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Longfellow Whatever is a reader-funded news project focused on the fine-grained details of life in the Longfellow communities of Minneapolis (Longfellow, Cooper, Howe, and Hiawatha).

Subscribers get frequent, brief updates delivered to their inbox in a tone somewhere between a local newspaper and dispatches from a plugged-in friend: How’s construction coming along on that new restaurant? What’s the latest plan for the lights on the river road? What does that business in the tiny corner space actually do? Who's behind that iconic holiday lights display or landscaping oddity? Why's that seemingly desirable lot still vacant? How’s business lately at your favorite cafe, movie theater, grocer, or auto shop?

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🛶 Scott Miller's quick trip down the Mississippi

Talking with Longfellow resident and business owner Scott Miller, ahead of next weekend's Riverview Theater premiere of a documentary about his team's world-record-breaking trip down the Mississippi.

🛶 Scott Miller's quick trip down the Mississippi
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🏋️‍♀️ Solcana Fitness is coming to downtown Longfellow

The gym, focused on small group fitness classes, will move from Seward this fall.

🏋️‍♀️ Solcana Fitness is coming to downtown Longfellow
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🚸 Andy Sturdevant traces Longfellow’s “geography of childhood”

Sturdevant, a one-of-a-kind chronicler of Minneapolis life and a semi-recent Longfellow transplant, is leading a neighborhood walking tour this weekend.

🚸 Andy Sturdevant traces Longfellow’s “geography of childhood”
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🍽 Lynette on pace to open in about a month

A speed run of everything we've learned about Lynette lately, ahead of its opening next month.

🍽 Lynette on pace to open in about a month
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🍜 Asian Duck makes a go of it at 46th and Minnehaha

Following two short-lived predecessors, the husband-and-wife duo is serving up a tight menu of Thai and Laotian favorites.

🍜 Asian Duck makes a go of it at 46th and Minnehaha
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🌳 Brackett Park is (finally) getting its swings back

The set should be back in swing in about two weeks.

🌳 Brackett Park is (finally) getting its swings back
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🗓 Whatever Whenever: July events calendar

200+ events going on in Longfellow this month.

🗓 Whatever Whenever: July events calendar
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🧀 When's Shepherd's Table going to open?

Soon. Ish.

🧀 When's Shepherd's Table going to open?
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🏢 Agate breaks ground on emergency shelter, affordable housing project on 27th Ave

The four-story building, a block east of Cub, will provide shelter and housing for about 100 people at a time.

🏢 Agate breaks ground on emergency shelter, affordable housing project on 27th Ave
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🎒 Little Sparks Montessori preschool opening this fall

A group of parents are reviving the spirit of Riversong Montessori, which closed suddenly this winter when its founder passed away.

🎒 Little Sparks Montessori preschool opening this fall
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☕️ A year of growth for Wildflyer Coffee

Catching up with Wildflyer ahead of its annual fundraiser on Wednesday.

☕️ A year of growth for Wildflyer Coffee
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🦐 What we know about Lagniappe, the NOLA-style restaurant anchoring the renovated Coliseum

The team behind Du Nord will open a restaurant and cocktail room on the ground floor of the historic building.

🦐 What we know about Lagniappe, the NOLA-style restaurant anchoring the renovated Coliseum
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✈️ We should hear fewer planes over Longfellow this summer (but more next year)

And a mercifully brief explanation of why.

✈️ We should hear fewer planes over Longfellow this summer (but more next year)
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🏚 Cleanup has (slowly) begun at the former Third Precinct

The fences, barbed wire, and concrete barricades should come down later this summer.

🏚 Cleanup has (slowly) begun at the former Third Precinct
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🍔 Peppers and Fries is closing at the end of the month

Peppers and Fries, the beloved burgers-and-burritos sports bar on 39th and Lake Street, is closing June 29 after almost 10 years in business. Father-and-daughter duo Steve and Marie Frias have been planning to sunset the bar since the fall. Having recently finalized the sale of the building to a yet-undisclosed

🍔 Peppers and Fries is closing at the end of the month