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Wizard Marks, assiduous artisan of articulation, bestowed a treasure trove of written wisdom

Wizard Marks, assiduous artisan of articulation, bestowed a treasure trove of written wisdom

Wizard Marks’ Alley writings are “Bound for the Future” at Libraries.Wizards Marks left indelible marks (pun intended) with superb articles and extensive investigative reports for The Alley from mid 1980s to 1990s. Her excellent work is now bound within reprinted Alley Newspapers in hard-cover volumes at the Hennepin County Franklin [...]

Get Dick Bancroft!

Get Dick Bancroft!

Dick Bancroft, Storyteller, July 21, 1927 – July 16, 2018 COURTESY OF BANCROFT FAMILY BY LAURA WATERMAN WITTSTOCK Dick was born in St Paul, MN on July 21, 1927 to parents who were both industrious and creative, and they wanted their son Dick to be the same. He shoveled walks and did many other chores for nickels, following his father’s [...]

Our DAD, Virgil Welna

Our DAD, Virgil Welna

By VIRGINIA M. MAGNER   He unlocks the door and cranks down the awning. Then turns on the lights. A new day is dawning. It’s eight o’clock sharp; all merchandise in its’ place. For the next 10 hours he’ll keep a steady pace. Serving the needs of the young and the old. And listening with his heart, I have been told. Down [...]

Virgil Welna 1929-2018 Vast legacy by quintessential storekeeper and community elder

Virgil Welna 1929-2018 Vast legacy by quintessential storekeeper and community elder

Virgil Welna has heard the last bell signaling another person to meet and serve By JENN WELNA Born on March 24th, 1929 in Holdingford, MN to Alphonse (Al) and Anna, Virgil (Virg) Welna was one of six children. When he was in 8th grade, his family moved from their large house in the small town to a two-bedroom apartment in the Phillips [...]

Martha ‘Annie’ Young

Feb. 24, 1942-Jan 22, 2018 “Annie” Young, a woman who lived life her way, giving more then she took and making the world a better place for all. She was so proud of the people and parks in the country’s #1 Park system. Survived by her son and daughter in-law Shawn & Jessica Young and her three grandchildren Shawn, Sophia and Charlie [...]

Alley’s Gallery of Loss-August

Alley’s Gallery of Loss-August

Sideyard of 2512-14 Chicago Avenue looking East that is now the approximate location of the Skyway Connecting the east building of Children’s Hospital to the new 800 car Parking ramp on the west side of Chicago Av. Foreground: Wooden apple crate from the National Tea Grocery Store at corner of 25th St. and Chicago Av, Harvey Winje with family [...]