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Minnesota Pandemic Oral History


Just when I thought it was safe to go to public gatherings without a mask – healthy immune system, fully vaccinated, small group of people, COVID jumped all over me! The new variant of the virus saw me as “fresh meat” [...]

Minnesota Pandemic Oral History2023-12-30T12:10:28-06:00

Ȟaȟa Wakpadaŋ = VCPC + LA²


The equation in the title came about as a way for me to remember what I was writing about. Ȟaȟa Wakpadaŋ is the Dakota name for Bassett Creek. In 2021, Valley Community Presbyterian Church (VCPC) sought to take its land acknowledgement [...]

Ȟaȟa Wakpadaŋ = VCPC + LA²2023-06-08T14:48:39-05:00

Frederick Roach: The everyman’s bike seller


January 4, 2023 1902 Frederick Roach bike shop at 519 Hennepin Ave. From Hennepin History Museum photo collection. Did you get one of these for Christmas?  Perhaps you found a horse under your tree, but more likely you’ve gotten [...]

Frederick Roach: The everyman’s bike seller2023-05-04T10:48:48-05:00

The Memory Lab


September 6, 2022 This is a screenshot of an image in the digitization process in the Hennepin History Museum Memory Lab. Did you know that Hennepin History Museum has a memory lab? That sounds like it could be either [...]

The Memory Lab2023-07-22T10:28:32-05:00

Let’s Talk About CRT


December 29, 2021 There was a popular song in the early 90s called "Let's Talk About Sex." Needless to say, the music video got a lot of attention, but the song wasn’t bad either. It held up because the premise made [...]

Let’s Talk About CRT2023-05-04T12:01:53-05:00

Building the Perfect Clubhouse


October 27, 2021 Quick! Think of the word “clubhouse”. What image comes to mind? Do you see found boards or even cardboard boxes cobbled together with “KEEP OUT!” painted across the entrance? Leave it to a librarian to do things differently. [...]

Building the Perfect Clubhouse2023-05-04T12:06:20-05:00

John Jamieson: Neighborhood Superhero


July 7, 2021 One of the biggest blockbuster movies before the pandemic crept up on us at the end of 2019 was Endgame. Oh-and let’s not forget The Joker. I’m too scared to watch Joker, so I’m just going on Rotten [...]

John Jamieson: Neighborhood Superhero2023-05-04T12:15:24-05:00



April 30, 2021 Southeast Minneapolis Council on Learning had a formula for better education that looked like this:  (SEMCOL)NEW+LD+SEREADS=BE or SEMCOL/NEW+LD=BE. Math was not my forte, but one of those statements must be true.   The SEMCOL records are currently being processed and organized to be [...]


Spiff the Biff


April 3, 2021 Imagine the spiders that would’ve been in here!  This is the men’s restroom from Lake Harriet Park in 1998 before restoration started.  The Lake Harriet Restroom Restoration Committee (LHRRC) or Spiff the Biff took on the task of [...]

Spiff the Biff2023-05-04T13:16:49-05:00
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