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Stories by author "Anduin (Andy) Wilhide": 15

The brightly colored green and orange building on Riverside and 20th Avenues is a beacon of hope for many aspiring immigrant entrepreneurs. It houses the African Development Center which provides business and home loans for African, Asian and Latin…

Hundreds of people pass through the Coyle Center’s doors every day. Neighborhood residents go there for work, to get connected to job opportunities, attend ESL classes, get help with their homework, meet with community organizations, volunteer,…

You can’t miss it: Riverside Plaza, the large, concrete structure with the colored panels, is a high-density apartment complex with 11 buildings, over 1,300 units and nearly 5,000 residents. It’s a distinctive landmark that for many has come to…

Dania Hall was the cultural and entertainment center of Cedar-Riverside for almost 100 years. It was built by Society Dania, a fraternal organization organized in 1875 to help young Danes coming to America. By 1885 it had raised funds to purchase a…

On Saturday nights in the early 1900s, thousands of Scandinavians, Czechs, Slovaks, Irish, Germans and other Minneapolitans would come to Seven Corners looking for a good time. They came to dance, drink and socialize in the bars, halls and theaters…

For more than a hundred years, Cedar Avenue has hosted immigrant entrepreneurs who created and sold the food, clothing and goods of their home cultures. They have played a central role in making Cedar-Riverside a welcoming place for newcomers and…

This unassuming two-story tan brick building on the bustling thoroughfare of Cedar Avenue reflects a major shift in immigration in Cedar-Riverside-from Scandinavians and Europeans to East Africans. In 1998, Somalis opened their first mosque in…

In the late 1980s, an oasis of peace emerged from tragedy. A Korean mother, mourning the loss of her daughter, started gardening under a nearby freeway as a way to deal with her grief. More Koreans joined her, finding peace of mind and a connection…

Do you play football or basketball? Have you ever been on stage? Do you like to hang out with your friends in the neighborhood? Pillsbury House offered youth and adult clubs, concerts, theater performances, choirs, festivals, dances, and a large gym…

In the 1960s and 1970s, new arrivals in the neighborhood included students, scholars, hippies and activists from the Twin Cities and across the U.S. who enjoyed the cheap rents and an emerging counterculture community. Many of these new residents…

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