Former Arena resident killed in Minneapolis

Minneapolis police are investigating homicide

Minneapolis police are investigating the homicide of a 76-year-old woman who fought for peace, made community gardens a mission and shrugged off friends’ advice to move from her neighborhood.

Police found Lois Swenson dead in her bedroom about noon Wednesday after friends reported they hadn’t heard from her. Few details have been released, but the medical examiner has ruled her death a homicide.

The Star Tribune reported Swenson taught sixth grade in Robbinsdale and took leaves to travel the world, learning how people lived in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Mexico and Central America. She immersed herself in social justice, peace and environmental issues.

Jane Johnson said her longtime friend was nonviolent and always giving unconditional love.

Swenson grew up on a farm near Arena, Wis.