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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 [...]

March for immigrant and workers’ rights!

By LINDSEY FENNER On Tuesday, May 1, International Workers’ Day, a broad coalition of community, immigrant, and labor organizations will be marching through South Minneapolis for immigrant and workers’ rights. Organized by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), neighbors will be showing up for a platform that protects all [...]

Laura Waterman Wittstock, still the superb journalist

Laura Waterman Wittstock, still the superb journalist

Laura Waterman Wittstock | J Arthur Anderson/ALLEYNEWS First Person Radio Signs Off the Air By ELAINE SALINAS The final segment of First Person Radio (FPR) aired on KFAI Radio in Minneapolis on February 14th, 2018, forty years after it originated as The Native American Program on KUOM-AM, the University of Minnesota’s radio station. First [...]

Riverside Meadow named for Annie Young

Riverside Meadow named for Annie Young

CAM GORDON/ALLEYNEWS Martha Anne “Annie” Young 1924-2018 By CAM GORDON On Saturday, March 17, over 100 people gathered in Lower Riverside Park to celebrate the life of longtime Phillips resident and recently retired Minneapolis Park Commissioner, Annie Young, who passed away earlier this year on January 22. The celebration included a [...]

Opioid Crisis: Facts you didn’t want to have to know

By LINDSEY FENNER The opioid crisis is the deadliest drug crisis in American history. Drug overdoses now kill more people in the U.S. than car accidents or guns. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death of people under 50. In 2016, opioids accounted for 66 percent of drug overdoses. Opioids are powerful but highly addictive [...]

Messiah Demolishes Sanctuary and Sells to the Money Changers, 2018 A.D.

Messiah Demolishes Sanctuary and Sells to the Money Changers, 2018 A.D.

Opinion By HARVEY WINJE There is tragic irony this Passover/Good Friday/Easter Season in the Phillips Community. For Christians, this is a season of introspection, betrayal, death, and celebration. Passover March 30, 2018, is reminiscent of Passover 2,000 years ago when, “Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast those that sold and bought [...]

Shepherd boy learned how to be admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering

Shepherd boy learned how to be admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering

By LEON OMAN and http://www.exploreminnesota.com/events/35332/a-crack-in-the-sky Ahmed Yusuf, a Phillips resident, is Co-Author of “A Crack in the Sky” performed at the History Theatre until March 4, 2018. It is a World Premiere Drama by Harrison David Rivers and Ahmed Ismail Yusuf . Directed by Faye Price it portrays the journey from [...]

Become admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering at Best Buy Teen Tech Center

By info@hope-communityin.org Hope Community, 611 E Franklin Av, celebrated its 40th anniversary with the grand opening of Best Buy Teen Tech Center: state-of-the-art technology to engage teens 13–18 in using technology for learning, creativity, & career-path development. (more…)

Abbott Northwestern adds $29.2 M unit in 2019 and Panera Bread March 2018

By HARVEY WINJE McDonalds restaurant, formerly within Abbott Northwestern (A/N) Hospital at 27th and Chicago Av, closed in May 2016 ending 28 years serving high sugar and fat content fast food in a hospital that often treated some of the results of regularly consuming such foods. Their exodus was a part of A/N’s parent non-profit conglomerate, [...]

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