The little Ethiopian restaurant hidden away inside the Shabelle Grocery used to be one of the best-kept secrets in the Seward neighborhood—until recently, there was no sign outside to indicate that Shabelle was more than just a grocery store. Finally, last week, they put a sign in the window announcing their new $8.99 lunch buffet, served Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Recently I've enjoyed finding new ethnic markets in the Twin Cities suburbs—but with the price of gasoline spiking, I needed to find an ethnic grocery a little closer to home. I headed up Chicago Avenue toward the Lake Street, then turned east keeping my eyes open for some place interesting. That’s how I ended up at La Alborada Market at the corner of Lake and 19th, a mostly Mexican grocery owned by the Cruz family.
Hennepin County has asked for community feedback on the two-year Minnehaha reconstruction project for the approximately 2.2 mile stretch from 46th Street South to Lake Street. However, details about the project and how to submit feedback have been lacking, according to many. Dave Koch, manager at the Rail Station Bar and Grill, commented, "What can we do? It's going to happen. We're not looking forward to it, but it's going to happen."
A cyclist uses the bike lane on Minnehaha Avenue. The bike lane runs between moving vehicle traffic and parked cars.
Next year, Hennepin County will begin a two-year long reconstruction project on Minnehaha Avenue for the approximately 2.2 mile stretch from 46th Street South to Lake Street. Many members of the community have strong opinions about what Minnehaha should look like moving into the future, but uncertainty about details and about when and how to provide feedback are leaving some not sure that they can make their voices heard.
Earlier this session, several homeowners told lawmakers how their mortgage lenders began to foreclose on their homes while processing a loan modification at the same time. Under a bill awaiting the governor’s action, that practice of “dual tracking” would be prohibited.
Rep. Frank Hornstein presents the omnibus transportation finance bill on the House floor May 19. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)
The House passed a transportation budget bill Sunday that would provide billions of dollars for statewide road maintenance projects over the next two years and includes one-time funds toward a new light-rail line.
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