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By LINDSEY FENNER Photo courtesy of the American Swedish Institute. Tree delivery by horse-drawn cart next to Swan J. Turnblad residence, 26th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Completed in 1908, the Swan J. Turnblad mansion was built in the French Chateauesque style. The house became the American Swedish Institute in 1929. Midtown Greenway Coalition Calls for Re-Do of Re-Paving Greenway: A section of the Midtown Greenway commuter bike trail was repaved by Minneapolis Public Works in October, but bikers are already calling for a re-do. According to the Midtown Greenway Coalition, a nonprofit group that advocates for the Greenway and Greenway users, the repaving has left the trail surface worse than it was before and created a safety hazard for users. Public Works has admitted they used a different resurfacing process, called “micropaving,” which cost a third of the 1.6 million budgeted for the project. The 5.5 mile bike and pedestrian route runs along the former Milwaukee Railroad line from the Uptown Chain of Lakes to the Mississippi River. Southside Green Zone Council Seeking Members: The citizen advisory committee advises the Mayor and City Council on the implementation and evaluation of the Southside Green Zone Work Plan. The Southside Green Zone boundaries include all of Phillips and parts of Seward and Cedar-Riverside. There are ten open seats. 4 open seats for voting members who live inside the Southside Green Zone.4 youth ambassadors who will be voting members that live inside the Southside Green Zone.2 “at large” non-voting members. For more information about the responsibilities of a committee member, contact Kelly Muellman: kelly.muellman@minneapolismn.gov Phone: (612) 673-3014 Turnblad Mansion Being Restored: The American Swedish Institute is beginning a $20 million project to restore and renovate the Turnblad Mansion at 2600 Park Avenue. The 33-room “castle,” which now serves as a museum and cultural center, was built in [...]

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Complied by Lindsey Fenner Hazardous Waste Collection Event August 13 and 14 at South High Hennepin County will be accepting household hazardous waste Friday August 13 and Saturday August 14, 9AM-4PM at South High, 3131 19th Avenue South (enter off 21st Ave. S) Accepted from Households: Aerosols; Batteries (tape both terminals); CFLS and fluorescent lamps and HID lamps (limit 25); drain and oven cleaners; gas cylinders -- specialty gases less than 59 pounds (subject to evaluation); liquid cosmetics; mercury thermometers, paint, stain, varnish, solvents (limit three 5-gallon pails); pesticides; petroleum additives; pool chemicals; propane gas cylinders less than 50 lbs (subject to evaluation) Automotive: Antifreeze; auto paints; vehicle lead-acid batteries; gas, fluids (except oil), fuels Check the County website for the full list of guidelines: hennepin.us/collectionevents or call 612-348-3777 Be prepared to show your driver”™s license or other proof of county residence. Stewart Park Under Construction This Summer: Stewart Park at 2700 12th Avenue South will remain open while improvements are underway. Renovations include a new 6,000 foot multi-use field, pedestrian paths, and safety fencing along 26th Street. Stewart Rec Center is open for summer activities and programming. Phillips Area Traffic Safety Improvements: As part of its “Vision Zero” project to prevent severe injury and death from traffic crashes, the City of Minneapolis is beginning a project to improve traffic safety along 24th St., 26th St., 28th St., and Chicago Ave in Phillips. According to the City, ten years of traffic crash data showed many crashes in Phillips. The City Staff Contact for this project is Mike Samuelson, Mike.Samuelson@minneapolismn.gov. Look for  Kindertransport Exhibit on View at American Swedish Institute July 22- October 31: Through artifacts, audio testimonies and moving personal stories, the new exhibit explores [...]

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By LINDSEY FENNER City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County make Juneteenth an official holiday: They join a growing number of municipalities making June 19, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, an officially observed holiday. Because Juneteenth falls on a Saturday this year, City and County offices will be closed on Friday, June 18 in observation of the holiday.  Check hclib.org and www.minneapolisparks.org for Juneteenth celebrations and events. Free membership is coming to Quatrefoil Library: Quatrefoil Library, the community center and resource for LGBTQ+ materials at 1220 East Lake Street, is offering free membership starting June 1. Quatrefoil Library has over 30,000 books, thousands of DVDs and movies, podcasts, and countless other pieces of media. The library has been open for curbside service only during the pandemic, but will start offering in-person hours this summer. Visit their website to learn more: www.qlibrary.org. Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Now Open: The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a new federal program designed to reduce internet costs. The program will provide discounted or free internet to many households. If you qualify, you can receive a discount of up to $50 per month towards your internet service. There are three ways to apply for the program: Online at www.GetEmergencyBroadband.orgThrough the mail by calling 833-511-0311 to get an applicationDirectly with a participating internet service provider You can also contact the Emergency Broadband Support Center hotline at 1-833-511-0311 or EBBHelp@USAC.org. Rita Ortega drops out as Ward 9 City Council candidate: The Little Earth resident and community organizer announced on her facebook page that she was ending her campaign due to medical issues. Remaining candidates seeking the Ward 9 City Council seat are: Jason Chavez, Al Flowers, Jr., Carmen Means, Mickey Moore, and Haji Yussef. Midtown Greenway crossing work this summer: [...]

Arts and Culture Spaces in Phillips are Opening Up

Arts and Culture Spaces in Phillips are Opening Up

By LINDSEY FENNER The Phillips neighborhood”™s wealth of galleries and museums have started opening up for in-person visits. Please go to each organization”™s website or call for most up-to-date information on hours and COVID restrictions. All My Relations Arts: 1414 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis Gallery hours Monday-Friday 10 am - 5 pm and Saturdays 10 am - 3 pm. 612-235-4970  www.allmyrelationsarts.com Current Exhibition: Inherent Right, Artist: Peter Williams, April 26 ”“ June 26, 2021 Exhibition Statement: Yup”™ik artist and designer Peter Williams bridges worlds of fashion, art, tradition and innovation. His hand-sewn works from self hunted animals challenges anti-Native policy and viewers who subscribe to mainstream, non-Indigenous views of conservation, believing that we must “preserve” nature by minimizing human interaction with it. This is in contrast to Indigenous perspectives: We must build reciprocal, intimate relationships with plants and animals, as we nourish ourselves and adorn our bodies with them every day. His fur objects go a step beyond to address the legacy of colonization and the struggle to keep ancient customs alive. By celebrating natural cycles and living in harmony with the animal and spiritual worlds, Yup”™ik culture has survived for thousands of years in some of the harshest environments. -All My Relations Arts American Swedish Institute: 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis Museum hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., reservations required  www.asimn.org/ 612-871-4907 Current Exhibitions: Papier - Bea Szenfeld and Stina Wirsén, Feb 06, 2021 to Jul 11, 2021 In a juncture between art and fashion, two renowned Swedish artists meet in a mutual affection for the handmade and paper. The exhibition Papier, now open at American Swedish Institute through July 11, 2021 - unites Bea Szenfeld”™s spectacular [...]

Editorial “A Smile is”¦the shortest distance between people.”

The final piano number at the recent Grand Opening of the American Swedish Institute”'s Victor Borge Exhibit was the nostalgic Claire de Lune played by pianist Glenn Henriksen. The last quotation shared by Janet Borge Crowle, a daughter of Borge, following nearly an hour of fascinating reminiscing about her “Papa,” the famous “Great Dane” and Clown Prince, was, “A smile is the shortest distance between people.” Claire de Lune was always Borge”'s final song.  It is also a reminder that even with turbulence in his life composer Claude-Achille DeBussy was able to compose contemplative and even romantic music like this song of the moon. (more…)

Victor Borge: Life and Laughs of a Scandinavian Humorist Exhibit Opens at the American Swedish Institute

Victor Borge: Life and Laughs of a Scandinavian Humorist Exhibit Opens at the American Swedish Institute

February 18 ”“ May 1, 2011 Exhibit  explores Victor Borge”'s life and achievements with  film clips, recordings, photographs and memorabilia. Admission: see below. Born Børge Rosenbaum in Denmark on January 3, 1909, Mr. Borge trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and began his career in Denmark in the 1930s. While touring in Sweden, the Third Reich invaded Denmark, Borge, being Jewish, could not return home.  He went to the  U.S on August 28, 1940. Affectionately called “Great Dane,” Victor Borge was an engaging musician, humorist,  humanitarian, and one of the most popular performers in the US and Scandinavia. He effectively used physical and visual elements maintaining a consistent, dynamic energy and high level of spontaneity, marked by impeccable timing and highly developed musicality. During 60 years in the U.S., he performed on radio and television, in films, on stage, and at the White House. In 1956, he performed on Broadway with his Comedy in Music; still the record for longest-running one-man show. Recognized as an ambassador of goodwill in  Denmark and America, he was knighted by the five Nordic countries and honored by  U.S. Congress and the United Nations.  Borge died Dec. 23, 2000. (more…)

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