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June 2018 Alley Newspaper

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Time is running out for The Alley!

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What’s Up at the Franklin Community Library – June 2018

BY ERIN THOMASSON

ALL AGES
Puzzlemania!
Thursdays, 2-4pm
Educational, fun puzzles & games!

Game On!
Thursdays, 5-7pm
Card games, board games, xBox, & VR – play or learn a new one.

Family Storytime
Fridays, 10:30-11am
All ages & caregivers. Talk, sing, read, write & play sharing books, stories, rhymes, music & movement.

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Metro Transit

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON

One of the sad things about writing for a monthly paper is that even when you have early access to inside information, you rarely get the “scoop” because it’s publicly available before your publication hits the stands….

That said, this month’s big transit news is the quarterly service change, which was originally planned for 16 June, but was moved up to the 9th in order to coincide with construction on I-35W.

There is no direct effect on Phillips, but residents will notice anyway. The most obvious change is that buses which normally go down I-35W are being detoured off the freeway between downtown Minneapolis and 31st St. Routes 133, 156, 467, 552, 553, 554, and 558 will be using the Portland/Park one-way pair without stopping, and Routes 135, 146, 535, 578, and 597 will be using the Blaisdell/1st Ave. S. one-way pair stopping only at Lake St.

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Lake of dreams–boat-building & story-sharing workshops

A.S. MILLIGAN//N.M.MILLIGAN
A fisherman’s hook, used to lash wood together to form a frame for a currach, shown next to a completed frame.

By CARSTENS SMITH

Boats are a powerful metaphor and Ingebretsen’s is offering a 3-part workshop that uses boats, both literally and figuratively, as a way for people to tell their families’ stories and to express their hopes for the future. This will happen through actual boat-building and with the sharing of stories and images.

Sculptor A.S. Milligan and poet and novelist Nicole Mary Milliganwill lead participants through the process of making a currach, a small Irish “basket boat” that is built with a frame and covered with a fabric skin. The skin will have images from photographs and letters that participants share during the workshop. Upon completion, there will be a small celebration and the boat will be displayed in the store’s window. We invite you to join us on this journey as we learn about boat building and about our common ties.

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Martin L. Nicks, in MN via TB, died, was 1st burial GAR Lot Civil War often set family vs. family, brother vs. brother

TIMOTHY MCCALL
The tombstone of Martin Luther Nicks is a comparison as it usually looks (left) and how it looks when the sun light hits it at the correct angle (right).

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery
By TIMOTHY McCALL
157th in a Series

Martin Luther Nicks has been something of an enigma, an unknown. Even his marker, which was placed nearly 140 years ago, simply lists him as “U.S. Soldier.” There has been a consistent rumor that he was actually a veteran of the Confederate Army who had been mistakenly buried in the G.A.R. lot. While I’m not certain of the origin of this rumor, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was because he was from Tennessee, had lived in Minnesota less than a year before his death and that there were no known records of his service. With the few facts available, it seemed likely that Martin could have fought for the Confederacy. However, as more information has become available, it appears that Martin chose conscience over family and state.

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Memorial Day observance

TIMOTHY McCALL

BY TIMOTHY McCALL

This Fife and Drum duo signaled the 150th Memorial Day observance at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery May 28, 2018 at Lake and Cedar Avs. Fifes, an ancient instrument have been in use by armies (in its modern form) since the 16th century. Fifes originally accompanied companies of men providing music on the march, usually songs from home. Drums have always had a military role going far back into history when drummers and fifers to signaled preparatory alerts and execution signals as well as times of days for the troops; when to rise in the morning and retire at night, when to eat, when to assemble, and to sound an alarm. It became customary for each company of 100 or so men to be assigned 2 fifers and 2 drummers to sound signals, hours and alarms, as well as play popular music on the march. This pattern was also practiced in the U.S. services from the Revolutionary War up until the late 19th Century. The fife and drum here were part of two dozen Union Army 1st Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Re-Enactors on Monday May 28. In historic appropriateness they were joined by the Seward Community Band to set the cadence and mood of the event’s speeches and patriotic traditions in remembrance of military personnel who “gave their last full measure of devotion” for their country.

TIMOTHY McCALL

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Cinema in the Cemetery

TIMOTHY MCCALL

By TIMOTHY MCCALL

The 1st Cemetery Cinema audience of 2018, Sat. May 25th watching the older genius of Buster Keaton in “The General” with the superb, newer creative genius of  Dreamland Faces led by Karen Majewicz and Andy McCormick who both compose, record, and record music for silent films. Their repertoire includes original instrumental pieces, modern classical music, and many art songs by composers such as Hanns Eisler.

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The EPIC Report – June 2018

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MPNAI News – June 2018

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