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High Voltage Lines Public Meeting Feb. 10 “Draft” Environmental Impact Statement is Released

by Midtown Greenway Coalition

The Minnesota Department of Commerce released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on January 8, 2010 regarding Xcel Energy’s proposed high voltage transmission lines and two new substations along the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis. The 463-page document will inform proceedings by an Administrative Law Judge and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regarding a route permit for the transmission lines. The Midtown Greenway Coalition is pleased that an underground route, as compared to an overhead route on 70 to 115-foot-tall towers, was identified as a potential mitigation measure for impacts related to land use, structures, safety and health, recreation and tourism, aesthetics, utilities systems, and transportation. On the other hand, these potential mitigation strategies are not stated in the form of recommendations and many steps remain before a route is determined. Furthermore, a route now under consideration is underneath the cycling and walking trails which the Coalition is evaluating at this time.

To be part of the process and comment on the DEIS, attend the upcoming public meeting where representatives from the OES and Xcel Energy will be available to answer questions about the permitting process and the proposed project. Individuals on the Coalition’s email list for Xcel updates will be sent talking points as the meeting approaches.
To be added to this list, email
Public Meeting
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 – 6:00 p.m.
Plaza Verde
1516 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 550407
612-724-5332
Also be sure to check the Coalition’s website for updates as the process continues, and keep your calendar marked for the hearings on April 5th and 6th, location TBA.

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Xcel Energy Letter to South Minneapolis State to Hold Public Hearing on Hiawatha Project

Power lines before…

…and proposed after according to Xcel visualization

By Betty Mirzayi, Hiawatha Project Manager

The Hiawatha Project is entering another regulatory phase and, once again, we are asking you to get involved. Recently you and your neighbors received a postcard about upcoming meetings involving this project. We encourage you to participate and offer your input on this very important investment in your community’s electric infrastructure.

On Wednesday, February 10, the Office of Energy Security will hold a public meeting and comment session on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The statement can be viewed at the following Web site:

For information about the public meeting and how you can submit your comments in writing visit.
The need for the Hiawatha Project is driven by increases in population, increased use of consumer electronics and other electrical devices, and economic growth in south Minneapolis. The existing infrastructure that serves these homes and businesses is not adequate to meet the current and projected demand for electricity in the area. We are committed to serving these customers in a manner that considers the needs, concerns and priorities of our community.

Xcel Energy proposes to construct two new 115-kilovolt transmission lines and two new substations in the Midtown area. Our route permit application proposed four separate route alternatives and five design options. Options included both underground and overhead designs.

We respect the preference of some residents to locate the proposed transmission lines underground and we continue to talk with city and county officials to identify ways to pay for the costs of burying the lines and to mitigate the impact of the other route options and design alternatives.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will review all of the information it receives during the environmental review process and contested case proceeding to make a decision regarding the route and whether it will be underground or overhead.

We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to share your views and concerns about the Hiawatha Project. Working together, we can find the solution that will benefit South Minneapolis now and in the future.

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Health Assessment Leads to Health Action Teams

By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center

Thank you to all the residents who participated in the Listening Circles and the Walk-Around door-to-door or telephone interviews.
Gracias a todos los residentes que participaron en los grupos de pláticas y en la encuesta, en persona o por teléfono.
Waxaan u mahadcelineynaa dhamaan dadki kasoo qeyb galeen fikrad isweydaarsigi iyo wareysi xaafadaha oo ka dhacay xaafadaha kamid ah Phillips, Powderhorn Park , Central iyo Corcoran.
BYI Assessment Completed

The implementation of the health assessment of Backyard residents is now complete. The Listening Circles were completed in September and the Walk-around, where community residents hired by Wilder Research interviewed community residents about their health, was completed in January. Over 650 interviews were completed, in person or by phone.

In accordance with one of the principles that guide the Backyard Initiative community engagement, “Any assessment of needs or assets, strengths or weaknesses, must be done by residents or with residents,” the assessment process has been planned, guided by, and implemented from start to finish by residents of the Backyard area. For the residents who were involved in conducting the door to door and telephone interviews the process has been engaging and full of insight. Stories from this process and the information from both the Listening Circles and the Walk-around will be shared in upcoming reports.
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February Phillips What? Where? Contest

Answer these any 3 of the following 5 questions correctly and win a chance for a drawing of a $10.00 Gift Certificate at Welna Hardware 2438 Bloomington Avenue. After Mt. Sinai Hospital closed the Mpls.
1. Phillips Neighborhood was named for Jay Phillips owner of a large liquor distribution company and philanthropist to Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Phillips Eye Institute. True or False?
2. The Minneapolis-Moline factory stood where one of the following is now. Which is it?
A. McDonalds B. Little Earth C. Target D. Garbage Transfer Station
3. Candy bars were made in the old factory by the Pearson Candy Company (maker of Nut Goodies, Pearson Nut Roll, and other bars) after the White Motor Company did a hostiletake-over of Mpls.-Moline Co. in 1963 eliminating all pensions for workers. True or False?
4. Who was the Owner of Dan Patch who also had a mail order catalog company?
A. Mr. Sears B. Mr. Savage C. Mrs. Pillsbury D. Mr. Peavey, the famous race horse, who lived in a carriage house in Phillips.
5. Was that home at Franklin and Park Avenues? Or 26th and Portland? That townhouse-mansion was torn down for an apartment building which was torn down for which of the following?
A. An addition to the Zuhrah Temple; B. The American Swedish Institute, C. A park D. A condominium housing development by Honeywell.

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What’s Up at the Franklin Library-February 2010

By Erin Thomasson
All Ages
Make a Valentine
Fri., Feb. 12, 3:30 p.m.
All ages. Create shimmery, glittery valentines for family and friends! All the shine and glimmer will be provided. We will also be sharing Valentine’s Day stories.
Children’s Programs
Cuentos y Canciones/World Language Storytime: Spanish
Thur., Feb. 4–Feb. 25, 6 p.m.
Para niños de 2 años en adelante. Comparta y disfrute con sus niños libros, cuentos, rimas y música en español. *
For children ages 2 & up. Share books, stories, rhymes and music in Spanish.
Waxbarasho iyo Ciyaar Caruureed Af-Soomaali ah/Somali Play and Learn
Fri., Feb. 5, 10:30 a.m.
Kids through preschool. Dhammaan caruurta ka yar da’ dugsi. Ka soo qaybgal sheekooyin caruur, heeso iyo hawlo waxbarasho. Join us for stories, songs and activities! ******
What Can You Do With Money?
Fri., Feb. 5, 4 p.m.
Grades 4-5. Want to buy that new video game or doll? Or would you like to save, invest or share it with those less fortunate than you? Develop a financial plan and learn how best to use your money to reach that goal. **
Kids Book Club
Fri., Feb. 26, 4 p.m.
Grades 4-6. Join other kids to talk about a great book! No pre-reading required! We will share a story and discuss.

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The Hankinson Family

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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