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December 2013
 
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Two bears cuddle on the Art Bike Parade at the Seward Winter Frolic Saturday, Dec. 7.

Photo by Jennifer Larson from The Daily Planet

 

 

Regular Features: A world without bees equals a world without food


For hundreds of years, miners toiling deep in the earth have taken small birds with them. If the air got bad, the canary died and the miners knew they had to get out fast or perish. Today we use the expression “a canary in the mine” to indicate an early warning. Honeybees are that warning species for people.

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Burn, Baby, Burn

A recent report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) makes a strong case that much more municipal solid waste could be recycled and composted. Commissioner John Stine made eloquent statements about the quantity of recyclable and compostable materials that were being inappropriately shipped to landfills. Not one word about incinerators, as per usual for the MPCA.
But buried in the report is analysis of the refuse material being shipped to landfills AND incinerators. For this study, it was the Elk River “Resource Recovery” Facility, i.e., Garbage Incinerator.

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LCC elects new officers

On Nov. 21, the Longfellow Community Council (LCC) elected a new president and vice president to its Board of Directors. Andrew Johnson, the former LCC president, won the Ward 12 City Council election in November, leaving a vacancy in the organization. Eric Day, LCC’s current vice president, was unanimously elected by the LCC board to serve as the new president. Christine Marlo, also a currently serving board member, was then unanimously elected to fill the open vice president position.

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‘A good man with a gun’

“The only thing that stops a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.”

—Wayne Lapierre, National Rifle Association

Paul Anthony Ciancia believed he was that good man. He believed he was a warrior against the traitors who were taking over our government, bankrupting our currency and trying to establish a New World Order.

On Friday, Nov. 1, Ciancia walked into the Los Angeles airport and began firing an assault rifle, killing Transportation Service Administration officer Gerardo Hernandez and wounding several others, until police officers were able to bring him down with several rounds to his midsection. He is in fair condition at a Los Angeles hospital.

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Regular Features: Raina's Wellness - The food waste problem

Here’s a poster from issued by the USDA in 1917 during World War I. I think it sums up the issue perfectly. Food Posters from WW 2

Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday. Turkey, football, family and lots of leftovers. Were you able to use up all your leftovers?

If so, I commend you. If not, you are certainly not alone. In our house we tried hard (cranberry sauce and peanut butter sandwich, anyone?), but inevitably part of the delicious feast ended up in the trash as did some neglected pre-holiday fridge items. Thanksgiving is a particularly guilt-inducing time to write an article about food waste.

Food waste is an enormous problem in America. According to a report from the National Resource Defense Council, 40% of the food produced in the United States does not get eaten. 40%! Are you as shocked as I was? Who is trashing all this food? The squandered food includes unharvested crops, food discarded in the manufacturing process, and unused food in grocery stores and restaurants. It also includes the spoiled, discarded and forgotten food in our homes.

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Regular Features: Queen of Cuisine


Grand slam dining

Think it’s the ballpark driving the hordes to downtown’s newly-flamin’ Warehouse North? Nah—it’s Borough. Far easier to hit a home run on Target Field than in the food biz, where competition’s lethal and fans as fickle as the Minnesota weather. Yet, almost a year since its debut, Borough hasn’t missed a pitch. And when you’re the daring darling of the foodie world, that’s saying something.

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The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus



In Baltimore there
lived a boy.
He wasn't anybody's joy.
Although his name was
Jabez Dawes,
His character was
full of flaws.
In school he never
led his classes,
He hid old ladies'
reading glasses,
His mouth was open
when he chewed,
And elbows to the
table glued.
He stole the milk of
hungry kittens,
And walked through doors marked NO ADMITTANCE.

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December

 

Riverside Community Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Find Like-Minded Goat Enthusiasts
Like goats, us humans are social animals. Want to simply find out more about goats? Or want to learn how you can take action to help legalize them in the city? So why not get together and ruminate over these wonderful ruminants. Join Minneapolis Alliance for Goats, the group working to make Minneapolis the next major city to legalize goats, for an informal meet-up Thursday, Dec. 19, at Common Roots Café, 2558 Lyndale Ave. S. Stop by for 5 minutes or all night! All are welcome. Spread the word and bring a friend.

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Riverside Religious Calendar

EVENTS

Advent Evening Prayer Series
Monday, Dec. 16, 7 to 8 p.m.
Sabbath House
3228 Portland Ave. S.
People of all faith traditions are welcome to this last Advent Prayer evening. This year’s theme, “Calling to Star Power for the Solstice,” is inspired by a poem that addresses God as the creator of the stars, recognizing how each of us is called to shine in and from the heart.
More details: 612-822-2623 or sabbathhouse@fslf.org

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Phillips Powderhorn



‘A good man with a gun’

How did they kill Terrance Franklin?

A novel approach to increased police
accountability

Regular Features: Powderhorn Birdwatch - Winter winds beneath my wings

Regular Features: Queen of Cuisine - Grand slam dining

’Tis the Season

The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus

Regular Features: Raina's Wellness - A SAD Winter

Neighborhood elder honors the time he is given



 
Nokomis


‘A good man with a gun’

How did they kill Terrance Franklin?

A novel approach to increased police
accountability

Burn, Baby, Burn

Regular Features: Queen of Cuisine - Grand slam dining

Regular Features: Raina's Wellness - The food waste problem

’Tis the Season

The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus

Southside resident commits to planet preservation

St. Cloud State: Why do so few Black students graduate?