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Legislative agenda 2014
We sent the following letter to State Senators Jeff Hayden and Patricia Torres Ray and Representatives Jim Davnie, Jean Wagenius, Karen Clark and Susan Allen: An Open Letter to our state representatives and senators: You represent the most progressive districts in the State of Minnesota. As your constituents we have a right to expect that you would exercise leadership in advancing progressive legislation in the following areas: • A state minimum wage increase to $15 an hour effective immediately and further increases based on the cost of living. • Legislation calling for a single payer health plan, similar to Vermont, which would be an extension of Medicare for everybody. • Legalization of marijuana and immediate release from prison for anyone convicted of possession of a small amount of marijuana. • Immediately begin phasing out nuclear power plants at Monticello and Prairie Island, and increased state subsidies for renewable energy. • Felony prosecution and cancellation of contracts with any sports organization that allows racist names to be used as slogans or mascots for professional sports teams using publicly supported stadiums. Sincerely, Ed Felien, Editor/Publisher By press deadline, only Senator Jeff Hayden had
JANUARY 2014 VOL. XXIV, ISSUE 1
Powderhorn fireworks for 2014 canceled?
BY ED FELIEN
Photo by Al Hildenbrand
Walker Community Church 2.0 rising
When the Saints (finally) Come Marching In!
BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE
On Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, neighbors of 3104 16th Ave. S. may have seen something that hadn’t occurred for 18 months–churchgoers, some toting musical instruments, trickling into the building. Just two days earlier, the trustees and Rev. Walter Lockhart had received the certificate of occupancy from the city and word spread through the networks–WERE BACK! As the service began, the mood was giddy, nostalgic, jubilant, reflective, all at once. But the music was as unconsciously joyous as ever. By the time of the rousing finale, “When the Saints Go Marching In,” there were 20 pieces in the band including seven acoustic guitars, a clarinet and three brass instruments, drums and keyboard. Those who have ears, let them hear–are the acoustics good enough? This had been the reason for many hours of feverish planning. We
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could not recreate the old building, but one thing we couldn’t sacrifice was that magical Walker sound. The expert listeners cocked their ears, smiled with satisfaction. The acoustics were good. Where has Walker been since the night of May 27, 2012, when the entire community gathered in horror and misery and drizzling rain to watch the 102-year-old red brick building burn to the ground? The first weeks were directionless, filled with speculation, paranoia, denial, mad grief. We counted the losses– all the art work, the Tree of Life, the late Rev. Bryan Peterson’s and the late Rev. Seth Garwood’s libraries, all the material in the rented offices of activist groups, the just-sprouted garden, and much more. We mourned the history, for that old church had housed draft counselors, Black Panthers, the beginnings of KFAI radio and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre. It had at one time been a theater
and not a church at all, used by groups no longer around, such as At the Foot of the Mountain and theatrical stars who moved on to the Jungle, or the Guthrie. In the 1980s, it was a sanctuary to two Guatemalan refugees and was involved in the Latin America solidarity movement. In the 1990s, Native American groups once more used the church to organize, and Walker entered the Reconciling Congregation movement, calling on our denomination to fully welcome LGBTQ people. (Still working on that one.) With all this radical history and current activism, it was normal for many in the community to initially suspect foul play. The fact that the building had to be bulldozed flat within 48 hours for safety reasons didn’t help allay suspicion. However, church leaders and members have been satisfied with the verdict of accidental, natural causes since June 2012 when the investigation concluded. Much of the factual See Church, page 2
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There will be a special meeting hosted by the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at the park building at 3400 15th Ave. S. to discuss fireworks at Powderhorn for the Fourth of July. For the last 10 years, PPNA and MPRB have co-hosted the event. PPNA has been responsible for fundraising to cover the cost of the fireworks and entertainment, and the MPRB provided space, park staff, security and event cleanup. Late last year the MPRB determined it could no longer afford to pay for both the neighborhood event at Powderhorn and the citywide event at the Mississippi River, so it was canceling funding for the Powderhorn event. As Becky Timm, the PPNA executive director, has said, “For 122 years, Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis has been home to Fourth of July Fireworks and a day-long community celebration. This annual summer tradition attracts a crowd of more than 20,000 for a day of family fun, live music and a unique fireworks display over Powderhorn Lake.” That’s a tradition that outdoes the River fireworks by about 100 years. There are no plans to actually close the park on
the 4th, so there will still be a need for space, staff, security and cleanup. The problem comes with the cost of additional security needed for the fireworks that don’t start until 10 p.m. and last until 11. Generally, on ordinary weekend nights, people leave the park after dark, so there’s not much need for added security after 10 p.m., but on the 4th of July the police try to get people out of the park immediately after the fireworks, and that can take an hour, until midnight. Even if PPNA decided not to fund a See Fireworks, page 2
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I joined my DFL colleagues in both the Senate and the House in passing legislation to raise the wage, but unfortunately the bill stalled over disagreements on how high to raise the wage. I’m confident we will raise the wage during the 2014 session, but I continue to stress that the minimum wage must be considered a floor, not a ceiling. Raising the wage to any amount can’t be viewed as a silver bullet for Minnesota workers living in poverty; instead, it should Church, from page 1 Those first few weeks were filled with a generous outpouring of love and support from the Powderhorn/Phillips/Central communities and other churches. Walker’s scheduled Memorial Day community meal was served by another congregation and took place in the middle of 16th Avenue, attended by over 200 people–the day after the fire! Over the past 18 months, Living Spirit Church, Faith Mennonite Church, In the Heart of the Beast’s Avalon Theatre–like the parents crashing on the adult child’s sofa in a time
be part of a larger package of protections for workers and their families–strong prevailing wage laws, better workforce training and development, and a reliable safety net for job loss. I’m a longtime supporter of single payer, and continue to fight to ensure that every person living in Minnesota can get the health care they need. I’m proud of our efforts in 2013 to build our own, statebased insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, which resulted in the lowest average rates for health plans in the county.
While I’ve been very frustrated with MNsure’s rollout and the problems Minnesotans have encountered trying to use the online marketplace, I remain optimistic that–once properly implemented–MNsure will get more people access to quality health care for themselves and their families. I expect the decriminalization of marijuana, in general, and the legalization of medicinal marijuana, in particular, to be one of the major policy debates during the 2014 session. As part of a bi-partisan coalition supporting a bill to
legalize medicinal marijuana, I’m hopeful that the legislature and the governor will make real progress this year. There is really no debating the need for long-term renewable energy alternatives in Minnesota, and I’m especially interested in exploring solutions that both position Minnesota as a renewable energy leader and protect rate payers in our community from bearing too much of the cost. Not only have I supported subsidies for renewable energy sources, bringing the cost closer to parity, but I have
forced innovation by supporting an extension on the moratorium on building any new nuclear facilities in Minnesota. Finally, I am united with our American Indian community and so many other Minnesotans in demanding that the Washington, D.C., football team–and any other sports team with a racist or derogatory name–take immediate action to change its name and mascot. Until they do, they are not welcome in our city. Jeff Hayden Senator, District 62
of crisis–and Patrick’s Cabaret have provided space for worship and other events. Reverend Walter started calling us Walker 2.0. As Methodists go, Walker is a bit more Taoist than the normal Methodist church, so we could not help but notice that we were confronted with the eternal changing-ness of things. Of course there will be a new Walker, and it won’t be a pale imitation of the old Walker. It will be something new and, dare we say it? radical. Not that anyone will try to out-radical the old Walker, whose unique strength lies in its nondogmatic nature. Walker’s mem-
bership includes atheists, witches and Jews, along with the expected political and social and gender outsiders. You don’t have to change your beliefs to be part of Walker, just believe in the Beloved Community itself. For this reason, there may be as many radically different versions of the “Walker Journey” (a prescient coinage of Bryan Peterson’s) as there are members. I will briefly tell you mine. I moved from Atlanta to the Twin Cities in 1984, with my little multi-racial family: a son in kindergarten, a 9-year old daughter, and boyfriend/partner who made the move with me. We were looking for some activist community to get involved with and the Latin America solidarity movement was our main issue. We responded to a flyer asking for new volunteers to support Walker’s sanctuary project and went to a potluck at the parsonage. Then we tried out the Sunday celebration where the first hook was the five minute meditation on a reading
from the Tao Te Ching. You see, I was brought up Methodist, but the things I had flirted with in my seeking for a better spiritual home were Catholic folk mass, liberation theology, Quakerism and meditation practice. And here they all were, without the Catholic liturgy or hierarchy, without the stodgy Quaker processes, without a guru, a pope or a funny diet. In a Methodist church! I knew it had to be right, and within a couple of months I had signed on as a member. In the years from 1985 to 1998, I went through a lot of changes. I even got a little bit mad at one thing or another at Walker Church, and I had semi-dormant periods, alternating with periods where I was so involved it was almost too much. In 1998, I left the Twin Cities to move to England. I had a bon voyage “giveaway” party in the Walker Church basement. There were nearly 100 people there and they were all really close friends, people I truly cared about. I never had 10
people I was that close to in Atlanta or in England. It was Walker Church, the Beloved Community, that was the basis for my own sustaining community of friends. Comrades in the struggle, help along the Journey. I came back from England in December 2011 and this community, quite literally, kept me alive that first year, in deep depression, with no job and no belongings after two moves across the ocean. And then came the fire, and then came the Journey to what Walker Church will be now. The new Walker will be an even more intentional part of the southside community. We have big plans, especially for our kitchen, which was perhaps the next thing after the acoustics that took major planning. Free community meals are in the works. We want to share our conference room, dining hall, fireplace and meditation spaces. All in the community are invited to drop by and see what we have made to share with you: Walker 2.0.
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home to a lot of critters that may well suffer from ‘shock and awe’ during each year’s fireworks display. I certainly value the park more as a home for wildlife and other, less disruptive, human activities, than as a venue for the annual fireworks display.” And, “For people around the world (and some within our own community) who have actually been victims of ‘bombs bursting in air,’ it is not something to be celebrated. The American Identity has always been way too wrapped up in the history and culture of War, and this hinders us from re-imagining a more peaceful future for our nation and our world.” Teresa Hitchens Olson disagrees, “We need to fight to
keep the fireworks because it is free, accessible, serves the most people and for the kids sitting on the hill, it is the only 4th of July they may ever know.” And Vanessa Coldwater says, “Although I am saddened by the potential disturbance to wildlife and symbolic celebration of battle, and annoyed by the noise at all hours, my children have enjoyed the 4th fireworks for the last 18 years. I see neighbors at that event who don’t turn out for any of the others. It draws participants from all ethnic groups, all income levels, all ages. I would be disappointed to see such an event disappear when there is so much talk in our neighborhood forums about creating a more inclusive community. It can be a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with each other and spend time together.” If you want to hear more and participate in deciding the future of fireworks in Powderhorn, then you should make every effort to attend the meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at the park building.
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fireworks display, I fail to see how the situation would be very different from what it’s always been. There will probably be picnicking in the park and music during the day, and the lack of official fireworks will probably encourage amateurs to spend extravagant amounts on sumptuous displays, and I’m sure there will be a crowd to evaluate their efforts with oohs and ahhhs. I can’t see that breaking up before 11 p.m., with or without added police security. There are legitimate arguments against a fireworks display. In a note to the Powderhorn Issues List, Ruth Harris said, “The park is
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Happy New Year to our dear Powderhorn Park
BY JOHN KARRIGAN
I could start by complaining about the weather, as I have many times lately, but I guess that won’t do much good. Or, I could start by saying I haven’t been spending as much time in the park as usual, which is true, but I have been spending a lot of time outdoors. Mostly when I was outdoors, I was shoveling varying amounts of snow in very cold and windy conditions. And shoveling also for various neighbors who have been and/or are still gone for short-to-long periods of time. This gives me a chance to keep up on the yard birds, and I am seeing many more yard birds than park birds lately. On some of my park walks, I have seen zero birds, or sometimes varying numbers of Crows, but none stopping by the park. Late in November and early in December, on a few occasions, I would see a few Mallards or a few Canada Geese making inspection flights over the lake and giving up and going away as soon as they saw the total ice conditions. I did see a pair of Brown Creepers on a Cottonwood late in November. I have seen many Crows passing over on their northeasterly late afternoon commutes, but I didn’t see any large gatherings of Crows congregating in Powderhorn in December. I suppose I could have missed those. On a few December days, moderate numbers of Crows have made various backyard, frontyard and rooftop daytime stops in the neighborhood. In a recent Star Tribune story about Crows, Sharon Stiteler, a parttime ranger with the National Park Service and author of the Birdchick blog (and also my
former manager at a bird store), estimated that there were 400,000 Crows gathering west of downtown Minneapolis in the winter of 2010. Yard birds The yard birds seem to be surviving the winter so far. The usuals are Cardinals, Goldfinches, Juncos, Chickadees and English Sparrows. I have seen no Brown Creepers in the yard, which I have seen in various other years. Of course, there are rabbits and grey squirrels, which don’t count as birds, but do steal my bird seed. We did make a lastday-of-November down-theMississippi-River trip and saw many Bald Eagles, but the icing conditions were such that we did not get many good views of the ducks, geese and Tundra Swans that were still present.
Back to Powderhorn The City Pages weekly newspaper Winter Guide in early December named Powderhorn Park for two of their top winter events. Sledding at the Park ranked No. 15 and the Powderhorn Art Sled Rally, on Jan. 25 this year, was named the No. 4 event. The Art Sled event has nothing to do with birds but it has all kinds of creative Powderhorn-type people, is lots of fun and you might see some birds or other signs of nature if you attend. Another Powderhorn event, which has nothing to do with winter, is the Fourth of July fireworks show. There probably will be big changes this year and the changes will be discussed at the January Community Café meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Powderhorn Park
Neighborhood Association office (821 E. 35th St.). The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and has been the topic of much discussion on the Powderhorn Neighbors Forum on e-democracy.com. I spent a lot of my paperboy summer income on “legal in South Dakota” fireworks in my misspent youth in South Dakota and I still like good fireworks. After moving to Minneapolis, the July 4 fireworks are what got me to Powderhorn Park the first time, but after living and participat-
ing in the neighborhood for more than 30 years in the neighborhood, I have grown to value the nature, birds, bugs and animals much more than the noise and mess of one evening. It will be interesting to see how this turns out. I hope you are all surviving the winter.
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Feed the Birds (and the squirrels)
What you'll need:
Bundt Pan Bird Seed ( 4 cups) Water (1/2 cup) Corn Syrup (3 Tablespoons) Gelatin (one packet) Cooking spray 3/4 cup flour
Notes: Any shape will work. If you're using a solid shape, such as a heart mold, place a plastic straw where you want to thread your string through for hanging purposes. Once it's dry, gently remove the straw and you'll see the perfectly shaped hole.
In a large bowl, mix the gelatin packet and 1/2 cup warm water. Whisk until dissolved.
Gently stir in the corn syrup and 3/4 cup flour using your whisk- this will be paste like.
Add your 4 cups of bird seed and blend well. (for fun, kids may want to use their hands to mix it up)
Spray your bundt pan with cooking spray
Scoop your bird seed mixture into your bundt pan or mold. Press down firmly into the mold.
Set it aside for 24 hours to dry. After it's dry, place a plate on top of the bundt pan and gently flip over so the wreath falls directly onto the plate.
Now it's time to hang it! Using a ribbon or twine, thread through the wreath and tie a knot. Hang from a tree or a gate.
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Winter dreaming follows rhythms of land and sky
BY CHARLEY UNDERWOOD
In my youth, I used to look forward to winter for a particular reason: reading. I would set aside a long book for the long nights … Russian novels, historical fiction, post-apocalyptic adventure stories. My bed was a hide-away that would pull out from under the sitting couch, perfectly designed for never having to straighten the covers to my mother’s satisfaction. I would slide the bed out, stack a cou-
ple of pillows under my head and read for hours about feverish existentialist nobles, courageous Resistance fighters in the sewers under the Warsaw ghetto, young heroes hiding from the tyranny of totalitarian overlords. It was a perfect antidote for the lawnmowing I did during the summer months, a quiet little “boy cave” I could inhabit, away from the stresses of school and family. Before electricity, they say, our social rhythms were structured more like that. They were seasonal and naturebased, involving spring planting, barn-raising in the summer, harvest festivals and long winter evenings telling stories by the fire. We still have elements of that, perhaps vestiges of ancient times, like the appendix or tonsils in our body, whose function has disappeared while the organ remains. In the fall we have the Barebones Theater’s homage to growing shadows and to the memory of those who have died. In the spring, we have the Heart of the Beast Mayday festival, an announcement of
spring and rebirth. In the summer, we open the city beaches to swimmers, close the park roads for marathons and sometimes escape to the old family cabin. And even now, in the winter, we watch movies about wonderful lives, see plays about ghosts of Christmas past or watch dancing sugarplum fairies. In some ways, those winter rituals are our modern stories around the fire, our warm soup in the family kitchen, our refuge from the howling winds or frantic crowds at the mall. Soon enough, I will be sorting out my maple syrup equipment, checking the calendar for the Gardening Matters Spring Resource Fair, thinking about which seeds and plants I should get from the Food Resource Hubs. I may even try to figure out why my lawn mower wouldn’t start and if I really need it, now that I have mostly replaced my grass with food plants. If you are truly tempted by conferences, there are some very good ones. On Jan. 9 and 10, the Minnesota Organic Conference is being held in St.
Cloud. There are wonderful workshops on cover cropping, growing garlic, pollinators, dry bean, high tunnel production, poultry, organic soil fertility, greenhouses and ancient wheats. If Friday and Saturday aren’t enough, you can go a day early and do half-day or all-day workshops on multispecies grazing, beekeeping, high tunnels and advanced pasture planning. You can get more information at 651-2016012 or http://www.mda.state.mn.us/organic On Jan. 16 and 17, also in St. Cloud, are held the workshops and meetings of the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. There is a beginning growers workshop the day before, on Wednesday, Jan. 15. I went to this one for the first time last year and picked up information I have been using ever since. 763-4340400 or http://mfvga.org/education_umrgvgc.shtml Then there is the conference of the Sustainable Farming Association on Saturday, Feb. 8, in St. Joseph. There are workshops on cheese making, seed saving, root cellaring, season extension, agroforestry and more. More information is at http://www.sfamn.org/conference/ Last, but very definitely not least, is the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) conference Feb. 28 to March 1 in St. Cloud, with pre-conference Organic University workshops offered the day before, on Thursday, Feb. 27. This is my absolute favorite in the area. You can call them at 715-7785775 or go to http://mosesorganic.org/conference/ I will be driving to the SFA
and MOSES conferences, so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a ride. Please put something about Southside Pride in the subject line so it doesn’t get lost. Or just stay home and read books. Or stay home and invite the neighbors over for a pot-luck. There will be a time for planting and weeding and foraging later. Now is the dreaming time of the year. There are lots more classes coming, but here are a few gardening classes for now:
Saturday, Jan. 25, 1 to 3 p.m. $20. “Fermentation basics” (like sauerkraut and yogurt), EggPlant Urban Farm Supply, 1771 Selby Ave., St. Paul. 651645-0818 or http://eggplantsupply.com/Classes.html Monday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. Free but RSVP required. “Get your seeds out” (seed starting), Mother Earth Gardens at Riverview Wine Bar, 3745 42nd Ave. S., Mpls. 612-724-8463 or w w w. S i g n Up G e n i u s . co m / go / 1 0 C 0 9 4 BA 4 A 8 2 8 A 0 F E 3 winter Monday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Free but RSVP required. “Neonics and honeybees,” Mother Earth Gardens at Riverview Wine Bar, 3745 42nd Ave. S., Mpls. 612-724-8463 or www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094BA4A828A0FE3-winter Monday, March 3, 7 p.m. Free but RSVP required. “New Varieties,” Mother Earth Gardens at Riverview Wine Bar, 3745 42nd Ave. S., Mpls. 612-724-8463 or www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094BA4A828A0FE3-winter
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The 407 million dollar question for Hennepin County
BY LARA NORKUSCRAMPTON, RN
Is Hennepin County quietly rebuilding the aging downtown HERC Garbage Incinerator? Would this be the best investment of hundreds of millions of public dollars? Why not invest more in recycling programs? Shouldn’t the public be part of this discussion? A recent item appeared in the 12/10/13 Hennepin County Board, Public Works, Energy & Environment Committee Agenda. It sounded innocuous enough: 13-0443. Amd 5 to Agmt A03625 with Covanta Hennepin Energy Resource Co., Limited Partnership, related to system replacement projects at HERC, no change in term or NTE http://board.co.hennepin.mn.u s/sirepub/agdocs.aspx?doctype=a genda&itemid=43503 The supporting documents had a link that stopped working after a few days. An online search turned up a pdf file with documents supporting the agenda item. Current request Amendment 5 with Covanta Hennepin Energy Resource Co., Limited Partnership, for the period Dec. 17, 2013, through March 2, 2018, with no change in the NTE amount, will add the turbine to the list of system replacement projects. This will permit the county to reimburse Covanta for the repairs made to the turbine this past spring due to the stress corrosion cracking on the turbine blades. This amendment also allows the county to direct system replacement projects and other improvements at HERC. This includes the right to install signage, structures, appurtenances, improvements, additions, elements and other enhancements to the facility or facility site. In addition, this amendment grants authority to the county administrator to add system replacement projects … The term “system replacement projects at HERC” caught my eye. NTE turns out to stand for Not to Exceed. In this case the replacement projects were Not to Exceed $407,163,484.00! Attachment A in this document lists 8 pages of equipment and mechanicals that the county would be potentially responsible to Covanta for reimbursement in any replacement costs. While it is good to see that there is some kind of upper limit, $407 million seems like quite a chunk of change for replacing aging incinerator parts! Revealing numbers on HERC from a graduate thesis A graduate student from Muncie, Ind., Kevin Kroll, recently published a thesis that was very enthusiastic about garbage incineration for energy use. http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/ bitstream/123456789/197209/1/K
rollK_2013-2_BODY.pdf Most of the paper reads like the standard industry-sponsored propaganda that is readily available. More interestingly, he used HERC as a case study and was able to get more recent detailed information from Hennepin County on the business model of the Burner. According to the author, “Dr. Andrew Leith, the head of HERC’s Air and Energy Unit … revealed that HERC was originally built by the Blount Development Company, which has since gone bankrupt. After that it was owned and operated by General Electric until 2004 when it was purchased by Hennepin County, which owns the facility today ... The electricity the facility produces is sent to Xcel Energy, and is routed to Xcel’s Aldrich substation through a county-owned transformer and transmission line, this power purchase agreement is set to expire in 2018. Excess steam from the combustion process is sent to the downtown energy district owned by NRG, which has a similar power purchase agreement also through 2018.” (Page 25) Hennepin County’s contract with HERC also ends in 2018. With the capacity increase for the Burner still being requested by the county and the contracts and agreements all expiring in 2018– it seems like now should be the logical time to seriously evaluate our city’s resource/waste management practices and to determine whether or not garbage power is the best choice for the region from an economic, environmental, and public health perspective. He continues: “The Hennepin Energy Recovery Center was constructed for a total capital cost of 160.5 million dollars in the late ’80s … It was funded primarily by a bond debt of $134.5 million … Because the company that developed the project in the ’80s went bankrupt, Dr. Leith was not sure how the rest of the project was financed, although he said it was not through any federal grants. A similar plant constructed today would cost in the neighborhood of $300 million.” First question: If the construction of a brand new garbage incinerator would cost $300 million, then why has the county asked for up to $407 million for “replacement projects”? The existing agreement which locks the Burner into incinerating the current contracted amount of 1,000 tons per day regardless of our recycling or composting rate ends in 2018. Covanta and Hennepin County continue to fight for a permit from the city to burn even more refuse that could otherwise be recycled and composted. But many others are arguing for Zero Waste practices that save energy by conserving and re-
using valuable material instead of destroying these resources for their caloric (heat) value and creating toxic emissions and toxic ash in the bargain. Second question: There may be different points of view on garbage incineration but shouldn’t the public citizenry be part of this conversation before millions more dollars are invested into this aging incinerator rather than on more comprehensive recycling and composting programs? Longtime HERC promoter Commissioner Peter McLaughlin insisted that Hennepin County was regarding the HERC garbage burner as an “interim measure until we can get recycling rates up” (KFAI Truth to Tell, 6/10/13) while still pushing for the capacity increase–claiming that this would not lock our region into diverting even more recyclables to feed the Burner under the new proposed contract. Third question: If garbage burning is an interim measure and the HERC contract ends in 2018, then why should there be such a financial commitment to HERC system replacements to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars? After McLaughlin made these statements, the press reported that the county was proposing to expand the district heating system from HERC to the North Loop. Kirk reminds us that this Downtown energy district was previously fueled by natural gas (page 26) and was switched to garbage power from HERC beginning in 2008. This plan to expand the district energy system to the North Loop is apparently nothing new and would appear to be another way that Minneapolis could be locked into the long-term use of the Garbage Burner for energy. It would also work to keep the facility in the heart of the city
since there is a loss of heat unless the buildings are very close to the source of energy. Fourth question: Is it responsible to encourage more population density and intensity of uses so close to a significant regional polluter? Kroll goes on to state HERC’s operating costs for 2010 as $28.97 million, and the revenue coming from tipping fees, garbage power going to Xcel, steam heat going to parts of Downtown and the “open air” Twins Stadium “122 feet away” from the Burner and any other sources of revenue totaling $27.2 million. This meant the County/tax payers had to provide a $1.8 million annual subsidy– which boils down to a subsidy of $4.95 per ton. According to Kroll, “This has been relatively consistent with previous years, with the county providing a subsidy to make up the difference between operating costs and revenues.” So at minimum the county has been paying almost $2 million a year to subsidize HERC (on top of tipping fees and any other waste management fees charged to the city) since 2004. According to the author, the bonds were paid off in 2012 so years of this outright county subsidy are now ended. (Page 28) Fifth question: Why did the county decide it was better to pay for the privilege of incinerating recyclables rather than collecting them and selling them at a profit?
Was 2012 seen as the magic date that would start making the county clear profit from incinerating recyclables since the bonds would be paid off? Who benefits and who pays from turning valuable recyclables into air pollution and toxic ash? It is well known that incinerator emissions are dirtier than coal. Is this what we want? Is anyone asking us? Final question: What have been the opportunity costs and public health costs of diverting investments away from sustainable resource management and toward simply feeding and growing the Burner? Now that the bonds are paid off–It is time to divest from, not reinvest in, this incinerator and focus on building state of the art recycling and composting programs. There have been many health studies published in this paper pointing out the health dangers of incinerator emissions. Any new 2018 contracts should call for a decrease, not an increase, in burning recyclables with a contract mechanism to eventually phase out garbage burning altogether. We have four years to prepare for the end of this contract. With a city and county commitment to Zero Waste practices rather than this obsession with incineration, maybe we could even join the rest of the civilized world and get our recycling rate consistently above 20%!
BY CARLA WALDEMAR
229 E. 35th St. 612-728-9871 Also Linden Hills and Highland Park locations Remember way back to 1928? Me neither. But for a taste of that hard-partying, speakeasy era, stop in at Chatterbox Pub and step back in time. For 85 years the Chatterbox has anchored its corner of East 35th Street with nary a wrinkle–same flag-blue walls and bronze starbursts on the ceiling, same black padded booths with 33 rpm record jackets above them, along with landscape paintings of dubious taste and vintage lamps that were a bad idea in the first place. Speaking of taste, that’s the one attribute that’s been updated. Consulting chef Justin Greco brings the farmto-table message to the pub’s tables, calling on locallysourced provender as the building blocks for prideful
scratch cooking: everything from soups and chili to a cache of sweet desserts by the pub’s own pastry chef to burgers ground and pattied by hand, from the all-natural Limousin beef Justin sources from Osceola’s Peterson Farms (the chef goes through close to two whole cows a week). Oh, and the bar: It’s leaning toward 2014, not 1928, with 50 artisanal beers in the pointand-pick cooler, nine on tap, including five brews created just for the pub, and root beer, too. The seasonal list includes a swell 312 ale from Chicago, an apple-forward hard cider, and burly British chocolate stout. Burger fans line up (and I’m staking my plate at the front of that line) for the Wild Bleu Yonder number, the most flavorful intersection of elite ingredients in the zip code. The juicy pattie comes stuffed with a mélange of wild mushrooms and topped with even more, along with generous crumbles of bleu cheese, an aromatic cloud of truffle oil and spritz of red wine-balsamic reduction. Plus a heap of slender fries ($14). I’m a little less crazy about the tuna burger ($13), simply because they take a perfectly
wonderful cut of ahi, which I could–I do–eat raw, and grind it up (“Well, it’s a burger,” Greco justifies). Just leave it alone and call it a sandwich, like the yummy-sounding pork and waffle number that reads like pig heaven on a plate. Anyway, the tuna is true-flavored and served with a nice little jolt of wasabi mayo as well as sweet-sour pickled onions. Chicken breast stars in the Hawaiian Luau sandwich, abetted by grilled pineapple, local bacon, lots of nutty Gruyere cheese, and dual relishes of sundried tomato chutney and cinnamon honey-
mustard, served with sweet potato fries. And let me put in a good word for the mac & cheese: a $12 build-your-own bowlful of Cheddar sauced-cavatappi to which you may add up to three ingredients, from pulled pork (yes!) to chorizo, from chili to exotic mushrooms. The kitchen’s Hellcat Inferno salad (meal-sized, $12) has been around forever, but it’s newly-tweaked. It’s essentially an Inferno-sauced (read: emboldened with tasty peppers) chicken tostada upon a garden basket of goodies, dressed with ranch sauce and
red pepper sour cream, along with avocado puree. Delish! Just here for snacks? Got that covered, too: satiny hummus, house-made from local chickpeas, seasoned with rosemary and Parmesan to go with pub-fried tortilla chips. Handbattered, hops-scented cheese curds. A soft pretzel gone wild, crusted in Hawaiian black lava salt and served with beercheese dip (apps mostly under $10). It anchors the happy hour’s near-giveaway winners like lobster roll, house-made characuterie, squash bisque, fish tacos, and sliders. Plus– I’m coming back for this one– a whole lobster for $12: Talk about charity! Drink specials too, natch. And I haven’t even mentioned desserts (hint: homemade cheesecake). Or video and board games. And a patio, if summer ever shows up again.
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The food waste problem
BY RAINA GOLDSTEIN BUNNAG
Are you able to use up all your leftovers? If so, I commend you. If not, you are certainly not alone. Food waste is an enormous problem in America. According to a report from the National Resource Defense Council, 40% of the food produced in the United States does not get eaten. 40%! Are you as shocked as I was? Who is trashing all this food? The squandered food includes unharvested crops, food discarded in the manufacturing process, and unused food in grocery stores and restaurants. It also includes the spoiled, discarded and forgotten food in our homes. Experts estimate that 25% of the food we bring into our homes ends up in the trash can. At a time when the economy isn’t exactly booming and millions of Americans are starving (46.5 million to be exact), half of our food goes unused. Not only are we losing the opportunity to feed people, but billions of dollars are being thrown away. In addition, the energy that was used in food production creates an environmental nightmare with the methane gas produced from food in landfills. Many of us pinch our pennies and are downright frugal when it comes to material goods. So, why, then are we careless with something as precious as food? There are many reasons and they are wide-reaching and complex. Below are several of the major issues. Consumer demand for perfect items: At the grocery store we choose pristine apples and blemishless tomatoes. That is what we want to eat and serve our guests. The food manufacturers caught on long ago, so they deliver only the most beautiful. The ugly ducklings, however, get thrown away, despite being perfectly delicious and safe to eat. This results waste in all levels of the food system. Directing imperfect food to items like baby carrots and canned tomatoes could help curb the problem. Lack of cooking skills and preparation knowledge: Today, many Americans do not know how to cook and prepare food from scratch. This knowledge deficit translates to a lack of comfort in the kitchen. We may be able to follow a recipe for massaged kale salad, but give us leftover veggie scraps or a turkey carcass and we may run away screaming. On the other hand, grandma would make turkey stock without hesitation. Basic cooking skills would result in tons of prevented food waste. Fully-stocked supermarkets: Supermarkets are terrified to run out of any item as it may drive consumers to other stores. However, this mentality results in gigantic amounts of unnecessary waste. Prepared items in particular have a
shorter shelf-life and are often tossed at closing. Food recovery organizations exist to take this extra food from the store to people in need. However, some store managers may not want to exert the perceived effort. In addition, many people are scared of lawsuits stemming from food safety issues. There needs to be more education about the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act of 1996 which removes liability except in cases of gross negligence from groups that donate food in good faith. The food waste problem is gaining more attention in books, blogs and on the news. Food recovery organizations are also popping up in new places, but big changes are slow moving. A systemic overhaul, including measures such as significant government recognition/regulation, public service campaigns and increased adoption of food donation and composting, is crucial to make a significant impact. In the meantime, you can make a huge difference at home. Here are a few things you can do to reduce food waste: 1) Plan meals and make grocery lists. Take a few minutes to plan out meals and write a list of ingredients for the grocery store. This will help to ensure you only buy what you need, which saves waste and money! Also, check in the refrigerator and cabinet before you go shopping to make sure you don’t double-up on items (or quadruple-up on mustard as is the current situation in my fridge). Also plan meals ahead of time to use leftovers. Some easy ideas for holiday leftovers include turkey soup, cranberry sauce muffins, ham and cheese quiche, mashed potato
pancakes and stuffing-stuffed mushrooms. A quick google search for “Leftover Recipes” will supply you with endless ideas. 2) Don’t save the (sell-by) date. Did you know most sell-by and useby dates are arbitrary? There are no federal regulations for most foods, so generally food manufacturers will err on the side of caution to avoid potential food safety issues. First, pay attention to the wording as sellby does not mean use-by and will likely still be edible for at least a week or more. Secondly, use common sense and don’t eat anything that smells rotten or has mold. But that brown banana, bruised tomato, or wilted lettuce is still perfectly edible. Hide not-so-beautiful but still delicious veggies in sandwiches, soups or casseroles. 3) Learn how to store food. Foods require a range of different storage techniques to ensure a longer and more delicious lifespan. This is confusing. Fortunately, the internet is here to help as there are many guides online to help you learn food storage basics. I particularly like the Food Storage Tips guide on Eureka Recycling’s website that includes basic strategies to increase shelf life and storing techniques for each category of fruit and vegetable. It’s easy to read and perfect to print out and put on the fridge. One great tip they suggest is to keep apples, bananas, citrus and tomatoes away from other produce because they release a gas that will encourage spoilage of other fruits and veggies. 4) Serve smaller portions (on smaller plates). Our eyes are often bigger than our stomachs. Try serving yourself and others smaller por-
tions to eliminate plate waste (hey, you can always take seconds). A study conducted by Brian Wansink and Koert van Ittersum at Cornell University demonstrated that we tend to eat more when served on bigger plates. The study authors explained that the psychology behind this phenomenon is that larger plates make servings look smaller while smaller plates make servings appear larger. Help waste and your waistline by using smaller plates. 5) Perhaps the most important action you can take is to be an advocate. See an opportunity for better food recycling, composting or donation at work or school? Talk to administration about your concerns and help brainstorm options. Once they know there is concern they will likely be willing to make changes,
especially if you are there to help. Minneapolis organizations such as Eureka Recycling, Sisters’ Camelot and Second Harvest help companies recycle and assist with food recovery and distribution, respectively. With increased awareness and individual efforts, food waste is a problem we can tackle. Raina Goldstein Bunnag has a bachelors degree from Boston University and is currently a masters candidate in nutrition and public health at the University of North Carolina. She keeps abreast of the latest health news and addresses relevant wellness topics each month. If you have any questions or topics you would like to see covered in the column, please send her an email at email@example.com.
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If you’re an Xcel Energy, Minnesota Power or Otter Tail power customer, you have a limited opportunity to benefit from a new Minnesota solar rebate. Receive a no-cost-no-obligation solar cost analysis. Through Feb. 28, you can apply for a new solar rebate program. Find out if it makes economic cents for your home/business. This service is provided by The Centsible Energy Hour, MN’s makes cents call-in energy talk show, Saturdays from 3 to 4 p.m. on AM 1280 WWTC.
Taste of FRN Cookbook Fundraiser
FRNNG is collecting recipes now through the fall for a fundraiser cookbook. Help us by submitting your favorite recipes to the cookbook committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or to the FRNNG office at email@example.com. Along with your recipe, please list your name as you would like it printed in the cookbook along with the neighborhood you live in.
Senior Nutrition Program
Monday through Friday the Volunteers of America host a free/reduced price lunch for area seniors aged 60+. The suggested contribution is $3.50. However, they just ask people to pay what they can afford. No one is ever denied a meal because they cannot pay. Meals are at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1720 E. Minnehaha Pkwy. For
more info call 952-945-4157 or 612-729-6668.
Free Home Security Audits
Is having your house or garage broken into a constant worry for you? Stop home burglaries before they happen with a free home security audit conducted by Crime Prevention Specialist Sue Roethele. Contact Sue at the 3rd Precinct by calling 612-6732839.
Annual Spaghetti Dinner and South Singer Showcase
Thursday, Jan. 9, 5 to 6:45 p.m. (dinner); 7 to 9 p.m. (show) South High School 3131 19th Ave. S.
The South High Foundation and South Music Department present South Jazz Ensemble & Pop Singers featuring guest artist Rachel Holder. Cost is $20 for dinner and show; student price, $8 (student ID required). Spaghetti or pizza is catered by Carbone’s Pizzeria. To make reservations call 612-668-4344 or visit www.southhighfoundation.org. Reservations taken until Jan. 5.
Taming the Technology Monster in Your Home
Thursday, Jan. 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Minnehaha Academy 4200 W. River Pkwy. Do your have a student in preschool through grade 8? If so, please join Minnehaha Academy for a special free presentation. Jim and Lynne Jackson of Connected Families will be speaking to parents. This work-
shop will impart powerful principles and practice tools, equipping parents to address screen time, internet and cell phone use, and their impact on children’s values and beliefs. Open and free to the public. For more information visit MinnehahaAcademy.net or email bergengren@MinnehahaAcademy.net.
10th Annual Book and Bake Sale
Saturday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CNO Office 3451 Cedar Ave. S. All proceeds benefit the community work of CNO. Before the sale, however, we need books, bakers and volunteers! CNO welcomes quality book donations dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. If you have books to donate and are unable to bring them to the office, please contact Elizabeth Logas at corcoranneighborhood.org or 612-724-7457. For those who love organizing, we need help sorting books, running the event, setup and cleanup. Also looking for delicious donated baked goods for the day of the sale. And, finally, for creative-minded individuals, come assist with painting lawn signs to advertise the event. For more details contact Elizabeth Logas.
Potluck: Building a Movement Against Drones
Saturday, Jan. 11, 5 to 7 p.m. 4200 Cedar Ave. S. Bring a dish to share and come hear from Anti-War Committee members Misty Rowan and Sophia Hansen-Day about the Code Pink Drone Summit they attended in Washington, D.C.
Then we’ll have a discussion about what to do to continue to build a grassroots movement against drones. Families welcome. Organized by the AntiWar Committee.
Minnehaha Food Shelf All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 5 to 7 p.m. Minnehaha United Methodist Church 3701 E. 50th St.
There will be live entertainment and drawings for prizes. The event is catered by Fat Lorenzo’s. Adults (18 and over), $8; ages 13-17, $5; 12 and under are free. For further information call Minnehaha United Methodist Church at 612-721-6231.
Minneapolis Native Katie Heaney Discussion & Book Signing
Friday, Jan. 24, 4 p.m. U of M Bookstore 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Author and Minneapolis native Katie Heaney will discuss her book “Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date.” Heaney delivers a Judy Blume meets Carrie Bradshaw memoir about her quest for love as a 25-year-old, college educated, well-adjusted, single woman. Heaney will sign copies of her book following the discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more info or to order a signed copy visit www.bookstore.umn.edu/genref/authors.html.
All My Relations Gallery
1414 E. Franklin Ave. 612-235-4970 www.allmyrelationsarts.com Found Featuring the work of contemporary American Indian artists C. Maxx Stevens and Henry Payer. Both artists’ practices are largely influenced by the use of found and re-appropriated materials. These two artists utilize the embedded pasts of the found objects to create works that draw from history, aesthetics, meaning and stories that the materials carry. They then reorganize the materials to create fresh, thought-provoking expressions. Through January 18
Gage Family Art Gallery
Augsburg College 22nd Ave. at Riverside Ave.
612-330-1524 augsburg.edu/galleries Spirit + Matter Prints, artist books and sculptures explore the relationship between matter and spirituality—matter a temporal container of spirit, spirit shaping matter. January 13 - March 7
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W. Lake St. 612-871-1326 highpointprintmaking.org Prints on Ice An exhibition of prints by mem-
bers of its artists’ studio cooperative. This winter’s cooperative show features the work of 40 local printmakers currently working in Highpoints facilities. More than 70 pieces were selected including lithographs, relief prints, intaglio prints and screenprints. Through January 25
Instinct Art Gallery
940 Nicollet Mall 612-240-2317 www.instinctmpls.com God’s Sketchbook for Creation This exhibition reveals the sketches, demo versions and rough-cut designs for earth’s animals that were edited out before creation. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get behind the scenes of creation and observe the working models, preliminary designs, a few outright failures, and some critters that simply did not “play well with others.” The sketchbook contains renditions of creatures that exist today, and perhaps more interestingly, the fantastical ones that might have been. Through January 11
Jean Stephen Galleries
4911 Excelsior Blvd. 612-338-4333 www.jsgalleries.com John Stango – Contemporary American Pop Art With a worldwide following drawn to his distinctive “American Muscle Car” style, John carries the pop art movement into the 21st Century. His
work is powerful. John builds upon pop tradition, infusing it with a new vibrant, colorful, testosterone-fueled approach. Musicians, art collectors, politicians, actors and professional athletes alike prize his work, which can be found in stadium, corporate offices and galleries across the country. John is the Bruce Springsteen of pop art. Through January
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave. 612-339-8007 www.northernclaycenter.org Bianco, Blanco, Blanc Featured artists are Karin Kraemer (Duluth), Lydia Johnson and Andy Shaw. These three artists work in white: highfire porcelain, mid-range white clay and white thin background of majolica. The are all new gallery artists, too! Through February 2
2948 Chicago Ave. S. 612-825-3833 the shoeboxgallery.blogspot.com/ It’s Good in the ‘Hood Thaddeus Jameson’s colored drawings are mosaics of contradiction: What seems to be drawn from life comes from different historical eras and locations. Some of his work is informed by his photographic memory and sometimes gritty ‘70’s movies as they can caricature where you
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classroom and rape culture, this festival presents both right- and left leaning views relevant to today’s political climate. Jan 9, 15-16 & 23, 7 p.m.
3010 Minnehaha Ave. 612-724-6273 www.patrickscabaret.org Winter Games An open call cabaret featuring performance art, storytelling, music, poetry and comedy. Each show generally consists of six acts with a mix of experience levels. $10 at the door; cash or check only. January 11, 7:30 p.m.
528 Hennepin Ave. 612-339-4944 www.illusiontheater.org ASH LAND A tale inspired by economic hardships past and present and scored by old American spirituals. A story of love and self, lost and found and an innovative reimagining of the Cinderella story. January 31 - February 22
The Bakken Museum
1500 E. Lake St. 612-721-2535 hobt.org Cartooon Written and directed by Steve Ackerman, the show is a liveaction recreation of the fictional animated series “Tummy da Talking Turtle.” Notes and apocrypha from Tummy da Talking Turtle’s imagined run include the following short description: “The controversial animated program ‘Tummy da Talking Turtle Sucks on Piano Keys’ was created by Earl Dives and Gerry ‘Crackjaw’ Sanders while sharpening their lumberjack axes in the fall of 1940. Earl was a balding Protestant with a penchant for soft whiskey. Gerry loved the smell of tar and gasoline. Knowing nothing about animation, children or public decency, the two cobbled together a flipbook of crude dynamic related drawings. Only one episode of the show was created. It was a failure.” January 17-19 & 24-26, 7 p.m.
live into something beguilingly far out. Through January 10
3537 Zenith Ave. S. 612-926-3878 www.TheBakken.org
Celebrating Earl Bakken’s 90th Birthday Free Second Saturday To celebrate Earl’s love of tinkering, The Bakken has partnered with Hennepin County to hold a fix-it clinic in our classrooms between noon and 4 p.m. At fixit clinics, residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their items. We will also be celebrating Earl by hosting other tinkering projects, displaying artifacts from our collection, making Hawaiian leis and offering a fun photo opportunity! January 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave. S. 612-821-9045 http://tmora.org The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost In 1613, 16-year-old Mikhail Romanov was elected Tsar of Russia, inaugurating a 300-year dynasty. This exhibition provides an overview of the three centuries of Romanov rule, focusing on the tragic end of the dynasty in 1917-1918 and the dispersal of the remaining family members and their treasures after the Bolshevik revolution. The events that led to the collapse of imperial rule in Russia are well known, but what happened to their scattered property after the Bolsheviks seized power is a story still being unearthed. Through March 23
Box Wine Theatre
Bryant Lake Bowl 810 W. Lake St. 612-825-3737 www.bryantlakebowl.com Raucous Caucus IV: Box Wine Theatre’s Annual 10-minute Political Play Festival This year there are seven selected ten-minute plays from around the country to be presented. From censorship to government intrusion, to guns in the
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
2951 Lyndale Ave. S. 612-822-7063 www.jungletheater.com Shakespeare’s Will On the eve of William Shakespeare’s funeral, his widow, Anne Hathaway, recalls her life with and without the enigmatic poet. It’s the enthralling story of a wife and mother who made tremendous sacrifices for love and life. February 7 - March 23
The Playwrights’ Center
2301 Franklin Ave. E. 612-332-7481 www.pwcenter.org Fiddler’s Pier A one-man show with live violin music performed by Larry Greenstein. The solo performance is about a Jewish fiddler in Halifax, Canada, named Samuel, set in 1910. Samuel talks of Jewish immigration and of his friendship with the famous fid-
Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties
Walker Art Center • 1750 Hennepin Ave. • 612-375-7600 • www.walkerart.org
The exhibition presents several major bodies of work from Oldenburg’s formative years. A section he designated The Street features a graffitiinspired installation focused on the underbelly of urban life; works from The Store include his celebrated sculptures of food and everyday goods. Film footage from various Happenings, which combined performance with many of these sculptural objects, costumes and props, brings audiences into the action of the moment. An area entitled The Home is devoted to sculptures of large-scale domestic objects created in “soft,” “hard,” and other versions. The Monument shows the development of huge public sculptures in drawings and collages from the mid-’60s. Throughout the galleries, sketches, snapshots, home movies and slide projections give insight into the mind, heart and creative process of an artist known for his humorous and profound depictions of the everyday. Through January 12
dler portrayed in the Marc Chagall painting of a “fiddler on a roof.” Free and open to public. January 28, 6:30 p.m.
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis 410 Oak Grove St. 612-721-1186 www.TheatreUnbound.com Extreme Theatre Smackdown Six new plays created in just 24 hours with some of the Twin Cities’ most bad-ass female theater artists. Recommended for ages 12+. At the door $20; advance online $18. One night only! January 11, 8 p.m.
612-543-6900 http://www.hclib.org Register online or call for all events ** Hosmer World Film Series Sundays, Jan. 12-Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m. Get a glimpse of the diverse world we live in through this series of award-winning international films. Rare cinema at its finest! ** Hosmer World Music Series Saturday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m. Enjoy live music featuring Pooja Goswami, a Twin Cities-based artist of amazing ability in India music. ** Cloud Computing: Microsoft
Office Web Apps and Google Docs Tuesday, Jan. 21, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Learn about Google Docs and Microsoft Office Web Apps, free Web-based applications for creating documents, spreadsheets and more. ** Celebrate Asian New Year: Vietnam Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m. For families. Kick off the Year of the Horse by learning lion moves, drumming, dancing, playing the bamboo xylophone, listening to zodiac tales and playing traditional Tet games. You’re welcome to attend in traditional clothing.
Safe Place Homework Help
Monday – Friday, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Congregation 2001 Riverside Ave. Adults, students and children all welcome. Tutors available for all levels. Interested in being a volunteer or tutor? Need more information about the program? Contact 612-333-2561.
Senior Volunteers Needed
The Lutheran Social Service Foster Grandparent Program offers an opportunity to seniors 55+ to mentor and tutor elementary aged students at schools in South Minneapolis. Stipend, mileage and other benefits. Contact Sara Koch, 651-310-9448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In a groundbreaking new study titled “Turban Myths,” researchers at SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund) and Stanford University found that 70% of Americans misidentify turbanwearers as Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Shinto. In fact, almost all men in the U.S. who wear turbans are Sikh Americans, whose faith originated in India.
Nelson Mandela Speaking About Poverty
Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.
Hymn Festival: Psalms at Full Stretch
Friday, Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. Mount Olive Lutheran Church 3045 Chicago Ave. S. Continuing the rich tradition begun at Mount Olive by the late Paul Manz, Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts presents a hymn festival employing the creative combination of congregational and choral singing, imaginative organ improvisation and accompaniment, and thought-provoking Psalms with reflections by author, theologian and professor Donald Saliers of Candler School of Theology. The festival is part of Mt. Olive’s annual conference on liturgy, but participation in the conference is not needed to enjoy the hymn festival. Free and open to the public. FFI: Dr. Cherwien at 612827-5919 or www.mountolivechurch.org.
February 14 – 16 Chi Rho Retreat Center Annandale Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is organizing a family winter retreat with activities for kids and families as well as quiet time by the fire or enjoying views of the lake. The retreat is open to anybody and everybody. Contact the church at 612-7298358 for more information.
Pasta Dinner for Minnehaha Food Shelf
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 5 to 7 p.m. Minnehaha United Methodist Church 3701 E. 50th St. All-you-can-eat pasta from Fat Lorenzo’s, drawings for prizes and exciting entertainment are on the agenda. Tickets are adults (18 and over), $8; ages 13-17, $5; 12 and under, free with adult. Make checks payable to the Minnehaha Food Shelf.
Temple of Aaron Book Club
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m. Temple of Aaron 616 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul 55116 The group, made up of individuals interested in reading and dis-
cussing Jewish literature of all styles and topics, meets next time for a spirited discussion of “The Book of J” by Harold Bloom and David Rosenberg. For more info contact Barry Divine at 651-683-0395 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mozart Requiem Sing-along
Sunday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m. Landmark Center 75 5th St., St. Paul 55102 Anyone who would like to sing is invited. It’s free and open to the public. Scores will be provided to borrow or buy. Kathy Saltzman Romey and Jeffrey Stirling conduct the St. Paul Civic Symphony.
Separate Breakfasts for Men and Women
Saturday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m. Messiah Lutheran Church (The Center for Changing Lives) 2400 Park. Ave. S. Second Saturdays of the month.
People of Faith Peacemaker Breakfasts
Wednesdays, Jan. 8 & 22, 8 to 9:30 a.m. African Development Center Riverside & 20th Avenues
This resource and support group for those concerned about peace with justice from a faith perspective meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. On the 8th, there
will be a presenter from Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, which “believes the active care of creation is integral to spiritual life and social justice.” FFI: www.justviewpoint.org or 763-784-5177.
Creativity and Conversation Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to noon Bethany Lutheran Church 3901 36th Ave. S.
BY ED FELIEN
Richard “Skip” Nelson lost his battle with cancer on Dec. 18, 2013. No one can replace him. He was so gentle and so kind. Walt Whitman has a line, “He shamed silliness out of me.” Skip had a wonderful sense of humor and loved a good joke, but he cared too much about the world to be fooled by trivial distractions. He wouldn’t allow you to make fun of things that really mattered. I knew Skip from kindergarten. He was my oldest
Peace and Justice Film Series
Wed, Jan. 22, 6 p.m. (meal); 7 p.m. (film and discussion) Faith Mennonite Church E. 22nd St. & 28th Ave. S. (use 28th Ave. entrance) Films are shown Wednesdays.
Vets Ministry Roundtable
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 2315 Chicago Ave. Vet, therapist and activist Hector Matacastillo speaks on “Moral Injury and the Veterans’ Recovery Movement.” People interested in ministry with veterans and their families are invited. No charge. Meetings are every other month.
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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 4 to 6 p.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 2730 E. 31st St.
This is a great way to save up to 40% off grocery store prices on meat and produce. Packages range from $10 to $30. Fare For All is community supported and open to everyone. Cash, credit/debit cards, and EBT are accepted. FFI: 763-450-3880 or
Coffee and Jewish Values: Explore the Weekly Torah Reading
Saturdays, 8 a.m. Temple of Aaron 616 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul 55116 Senior Rabbi Alan ShavitLonstein leads weekly discussions over coffee on the modern meaning of the weekly Torah reading. Those attending learn from one another with the guidance of generations of study. No preparation or Hebrew knowledge is required. The class is open to the public and partici-
Normally the group meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday. If anyone
has a request for a craft activity, please contact Pastor Jo Bauman at 612-729-9376.
friend. I remember my 5year-old birthday party. We played pin the tail on the donkey and had cake, and I remember saying good-bye to him as he walked home. I lived on 42nd Street and 29th Avenue, and he lived on 44th and 29th Avenue. Only two blocks away, but I had never walked down 29th Avenue that far. I watched him go where I had never been. He had a slightly bow-legged walk that seemed to add seriousness and intent to the journey. Now he’s walking ahead of me on another journey. We played golf together every morning at Hiawatha for 10 years. If there’s a heaven, he’s up there waiting for me on
pants are invited to drop in any week. For more information call 651-698-8874. Or visit www.templeofaaron.org.
Weekly Talmud and Bible classes
Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Talmud) & 7:30 to 9 p.m. (Bible) Temple of Aaron 616 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul 55116 Weekly Talmud and Bible classes are taught by Temple of Aaron’s ritual director and experienced educator. The classes are free and open to members and nonmembers. Talmud 101 focuses on the Talmudic tractate of Megillah, with discussion of how today’s ritual practices came from the Book of Esther. The Bible class explores the Book of Psalms, discussing the literal and figurative meaning of the Hebrew. Hebrew language proficiency is not required. No reservations necessary.
the 1st tee with Sheldie Kleve and Al Young. “That’s OK, guys, you tee off. I’ll catch you on the back nine.” It will be lonely playing golf in the mornings without him, but, of course, I won’t be playing without him. He’ll be right at my side: smiling and pleased when I make a good shot, looking away embarrassed when I screw up. I am grateful for his friendship, and I’ll carry his memory with me every morning. It will be an extra club in my bag. One that doesn’t add weight, but lightens the load. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S.
For more information call 651698-8874. Or visit www.templeofaaron.org.
It’s Our Sacred Text
Sundays, through May 2014, 9:15 a.m. Plymouth Congregational Church 19th and Nicollet
Mary Kay Sauter, a semi-retired UCC pastor, leads a study group informed by the recent scholarship of process, liberation and feminist theology. FFI: 612-8717400, www.plymouth.org.
Wednesdays, 6 p.m. (optional potluck); 6:30 (discussion) Bethany Lutheran Church 3901 36th Ave. S.
Picnic Quilt Theology from the summer has turned into Fireside Theology. We will again tackle deep issues of faith using the “Animate Faith” DVD series and journals. All are welcome!
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In response to John Delmonico:
BY ED FELIEN
On Dec. 23, 2013, John Delmonico, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation (MPF), wrote an op-ed piece for the Star Tribune arguing that the Minneapolis Police Department should not seek outside investigators when MPD officers use deadly force. The proposal of Chief Harteau to use the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) was temporarily shot down by Governor Dayton. It’s probably just a coincidence that Dayton was endorsed by the MPF in his 2010 excruciatingly close election. In winter, the ancient Greeks prepared for the dramatic festivals in the spring and performances of the great tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, and following each of the tragic trilogies was a farce where comic actors pretended great seriousness. What happened in the basement of 2717 Bryant on May 10 was a tragedy for Terrance Franklin and for police/minority community relations. It’s tedious to quote oneself, but as I said in the November issue of Southside Pride: “According to police statements, when Sgt. Stender and Officer Meath pulled Franklin out of the cubby hole he at first resisted, then using their force against them, Franklin catapaulted past them knocking Officer Durand into the dryer in the next room. Officer Durand had an MP 5 automatic pistol on a shoulder strap that went over his head. It seems possible that Officer Durand could have lost control of this weapon, but it seems highly improbable that Franklin could have gained enough control of the weapon to turn around and point
it at approaching officers. It seems much more likely that Durand got off two rounds, striking Officers Muro and Meath, before Franklin laid across him preventing him from lifting the gun up and firing it directly at him. Assuming Officer Peterson fired his pistol with his right hand, and from the medical examiner’s report we learn that Franklin was shot seven times in the right temple, we have to conclude that Peterson came up behind Franklin, grabbed him by his dreadlocks in his left hand and shot him with his right. And, it seems reasonable to conclude, if Franklin was facing Durand he couldn’t have fired the two shots at Officers Muro and Meath. Officer Meath claims to have shot Franklin three times while he was sandwiched in between Officers Durand and Peterson. This seems an improbable feat for a man slipping in and out of consciousness to be able to hit so small a target in a dark basement. It seems more likely that Meath shot Franklin while he was lying on the basement floor. The police and city officials should have raised questions about the police report. The case should never have been sent to the county attorney, who has to maintain a working relationship with the Minneapolis Police
Department, but should have been sent to the FBI and the federal district attorney.” Chief Harteau has proposed that the State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigate cases where officers of the MPD use deadly force. She has proposed a very modest compromise. I would prefer the FBI and the federal district attorney investigate, and if it can be proven that the MPD is consistently violating the civil rights of minority citizens, as it clearly did in the case of Terrance Franklin, then it may become necessary to obtain a court order in federal district court to order all cases where the MPD uses deadly force to be investigated by federal authorities. I believe this has happened before to the MPD. John Delmonico’s argument after this tragedy is like the farce of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata following the tragedy of Oedipus. If you remember the play, Lysistrata has convinced the women of Athens to stop having sex with their husbands until they agree to stop the war with Sparta. The chorus of old men whine about this unfair treatment and beat each other over the heads with huge leather phalluses. John Delmonico seems to be attempting the same heavy-handed tac-
tics. He wants to beat us over the head with his machismo: It’s the chief ’s job to run the department. She can’t farm it out. Please, John, we weren’t born yesterday. There is a thin blue line that all officers observe. They cover for each other. They testilie for each other. Chiefs come and go, but you’ll be working with your buddies for your full tour of duty. So keep your head down and don’t make waves. John says, “The public can and should trust Minneapolis police officers.” That’s right, we should. But we don’t. The Terrance Franklin police report shows you are not worthy of our trust or our respect. It’s time to get serious about this, John. The MPD needs to prove it can protect and serve all the citizens of Minneapolis. And we need an outside source to evaluate that service and protection. The chief was doing you a favor by going to the BCA, and
you bit the hand that was feeding you. Let’s agree to an outside evaluation authority quickly before the thumpers in the MPD find new ways to express their testosterone poisoning. One more incident like Terrance Franklin and there is enough evidence for a federal court injunction to tie the MPD up in knots. Let’s admit we have a problem, and let’s work together to get it solved.
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