Most people who frequent the Coffee Shop Northeast at 2852A Johnson Street NE, especially pre-COVID-19, probably know and have talked to Courteney Ross, who managed the shop. Ross, who has worked at the coffee shop through changing ownership and locations for 22 years, has lived in Northeast most of her life. She was also the partner of George Floyd, who was killed at the hands of police on May 25, 2020.
In the early 1900s, backyard tinkerers were obsessed with all things mechanical. While Wilbur and Orville Wright fantasized about flying while operating their Ohio bicycle shop, more “grounded” mechanics sought to come up with a reliable motor car. One of those was Harry Eugene Wilcox, who talked his father, John, into financing a factory to build automobiles in Northeast Minneapolis.
Opening on one of the warmest weather days in November so far, the Northeast Winter Farmer’s Market attracted a crowd of people eager to shop outside. The market, which used to be held inside the Solar Arts by Chowgirls building (711 NE 15th Ave) pre-COVID-19, was moved outside to the St. Boniface Church (629 NE 2nd St.) parking lot for the remainder of the winter market season to allow for more space and social distancing.
If Biden is officially declared the winner and becomes the next President will you, as a Trump supporter, accept him as the President? “Well, sure. The president is the president and he’ll get my due respect….as long as he does a good job. That’s all I’m really focused on, somebody who wants to take care of this country and not everybody else’s country.”
The rush was on at Northeast Middle School when polls opened at 7 a.m. Nov. 3. The line of voters snaked down two hallways and out into the parking lot. Sergeants-at-arms posted at the doors decided to track the length of time it took the voters to re-emerge: 25 minutes. By mid-morning, that time was cut in half. While Minnesota set a new voter participation record, the results from the Northeaster’s coverage area, which leans heavily toward the DFL party, were not all that surprising.
The Adopt-A-Drain competition between Northeast neighborhoods came to an end Oct. 31, even though leaves remained on the trees, just waiting to fill boulevards and gutters with debris. And although there were winners proclaimed at a gathering outside the Audubon Neighborhood Association’s office, the real winner was the Mississippi River.
The Northeast non-profit company, My Very Own Bed (MVOB), has had to change the way they operate since the beginning of the pandemic. Michael Allen founded this nonprofit in 2014 and the goal was to “provide a new twin size bed and a dream kit (which includes mattress pad, sheets, pillow, blanket, a book and stuffed animal) to children moving into stable housing.” Providing a bed to children not only gives them a safe space to call their own but provides better sleep which in turn leads to better health and better performance in learning.
Between 2015 and 2019, there were 2,473 crashes involving motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists on University and Central Avenues from the Mississippi River to U.S. Hwy. 10; 1,173 were on University and 1,300 were on Central. Of the more than 2,000 crashes, 110 resulted in deaths or serious injuries. Two more deaths occurred on Central Avenue this year.
When the number of blocks that have block club leaders hits 90%, reported crime can “drop like a rock,” said Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Crime Prevention Analyst Luther Krueger, who oversees block clubs for the city. He has the analysis to back up that claim.
Faced with losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, M Health Fairview has decided to cut 900 jobs and close 16 of its 56 local primary care clinics. One of those clinics is Columbia Park Clinic, 4000 Central Avenue NE. It will shut its doors Dec. 4, turning Northeast and Columbia Heights into a “health care desert,” in the words of one upset patient.