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South High Foundation Donates to “Sha-Kym Adams Learn to Swim Fund”

Kimberly Adams, Honorary Co-chair of the “Sha-Kym Adams Learn to Swim Fund” and Denny Bennett, Mpls. Swims President receive a $1,394.00 Gift for the Fund from Judy Ayers, South High Foundation President on behalf of the Foundation.

On Tuesday, March 14, the Friends of South High Foundation presented a check for $1,394.00 to Denny Bennett, president of Minneapolis Swims, and Kimberly Adams, Honorary Co-chair of the “Sha-Kym Adams Learn to Swim Fund” and mother of the late Sha-Kym Adams. Foundation President Judy Ayers presented the check during the Foundation’s monthly board meeting. Many of Sha-Kym’s extended family members attended the presentation, and his sister, Renae Rowe, read a meaningful poem.

Minneapolis Swims created this fund with the help of Sha-Kym’s parents, Kimberly Adams & Sharrod Rowe, to provide scholarships for swimming instruction, helping eliminate financial barriers that may exist for people to learn to swim. Kimberly’s hope is “that no parent ever have to go through what we went through.”

Sha-Kym Adams was a sophomore at South High School when he drowned in August 2014, while trying to swim out to the raft on Lake Nokomis with some teammates after a football practice.

To donate to the fund, go to our Facebook page and follow the link, or send contributions c/o Minneapolis Swims, 2323 11th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

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South High Sends Swimmer to State Meet

Dutch Franko-Dynes from South High School qualified to compete in the 2017 MSHSL Boys AA Swim & Dive Championships, which took place at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus on March 3 and 4. Dutch finished 11th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.85.

The South High School swim team, coached by Jeff Sanders, sent junior Dutch Franko-Dynes to the 2017 MSHSL Boys AA Swim & Dive Championships, which took place at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus on March 3 and 4. Dutch finished 11th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.85.

Dutch, who was selected as a team captain for next year, is looking forward to the opening of the Phillips Aquatics Center, as the team currently does not have a home pool to practice in. Said Coach Sanders, “Having a pool with starting blocks to be able to practice starts and streamlining, and just having practice at the same time every day, and now the fitness center, it will be a game-changer for us. I’m so proud of what Dutch, and so many of the other swimmers have accomplished without our own pool. Hopefully, this will bring even more kids out!”

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April 2017 Alley Newspaper

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1418 East Lake Street QORAXLOW-“Handsome”-RESTAURANT 1414 East Lake Proposes an addition for Q Coffee

DISElslOS, is designing and consulting with the Owners of Quruxlow Restaurant at 1414 East Lake Street to construct Phase II of the Project at the corner of East Lake Street and 15th Avenue So. to be a Coffee Shop called Q’ Coffee which would fill in the vacant corner and complete the development of this site. It should also help reduce the problems associated with drug and prostitution traffic at this corner. The 3rd Police Precinct has been very supportive of our efforts to help clean up this area and this would be an extension of that effort. The Restaurant hours-of-operation are from 9:00a – 12:00 Midnight. The Coffee Shop would open from 7:00am to 10:00pm, Sunday through Thursday and 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday. The coffee / espresso service, which is currently offered in the Restaurant, would be relocated to this new addition. We plan to offer Caribou products as part of their “we proudly brew” program and also serve assorted pastries and Sambusas from the Restaurant. Q’ Coffee will share our large parking lot at 14**^ Avenue South and East Lake Street and we will continue to monitor the lot with existing security cameras and lighting. There are also existing cameras and lights on our Restaurant and we would relocate and add cameras and lighting to provide security for this new addition.

BY Excerpts from City of Mpls. Planning Application, and drawings and text by DISENOS Design Co./JEFF McELMURY, adapted BY HARVEY WINJE

QORAXLOW RESTAURANT 1414 East Lake (the building formerly Kaplan Bros. Clothing after Kawasaki Motorcycle and in 1950’s Peterson Chrysler-Plymouth) owner, Osman Mohamed  (Osman & Lul Properties, LLC), is seeking required approvals from the City to build an addition to the restaurant for a coffee shop, Q Coffee, in the vacant space that at one time was the driveway of a gas station whose building (to be demolished) is at the middle of that lot up against a later addition that abuts the alley and is now the very large kitchen of the restaurant.

Qoraxlow means Handsome and is also the name of Osman and Lul Restaurants at Cedar Ave. and East Lake St. (1821 E. Lake), 1202 E.Lake, and 2910 Pillsbury Ave.  Osman Mohamed is also the Founder of The Somali Museum of Minnesota 1516 East Lake Street, Suite 011.

Here are some excerpted comments by Mpls. City Planning Staff to this application to build:

BUILDING PLACEMENT AND DESIGN ·The building is located within eight feet of the front lot line and corner lot line abutting E. Lake Street and 15th Ave S, respectively. · The placement of the building maximizes natural surveillance and visibility, and facilitates pedestrian access and circulation. · All accessory parking is located on a separate lot owned by the applicant and on the same block.  · The building is oriented so that at least one principal entrance faces the front property line. · All principal entrances are clearly defined and emphasized through the use of architectural features. The front entrance is marked by a parapet wall with a decorative cornice and an interior chandelier.  · The walls provide architectural detail and contain windows in order to create visual interest. · Exterior proposed materials are Stone Tile, Brick, and Stucco as primary exterior materials. · There are no parking garages. 

ACCESS AND CIRCULATION · There are clear and well-lit walkways at least four feet in width connecting building entrances to the adjacent public sidewalk and on-site parking facilities. The building is built up to the sidewalk and is including pedestrian scale lighting at both entrances and along the building frontage facing Lake St. Read the rest of this entry »

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Midtown Phillips Changes on 13th Ave., 14th Ave. and Lake Street

Changes 13th and 14th Avenues, 28th Street to the Greenway

BY HARVEY WINJE

The Greenway Market, 2825 13th Ave So. in the building recently occupied by Wentworth Aircraft for many years after it was Sears & Roebucks Service Center for decades, is proposing to keep current uses the same while adding more retail shops.

A new proposal is for five Townhomes with Granny units above the garage and some green space for children to play east of the Market and fronting, level with the Midtown Greenway. There is an opportunity to Tour the Greenway Market Tuesday March 28, 6:30-8pm before the Midtown Community Meeting at Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, 2824 13th at 7:15pm, previously Dayton-Rogers, metals Mfg. company for decades.

See Midtown Phillips NEWS on page 4 for more details. 

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Persistence by Phillips Community: 3rd Opening in 2018!

BY HARVEY WINJE

Persistence often prevails when the community is “between a rock and a hard place.”  Here is one of those times and places.

Five other Junior High Schools had been built in Minneapolis between 1917 and 1926 when Phillips Jr. High School and Sanford Junior High School were built four years before the Great Depression.  The same blueprint was used for Phillips and Sanford except Sanford originally had less classrooms.  Sanford Junior High is still used today complete with a very large addition providing more space at 36th Street and 42nd Avenue.

Phillips Junior High School had a pool and gym added in 1972.  However, Phillips Jr. High  was closed in 1982 due to demographic shifts caused by highways and other societal factors. It was demolished in 1987 despite vehement neighborhood objections to not reusing it for housing, community space, offices, factory, school and/or combined multiple use.  In a contradictory decision, the Mpls. School Board bought Mt. Sinai Hospital four years later, 3 blocks away from Phillips School site and remodeled it with excessive costs into a special magnet school.

The neighborhood lobbied successfully to keep the Pool and Gym addition to the old Phillips Jr. High but its heat source boiler was in the primary school building now demolished!  With no heat, the newer addition  suffered damage, causing it to be closed until neighborhood pressure and fundraising produced a $1.5M renovation budget.  The Pool and Gym reopened under a 20- year contract with the Boys and Girls Club in exchange for programming and maintaining the building. Maintenance was deferred and the building was closed for extensive renovations in 2009.

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NO POOL APRIL FOOL in 2017! Phillips Aquatics Center Groundbreaking this Month!

BY DENNY BENNETT

MARCH 2017

You’ll definitely notice the activity beginning on Monday, March 27th. Fencing goes up around the southeast end of the building and parking lot, the roll-off dumpsters hit the scene, and there will be activity much earlier than usual. Selective demolition inside the pool area will have begun!

APRIL 2017

By the following week, the heavy equipment will be outside, and weather permitting, April will start the month with outdoor demolition. Next comes the excavation, and then the foundation for the new addition, which will contain the new, 25-yard, 4-lane, warm water, learn- to-swim pool.

May 2017

May should be a stunning month as the addition takes shape! The whole look of the Phillips Community Center will have changed by the end of May as this new structure now has walls and a roof, after just two months. You’ll be able to practically hear the people splashing in the pool inside!

June and July 2017

June & July are the months where it looks like nothing is happening on the new addition, but some of the most important things are getting taken care of before further work is done. Plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning systems get installed and routed throughout the space. A high percentage of the work done in these months will end up getting covered up, and you’ll never see it, but you sure will appreciate it.

At the other end of the building however, the west entrance will likely be closed, as the new entry is constructed during these same two months. Although not nearly as dramatic as the new addition on the front of the building, this too will be fun to watch as it changes the look of the building.

While all of this is happening, you will also see big changes taking place outside as the parking lot gets expanded and reconfigured to best utilize space. The summer of 2017 will definitely be a good one for taking public transportation to the Phillips Community Center, as parking will be very tight during this time.

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Phillips West Neighborhood Upcoming Events www.phillipswest.info – March 2017

March 2nd (Thursday) 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.Phillips West Monthly Community Meeting!

Join your neighbors and other Community Partners for updates from Local City Government & Minneapolis Police & the City Kid Farmers Program.  We will also have Met Transit & Hennepin County Present to discuss the I-35w Access Project Construction that will be starting this June.  The meeting will take place at the Center for Changing Lives Building in the Centrum Room (2400 Park Avenue).  Free parking is available in the rear of building off of Oakland Avenue.  Free Jakeeno’s Pizza Dinner will be provided!  If you would like more information or would like to get involved in the neighborhood please contact Crystal at 612-879-5383 or email her at pwno2005@yahoo.com.

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Chester Colburn died in 1898 “Hair Worker,” ‘Miraculous’ “Dr.” of Magnetic Healing may have died to “Hide his shame”

The 144th “Tale” was intended to be the story behind the name carved on this headstone, Anson O. Colburn. He was a miller and died on July 20, 1878 from pneumonia. The rest of his story remains harder to uncover than it should have been because he appears to have gone by his middle name, Otis. Thus “Tale” 144 shifts to his younger brother Chester Colburn, a colorful man of varied talents, and Carrie Colburn, Chester’s wife. Sue Hunter Weir

By Sue Hunter Weir

This is one of those stories that started out being about one thing and wound up being about something else.  The original idea was to write a story about the symbols on the headstone of Anson O. Colburn who died on July 20, 1878, from pneumonia.  It turned out to be harder than it should have been to find out anything about him because regardless of what name is carved on his headstone, he appears to have gone by his middle name, Otis.

It turns out that Anson/Otis is related to two other Colburns who are buried in the cemetery. Chester (C. J.) Colburn was Anson’s younger brother and Carrie Colburn was Chester’s second wife.

Chester’s story turned out to be rather more dramatic than Anson’s.  While Anson seems to have been a successful miller, Chester’s occupation in the 1869 City Directory was listed as “human hair.”  A few years later he was described as a “hair worker,” presumably someone who fashioned wigs and switches for his customers.  It was an occupation that he pursued for 25 years.

In 1894 Chester Colburn’s entry in the directory changed, and he was listed as a “physician” with an office in the Minneapolis Bank Building.  He was not a physician in the sense that we use the word today but would best be described as an alternative healer.  He practiced magnetic healing whose adherents believed that magnets had the power to relieve pain as well as treat a variety of medical conditions. The theory was that the magnets would attract the iron in blood cells and improve or redirect blood flow.  The magnets were sometimes worn as jewelry or on straps that people wore around their wrists, legs, waists or backs.  It was a popular practice that was thousands of years old but one that was rejected by more traditional physicians.

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association News-March 2017

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