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Annie Young, Phillips Elder has died

Statement by Brad Bourn, Mpls. Park and Recreation Board, President, early Jan. 23rd Annie Young passed away this evening. Annie was the second longest serving Commissioner in the history of the Mpls. Park Board. I’ve directed Park Board Flag to be at half-staff until Jan. 31st. Like many, I’m still processing this loss. I had the honor of [...]

The Opioid Epidemic in Our Libraries: Hennepin County Needs to Do Better

The Opioid Epidemic in Our Libraries: Hennepin County Needs to Do Better

LINDSEY FENNER On Wednesday, January 17, 2018 a Franklin Library patron died at HCMC, after overdosing in the library restroom. Another patron overdosed the following morning in a Franklin Library restroom. Although this is absolutely heartbreaking, I know as a Hennepin County Library worker it has become far too common for library patrons to [...]

January 2018 Alley Newspaper

January 2018 Alley Newspaper

December 2017 Alley Newspaper

December 2017 Alley Newspaper

CAROLING WITH CROWS Phillips Neighborhood, Christmas 2016

BY THOMAS R. SMITH Some people came out to greet us, others held back, facades preserving a solemn silence, whether of privacy, vacancy or sorrow. Yet smiles escaped our little roving chorus, whether for our stumbles over the carols’ verses in Spanish, or for having lit a few faces in windows and doorways of South [...]

Nowa Cumig: Dennis Banks 1937-2017

Nowa Cumig: Dennis Banks 1937-2017

By Laura Waterman Wittstock A tribute to a life well-lived should not start with a quarrel with the New York Times, but this instance is an exception. On October 30th the New York Times called the Ojibwe patriot a militant as he had been labeled so many times before during his lifetime. The newspaper, in its apparent omniscient wisdom said he [...]

“As the Crow Flies” and the Phillips Community

By Harvey Winje In Native American folklore, the intelligence of crows is usually portrayed as the most important characteristic of crows. Seeing a crow was and is still considered good luck by many Native American tribes. “As the crow flies” refers to the shortest distance between two points because the common belief is that crows fly a [...]

Frances Fairbanks: 1929 – 2017

BY LAURA WATERMAN WITTSTOCK An all-night beginning of the mahjon for Frances Fairbanks took place on November 8th at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. This was a place she knew intimately, because she worked there for nearly all of the Center’s 43-year history. She was one of a kind, having worked her way up through the operational and [...]

AUTUMN IN OUR HEARTS

AUTUMN IN OUR HEARTS

This future leader will be able to walk through the English curtain at will and leave it all behind having learned Objibwe and/or Dakota culture, traditions, and language; and the wholeness of the circle of life. He will understand how important autumn is…the timing of the leaves that turn to color – bronze, yellow, orange, red – signal when [...]

Theatre’s Community Soul

Theatre’s Community Soul

BY SANDY SPIELER* Perhaps it seems like a contradiction to be a professional theatre with a community soul.  Our internal dilemmas---about speaking our artistic voices while also giving community participants a voice; about providing our company with livable wages while keeping the theatre work inexpensive and affordable---are not separate from [...]

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