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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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Recent Posts

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🦜 Bird alert: It's peak migration season in the gorge

Dave Zumeta has been meticulously documenting the birds of the river gorge for more than 35 years.

🦜 Bird alert: It's peak migration season in the gorge
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🏢 Longfellow spots to check out at Doors Open this weekend

The citywide festival opens notable buildings for public viewing.

🏢 Longfellow spots to check out at Doors Open this weekend
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👗 The "good used stuff" shop opening this weekend on 42nd Ave

True Finds, a secondhand clothing and accessories store, opens on Friday across from Sanford Middle School.

👗 The "good used stuff" shop opening this weekend on 42nd Ave
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🦅 We’ve got an eaglet in the Dorman nest

Congratulations are in order to the longtime residents of the Dorman Avenue eagles nest, who’ve welcomed at least one new baby eaglet into their expansive family tree.

🦅 We’ve got an eaglet in the Dorman nest
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🍦 Minnehaha Scoop opens Friday

James Freid has been supplying his neighborhood with ice cream for a long time.

🍦 Minnehaha Scoop opens Friday
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⚽️ Fight continues over Minnehaha Academy soccer field upgrades

The school is asking the city for the variances it needs for its soccer field overhaul. A group of neighbors has stepped up pressure to reject or modify the plans.

⚽️ Fight continues over Minnehaha Academy soccer field upgrades
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🗓 Whatever Whenever: May events calendar

Just about everything going on in the neighborhood this month.

🗓 Whatever Whenever: May events calendar
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👕 Sneak peek: This year's East Lake Liquor shirt drops Friday

The iconic t-shirt has become the neighborhood's de facto uniform, with a new color scheme every year. We have the scoop on this year's look, which drops Friday.

👕 Sneak peek: This year's East Lake Liquor shirt drops Friday
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🏡 LCC's popular home improvement grants go live Wendesday

The popular program helps pay for home improvements and is open to people earning up to 80 percent of the area's median income.

🏡 LCC's popular home improvement grants go live Wendesday
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🚶‍♂️Strolling with the lightpole-famous "Men's Walking Group"

The most common billboard in the neighborhood isn’t for Kris Lindahl or TSR or Nicolet Law. It’s for the "Men's Walking Group."

🚶‍♂️Strolling with the lightpole-famous "Men's Walking Group"
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🏫 Vacant Cooper School boarded up to deter intruders

The school board said it has seen fewer intrusions at other vacant schools after boarding the first-floor windows.

🏫 Vacant Cooper School boarded up to deter intruders
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🌮 Racket's Best Budget Bites: $7.50 ‘Mini’ Tacos Dorados From Mi Mexico Querido

Racket writer Em Cassel highlights the eyebrow-raising value of Mi Mexico Querido's Mini Tacos Dorados.

🌮 Racket's Best Budget Bites: $7.50 ‘Mini’ Tacos Dorados From Mi Mexico Querido
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🌲 Exploring the Lake Street weed district

Ahead of Saturday's high holiday, a look at four Lake Street businesses staking their claim in the new market.

🌲 Exploring the Lake Street weed district
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🌳 What are those brush piles by the river?

They’re part of a largely successful push to rid the area of a buckthorn infestation.

🌳 What are those brush piles by the river?
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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