Winter Warming


It was a great turnout at the Longfellow Community Council’s annual Winter Warming party, held at the LCC office. Pictured here are the photographer’s son, LCC staff and board members (which include several Longfellow business owners), and the founder of the Longfellow365 project, in addition to members of the Longfellow community. For more information on LCC events, visit LCC or ‘like’ LCC on Facebook.

Photo: Patty Day

A Mystery on Lake Street


Who is this? And, how does it move about? Where will it go next? According to Jess, a cheerful server at Merlin’s Rest, this “creepy doll” has been traveling to businesses on Lake Street. In the past week it was seated on a bus stop bench on 37th ave, seated in front of the Barber School, and now, today, Merlin’s Rest!

Photo: Julia Anderson

The Language of Hope


I love this mural. It greets you as you travel east on Lake Street just past 31st Ave S. I’ve lived around the corner from it for 14 years and wanted to document it before the building is torn down to make way for a new Walgreen’s this winter. According to a sign on the wall, the mural’s title is “The Language of Hope” and it was dedicated September 25, 1999. MIGIZI Communications, a nonprofit working with Native American youth, owned the building and partnered with local muralist Marilyn Lindstrom and other arts programs to create the mural. The project involved 16 youth and 6 cultural artist mentors. The youth muralists were asked “How do you cultivate a Human Being?” Their response was to identify twelve elements essential to human life: Hope, Justice, Trust, Family, Love, Freedom, Purpose, Respect, Community, Peace, Basic Human Needs, Collective Work and Responsibility. MIGIZI has been working to advance a message of success, well-being, and justice for the American Indian community for nearly 40 years, and will continue to do that work from the Plaza Verde building further west on Lake Street. “Migizi” means bald eagle in the Ojibwe language.

Project Director: Marilyn Lindstrom

The Youth Muralists:
Ulises Lopez, Phia Vang, Zoe Summer Haas, Wiwastewia Day, Melinda Moux, Daniel Gomez, David Vang, Shandon Ferguson, Matthew Dunkley, Nicole Blackwolf, Sydney Latimer, Moses Gomez, Brandon Williams, Sonjee Chang, Choua Yang, Christina Mortan.

Cultural Artist Mentors:
Robert DesJarlait, Francis Yellow, Wallace Hill, Andrea Hill, Neng Lee, assistant Rush Merchant and co-director Gustavo Lira.

Photo: Hillary Oppmann

Peppers & Fries


Steve Frias and his daughter Marie, the proprietors of Peppers & Fries, a new restaurant at 3900 E. Lake Street, pause for a photo during a bustling opening day. Frias grew up in the restaurant business—his parents launched Boca Chica in Saint Paul over 50 years ago. Peppers and Fries will specialize in scratch burgers and burritos, and the interior has an open, sports-themed ambience, with a focus on baseball.

Photo: Jake Mohan