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North Mpls rental property owners refute slumlord label

Property owners place responsibility for code violations on problem renters
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

City landlords Keith Malmer and Mahmood Khan both do not see themselves as “slum landlords” simply because the majority of their properties are located on Minneapolis’ North Side. They insist they are making the best effort they can to select good tenants and maintain the properties. “I like to think I’m being pro-active with the houses I own and manage,” said Malmer, who began acquiring foreclosed and auctioned properties in the early 2000s. “Given my limited financial resources, I’m spending every dollar I got to make sure my properties are kept up the best I can. It’s a real strategy to make sure that you are taking care of the basics, and hopefully make things as nice as possible at the same time.”

“I am buying older properties, fixing them up, making them look good for the neighborhood,” said Khan. Continue Reading →

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Phyllis Wheatley Center nears 90 years

Director says strength comes through community support 
 

By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Phyllis Wheatley Community Center (PWCC) annually serves on average nearly 500 individuals and families on Minneapolis’ North side. The legacy nonprofit community organization, which this year celebrates 89 years of service, last year completed renovation of classrooms for its early childhood development program, one of several family services programs Phyllis Wheatley operates. “Phyllis Wheatley has a value and a principle to serve the community,” says PWCC Executive Director Barbara Milon in a recent MSR interview. She admits that a slowly recovering economy, where cutbacks have become more commonplace, has affected her organization as it has other nonprofits. “It is definitely a challenge when you are serving the population we are serving,” she says. Continue Reading →

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Northsiders mingle with cops, firefighters at People’s BBQ

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

If only for a few hours, the city’s North Side and Minneapolis police recently worked together and had fun doing so. At least on that day, August 17, police officers walked among the mostly Black crowd and peacefully coexisted. Minneapolis police, along with Minneapolis firefighters and the Park Board members, held the “Battle of the Badges — The People’s BBQ,” a free food and entertainment event at North Commons Park. One officer later told the MSR that they ran out of food, but it appeared that everyone had fun. In light of recent tensions between the Black community and police, “I thought it was a great idea,” said KMOJ Morning Personality Shedrick Garrett, better known as Shed G. The station was among several local businesses and organizations that helped sponsor the four-hour outdoor event. Continue Reading →

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Concentration of Level 3 sex offenders on North Side ‘dumping ground’ opposed

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections’ (DOC) latest reporting, there are 1,428 total sex offenders in the state. Of the 134 registered Level 3 Sex Offenders (L3SOs) in Minneapolis, 37 percent live in the 55411 and 55412 ZIP codes, which are located on the city’s North Side. Residents objected to this concentration at a June 25 community meeting at North Regional Library. A DOC spokesperson told the MSR last week that the State updates the Level 3 registered list twice a year — January 1 and July 1. “[The registered list is] always changing, constantly evolving. Continue Reading →

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Entertainer shares his family’s love with Northside youth

 

  Dennis Spears, successful local entertainer and beloved mentor to youth on the North Side, attributes much of his life success to a man who loved him unconditionally, taught him patiently, and provided steady examples of good citizenship and integrity in the way he lived his everyday life. This man was Spears’ grandfather, known to most in his Mangham, Louisiana community as Mr. George. Spears was born in Toledo, Ohio to a single mother he adores and describes as his “biggest fan.” Early on in his life, Spears’ grandparents stepped in to help their daughter and grandson, raising Spears on their farm and teaching him the values of hard work, community service and loving God.  

 

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