BY ELIZABETH PLAETZ LORI, Norway House Director of Programs and Communications
What started as a dream more than a decade ago is now a reality. After years of imagining, planning and building, the Norway House Education Center will open its doors on May 12, 2015 with its first gallery exhibition, “Red, White & Blue | Norwegian Constitution, American Inspiration.” Inspired by a shared love of Norway and its heritage, volunteers and donors have worked tirelessly, giving their time and resources to build a bridge that connects America to modern day Norway.
Norway House is the new national center for Norway in America. This ambitious endeavor was inspired by the hundreds of thousands of Norwegian-Americans living in the Midwest. Norway House was built by many individuals, families and businesses who share a dream and support the mission to promote a common interest and community for Norway.
Norway House provides a place for many to call “home.” It has spaces for families and organizations to gather and celebrate. The Gavebutikk and Kaffebar by Also Ingebretsens (a long-standing neighborhood treasure) offers Norwegian gifts, specialties, coffee, and culinary favorites. Children have a place to come to learn new languages and folk songs. Corporations and business partners from Norway will now have a base to build opportunities and partnerships in a new environment. With the opening of the Education Center and plans continuing for the second phase of the project, the Event Center, it is an exciting time for Norway House.
Norway House is a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a link for present and future generations of the Norwegian-American community in the Upper Midwest to the heritage and culture of Norway. Norway House partners with individuals, organizations and businesses in the Norwegian-American community to promote an appreciation for and understanding of the American Norwegian experience and its relationship to modern Norway and the world. The Norway House oversees programs, including The Edvard Grieg Society, the Norway House Peace Initiative and the “Going Viking” award, which recognizes the accomplishments of notable Norwegian-American leaders.
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See 17th of May Celebration and VV NEWS Pg. 5
By State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis; state Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis; Minneapolis City Council Members Abdi Warsame and Alondra Cano; Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Members Brad Bourn, John Erwin, Meg Forney, and Scott Vreeland; Evan Hall, Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association board chair; Carol Pass, East Phillips Improvement Coalition board chair, and Denny Bennett, Minneapolis Swims board president.
Minneapolis, the City of Lakes, has a dirty little secret. With one of the highest state drowning rates for children of color in the nation, Minneapolis has no public, community-accessible indoor pools offering year-round swimming instruction. Unfortunately, in Minneapolis, the opportunities to learn to swim, and reap the many health benefits that can come with swimming regularly, are too often reserved for those with means.
On Wednesday, April 1, 2015 six of our nine Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Commissioners voted to move forward with restoring and expanding a MPRB-owned pool in the Phillips Community Center. With the opening of the Phillips Aquatics Center, close to public transportation, these Commissioners made a huge contribution to the equity picture in Minneapolis.
The best part of all this is that 57% of the capital required for this project has already been raised by outside sources, and the money continues to come in!
Additionally, outside revenue sources covering the bulk of core operating expenses have been identified and have committed to providing funding for the first five years of operation, with no indication that these commitments could not continue beyond that time period. Finally, a detailed business plan was developed showing how, with enough lanes, the pool could be used to generate revenue to help offset the cost of operation, while always providing access to the citizens of Minneapolis 16 hours per day.
Given that all of this was organized by a group of unpaid volunteers, the MPRB Commissioners felt comfortable that their professional staff, working in conjunction with these volunteers, could make the project a success.
It was disturbing, however, to read an article on this decision published by The Star Tribune online April 2, then in print on April 4 entitled “Minneapolis parks to spend big on Phillips pool”. Below are a few of the items of concern to us that we would appreciate readers of The Alley Newspaper being made aware of also. Read the rest of this entry »
Beginning June 5, 1886, Phineas Phelps built a $400. wooden barn at 2800 15th Ave. So. Mpls. and this $1,000. house. The vinyl siding and windows along with the metal door and satellite dish are probably more recent changes.
By Sue Hunter Weir
One hundred and fifty years ago, on April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant and our four-year Civil War was over. By the time that the war ended an estimated 630,000 to 750,000 men had been killed and another 1,000,000 injured. It seems like that war happened so long ago but if you know where to look there still are some small reminders in the Phillips Community of the men who fought it.
Phineas Phelps was born in Canada on December 2, 1831. He enlisted as a private in Company F of the 25th Massachusetts Infantry on September 24, 1861. A little over three years later, on October 25, 1864, he was discharged for disability. He headed west and was living in Minneapolis in 1865 where he initially found work as a teamster and later as a carpenter. He married the wonderfully-named daughter of another carpenter—her name was Francavilla Fogg and she was 13 years younger than her husband. They were married on July 4, 1871.
Their first child, a boy, died on July 2, 1874, when he was two days old, and he was buried in what at that time was called Layman’s Cemetery. Their second son, Harry E. Phelps was born in June 1876 and survived to adulthood.
The Nightingale Trio, performances in Minneapolis and St. Paul Saturday, May 16th @ 2:00 PM, In the Heart of the Beast Theater
The Nightingale Trio, performances in Minneapolis and St. Paul
With Ethnic Dance Theater in “Mountain Memories”
Saturday, May 16th @ 2:00 PM
Headlining show with guest Sara Pajunen
In the Heart of the Beast Theater
1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Returns with Buster Keaton’s, “The Navigator”, Memorial Day Weekend to Benefit the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery Fence Restoration Project
Film score to be played live by local music group Dreamland Faces
WHAT: On Saturday, May 23, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Friends of the Cemetery in partnership with The Trylon Microcinema will show a special screening of Buster Keaton’s film “The Navigator” accompanied with a live score by local music group Dreamland Faces at Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery located at 2925 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis. The proceeds from the Memorial Day weekend event will help support the Friends of the Cemetery’s efforts to restore the limestone pier fence that serves as the border of the cemetery along Lake Street and Cedar Avenue.
Gates will open at 7:00 p.m. on May 23; moviegoers arriving early will have the opportunity to experience the historic cemetery and participate in a smart phone history hunt. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Taco Taxi will be there with their wonderful food available for purchase.
Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1423311) or at the gate the evening of the event (cash only). Tickets purchased on or before May 15 are $5. Tickets purchased after May 15 are $10; kids under 12 are free.
WHEN: Saturday, May 23, gates open at 7:00 p.m.; the film will begin approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30 has been set as an alternative date for inclement weather
WHERE: Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery
2925 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis
On-street parking is available; no parking allowed in the cemetery. Using public transportation or biking to get to the event is encouraged as the Lake Street light rail stop is a short walk from the cemetery and it is also easily accessible from multiple bike routes.