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The origins of Memorial Day in Minneapolis and the G.A.R. Lot at Layman’s Cemetery

CAROLINE FALKNER, CIRCA 1938 COURTESY OF THE HENNEPIN HISTORY MUSEUM
The Grand Army of the Republic Lot inside the Lake Street Gates circa 1938.

Martin L. Nicks, the first burial in the G.A.R. Lot

May 28, 2018, will be the 150th anniversary of the first Memorial Day or as it was originally called Decoration Day. It was on May 5, 1868, that General John A. Logan, Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued General Order No. 11, which called for “The 30th of May, 1868, [to be] designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion… with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year…” The late date of the order made any organized celebration in Minneapolis unlikely, and although there were no documented celebrations, it’s still quite possible that the local members of the G.A.R. made a visit to the city cemetery (Layman’s cemetery) and paid their respects to their fallen comrades. By the following year, 1869, it was quite a different story. The Minneapolis Tribune reported; “A large concourse of our citizens met at the cemetery and at 3½ pm formed in procession and proceeded to the graves of our soldiers… The Rev. F. A. Conwell, read a few appropriate verses from the Scriptures [and] Capt. J.C. Whitney followed with some well-timed remarks upon the occasion…” The paper also listed the names of the 20 known veterans buried there. Read the rest of this entry »

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A new world needs new people

By PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL

St. Paul’s Lutheran and its Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts are committed to transforming the neighborhood, and building stronger, healthier and (even) wiser neighbors. These are just some of the activities this spring & summer:

  • Sat. May 12, 10am to 1pm: Pollinate Phillips: planting green, planting art.
  • June 11-15: Creativity Camp for children ages 3-12
  • June 5-Aug 5: Young Leaders: ages 11-15 earn stipends creating art, green space & community awareness.
  • Summer: block party, puppet shows, youth photography
    class, art making in our Peace Garden, bonfires, & mosaics
    for garbage cans.
  • The Phoenix of Phillips literary magazine is receiving “Resistance and Resilience” Summer Issue submissions: with a poetry contest, with cash prizes, for children and youth.

Cool, huh? Info: 612-724-3862 or stpaulscreate@gmail.com

St. Paul’s & Semilla Center are located at 2742 15th Ave S—look for the art and the green!

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Roland Wells: 30 of 45 years of ministry at Portland Av. St. Paul’s Lutheran

Pastor Roland Wells, Senior Pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Portland and Franklin Avenues for 30 years, will retire from that ministry to continue other ministry.

By ST. PAUL’S CONGREGATION

For thirty years, Pastor Roland Wells has been pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran at 1901 Portland. That will come to an end on April 30, as he retires, to continue his local and national work in cross-cultural ministry. He came to St. Paul’s as our neighborhood was descending into the crack wars, which hit their peak in 1995-’97. With open-air crack markets on their steps and bullets coming into the building, St. Paul’s set about to help change things by training people to do holistic ministry through the School of Urban Ministry, now renamed “MissionShift Institute.” Since then, over a thousand people have attended the course in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, Houston, St. Louis and Kansas City. Read the rest of this entry »

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EPIC News – May 2018

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MPNA News – May 2018

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Ventura Village News – May 2018

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Movie Corner

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

“Isle of Dogs”
(2018) Animation/Adventure/Action/Comedy
Fox Searchlight Pictures
5/5 stars

Those who are fans of Wes Anderson and love dogs are very likely to appreciate “Isle of Dogs”. The last film Anderson did is “The Grand Budapest Hotel”(2014), and before that, as a full-featured film, “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012).

A flu epidemic has broken out in make believe town Megasaki, Japan, the dogs are blamed for the scourge and exiled to Trash Island. Kobayas (Kunichi Nomura), the mayor of Megasaki, is up for reelection sending all the dogs to a landfill where food (most of it rotten and radioactive) is scarce and survival is dire. Read the rest of this entry »

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What is the U of M’s Wages Study about?

The minimum wage is scheduled to rise to $15 an hour in Minneapolis over the next 5 years. The Wages Study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will evaluate the effects of this increase on the health of low-wage Minneapolis workers. The study will look at a number of health-related measures including food purchases. The aim is to enroll 450 low-wage workers in Minneapolis (earning $11.50/hour or less). Low-wage workers will also be enrolled in Raleigh, North Carolina for comparison because that State has passed a law preventing municipalities from raising the minimum wage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Help Fill Our Bowl

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Raise Your Voice – Seven Generations

By PETER MOLENAAR

The “7th generation” principle, taught by our Native American neighbors, says that in every decision we make, we must consider how it will affect our descendants seven generations into the future. This approach seems to have worked well for a people who have demonstrated 10,000 years of staying power. As for me, I look backwards to immigrant great-grandparents, and do my best to see the “3rd generation” yet to be. Read the rest of this entry »

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