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Alley Update – September 2018

Alley Update – September 2018

What Does It Mean To Be a Community Newspaper? The first issue of The Alley Newspaper was produced in January 1976 making this mighty community newspaper 42 years old. Alley Communications is the non-profit (501c3) organization whose mission is to inform and engage members of our community, to increase community awareness and to promote community [...]

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 [...]

Historic Messiah Church demolished!

Historic Messiah Church demolished!

HARVEY WINJEBy early afternoon August 21, 2018 only the Messiah Church Balcony, main entrance with Bell Tower, and office portion of this 101 year old Community and Architectural Historic building remains adjacent to the Clinics and 700 car parking ramp already built on Block 5 Chicago/Columbus E. 25th and 26th Streets where Children’s Hospital [...]

Houses and churches demolished! But loss of trust is the larger tragedy!

BY HARVEY WINJE A personal note of transparency: 1953: At age 13, I was taught to trust leaders by Reverend Dr. Leonard Kendall, Messiah Church Pastor, in the Catechism class in the basement of that same church. He strictly taught that when in class or in the Sanctuary facing the leader at the front, we were never to glance back or worry about [...]

Confluence of people, stories, organizations, and betrayal

History’s woven web: “Newspapers are the first rough DRAFT of history.” BY HARVEY WINJE Cathy’s Grade ‘A’ Café, mentioned in Donna Neste’s tribute to Wizard Marks, was a storefront in a corner building at 25th and Chicago Avenue designed by Alexander, Fraser, Rose—Architect and built by Simonson Construction Company for Dr. Olaf [...]

August 2018 Alley Newspaper

August 2018 Alley Newspaper

Transparent transition of The Alley Newspaper, as you have known it …

Transparent transition of The Alley Newspaper, as you have known it …

1. The Transition Team is meeting every 2 weeks It is comprised of: Alley Board Members, Sue Hunter Weir and Chair, Cathy Strobel-Ayers; Thor Adam, Ventura Village resident; Sunny Sevigny, Midtown Phillips resident; John Charles Wilson, Alley writer; Peter Molenaar,  Alley writer;  Lee Leichentritt, Alley reader; Kelly Trius, East Phillips [...]

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 [...]

House set ablaze by fireworks

House set ablaze by fireworks

COURTESY OF GABRIEL AND AMY PASS Two families displaced, and entire house damaged by fire and water BY TESHA CHRISTENSEN On Thursday, July 5, 2018, an individual shooting off fireworks in Cedar Field Park set fire to a duplex at 2502 S. 18th Ave. This was the second of two house fires in South Minneapolis that day. Firefighters also believe [...]

Just Say N.N.O. National Night Out

Just Say N.N.O. National Night Out

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