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Less than a year into their roles, the CEO and board chair of the United Family Medicine (UFM) clinic have initiated action to sever the clinic’s relationship with Allina Health, eliminating the partnership that has brought comprehensive health services to our community. This action has resulted in the UFM Residency Program (an Allina Health program) planning to...
BY DAVID LAMB DeadlineWhile Minnesota state law allows absentee ballots to be requested until the day before the election, voters must register for them by October 19 to be sure they will have the opportunity to vote by mail. (In order to count, ballots must be postmarked by election day, November 3, and the...

Fighting for our community

Hello West 7th Neighbors, I’m running for reelection and appreciate your support. Along with constituent services, I’ve worked on projects that improve our community.I was the principal author of the Neighborhood STAR Program—a tax funded project that shows tangible benefits such as Bad Weather Brewing, North Garden Theater, Keg & Case...
By Rebecca Noecker, City Councilmember, Ward 2 Every day, I receive dozens of constituent emails and phone calls on topics ranging from potholes to policing. These messages give me creative ideas for new policies, challenge my thinking about how we’re doing things now, and prompt me to learn more about how city departments work...
Why it's important, how to sleep better by Emily Friedrichsen, MDAs we find ourselves in the middle of a pandemic, our daily routines are significantly disrupted and our anxiety levels are high. Getting enough quality sleep is tough in our society in the best of times, and it can be even harder in these...
Like many other events impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, so too is the annual Spaghetti Dinner normally held at the West 7th Community Center. We know this event is a favorite fall tradition for so many people in our community, and we will miss seeing you all this fall. We are hopeful we can gather over a...

Editor’s Note

by Jerry RothsteinAdministrative DirectorThere is a storm brewing at one of the West End’s most important organizations, United Family Medicine, as revealed in the community letter published in this issue.UFM has been a “learning organization” since it formed its Family Practice Residency Program in 1993 as an evolution of several community health clinics working with United Hospital,...
by Tim JohnsonRetired Pastor, Cherokee Park United Church It was tempting to ignore the problem. I was cleaning out the gutters, which itself presents a challenge I would prefer to ignore. Looking up, I noticed the overhang from our roof, otherwise known as the soffit, was coming loose in one spot. A gap of...