Welcome to our weekly newsletter. On Fridays we share things we've published and things to do for the weekend.

We will be at the "Spring into Uptown" block party at Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. tomorrow. Swing by and say hello!

Here's a roundup of what we published this week
A Soo Line Community Garden gardener wrote a community post about why the garden community is largely against the planned paved path through the garden.

Anna wrote a fun piece on the history of The Malt Shop on 50th Street and Bryant Avenue S. and what is to come in the currently under-construction spot.

Charlie wrote a fascinating short piece on what's next for the Aqua City Motel. We kept ourselves from writing about the long history of motor motels and single-occupancy room apartments (largely unrelated to each other)...for now.

I attended Tuesday night's Minneapolis police chief search committee listening session and wrote about the purpose of the listening session and some of the feedback shared by the community.

What you may have missed on our social media
The second installment of our Laundromats of Southwest Instagram series is up!

We tweeted out the email from MPS School Board Chair Kim Ellison announcing the interim superintendent, Rochelle Cox, who will replace the current superintendent, Ed Graff, at the conclusion of his contract at the end of June.

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Here's what our daily subscribers dug into this week
A lot of you were interested in the new mapping tool that shows the inequities in tree coverage throughout the metro area.  

Southwest MPLS is the epicenter of the SOO Visual Arts Center exhibition, "You Are Walking Down Bryant Avenue" by Dietrich Sieling, so it makes sense a lot of you checked that link out.

Readers were interested to know more about MPS integrating community violence interrupters to assist in after-school safety. MPS no longer employs MPD at its schools.

Hitting the high-impact and unusual/unexpected news values, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is, once again, trying to get a judge removed from its felony cases. County Attorney Mike Freeman describes the judge's demeanor as “arrogant, dismissive, patronizing, condescending and disrespectful — especially to women.” Lovely.

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Our events calendar is filled with unique events happening around town. You can submit events to be added to our calendar here. If you subscribe to the calendar, the events go straight to your personal calendar. Or you can add just the events you like.  🤯

The Twin Cities Tango Collective is performing tonight at the Center for Performing Arts in Kingfield.

A Deer a Horse, Paqrat, and New Primals are playing at Mortimer's tonight.

The hip hop dance group Mixtape Collective is performing Friday-Sunday at the Cowles Center. Its current production, "MIXTAPE 5G: The Sound of Movement," investigates "finding the strength to defy hierarchy, building solidarity through difference, and fracturing fossilized stereotypes."

Register for or cheer on the Minneapolis Great Strides Saturday morning at Bde Maka Ska in support of the fight against Cystic Fibrosis.

I love a good free market! Check out the one at Whittier Park from 1-4 p.m.

The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group is sponsoring its 2nd Annual Duck Race in Minnehaha Creek. Starts at noon. Lake Chipotle will be jealous.

Wooden Ship Brewing Company is celebrating its one year anniversary all day.


Chug kombucha with this guy at 1 p.m. at 27th and Lake of the Isles Parkway.