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How Healthy is the Mississippi?

Mississippi River from the Lake Street Bridge. Spend a few minutes on West River Parkway on a beautiful day like today and you will see bikers, walkers, runners…

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Update: Howe School’s Playground

The variance request for the new playground at Howe School has been withdrawn by Minneapolis Public Schools. A new site plan is under development to place the play…

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NAMI Walks – This Weekend

Walkers in the 2011 NAMI Walks event stream down West River Parkway. Image courtesy of NAMI. This Saturday NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) will be hosting its…

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The Rundown: Howe School Reopening Meeting

Howe School is on its way to open for the 2013-14 school year. Last night, parents, community members, and school staff met at Hiawatha Community School to see the architectural plans for the $8 million Howe renovation, ask questions, and voice concerns.

The Playground Variance

The topic of the evening was the location of the playground. In the current plan, a new playground will be built on the existing playground base—reducing overall budget costs. However, current regulations require that playgrounds be located 20 feet away from the school property line. The current playground base is located adjacent to the property line to the east. For the playground to be installed in the former location, a variance must be obtained.

When asked about the likelihood of variance approval, Councilperson Sandra Colvin-Roy noted that it would most likely not be approved if it could be found that the playground could be built in a location that met the 20 foot regulation. However, no alternate locations appear to be available.

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Longfellow Out and About

With a cool weather forecast for the upcoming week, people took full advantage of the sunshine and great weather this weekend. Parking was at a premium this weekend…

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