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Creating community from a corner cafe

While Milda's Cafe serves up meals that satisfy, folks across the street at Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis are dreaming of even more satisfaction.

Like every good neighborhood cafe, Milda's has been the hub of conversation and camaraderie for more than 35 years. So when Milda's lease wasn't renewed three years ago, Redeemer members and community activists went to work to find a location for the cafe, owned by longtime parishioner Milda Hokkanen. Today, Hokkanen, 87, drops by her new cafe daily to work the crowd and order food and supplies.

Milda's Cafe now anchors Milda's Corner, built by Redeemer Center for Life Inc., the nonprofit urban revitalization arm of the congregation.


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