gidion’s Knot Over the course of a 90­minute parent/teacher conference, a griev­ ing mother and an emotionally overwhelmed fifth grade teacher have a fraught conversation about the mother’s son, the teacher’s stu­ dent, Gidion. As his tragic story is slowly uncovered, the women wrestle with issues in the under­ current of education today—is the system supporting our youth or forcing them to conform? Who is responsible when things go wrong? Through March 23


Left: 2013 National Touring Cast. Photo by Michael J. Lutch. Right: Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

temporary narratives. March 14 through April 27

Safe Place Homework Help

Monday – Friday, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Congregation 2001 Riverside Ave. Adults, students and children all welcome. Tutors available for all levels. Interested in being a volun­ teer or tutor? Need more informa­ tion about the program? Contact 612­333­2561.

Senior Nutrition Program

Monday through Friday the Volunteers of America host a free/reduced price lunch for area seniors aged 60+. The suggested contribution is $3.50. However, they just ask people to pay what they can afford. No one is ever denied a meal because they cannot pay. Meals are at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1720 E. Minnehaha Pkwy. For more info call 952­945­4157 or 612­729­6668.

Senior Volunteers Needed

The Lutheran Social Service Foster Grandparent Program offers an opportunity to seniors 55+ to men­

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Spring is coming (we do believe it) and senior citizens may need help with raking and yard cleanup. Minneapolis seniors who need help may contact 612­374­3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodin­ Anyone who would like to help seniors remain independent in their homes may sign up to rake and clean somebody’s yard. Get some friends together, pick a date and time, and contact Jeanne, the Neighborhood Involvement Seniors Program volunteer coordi­ nator, at srvolunteer@neighbor­ or call 612­746­ 8549.


Become a Joyful Listener

Saturday, March 15, 8:45 a.m. (brunch); 9 a.m. (guided conversa­ tions) Living Spirit United Methodist Church 4501 Bloomington Ave. S. Respectful Conversations on vari­ ous topics are organized by the Minnesota Council of Churches. The emphasis is on listening. A recent conversation participant said, “Just to listen without judg­ ing feels good.” Take this opportu­ nity to learn about respectful con­ versations. The topic is “Guns in Minnesota.” Register in advance at

Purim Celebration & Carnival

Sunday, March 16, 10 a.m. (cele­ bration); 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (carni­ val) Temple of Aaron 616 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul 55116 This carnival for the entire family includes games, face painting, inflatables, prizes, costumes and food. Everyone is invited to bring noisemakers (such as pots and pans, air horns, etc.) and to dress in costumes. The event is open to the public. For more information call 651­698­ 8874.

Savvy Social Security Workshop

Tuesday, March 18, Faith

Lutheran Church (3430 E. 51st St.); Thursday, March 20, Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church (5011

31st Ave. S.); Tuesday, March 25, St. Peder’s Lutheran Church (4600 E. 42nd St.); Thursday, March 27,

Trinity Lutheran Church of Minnehaha Falls (5212 41st

Ave. S.) This workshop covers the basics of Social Security and reveals strate­ gies for maximizing your benefits. There is no cost. For more infor­ mation contact Patrick Anderson at 763­746­3168 or patrick.ander­

Bethitalia Café Spaghetti Dinner

Sunday, March 23, 5 to 7 p.m. Bethel Lutheran Church (Nazareth Hall) 4120 17th Ave. S.

The dinner features up­and­com­ ing chef Tony Lovstuen, who is preparing tossed salad, spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread and dessert. Enjoy great food, top­ notch service and a cozy atmos­ phere. The freewill donations col­ lected will be used for supporting youth mission trips and/or sum­ mer camps.

The Power of Forgiveness

Wed, March 26, 6 p.m. (meal); 7 p.m. (film and discussion) Faith Mennonite Church E. 22nd St. & 28th Ave. S. Enjoy a home­cooked meal before the film. Donations accepted. March’s Peace and Justice film is “The Power of Forgiveness,” by Martin Doblmeier, director of “Bonhoeffer.” Featured in the film are Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh and bestselling authors Thomas Moore and Marianne Williamson. Please use the 28th Ave. entrance

for the meal and the 22nd Street education building entrance immediately west of the main church building if you only attend the film.

Vigil for Immigration and Reconciliation

Friday, March 28, 6 to 8 p.m. Living Spirit United Methodist Church 4501 Bloomington Ave. S. Thirty­two faith leaders were arrested in a peaceful demonstra­ tion against deportations on Feb. 17 at the White House in Washington, D.C. More than 2 mil­ lion immigrants have been deport­ ed since the beginning of the Obama Administration, and most are not felons. Through song,

Lenten Stations of the Cross

6:00pm - Friday Evenings Soup Suppers 6:30pm

March 7 - April 11

Everybody loved Shivers, RIP


One winter day in 2003, or maybe 2004, no one quite remembers, the mail carrier brought a very cold kitten into the office here at Southside Pride. It was way below freezing outside and there was no doubt that had she stayed out she would have frozen to death. She had long fur and a funny spot on her nose. Was she a Maine Coon cat, a Norwegian Forest cat, a Northern Fir cat? It was anybody’s guess. At the beginning it was Katie, Tumble and Aaron poetry and sharing of actual expe­ riences, you can learn more about immigration issues. The vigil is in conjunction with the Simpson Center for Servant Ministry and other community partners.


Vets Ministry Roundtable

Tuesday, March 11, noon to 1:30 p.m. Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 2315 Chicago Ave. People interested in ministry with



1414 E. 48th St. 612-825-6933 Sunday School 9:30 am Devotion 10:45 am; Worship 11 am Tues. Youth & Adult Bible Study 7 pm Pastor: Rev. Dr. Daniel B. McKizzie


CHURCH OF ST. ALBERT THE GREAT Corner of E. 29th & 32nd Ave. S. 612-724-3643 Mass M, T, TH, F at 8:15 am Saturday 5 pm & Sunday 9:30 am Sunday morning childcare



Zumba Exercise Class & Food/Clothing Shelf Zumba: Saturdays, 11 a.m.



4120 17th Ave. S. 612-724-3693, Sunday Worship 10:30 am Education for all 9:15 am Pastor: Brenda Froisland Accessible Off-Street Parking A Reconciling in Christ Congregation


Food/Clothing: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Brown door on the cor­ ner of 48th St. and 15th Ave.) New Creation Baptist Church 1414 E. 48th St.

Study at Faith

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. (Bible study) Sundays, 2 to 3:30 (Christian Basics membership class) Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church 3430 E. 51st St. Bible study is led by Rev. David Domanski. All are welcome.

5150 Chicago Ave. S. * 612-827-4705 Worship Services 9:15 & 11 am Fellowship Time 10:30 am Nursery to Adult Classes 9:15 & 11 am Christ-Centered, Christ-Sent.



5300 10th Ave. S. * 612-825-6846 Sunday Worship 8:30 & 10:30 am (Sept-May) Education 9:15 am (Sept-May) Summer Worship 9:30 am (June-Aug)


5212 41st Ave. S., 612-724-3691 Sunday Worship 8:30 & 10 am Children’s Church @ 10 am Service Wednesday Lenten Services 6:45 pm, Meal 5:30 pm AA Meeting Tuesdays/Sundays 7 pm Pastor: Derek Johnson

3430 E. 51st St., 612-729-5463 Sunday Worship 9 am (Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays); Education Hour 10:30 am (Sunday School & Adult Bible Class); Bible Study Tuesdays 7 pm; Midweek Lenten Services Wednesdays 7 pm; Methodist Christian Basics Class Sundays 2 pm Pastor: Rev. David Domanski MINNEHAHA

3637 11th Ave. S., 612-724-5465 Masses Saturday 5 pm Sunday 8:30 & 11 am HOPE Reconciliation Saturday 4-4:30 pm LUTHERAN Pastor: Fr. Leo Schneider A welcoming Roman Catholic community 5728 Cedar Ave. S., 612-827-2655, Education for all ages 9 am OUR LADY OF PEACE Sunday Worship 10 am 5426 12th Ave. S. Wed’s in March: 6:15 Soup 612-824-3455, Supper, 7 pm Lenten Worship Weekend worship: Pastor: Chris Steubing Saturday 5 pm; Sunday 9 am & 11 am All are welcome, no exceptions Weekday worship: Tuesday - Friday 8:15 am


veterans and their families are invited. No charge. Meetings are every other month. The speaker is psychologist Dr. Michelle Sherman: “Building Spiritual Strength Among Veterans.” Dr. Sherman worked for the Oklahoma City Veterans Administration for 17 years and is now helping with research on how spirituality aids coping after trauma.

The Nokomis Religious Community Welcomes You

Evangelical Free

Church of the Holy Name

who took care of her. Over time everyone joined in. Matt built her a special tunnel out of cardboard so she wouldn’t have to wait for someone to let her out the window. Ron swept her every morning with her special broom. David called it “brooming.” She loved Ed (who said he was “allergic” to cats) and spent most of her hours curled up on his lap, when she wasn’t out inspecting the roof or playing with her numerous toys. She was a petite bundle of office morale.


5645 Chicago Ave. S., 612-824-1882 Love at 1st sound. Blended Worship 9 am Sunday School & Bible Study 10:15 am



3701 E. 50th St. 612-721-6231, Traditional Sunday Worship 9 am Contemporary Worship 11 am Education for All Ages 10 am (Sept – May) Taizé Worship 2nd Friday 7 pm


4501 Bloomington, 612-721-5025 Sunday Worship 10:30 am Education 9:15 am Free Wednesday Suppers 5:45 pm Multi-cultural, Multi-racial community

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MPS wants to hear from you!

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is planning for the future and we invite you to share your input to help guide our work. FY15 Budget Planning Planning for the fiscal year 2015 (FY15) budget–which runs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015–has begun. We want to make sure that all MPS stakeholders have an opportunity to be a part of the process of maintaining a sustainable financial foundation

to support academic achievement. Last year’s challenging budget decisions now allow us to start this year’s planning with a structurally balanced budget. This year’s budget process will undoubtedly bring new opportunities to the table. We are hosting engagement sessions to inform stakeholders about the budget and allow them to share thoughts, ask questions and make suggestions before the budget is adopted by the school board in June. 2014-2020 Strategic Plan


Scott, 651-769-1366; 651-338-4018


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