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Longfellow Whatever
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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?

More about how it works: Frequently asked questions.

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🚫 Don't get got: Street sweeping starts Wednesday

The twice-yearly chore of sweeping the streets of a half-year's worth of salt, sand, litter, and plant matter reaches Longfellow this week on Wednesday and Thursday, and will continue piecemeal over the next three weeks.

🚫 Don't get got: Street sweeping starts Wednesday
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🚧 Hiawatha-Lake interchange closing for six months

All four ramps connecting the two roads will be closed and Lake Street will be down to one lane in either direction. But once completed, the intersection should be considerably easier to walk, roll, and drive through.

🚧 Hiawatha-Lake interchange closing for six months
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🧵 SKY Chairs HQ moves in

Bob Anderson, who's been handmaking the hanging canvas chairs for almost 50 years, sets up shop in Longfellow.

🧵 SKY Chairs HQ moves in
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🗓️ Whatever Whenever: April events calendar

More than 200 things to do in the neighborhood this month.

🗓️ Whatever Whenever: April events calendar
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🐟 Sea Salt opens April 19

Featuring a brand new sandwich shop next door.

🐟 Sea Salt opens April 19
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🏗️ Latino Center will replace vacant O'Reilly building

The vacant auto parts shop will be demolished mid-April, with new construction planned for next summer.

🏗️ Latino Center will replace vacant O'Reilly building
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🍺 Stevens House and Minnehaha Falls debauchery of yore

Debate about repairing the Stevens House at Minnehaha Park recalls a colorful vignette from the park's sordid past.

🍺 Stevens House and Minnehaha Falls debauchery of yore
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🚲 The Hub returns this weekend

The bike co-op is reopening in a smaller part of the same building March 30.

🚲 The Hub returns this weekend
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💡 Light fight brewing at Minnehaha Academy soccer field

Minnehaha Academy recently revealed its plans for installing field lights and other improvements at its upper campus soccer field.

💡 Light fight brewing at Minnehaha Academy soccer field
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🍽️ A look at Lynette

A look at what the Lynette team has planned for the old Riverview Wine Bar space.

🍽️ A look at Lynette
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🌳 New hope for saving Cooper Playground

Neighbors are hustling to document community support ahead of a major grant application.

🌳 New hope for saving Cooper Playground
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🏘️ The case of the missing alley

Reader question: Why are the houses on the 3100 block of 37th/38th Avenue so much newer than the surrounding area?

🏘️ The case of the missing alley
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🎥 Love is Blind *almost* filmed in Longfellow

It would've been great publicity for the new Clay Pit pottery studio, but this neighborhood newsletter feature will have to do.

🎥 Love is Blind *almost* filmed in Longfellow
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🎣 An evening at the fish fry

It takes a veritable Noah's Ark of volunteers to pull off the iconic St. Albert's Friday fish fry.

🎣 An evening at the fish fry
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🍦 Weekly Whatevers: DQ's open, dome home for sale, LoLa artists on display

Both neighborhood DQ's are now open; an iconic geodesic dome house is open for viewing; and LoLa's winter exhibition is underway.

🍦 Weekly Whatevers: DQ's open, dome home for sale, LoLa artists on display