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Louis Borck, aspired for 100 years, contentment, no worries

Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery
BY SUE HUNTER WEIR
160th in a Series

Louis Borck wanted only two things in life—he wanted to be left alone and he wanted to live to be 100 years old. The first, he believed, would help him reach the second. It didn’t quite work out that way.

On February 27, 1912, Borck found himself in court trying to prove that he did not need a court-appointed guardian. He was born in Germany in 1833 so he was about 79 years old when neighbors asked officials in the welfare department to help him. That’s when he told the judge that his only ambition was to live to see his 100th birthday. After that birthday, he said, “I do not care what they do with me.” And it was in the courtroom that he laid out his rules for a long life:

“That you live by yourself.
Eat only once or twice a day.
Always be contented.
Never worry.”

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FREE Market at East Phillips Park

August’s Really Really Free Market was a huge success. so we are doing it again at East Phillips Park. We were inside in the main area last time so assume we will be back there, just follow signs.

The September Really, Really Free Market will be in East Phillips Park, 2399 S 17th Ave, Minneapolis on Saturday, September 1, from 1-3 PM. This is a new start and end time because of park building hours.

Minneapolis Public Schools start August 27 so we know a lot of people will either be giving away outgrown kids stuff or looking to get “new” things for the school year – come do both at once.

Everything here is FREE: offer what you’d like to give and take what you would like to receive. Food, music, and company are as welcome as objects. Enjoy an afternoon in the gift economy!

Please treat everything as a gift, and please take back with you any things that you have brought that nobody has taken.

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The Hands of Orlac – Cinema in the Cemetery

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First day of school

SUSAN ANN GUST

Monday August 27th, 2018 marked Minneapolis Public School’s first day of school. Every year the South Minneapolis community welcomes South High students on the first day of school. Here are some of the neighbors, business owners, community leaders, religious leaders, artists, nonprofit leaders, South HS alums and parents who came together to give high fives and smiles to let the students know that our community cares about them and their education at 7:30 am that day. This show of support adds the energy of the Community at large to our Community’s future leaders!

SUSAN ANN GUST

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East Phillips Improvement Coalition News – September 2018

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood News – September 2018

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Ventura Village Neighborhood News – September 2018

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Spirit of Phillips – September 2018

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Raise Your Voice – Mother Earth knows

BY PETER MOLENAAR

Editor’s note: This article was written before the August 14th primary election.

Our Franklin Avenue follows an old Dakota path to what were bountiful waters to the near west of us. Today we take this path to 2104 Stevens Avenue to find the headquarters of MN350, an organization which resists the forces of climate change. MN350 has worked to establish relations with the tribal bands further north. Unity with the peoples whose bond with water runs deep, is earnestly sought.

Minnesota’s water is under the threat of Polymet.

Are there politicians who would endorse a 500-year threat to our well-being: the threat of arsenic and mercury contamination of the watershed which feeds Lake Superior? Under the banner of “national security” and a handful of “good jobs” lasting a mere 20 years, indeed there are.

Editor’s note: Subsequent to this writing, Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan have won the primary election.

Note: I suggest we redeploy a major portion of our military monster to the infrastructure required for a post-fossil-fuel society.

Reminder: Polymet (actually, a foreign company) intends to pulverize “sulfide rock” in order to extract copper and nickel. Add water to the tailings and the resultant sulfuric acid will further erode a material meant to contain the poisons for eternity (Google miningtruth.org/polymetmining, please).

Who will govern Minnesota in the period of the Popular Front?

As a member of MN350’s candidate screening committee, I was privileged to again engage Tim Walz, this time with Peggy Flanagan (White Earth) at his side. Tim actually humbled himself by deferring to Peggy on the pertinent issues. Ultimately, MN350 endorsed Erin and Erin, fine candidates who need our help on the Polymet question. Lori Swanson is a strong person who has done good work but appears as a less forthright opponent of Trumpism.

But, how old is our country? Evidently, not old enough to carry the wisdom of the land’s first inhabitants. Mother Earth knows.

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Movie Corner

BY HOWARD McQUITTER II

oldschoolmovies.wordpress.com
howardmcquitter68@gmail.com

“BlacKkKlansman”
(2018) Biography/Comedy/Crime
Monkeypaw/Blumhouse
5/5 Stars

Ron Stallworth writes a memoir, “Black Klansman,” the basis for Spike’s provocative new film “BlacKkKlansman,” a true story, though it seems fictional in almost all aspects. Interestingly enough, one of the producers is Jordan Peele, director of the terrific horror/ dark comedy “Get Out” (nominated for Best Picture and Peele becomes the first African American to win Original Screenplay).

Unlike Lee’s bumbling, disappointing film “Chi-Raq” (2015), this new film, “BlacKkKlansman,” merges break-out funny and profound seriousness very well; one of Lee’s better movies. His opening scene is a clip from “Gone with the Wind” (the first color film to win Best Picture) as Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) is walking through the Confederate wounded and dead swings into Alec Baldwin, playing a white supremacist, citing why Blacks are an inferior race and integration a dangerous move to destroy the republic instigated by the Communists.

John David Washington, son of veteran actor Denzil Washington, plays Ron Stallworth , the real man (he’s still living) who becomes the first African American to join the Colorado Springs police department in the early 1970s. At first, Ron is placed in the record room simply drumming up files for other officers. Almost immediately a white officer pokes at him with racist jibes, but he doesn’t take the bait. Chief Bridges (John Burke) asks Ron to be an undercover man (this job has proven dangerous, even deadly, when a black or brown officer can be mistaken to be the criminal by white officers) starting off with him doing something almost impossible—infiltrating the Colorado Springs Ku Klux Klan. Is this really happening or is this the unlucky practical joke? How can one pull this “caper” off? A Black man going to a Klan meeting and being one of the boys? Not in with this lily-white fraternity.

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