Archbishop Bernard Hebda passes his shepherd's staff to a Risen Christ Catholic School student following a mass at Church of the Holy Name Thursday. Appointed to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 2016 by Pope Francis, it was Hebda's first mass at the Powderhorn Park neighborhood church. Hebda said the Risen Christ students "are the smartest in the archdiocese" because they learn in both English and Spanish.
Orren Fen. 10, left, Rose Mason, 6, and Eloise Carlson make up the parts of a dragon that will eventually swim through a tsunami at Powderhorn Park. The three are taking part this week in a Spring Break theater arts program run by the Minneapolis Parks Department, which also holds a similar program during two day-camp sessions in the summer.
Sun and drum
Preston Schmidt, right, raps on a drum while visiting with Trianna Houser, who spent the afternoon on her front porch overlooking Powderhorn Park. "I'm outside as much as possible and today I'm soaking up the sun," she said.
"Wisdom of the caller"
Men visit with Imam Rashid Abdul-Hadi following Friday prayers at Masjid Niamat UL Islam, a mosque in the basement of Cup Foods on Chicago Avenue South. The Abumayyaleh brothers started the mosque in 2000 to honor their mother, Niamati, who passed away from leukemia. Her name means blessing in Arabic.
"Purls of wisdom"
Nancy Mykleby, left, Karen Gabrielson, Helen Larson, Donna Aase and Joyce Howe knit and chat during a gathering at Ingebretsen's Scandinavian Gifts on Lake Street. The women are a part of a knitting group that has been meeting on Mondays at Ingebretsen's for 12 years.
"Scooting through puddles"
Tamarack Brohaugh, 11, razor scootered through a puddle near the corner of 16th Avenue South and East 33rd Street as a heavy snow began to fall Monday. Tamarack and his brother, Raven, determined it made more sense to go back and forth through the puddle to avoid the risk of slipping on icier parts of the road.
"Spin cycle of life"
Maytag washers and dryers are known to last through countless loads of laundry. So has Jesse Lawhorn, 78, who has worked as a part-time attendant at the Chicago Lake Coin Laundry for nearly 50 years. Lawhorn gives change, sweeps the floor, puts laundry carts in their place and wipes down machines. Manager Daryl Long said Lawhorn is a Lake Street institution. "Everyone knows and loves Jesse," Long said.
Ayde Vasquez wraps a teddy bear for a customer at her shop, Tienda Jhoaleymat, in Mercado Central on Lake Street. With two days before Valentine's Day, Vasquez was prepared for last-minute shoppers with plenty of balloons, stuff animals, and other gifts.
"Tea and Talk"
Lul Osman leads a lively group of young Somali women every Monday at the Wellstone International High School as part of the Minneapolis Public School's Community Education program. Called Tea and Talk, Osman leads a discussion over tea and cake about a different topic each week. This week's discussion was on identifying the characteristics of healthy relationships.
Kari Tauring squares up with her partner and beams during a rehearsal of Det Norske Folkedans, a Norwegian folk dance group that meets the first and third Mondays of each month at Waker Community Church. Det Norske Folkedans has been around since 1955 and its current leader, Carol Sersland, is the daughter of a Norwegian immigrant who began teaching traditional dancing when he moved to Minnesota.
Grayson Scoggin gently strokes the head of his son, Sal, while the infant is in the arms of his mother, Rosa Oesterreich. Oesterreich is a midwife but Sal is her first child. Even helping mothers deliver their babies could not fully prepare her own motherhood. "It was not possible to imagine how much I would love him," she said.
Tiffany Turner reads a book about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial as she holds her 2-month-old son, Mesai, during an MLK Day celebration at Powderhorn Park. More than 800 people gathered for a meal and listened to speakers and singers in what was the 20th celebration sponsored by the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association.
As the sun set on the frozen pond of Powderhorn Park, skaters of all ages and abilities filled the skating rink. Two weeks of sub-zero temperatures got the ice ready while this week's warm-up made it pleasant to stay outside.
"Shine and sled"
The Powe family, Shanti, 9, left, Rebecca and Drake spent the afternoon of the first day of 2018 sledding down a hill at Powderhorn Park. The temperature at the time was around 0 degrees but the Powe's said the sunshine made the air feel warmer.
"Flakes a flying"
Minneapolis Public Schools custodian Dennis Neumeier used a snow blower to clear off a few inches of fallen powder on the sidewalks and doorways around the Wilder Complex at the corner of 34th Street and Chicago Avenue. The temperature at the time was 7 degrees, which was warm compared to the sub-zero temperatures that started off the final week in December.
Julie Rathmann teases her cat, Alfred, while painting in her home studio. Influenced by albums and shoeboxes of black and white family pictures, Rathmann paints people and scenes reminiscent of her rural Minnesota upbringing. Her work can be found on her website, julierathmann.com.
"Jingle all the way"
Isabel Brandt, right, plays with her hair as she sings Jingle Bells with her first-grade class during the annual Christmas concert for Risen Christ Catholic School Thursday. Grades K through 8 performed songs, some in Spanish, in front of packed pews at Holy Name Catholic Church.
"Try following these footsteps"
Nyk Shea, 19, practiced hip-hop dancing on a playground at Powderhorn Park Thursday. Shea loves to dance and felt peaceful listening and moving to music in the cool late autumn air.
"Man of metal"
Tom Myhre poses in front of a wall full of metal detectors at his shop, Metal Detectors of Minneapolis, on Cedar Avenue South near 38th Street. Next year will be the 40th anniversary of the shop, which has served treasure hunters around the Twin Cities and across the U.S. The shop sells and services metal detectors and rents them out for people curious enough to seek out lost items or buried artifacts.
"Lily and Raticate"
Lily Robarge, 9, pets Raticate, one of two rats the family has as pets. Lily's mom, Tonya, has had pet rats for more than 20 years and says they have a nature similar to dogs. They are affectionate and can be taught tricks, Tonya Robarge said.
"Not much for meetings"
Hazel Waderich, 2, was fidgety during the business portion of the annual Powderhorn Community Gathering at Powderhorn Park Thursday night. The gathering was a chance for residents to vote for candidates running for the PPNA Board of Directors. Her father, Josiah Waderich, was seeking re-election to another term on the PPNA board. After candidates presentations, a meal was served and Hazel was much happier.
"Tamales Y Bicicletas"
Reynaldo Diaz, left, trues a bike wheel under the supervision of master bicycle mechanic Merritt McCollum at Tamales Y Bicicletas on the corner of East Lake Street and 15th Avenue South. The shop promotes green transportation and healthy living through cycling and food justice with a community garden in Midtown, founder José Luis Villaseñor said. The organization started three years ago.
Earlene Williams nods in agreement with the preaching of Pastor Jarvis J. Hanson during the Fall Revival at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church on 14th Avenue South. Hanson, of Chicago, was the guest revivalist for the three-day event.
Fr. Leo Schneider waves hello to a parishioner as he processes down the center aisle at Church of the Holy Name to begin the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Sunday is anything but a day of rest for Schneider. He officiates a 10 a.m. service at another church and then races back to Holy Name to preside over the 11 a.m. Mass.
Having sanded off layers of peeling paint, Yuliya McCallum applies a coat of forest green to the wood trim on her porch in the 3200 block of 16th Avenue South. McCallum and her husband bought the home in March and want to add screen windows to the porch.
Kaja Martinson, left, and Betsy Hawes give their daughter, Finley, 1, room to climb as they relax in the backyard of their home on 13th Avenue South. They were also keeping an eye on their other daughter, Ezra, 4, who was playing on a nearby tree swing.
Mike Svendahl hand ties Swedish potato sausage at Ingebretsen's on East Lake Street Thursday morning. Svendahl, who has been behind the meat counter for 53 years, said he and the other butchers will make 1,000 pounds of potato sausage per day during the Christmas season. Svendahl grew up in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood and has worked as a butcher at the Scandinavian market since he was 16.
Julia Schuster scrolls through work-related email on her porch at the corner of 15th Avenue South and East 32nd Street Thursday. A high school special education assistant, Schuster was preparing for the start of the school year next week and said she felt refreshed after a summer of travel.
"No Matter What You Do, You Need Cutz Too"
So goes the line Jimmy Bynum uses to market his Lake Street barber shop, Cutz Too, which he has operated for 17 years. Here, Bynum finishes off a fresh fade and taper on Jerrett Nicholson with a dusting of talcum powder. Nicholson has been getting his hair cut at Cutz Too for five years and said Bynum is the only barber he trusts.
"The Orange Line"
Jonas Collins, 13, right, and Emory Russell, 14, got creative with a bike, razor scooter, and two orange karate belts as they took turns pedaling up and down Powderhorn Terrace Thursday. With only one bike between them, Emory said they figured this was a good way for them to travel.
"Found his home"
James Wilkes wipes down the pews at Mount Olive Lutheran Church to get it clean for Sunday services. Wilkes joined the church as its Sexton in May and when he looks back on the custodial jobs he has held over the last 35 years, in Mount Olive, he says he has found his home.
"Defense and Dance"
Mary Gray is airborne as she executes a kick during a capoeira class in Powderhorn Park. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines dance and acrobatics. The class is taught by third-generation capoeirista Mestre Senna, who has been teaching it in Minneapolis for 25 years.
"Taps, turns and laughter"
Patty Gille, left, and Giuliana Ciabo embrace the social aspect of salsa dancing during a class in the garage studio of Lelis Brito on 17th Avenue South. Brito recently converted her garage into a studio as a way to pass on the dances she learned growing up in her Venezuelan family.
Elizabeth Kite, center, and Noah Wicklund joined hands and attempted to tag others during a game of blob tag at Jubilee Community Church Thursday. Tagged kids must join the chain of taggers - the blob - until everyone is rounded up. Elizabeth and Noah were among 50 kid's grades K through 5th participating in a week-long arts camp hosted by the Jubilee Youth Center.
Ross, 21, practices his violin on the edge of Powderhorn Park near 38th Street before attending a private lesson in the neighborhood Thursday evening. Ross, who plays guitar and drums, decided recently to learn violin because he always regretted the choice of baritone for elementary school orchestra.
"Cooking for community"
Halima Mah stirs a pot of rice at Ruwayda Kitchen on 17th Avenue South for of a lunch she was preparing for a nearby daycare center. Mah has been the chef at Ruwayda Kitchen for two years, making meals for child and adult day care centers, schools and Muslim celebrations in the Somali community.
"Who's watching whom?"
Ricky Davis, 1, leans in for a close look at PJ Brown while in the arms of her great-grandfather Benjamin Cunningham. Cunningham and Brown have been neighbors on 15th Ave South for about 20 years.