An “Operator” Par Excellence
BY HARVEY WINJE
From the many conversations and stories shared at the Sunday memorial gathering for Del Lundeen, the consistent theme was that Del would always take extreme measures in devotion to family and in service to community.
On the other hand, her strong determination, focus of purpose, and resolute appreciation for her own life led her to request no extreme medical measures when her time came to die.
Pastor Louise Britt from Messiah Church, introduced the first of several speakers, Tom Lundeen, one of Del’s three sons, who began by saying their mother had been planning this event for 30 years and was adamant that “no extreme measures” be taken when her “time had come.”
Using fond anecdotes and stories, Tom portrayed their mother’s extreme zest for life, joy of travel, and commitment she learned from her parents for family, community and politics.
Other speakers continued with many fond memories and laments of what they will miss most. These are excerpts from the one hour gathering at the historic Thomson-Daugherty Funeral Home across the street from the 2615 Park Avenue residence where Del lived.
Bob Bache, brother ten years younger, for whom Del was always a big sister who provided an example of living with purpose even into adulthood.
By Sheldon Mains, SPOKES’ founding director
On January 1, we had a big change: SPOKES (the community bike center just east of the LRT on 22nd Street) merged with Cycles for Change, a community bike center headquartered in St. Paul. The two community bike centers have very similar programs. Also, Cycles for Change provided fantastic support to SPOKES when it was starting two and a half years ago. We will keep SPOKES great staff, location, programs, and hours. (details at www.SpokesConnect.org)
Our Open Shop (where we help you fix your bike) stays on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings,
Our Earn-a-Bike course continue,
Our Learn-to-Ride course will start again this spring
Our volunteer nights stay the same,
The Hub Mini Store @SPOKES will actually add hours this spring (adding Sunday to sell reconditioned used bikes)
SPOKES is actually merging with an old friend. There has been a long history of collaboration between SPOKES and Cycles for Change (as long as that a two and a half year old program can have):
Most of SPOKES’ programs and policies were designed using Cycles for Change’s programs as a template.
For its first year, SPOKES contracted with Cycles for Change to provide staff support for the Learn-to-Ride program and Open Shop.
SPOKES has been a branch of Cycles for Change’s Community Partners Bike Library Program for the last two years.
In addition, SPOKES is joining with a couple old friends: Cycles for Change’s current Executive Director (Jason Tanzman) and current board president (Katya Pilling) were the two people responsible for the original idea of starting a community bike center in Seward. Katya also wrote the grant application that funded the start-up of SPOKES.
For Seward Neighborhood Group, this change frees-up capacity to start other new and creative activities. And even though we are no longer a program of SNG, SPOKES will continue to partner with SNG on activities in the neighborhood.
Adella Marie (Bache) Lundeen, age 89 of Phillips West Neighborhood Minneapolis. Died February 19, 2015 at the Methodist Hospital, Hospice Ward, of natural causes (precipitated by a broken hip and aggravated by pneumonia). She remained typically practical and in good humor late into the process of dying.
“Del” was born May 19, 1925 in Red Lake Falls, MN. She graduated from Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls and married Clifford Lundeen in 1945.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Nellie Bache, granddaughter, Kalley Lundeen, sister, Ione Olson and brother, Tom Bache
She is survived by her children; Bruce, Dan (Ginny), and Tom (K-Kay), grandchildren; Betsy, Jeff, Todd, Kayla, and Katy, brother Bob (Elaine) Bache, and friend, Crystal Windschitl.
Two of ten children’s early deaths remembered with “Companion” marker
By Sue Hunter Weir
Herbert and Liddie Hagadorn are buried side by side, their graves spanned by a single marker. Theirs is what is known as a companion marker. In the 21st century, double markers usually mark the graves of married couples, but in the 19th century, they often marked the graves of siblings—children who died during an epidemic or from communicable disease, often within days of each other.
Herbert and Liddie’s marker is worn now and almost illegible. There is a dove carved into the marble over Liddie’s name and what appears to be a lamb over Herbert’s. You can still make out their father’s name; they were the children of Henry J. Hagadorn, a Civil War veteran, who served in Company H of the 7th Minnesota Infantry and his wife Elizabeth. Liddie was born two years before her father enlisted; Herbert was born three years after his father came home.
70 residents, city, and state officials gathered on Saturday, Feb. 28th at East Phillips Park for this Forum. State Rep. Karen Clark gave an overview history of numerous environmental threats to this area that have been sources of pollution for decades. City of Mpls. staff explained their rationale for proposing to buy the Roof Depot site along 28th Street between Longfellow Ave. and the Greenway Sabo Bridge ramp and expand City facilities by bringing Mpls. Water Works trucks and infrastructure to the site. A proposal was also given to identify this area as a “Green Zone”center of green job re-employment, urban agricultural initiative, youth-led bike shop, aquaponics operation to raise fish and vegetables, a farm processing center, and a sustainable entrepreneur incubator. Rep. Clark also explained the 2008 State Law that requires an analysis of cumulative pollution impacts in the East Phillips area when businesses move in or expand.
Next Community Meeting Saturday, March 14th. Watch for TIME & PLACE
Expansion of Industrial Pollution in East Phillips and Taxation Concerns
Forum on Stopping Expansion of Industrial Pollution in East Phillips
BY CAROL PASS, EPIC Chairperson
East Phillips Has its Challenges. EPIC is taking them on.
First: More Pollution for Phillips: EPIC leadership just learned that, in spite of their opposition and without having been informed, the Minneapolis Department of Public Works is in the process of secretly expediting the purchase of the Roof Depot site (1860 E. 28th St.) for the purpose of moving the equipment and the 68 vehicles, many of them diesels, of the City Water Works into our midst. This will significantly add to our already polluted air. It will vastly increase the traffic load on this residential neighborhood’s already congested roads. The move will bring more of everything we are already choking on and probably doom our dream of seeking a less hazardous and more appropriate future for this major site of dirty, asthma-producing air and diesel truck congestion. The City’s Core Principle of Community Engagement, is:
The Right to be Involved: Public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process. (Copyright IAP2. All rights reserved. Adopted by Minneapolis City Council, December 2007)
Do you see any indication that the City is following their own principles in this case? Neither do we! We need City people to stop violating their own principles. EPIC is working to see that happens. This is called “equity”. If you want to be a part of that effort, call EPIC Chair Carol Pass, 612-280-8418 or EPIC Secretary, Linda Leonard, 612-655-1755.
Second: Taxation without representation: The residents of these economically challenged Phillips neighborhoods who have the misfortune of owning property on East 26th and East 28th Streets between Hiawatha and 35W are being individually assessed for a substantial percentage of the cost of resurfacing them. These streets need more frequent resurfacing as compared to residential streets because of the high percentage of industrial and commuter traffic on them. Many of the people living on this stretch of roads are elderly and own their own homes, but are too poor to own a car. Many can barely pay their taxes without the additional assessments, and yet, they are being assessed as a convenience to those whose only reason for being there is to traverse the neighborhood as quickly as possible. In a very real sense, this is ‘taxation without representation’. We feel that in this era of professed “equity”, the city should put its money where its mouth is and find a more “equitable” way of funding this project. Read the rest of this entry »
EPIC Board of Directors meets:
Saturday, March 7th At 10:00 AM &
Saturday, April 4th At 10:00 AM
Subsequent meetings are every First Saturday.
EPIC General Membership Meets
Thursday, March 12th at 6:30 PM
Agenda items will include Neighborhood Crime Initiatives, Industrial Pollution in the Neighborhood and updates on continuing neighborhood projects
Thursday, April 9th at 6:30 PM
Subsequent meetings are every Second Thursday.
EPIC Annual Meeting:
Saturday April 25th at 9:00 AM
Join us for Breakfast, Door Prizes, Board Elections and an update on EPIC
EPIC’s East Phillips Park Programming Partnership Meets
Tuesday, March 31st at 11:30 AM. Lunch is served &
Tuesday, April 28th at 11:30 AM. Lunch is always served.
Subsequent meetings are the Last Tuesday of each month (except December).
Agenda Items will include updates on The East Phillips Free Financial Literacy Class, the Free Computer Literacy Class, the East Phillips Summer Fest and Programming Partner News.
All meetings are at the:
East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center
Located at 2307 17th Ave. S.
The Center is wheelchair accessible
A call for volunteers! Come help In the Heart of the Beast put on our 41st annual MayDay Celebration! On Sunday May 3, 2015, tens of thousands of folks will celebrate a day of community and festivity together. All of this takes place because – and only because – hundreds of volunteers pitch in to make it happen. We need helping hands throughout April as our community builds and lots of assistance on the day of the event in May. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator scottie hall at email@example.com for details.
The Second Community Meeting to plan the theme for Mayday is:
Tuesday March 17 from 7-9:00pm , the MayDay staff presents the theme ideas for this year’s MayDay. Meeting participants then give feedback—asking questions, offering ideas, and helping network possibilities for furthering the theme.
ALL ARE WELCOME!