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The Reluctant Graveyard – Movies, Bands, and Graves

Star Tribune writer, Rachel Hutton, captured the essence of the Friends of the Cemetery mission as communicated by Sue Hunter Weir, embellished by photographer Timothy McCall, and other friends of Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery in a featured story in the newspaper’s July 24th Variety Section, front and back page. Enjoyment of cemetery ambiance and green space is not new in the history of America, this cemetery, or at Lakewood Cemetery in Mpls. Instead, it is the revival of a wonderful custom. Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, at Cedar Av. And E. Lake Street, regularly shows old motion pictures as you have read and seen in these Alley pages. Such complimentary uses, as reminded in this Star Tribune article, have the added benefit of raising modest funds for Cemetery work.

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Marie Sandvik Center – August 2018

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East Phillips Improvement Coalition Report – August 2018

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association – August 2018

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Ventura Village Neighborhood News – August 2018

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Open Streets MPLS 2018 on E. Lake Street

TIMOTHY MCCALL
Members of the Living History Society at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery Lake Street gate demonstrate toys as they used to be–when “Legos” (and pretty much all other toys) were made of wood. Kids marvel at hoop skirts and bonnets.

 

TIMOTHY MCCALL
The Alley Newspaper “Did You Know” History Exhibit and survey table while left to right Dave Logsdon of Veterans for Peace talks with Harvey Winje and Lee Leichentritt conducting surveys and inquiring passersby about familiarity with The Alley. Folks who completed a survey were entered into a drawing for a $10. Gift Certificate at Welna Hardware.

 

TIMOTHY MCCALL
OPEN STREETS MPLS 2018 on E. Lake Street Sunday July 22nd extended from Elliot Avenue West of the Midtown Global Market (the tower in the distance) seven blocks east to the Avalon Theatre—home of In the Heart of the Beast Theatre—where, outside its doors, was a performance bandstand, HOBT info presenters (inside art, too), information tables by Midtown Phillips Improvement Association information, East Phillips Improvement Association and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005. The Alley Newspaper was adjacent with its “Did You Know” History Exhibit and sought completion of Reader Surveys to inform The Alley’s Transition Team.

 

TIMOTHY MCCALL
These Roosters from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre wandered East Lake Street safely while motorized traffic was prohibited

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Drone launched to survey the bridge!

SOREN JENSEN

Short line bridge study is underway

By SOREN JENSEN

We are pleased to report that our hired DRONE was launched yesterday, to begin our new engineering study of the Short Line Bridge over the Mississippi River.

The drone will create a 3D map of the bridge, which will then be used by the engineers from Kimley-Horn to complete the study, which will estimate what it would take to shore up the bridge and make it safe for biking and walking.

We expect to have the study done later this summer, and we’ll schedule a community meeting in Saint Paul to share the results this fall.

Thanks to everyone who is supporting our efforts to Extend the Greenway over the river and through Saint Paul!

Soren Jensen is Midtown Greenway Executive Director

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Movie Corner – August 2018

BY HOWARD McQUITTER II
oldschoolmovies.wordpress.com
howardmcquitter68@gmail.com

A few summer movies for 2018 worthwhile and inspirational

“I Can Only Imagine”
(2018) Roadhouse Pictures
5/5 Stars

I read about “I Can Only Imagine” back in March, I believe in USA TODAY, one of a handful of films with inspirational-religious theme films such as “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness,” “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” and “Samson.” I have known for a long time that religious (Christian in particular) films have audiences out there across America although Hollywood for years has pretended the audiences hardly existed, if at all. Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” (2004) more than proved the naysayers, the cynical secularists, wrong.

When I viewed “I Can Only Imagine” (encouraged by my friend, Marvin Windom) I can say the film is one of the most inspirational films of the year. It doesn’t  hit  one over the head with Christian thunderbolts, as one might think. In the midst of summer blockbusters showcasing superheroes, dinosaurs, killers, and those being killed, raunchy comedies, and loads of characters using scurrilous language; a film like “I Can Only Imagine” comes through it all as a mature, inspirational story based on a true story.

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Vote!

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.”  
– Hillary Clinton

“Thinking isn’t agreeing or disagreeing. That’s voting.”  
– Robert Frost

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Raise Your Voice – Upholding native languages

BY PETER MOLENAAR

I have again had the opportunity to meet with Anita Gates at the Pow Wow Grounds Coffee Shop on Franklin Ave. Anita has an advanced degree in the field of education and is certified to teach the Dakota language. The local American Indian Parents Committee actively shares her concerns regarding the status of Native education. They are all willfully determined, even if feigning submissiveness is occasionally deployed for navigational purposes. The preservation and promotion of Native languages is a priority.

Should the rest of us care?

About a hundred years ago, Lenin addressed the chauvinism imbued to Russian workers. He stated, in essence: If you intend to build a new world from the ashes of the old, abrogate your own nationalism while making concessions to the nationalism of oppressed peoples. Actually, this is a fundamental principle.

What good are the Ojibwa and Dakota languages in today’s world?

When the Indian was taken from the man (stolen from the stolen children), the man was diminished, not “saved”. Consider that one’s self-image is socially determined and that self-esteem has much to do with the desire and capacity to learn. It follows that a commitment to the restoration of Native languages would elevate our nation as a whole.

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