With interest, in this community with KAXE/MN Northern Community Internet connection
2 Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods with high immigrant/low income/ communities of color populations – Cedar Riverside in Mpls, Frogtown in St. Paul, plus other neighborhoods
1 with KAXE in Grand Rapids, MN
Interest in Bloomington + Mahtomedi, MN
More “neighbourhoods” in Bristol and Oxford, England
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Steven Clift posted humorously about the “public health risks of a large squirrel population” in the Minneapolis forum’s early days.
From Southwest Journal newspaper
by Martiga Lohn
Most days, mpls-issues is a substantive discussion of important public policy issues…
However … here are a few excerpts from this burning issue …
> Go to hardware store…buy trap…set track…kill squirrel. End of public policy question.
> Grab a trap and KILL the squirrel????????? Why must we destroy a living thing as a solution?
> Rocky and his friends are out of control. … If you want evidence, try to eat a sandwich on a bench in Loring Park.
> Quit telling people to move their nasty attack squirrels to wooded areas (i.e., Minneapolis parks) — we already have our fair share.
> I ran on an anti-squirrel platform for Student Legislature at Syracuse University in my freshman year in college. I promised to eradicate the nuisance squirrel population. It was my first election loss.
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