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The Hankinson monument is in Lot 18, Block G.

by Sue Hunter Weir

The Hankinson family monument is one of the most substantial and well preserved of the cemetery’s early markers. Although it is now surrounded by many other graves, when Myrtle Hankinson was buried in 1870, the Hankinson family plot was the only one in Section G, near what was then the cemetery’s northern boundary. Most of the other family plots in use at the time were located near the Lake Street side of the cemetery, but the Hankinsons chose a burial site nearly a block away. Their marker, sitting alone in one full section of the cemetery must have been an imposing site.

Myrtle was the six-day-old daughter of Richard H. and Sarah Martin Hankinson. Her parents were married in Minneapolis on January 20, 1868. A little over a year later, in late April 1870, Myrtle was born but died soon after from valvular insufficiency (a heart defect). Four years later, her parents had another daughter, Olive. Olive died on July 29, 1874, at the age of five months and 20 days; the cause of her death was not recorded. One year later, Sarah, the girls’ mother, died from “softening of the brain,” at the age of 28 and was buried next to her two daughters.

Richard Hankinson, the girls’ father, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1842. In 1861, at the age of 19, he enlisted in Company D, Eighth Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He served until he was discharged for disability (a gun shot wound in his left wrist) in January 1863. Nine months later, in October 1863, he re-enlisted, this time in the Thirteenth Michigan Light Artillery where he served until the end of the war. At that point he moved to Minneapolis and began his career with the Northwestern Telegraph Company. He started out repairing telegraph lines, but after four years was promoted to superintendent of construction, and after three more years, he was promoted to assistant general superintendent. Read the rest of this entry »

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SEARCHING – a Serial Novelle CHAPTER 11: Calling

By Patrick Cabello Hansel

This time, Angel did not vacillate. He walked south, past Waite House, the Islamic Center, the airplane graveyard. At the Greenway, he paused for a moment to look down. The plows had not come yet, but intrepid cyclists had carved little paths in the snow. From his point of view, they looked like chromosomes stretching themselves out. Angel wondered if the genes we receive from our ancestors and pass on to our descendants stretch and contract with the joys and trials of history: marriages, wars, miracles known to many and those known only to a few.

As Mr. Bussey had told him, the little store on Lake had phone cards. Dozens of them, some with outlines of countries, cartoons, women in bikinis, the lucha libre hero his younger brother David idolized. He ended up buying one with dancing and singing hot peppers. He remembered where the last pay phone in the neighborhood was: incongruously off an alley on a side street. The aluminum shell was dented in two places, someone had written, “I love you, Katrina. VERY LOVE!” with a dark red marker, but the phone worked.

Unfortunately, the city plow had thrown up a wall of broken ice and snow, so that to face the phone, Angel had to climb the little hill and actually stretch down to reach the numbers. By the time he dialed the access number, the twelve digits of the pin on his phone card, 011, the country and city code and his abuela’s number, his neck was throbbing. And yet, with each number punched, he felt an energy grow in him. Finally the phone began to ring in that far off way he remembered. Not a ring, not a beep exactly, but something that felt almost like a bird.

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The Fantastic Mr. Fox & Sherlock Holmes

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox
*****
Twentieth Century Fox
Animation
Lagoon
Running Time: 81 minutes
Rated: PG
Director: Wes Anderson

The adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book to a movie by the same title, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, directed by Wes Anderson and written by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, is an ambitious and delightful project.

The old saying “sly like a fox” is more than apt for extroverted Mr. Fox (George Clooney). Barely escaping from a few chickens napping and a newly pregnant wife, Mrs. Fox (Meryl Streep), he promises to stop stealing chickens. After a hiatus, Mr. Fox returns to the scenes of the crimes by raiding coops of Boggis, Bunce and Bean, three farmers who ban together to destroy Mr. Fox and all his cohorts. Bean owns a cider factory which was broken into by Mr. Fox and his friends Badger (Mr. Murray) and Kylie (Wally Wolodarksy), to steal the bottles of cider. Will they get caught or will they outfox (pardon the pun) the farmers?
Ash (Jason Schwartzman), the son of Mr. Fox, competes with his handsome visiting cousin Kristofferson (Eric Anderson), the former is jealous of the latter.
As such, Mr. Fox’s teasing the edges of danger is appealing to adults and children alike.

Sherlock Homles

Sherlock Holmes
Warner Brothers
Action/Crime/Drama
Lagoon (12/27/09)
Running Time: 128 minutes
Director: Guy Ritchie

Reviewing the Sherlock Holmes movies and television series one can go back to silent film days shorts “Arsene Lupin contra Sherlock Holmes” (1910 – Germany) by Viggo Lursen, “Kri Kri Contro Sherlock Holmes” (1915 comedy) by Raymond Dandy, “The Devil’s Foot” (1921) Eille Norwood as Sherlock Holmes and Hubert Willis as Dr. John Watson), and “Sherlock Holmes Jr.” (1911) by Edwin S. Porter, and others.

The most famous Sherlock Holmes movies (a total of 14) with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, Holmes and Watson respectively are directed by Ray William Neill, from the 1939 “The Hounds of Baskervilles” to the 1946 “Dressed to Kill”. Terrance Fisher’s 1959 version of Sherlock Holmes “The Hounds of Baskervilles” starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee is the first color version of Sherlock Holmes.

Just like in the old days, Sherlock Holmes, this time played by the versatile actor Robert Downey Jr, lives on Baker Street NW in apartment 221B. Downey’s Holmes and Jude Law’s Watson character are not exactly what the original author, Sir Arthur Doyle of the Sherlock Holmes novels, had in mind, but it is entertaining to a degree. Jude Law’s good looks seem out of order when compared to a rather homely but vastly well cast Nigel Bruce as Watson, became the standard look for that particular character.

Guy Ritchie brought us “Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels”, 1998, “Snatch”, 2000, “Rock n Rolla” 2008. Holmes and Watson’s task is to stop an infamous Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) who is “hung” for crimes but reinvents himself as his foes end up dead or missing. Blackwood is a ringleader of a satanic cult and may be into sadomasochism. His ultimate goal is to reinstate America as a colony of England.

Holmes and Watson team up with a con artist, Irene Adlee (Rachel McAdams), a spirited young woman. We’re not sure at times whether she is a hindrance or a help. Subtle homosexual vibes between Downey and Law are undercut by the humor. Adlee asks Holms, “Why are you always so suspicious?” He replies “Shall I answer chronologically or alphabetically?”

The Tim Burton like sets are plush – a busy London harbor, an unfinished bridge, rows of houses lined up like cans and close-ups of somber alleys, dark-colored slums worn with many narrow passages right for the period. Even with the impressive sets, I thought (far too often) the Downey, Law and McAdams Characters are somewhat like Will Smith’s “Wild, Wild West”. Ritchie, however, manages to make “Sherlock Holmes” entertaining, although not riveting.

Howard may be reached at Howard McQuitterll@yahoo.com Check out his website www.howardsmoviecorner.com

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Dave’s Dumpster February 2010

February 2010 Dave's Dumpster

Honors for You…An ABC-123 Open Letter of Help to Young Students

By TaShawn Moore

A.B.C’s and 1.2.3’s are just simply – OBJECTIVITY!!! “A” is the object of what you are to become – An honor roll student. An “A” student is focused and willing to work hard for what they want to become wherein, they develop an amazing purpose in the lives of family, friends, teachers and others.

“B” is the object of making good decisions. This will carry you far in becoming ALL YOU CAN BE!!! Be what your Maker designed you to become. Be dedicated to school and your circumstances to make a bright future for yourself.

“C” is the object of looking within oneself and seeing themselves in a positive view.

This positive track will get YOU where you want to be in the future.

As for the 1,2,3’s; these are the objectives of simple addition, multiplication, subtraction and fractions – with this in mind, CONFIGURE an attitude that will give you the TRUE value worth of your life!

With that ALL being said – Stay motivated, focused, positive and bright eyed for a new way of thinking!!

Tashawn Moore is originally from Washington DC. and currently employed by Phyllis Wheatley Community Center in North Minneapolis as a second grade tutor for an outstanding title one program, called Academic Achievement Program; targeting students that fall below the grade average in reading and math with in school tutoring and after school tutoring for qualified students that attend Bethune Elementary School. She has an Associates Degree in Computer Network Administration and is attending Rasmussen College pursuing an Early Childhood Education Degree. Passion, Motivation and Willingness to see children succeed to their highest potential has been a lifetime goal of hers.

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Does Arson + “Accident” + Collusion = Demolition on Christmas Eve?

By Harvey Winje, Editor

The house once owned by Pauline Feldje, the maker of the first Minnesota Flag and other historic, cultural artistic productions, has been a controversial subject as the current owner wanted it demolished for parking until it was placed under a moratorium until its historic significance could be documented and evaluated.

Then there was a “fire”; apparently arson. Then a material delivery “accident” caused more damage to the building. So a building inspector conveniently declared the building “unsafe” and ordered it demolished on Christmas Eve when people, of course, are preoccupied and least likely to be aware or able to respond.

Proving, once again, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

Subsequently, the following week, the house was declared having Substantial “Historic Status” by the Historic Preservation Commission; “a day week late and a dollar short.” Don’tcha lovbe it “when a plan comes together?”

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Moment of Silence

By Peter Molenaar

Even as these words are written, another beneath the rubble has given up the ghost. The remaining resistance is fading…
Flashback to 1803. Given a plague of wars, Napoleon Bonaparte’s France is a financial wreck. Concurrently, measures to maintain order in the lucrative sugar colony of Haiti are in jeopardy. Hence, the sale of some 828,000 square miles of “French territory” appears to be prudent (our own neighborhood is but a small parcel of this Louisiana Purchase). Every Haitian child knows the story.
Note: Following the logic of ancestral events, it appears that many of us owe our existence to the Haitian slave revolt!

Now see January 12, 2010. Nearly 12,000 registered nurses have volunteered for Haiti disaster relief—some 300 from Minnesota. They stand ready as the largest contingent of RN volunteers in U.S. history. National Nurses United is working around the clock to find deployment locations. “Medical facilities are completely overwhelmed…we are doing everything in our power to get these nurses engaged”, so states the NNU.

Time will tell. These nurses deserve a massive outpouring of respect from the whole of Organized Labor. They are the advanced guard of the moment. But the pitiful truth is, as of this writing, the logistics of deployment remain unresolved.

Now, flash back to 1804. The people of Haiti have the audacity to break their slave chains and to declare independence. Meanwhile, Lewis and Clark commence the expedition which paves the way for the westward expansion of the United States of America.
Yet beneath the imperial eye of the “master race”…

But again the French came knocking—this time to extort compensation for the “loss of property” i.e. payment for lost slaves (lives stolen from Africa) and payment for lost land (land stolen from the Arawak).

Question: How does a debt burden of $150 million Francs calculate over the course of two centuries? Every Haitian child knows the answer.

And so, what else? There was the U.S. military occupation (1915, 1934) followed by the big-time backing of the “Papa Doc”/”Baby Doc” ruthless dictatorships (conveniently anti-communist). More recently, there were two U.S. sponsored coups against elected governments and the imposition of a trade policy which forced the peasants from the land—yes, crammed them into Port-au-Prince, ultimately to be buried alive. A moment of silence, please.

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WANTED: Male Mentors

By Raymond Jackson

Not only is Minneapolis in dire need of mentors for children, but cities throughout America are too. This is a need for all children, especially children of color and young boys. On Thursday December 10th, former editor of Essence magazine and founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, Ms. Susan Taylor, visited the Twin Cities to help launch the Minneapolis CARES Mentoring Movement. The Minneapolis CARES Mentoring Movement, founded by V.J. Smith, President of MAD DADS, an organization that reaches out to teens and young adults who are seeking alternatives to negative social interaction, is reaching out to the Twin Cities for help in locating mentors for the many parentless youth, searching for a brighter and more positive future. MAD DADS, Minneapolis Chapter, has existed for over ten years and has been very successful in turning lives around for the better! Mr. Smith says, “We are saving lives by helping young people not succumb to the negative forces around them! But we do need help in this effort, especially from men of color who have overcome the odds of not being successful. We need people to give just a few hours each month mentoring some of our children.”

Collaborators with Minneapolis CARES include, Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Twin Cities; Bolder Options; Kinship of Greater Minneapolis; The City of Minneapolis and Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota. Together they will host seven more mentor recruitment events in 2010.

The initial event, held on December 10, took place at The International Market Square, and featured Ms. Taylor as the keynote speaker. She spoke eloquently of the need for male mentors, most particularly, mentors of African American decent. She solemnly spoke of that loss in her life, and the struggles she faced as a result of it; a void that was very hard to fill. I later spoke with her during her book signing and she said, “we loose too many men to violence and incarceration, which leaves way too many children fatherless. The children are then swayed toward anything they see as a possible filling for that void in their lives. Often that turns out to be a negative void replacement. We need positive void replacements and black men must stop loosing their children through violence and incarceration.”

When speaking with Ms. Taylor you can sense the earnest concern she has for the children and the parents; which is why she started, The National CARES Mentoring Movement. America is seeing an alarmingly high rate of African Americans being incarcerated. Families being torn apart and children being left parentless. The vision for Ms. Taylor and Mr. Smith is to invite African Americans in Minneapolis to reach out to the African American children waiting on the collective list of local mentoring organizations. To get involved call: Big Brothers Big Sisters @ 651-789-2447; Bolder Options @ 612-379-2653; or Kinship @ 612 588-4655.
The next recruiting event will be February 12th, 11-5pm at the IDS Crystal Court, in downtown Minneapolis. The public is invited.

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The Alley is Bound for the Future

30 Years of Alley Newspapers in One Set of 13 Volumes awaits trip to Franklin Library to be available to the community; printed on good, book paper and bound hard-covers.

30 Years of Alley Newspapers in One Set of 13 Volumes awaits trip to Franklin Library to be available to the community; printed on good, book paper and bound hard-covers.

Bound for the Future has two meanings for the Alley Newspaper in 2010: First, it means that the first 30 years of The Alley Newspaper’s issues are now reprinted on good quality book paper instead of lower quality newsprint paper, and the over 4,000 pages are bound into two sets of 13 hardcover volumes. One set is available to the public at the Central Library downtown on Hennepin Avenue and the other is available at the Franklin Library on Franklin Avenue. This making of The Alley’s into hardcover volumes was initiated by the Hennepin County Library. Alley Communications, the nonprofit that produces The Alley Newspaper, began raising money to have another set at the Franklin Library. An Alley volunteer spent a couple of hundred hours compiling a complete set for the Library to use for reprinting. Subsequent to the printing completion, the Library was able to use some left-over funds to pay for the Franklin Library set. This allowed The Alley to redirect the funds donated to date and, instead, broaden the public accessibility effort. The next tasks are to have the whole set microfilmed for availability at the Minnesota Historical Society and then to pursue having the first 34 years of The Alley digitized for the ultimate accessibility and ease for reproduction in subsequent issues or for research use. Simultaneously, Sue Hunter Weir, is beginning the task of indexing all past Alley Newspapers. So, keep those cards and letters coming with donations for the Alley archiving project because we are certainly Bound for the Future!

Secondly, Bound for the Future means that The Alley has survived for 34 years and is setting a course to continue publishing this community owned and governed newspaper on into 2010 and into the future while many small and large newspaper are ceasing production. This community governed media vehicle continues to follow its mission to allow neighbors to “talk to each other,” “inform and engage” local residents and workers,” advocate for causes of peace and justice, and invite everyone to “tell me a story.”

We’re excited and cautious about this continuation. While there is great encouragement to continue publishing and to find the means to provide the financial support of this endeavor, it is a daunting task. We’re strengthened to do the job knowing it is a valuable resource and that so many people read the paper and depend on it to be available to fulfill specific, respective purposes.

We invite others to help continue in this task by doing jobs attractive and appropriate to them as we expand our coverage of stories important to our current readers and, indeed, bring along other readers by including additional topics of interest. Please help The Alley to continue holding a vision of the future for the Phillips Community and beyond and to implement that vision. We are still looking for Board Members to help to guide our work, donations of money and articles, advertisers, and constructive critique. We appreciate hearing from our readers. You can reach as at alleynews.org or 612-990-4022. All of us at Alley Communications wish you times of hope and joy in 2010.

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January Phillips What? Where? Contest

Photo #1: It’s a sign? Yes, that’s obvious. The question remains a sign of what? by whom? for what? Tell it all and your name goes in the drawing. It was a Model project in the 60’s, closed, then opened, closed then?

Photo #2: It’s a building? Yes, that’s obvious. What building? Where is it? Whose building? What’s it for? What’s rising out of the top? A long, notoriously substandard sidewalk belonged to this property which certainly was a contradiction of its Owner.

Tell us the What and Where of these 2 photos correctly and win a chance for a drawing of a $20.00 Gift Certificate at Welna Hardware 2438 Bloomington Avenue.
See the captions on the photos to the right for the January Hints.
Get all of the answers of #1 correct and you’re in that drawing.
Get all of the answers of #2 correct and you’re in that drawing.
Get all of the answers of #1 & #2 correct and you’re in both drawings.
So, you may win a $10 gift certificate or possibly 2 $10. gifts certificates to Welna Hardware 2438 Bloomington Avenue
Winners from the December Contest:
Lisa Donovan-Larson, Eloise Funmaker, Geralyn Little Wolf, and Brenda Morrow. All got the two photos correct in December. The top photo is one of two tipis with symbolic turtles, eagles, and flowers, recently erected at 25th and Cedar at Little Earth of United tribes. Here is what Little Earth leader, Bill Ziegler, says about them.
The Winner of the Drawing is Geralyn Little Wolf
“The idea concept was the vision of the Residents of Little Earth. Little Earth is the only Indian Preference housing community in the nation that is located in an urban setting, yet, when driving by there was really nothing visually that showed that. The Tipi sculptures are our effort to 1)show, through the most universally recognizable traditional home, that this community is Native, 2)foster internal pride, and 3)they just look good. “The designer/architect was Dennis Sun Rhodes from Great Horse Group architecture firm. Built and installed by one of Dennis’s sub-contractors.”
The juxtaposed photo beneath the tipis in December was the same photo that no one guesse3d in November. It is roof framework at the NE corner of the new Open Arms Minnesota building at 25th and Bloomington. (See December Alley page 1 Open Arms MN article and photos. These two locations are exactly four blocks apart and each are the skeletal framework inherent in two distinctly different types of shelter.

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