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Jack Dog Farms: Urban farming in South Minneapolis

The Standish and Ericsson neighborhoods have many assets: lakes, parks, restaurants, shops, light rail, a farm. Wait a minute! A farm? In the city? You betcha. It’s called Jack Dog Farms, and it’s located on the southwest corner of Standish Ave. and E. 38th St.

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Al Flowers case prompts protest at MPD's 3rd Precinct

(Photo: Hennepin County jail)

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and police chief Janee Harteau say there will be an independent investigation of an incident where police injured community activist Al Flowers. He was in a violent encounter with police when they came to his home to arrest Flowers’ teenage daughter. Flowers says he asked to see a warrant for her arrest, and a scuffle broke out. [Audio below]

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Palestine supporters confront Sen. Franken in tense phone call

Palestine supporters in Minnesota got to directly vent their anger at Sen. Al Franken over his support for Israel in its conflict with Palestine. Franken’s campaign workers arranged for the group of about 20 people to talk to the senator on a speaker phone. The Palestine supporters were part of a group of about 350 people who were protesting outside Franken’s campaign office. They entered the campaign office and demanded the staff get Sen. Franken on the phone to talk to them. [Video below]

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ST. PAUL NOTES | CTEP: Mending chairs and relationships

(Photo by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva) CTEP member Hnou Vang teaches Me Mar, a Karenni refugee.

With six "very old" chairs, the elderly woman knew she needed some repairs. Trying out her new computer skills, she put "chair repair" into Google, and saw several repair shops within easy driving distance — and a website called "how to repair chairs." And, she proudly told her Computer Club friends, she followed the directions and fixed all the chairs herself!

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Anti-war protesters disrupt Franken campaign office in St. Paul, prompt arrests

(Photo by Katie Nelson) Protestors applaud members of the Anti-War Committee as they are escorted into St. Paul Police cars and taken to jail. About a dozen people were arrested in Wednesday’s protest after refusing to leave Sen. Franken’s Campaign Headquarters in St. Paul. 

Phones rang all afternoon at Sen. Al Franken’s campaign headquarters in St. Paul on July 30 as anti-war protestors listed the names of victims killed during recent violence between Israeli military and the militant group Hamas.

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A future for the Midtown Farmers Market grows more certain

The Midtown Farmers Market, well into its 12th year of operation at the corner of Lake St. and Hiawatha Ave., is a bustling place that attracts shoppers from the surrounding neighborhoods as well as other parts of South Minneapolis. On Saturday mornings and Tuesdays afternoons, its vendors come from Minnesota and Wisconsin with home-grown or handmade items for sale. Musicians entertain people who have stopped to rest or to eat food cooked in booths or food trucks. Many people consider it a neighborhood gem.

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Minneapolis works to keep landlords in check

(Photo by Holly Peterson) Richard Eischens recently had conditions placed on his rental license because of unpermitted work and code violations on his 8th Street Southeast property, pictured here on Monday afternoon.

Minneapolis housing inspectors, armed with a 1-year-old ordinance, can place stipulations on landlords’ rental licenses.

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Prospect Park aims to be 'community of the future'

As some areas near the University of Minnesota grapple with preserving historic character, one neighborhood is attempting to redefine its presence with plans for a more futuristic community.

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District 5 school board candidate Jay Larson fights political rumors

(Photo courtesy of Jay Larson)

“I think I found I am a Democrat,” said Minneapolis District 5 school board candidate Jay Larson. Democrat or not, Larson, who announced his candidacy at the beginning of the year has been battling rumors over who he is ever since.

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