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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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🦐 What we know about Lagniappe, the NOLA-style restaurant anchoring the renovated Coliseum

Du Nord Social Spirits 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
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🏷️ Garage sales galore this weekend

More than 70 sales are planned as part of the annual Longfellow Neighborhood Garage Sale this weekend.

🏷️ Garage sales galore this weekend
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🛶 Getting in the gorge with your neighborhood river tour guides

Paddle Bridge, whose trailer of kayaks you may have seen parked on 42nd Street, connects people to the splendor of the urban Mississippi.

🛶 Getting in the gorge with your neighborhood river tour guides
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🗓 Whatever Whenever: June events calendar

A roundup of hundreds of June events in Longfellow.

🗓 Whatever Whenever: June events calendar
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🕰️ Take a drive down Lake Street, 25 years ago

Strung together, these hastily taken photos provide a pretty good time-machine glimpse of what a drive down Lake Street looked like a quarter-century ago.

🕰️ Take a drive down Lake Street, 25 years ago
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🚲 The mounting case for extending the Greenway

Momentum is building to extend the award-winning bikeway into St. Paul.

🚲 The mounting case for extending the Greenway
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💸 All Square gets windfall grant

The money will help sustain All Sqaure's rapid growth from a small grilled cheese restaurant employing formerly incarcerated people to an influential criminal justice reform advocate connecting incarcerated people to legal training, and running a law firm of its own.

💸 All Square gets windfall grant
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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