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Welcome to our weekly newsletter. On Fridays, we share things we've published, popular links from our daily newsletter, and a curation of stuff to do over the weekend.

Hot off the presses

After a tumultuous school year, a lot of people were shocked to hear that the well-known North High School principal, Mauri Friestlebein, announced she had lost her job. We confirmed yesterday that she is going to continue as principal through next school year.

Settergrean Hardware honored Paul Beckstrom after 27 years of serving the Southwest community.

Do you want to write a tribute to a local colleague, worker, or neighbor that deserves more recognition from the community? Email us at

Farmers market vendor spotlight

Cool wooden jewelry alert! Steve Gagner, a local Minneapolis maker/artist, showcases his laser cut and woodworking jewelry, art, and decor at the Kingfield Farmers Market on Sundays. Gagner makes feather light and beautifully detailed pieces from maple, walnut, cherry, poplar, and oak wood. Perfect for decorating your ears, walls, and shelves. Custom designs are also available. Instagram Etsy

If you'd like to spotlight your farmers' market business, email us at

Here's a roundup of what we published this week

Charlie has a LynLake braggadocios alert: On June 17 the four corners of LynLake will have zero vacancies, thanks to the opening of Chicago's Very Own, a Black-owned hoagy and popcorn shop.

Jason Garcia wrote a community post about David Morrell Jr., a local Cuban boxer who just defended his championship title at The Armory.

Abdi Mohamed wrote a piece exploring the past, present, and future of the area surrounding Hennepin and Lake.

Charlie wrote about Eat Street Crossing, a new food hall coming to Whittier.

Anna, spoke with Irina of Irina's Stitch in Time about her alteration and sewing shop that she opened almost 30 years ago in her friend's dental office.'

If you missed NPR's Chris Farrell join an improv comedy group at Bryant Lake Bowl this week, well, that's your loss. But, The Theater of Public Policy will be back at BLB on June 21. Melody wrote about the premise of the performances and all its weirdness.

Here's a list of links our daily subscribers clicked on a lot this week

The Wedge's cat tour was promoted on Jeopardy! this week.

Despite it's small delivery area, many people drooled over these amazing treats from Top Crow Bakery.

A giant pencil was sharpened near the shores of Lake of the Isles last weekend.

There is a rich history of why some of our city streets names go in alphabetical order.

Minneapolis voters voted for a strong mayor system to be implemented. Where's that system at now?


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 Belfast Cowboys are playing at the Lake Harriet Bandshell at 7:30 p.m.

There is a garden evolution workshop at Armatage Community Center starting at 10 a.m.  "Whether you are a new gardener or a very experienced gardener, gardening means changes. As we move along in our gardening efforts we may change how and why we garden."

Whittier Alliance is holding its Spring Fling Art Fest from 2-6 p.m. Pop-up artist and makers market, and music from KRSM Community Radio.

Gigi's Cafe is hosting its Summer Art Gala. Each iteration is filled with art by neighborhood artists and the sweetest staff this side of Lyndale Avenue South.

The opening of "Change is God-Take Root Among the Stars: Black Abstraction in the Midwest" at SOO Visual Arts Center starts at 7 p.m.

Northern Spark is hosted in St. Paul this year. It's an overnight art celebration that everyone should check out at least once. Starts at 9 p.m, ends at 5:30 a.m. Have fun!

The Jungle Theater is celebrating 30 years with a gala, featuring a Cambodian Rock Band performance. As a treat for still reading this, we are giving away two pairs of tickets to the performance. Retweet for a chance to win. Charlie will contact the winners.