Loeffler running for sixth legislature term

The Minnesota House of Representatives District 60A includes 15 neighborhoods in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. This year’s race has two candidates: DFL incumbent Diane Loeffler, who is running for her sixth term, and Republican challenger Brent Millsop.

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A new era for Dogtown, as store changes hands

Back in the days when corner grocery stores abounded, Beltrami Neighborhood residents had many choices, including Delmonico’s, Maple Leaf, Spano’s, Rusciano’s, and Schullo’s.Through the years, most of the small stores disappeared. Last month one of the oldest family-owned groceries, Delmonico’s Italian Foods, 1112 Summer St. NE, changed hands, when co-owners and cousins Terry Delmonico and Bob Delmonico decided to sell the store and let Terry retire.Founded in 1919 by Vincenzo and Anna Delmonico, the store was well-known for its homemade Italian sausage, fried peppers, calzones, and pizzelles. Even though the store is not closing, some residents nonetheless say they see it as the end of an era, in a beloved Northeast neighborhood once known as Little Italy.Maple Hill historyEarly Maple Hill residents included many Italian immigrants who settled there in the 1920s and 1930s. Later renamed the Beltrami Neighborhood after Italian explorer Giacomo Constantino Beltrami, its borders are Broadway to the north, Central Avenue to the west, Spring Street to the south and Johnson Street to the east.The Maple Hill name came from an 1857 private cemetery owned by the Dudley P. Chase Grand Army of the Republic Post. Continue Reading

Lebanese Patriarch visits Maronite Catholic Church in Northeast

St. Maron Maronite Church parishioners and their priest, Reverend Monsignor Sharbel Maroun, recently enjoyed a very hectic September at their church, 602 University Ave. NE. On Sept. 13 and 14, they hosted Beshara Peter Rahi, the much-loved Lebanese Patriarch who is one of the Maronite Catholic Church’s highest officials. Celebrations included a Saturday night banquet, Sunday liturgy and brunch in his honor; each event drew more than 400 people.

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Ritz Theater on road to recovery

Although this summer the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE, hit a “bump in the road,”—as one board member put it—it is now struggling to its feet with a new business model, new tenants, and a temporary reprieve from the bank.Ritz Theater Foundation chair Michael Rainville is one of five Ritz Theater Foundation board members—the others are Greg Handberg, Katie Guyer, David Warner and Kathy Cashman—who say they are working to keep the Ritz in business.The problems started several years ago, according to Rainville, when “the economy tanked,” and other local theaters such as the new Cowles Theater in downtown Minneapolis offered stiff competition. The Ritz Theater has been laden with debt since its inception, and losing bookings made things worse. The crisis culminated this summer, when Ballet of the Dolls’ creative director had health problems.“We had to cancel the last two shows of last season and put the theater dark in July and August,” Rainville said.According to the Ritz Theater’s website, the last show, “Fashion Ball: A Fashion History,” played March 21-22. Two later scheduled shows, “The House of Good Repute” and “Nina and Klaus” were cancelled.BackgroundThe 1920s-era Ritz Theater sat vacant in the Sheridan neighborhood for years, until a neighborhood-led effort got it reopened in 2006, after substantial redesign and a $1.2 million renovation. Continue Reading

Back from observing Ukraine election, Minneapolis resident works to preserve heritage in Northeast

Although Luba Lewytzkyj was born in the United States, she retains close ties with Ukraine, her parents’ homeland. Her father, the Very Reverend Dr. Wolodymyr Lewytzkyj, was a priest at St. Michael’s & St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Northeast, from 1955 to the mid-1960s. He represented the 10th generation in his family to serve as a priest.

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