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Phillips/Powderhorn
Nokomis
Riverside
December 2013
 
  Phillips Powderhorn  
   


The Hi-Lake Triangle five-story complex on the Hiawatha LRT line at Lake Street should be done in about 10 months and will have 5,300 square feet of retail space and 64 senior housing units.

Photo by Ashley Pederson

 

How did they kill Terrance Franklin?

The 228-page police report of the killing of Terrance Franklin has contradictions and inconsistencies that should have set off alarms for Police Chief Janee Harteau, Mayor Rybak, County Attorney Mike Freeman and Minneapolis City Council Chair of the Public Safety Committee Don Samuels. There are clear and arrogant admissions of the use of excessive force. There are serious questions as to whether Terrance Franklin was in control of a weapon or was simply executed. An analysis of the police report is available on the Southside Pride website. Go to this link.

Former Minneapolis police chief and author of “Expert Witness,” a catalog of 20 years of testifying against police misconduct, Tony Bouza reacts to my analysis and summary:

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‘A good man with a gun’

“The only thing that stops a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.”

—Wayne Lapierre, National Rifle Association

Paul Anthony Ciancia believed he was that good man. He believed he was a warrior against the traitors who were taking over our government, bankrupting our currency and trying to establish a New World Order.

On Friday, Nov. 1, Ciancia walked into the Los Angeles airport and began firing an assault rifle, killing Transportation Service Administration officer Gerardo Hernandez and wounding several others, until police officers were able to bring him down with several rounds to his midsection. He is in fair condition at a Los Angeles hospital.

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A novel approach to increased police
accountability

 

High profile cases of police misconduct have crowded the news over the past few years. This is not surprising; the City of Minneapolis has paid out roughly $20 million over the last seven years for police brutality and misconduct claims.

These payouts come directly from the city’s general fund, from taxes that all of us contribute. We all understand that it is necessary to pay our fair share of taxes to ensure a safe and vibrant city, but it is disrespectful to ask the taxpayers to fund police misconduct, especially when the city refuses to discipline those officers who cause these payouts. It is precisely this lack of discipline that encourages the misconduct and waste of taxpayer money.

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Regular Features - Powderhorn Birdwatch - Winter winds beneath my wings

Eagles!

Of course the Eagles did not really leave near the end of October as I thought they might have, and there were two Bald Eagles (at least), as a couple of good observers told me.

Another “of course”? Of course there were some screw-ups and my column was not printed in the November Southside Pride, but it is available if anyone really wants to read it, on the Southside Pride website:
Click here to read
.

On Nov. 1, at the great Empty Bowls event, a good birding neighbor from the west edge of the park told me she had just seen two Eagles in one tree on her walk to the park building, and I, and many others, saw one or two Eagles a day almost every day between Nov.1 and Nov. 23, when the lake froze. (Please don’t do anything stupid and try walking on the ice yet. Thank you.)

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Regular Features: A world without bees equals a world without food


For hundreds of years, miners toiling deep in the earth have taken small birds with them. If the air got bad, the canary died and the miners knew they had to get out fast or perish. Today we use the expression “a canary in the mine” to indicate an early warning. Honeybees are that warning species for people.

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Regular Features: Queen of Cuisine


Grand slam dining

Think it’s the ballpark driving the hordes to downtown’s newly-flamin’ Warehouse North? Nah—it’s Borough. Far easier to hit a home run on Target Field than in the food biz, where competition’s lethal and fans as fickle as the Minnesota weather. Yet, almost a year since its debut, Borough hasn’t missed a pitch. And when you’re the daring darling of the foodie world, that’s saying something.

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’Tis the Season

It seems like every year someone prints a story about the Salvation Army’s disagreement with gays, lesbians, transgender folks and others who live “alternative” lifestyles. Last year, an Australian Salvationist and Major within the hierarchal structure of the Salvation Army said on a radio show that gay parents should be put to death. He didn’t actually say those words, he just agreed with the DJ that was making the statement. Immediately, the Salvation Army put out a rebuttal stating that it employs its services without discrimination. The last article I read about this incident looked at the rebuttal as a pat answer and ingenuine.

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The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus



In Baltimore there
lived a boy.
He wasn't anybody's joy.
Although his name was
Jabez Dawes,
His character was
full of flaws.
In school he never
led his classes,
He hid old ladies'
reading glasses,
His mouth was open
when he chewed,
And elbows to the
table glued.
He stole the milk of
hungry kittens,
And walked through doors marked NO ADMITTANCE.

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Regular Features: Raina's Wellness - A SAD Winter

Winter is quickly creeping upon us. The chilling cold, frosty mornings are enough to make most of us want to stay under the covers, especially with the threat of snow looming. A few extra taps on the snooze button, fuzzy slippers and a cup of hot chocolate are usually enough motivation to get out of bed and face the winter tundra. However, for some people the winter blues are much more serious. The chronic fatigue, sadness and urge to sleep and eat are symptoms of a serious medical condition called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of seasonal depression that most often begins in October or November and continues until March or April. According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 4-6% of Americans suffer from SAD. Individuals living in higher latitudes such as Minnesota are more likely to have SAD due to fewer hours of sunlight.

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Neighborhood elder honors the time he is given

Phillips/Powderhorn resident Walter Ortmann turns 102 on Dec. 3. He is a steady, serious, kind man who is keenly interested in everything and everyone around him. I first met him 14 years ago when I started playing piano at First Church of God, 35th Avenue and 32nd Street. Sometimes, before the offerings, Walter would give entertaining talks encouraging people to part with their money for the good of the church.

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December

 

Phillips Powderhorn Community Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTS

South Minneapolis Healthcare Enrollment Events
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, there are new and expanded health insurance options for individuals and small employers.
Enrollment information will be available on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St., Suite 200.
Learn about MNsure. Find a health insurance plan that fits both your budget and healthcare needs. There will be free in-person assistance to help you find, compare and get enrolled in a health insurance plan. Somali, Spanish and Hmong language speakers will be there to assist you.

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Phillips Powderhorn Religious Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Zumba Gold
Seniors, no matter your age or fitness level, join the party with low-impact, easy- to-follow dance routines designed especially for you. Move to Latin-inspired music in a fun, encouraging atmosphere; no dance experience necessary. Shake it at your own pace Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 5728 Cedar Ave. S. Suggested donation of $5 for a six-week session starting Dec. 4.

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Nokomis


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Riverside


A novel approach to increased police
accountability

How did they kill Terrance Franklin?

Vikings referendum denied

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Young and black and dealing crack

Tony’s latest for the holidays

HOW TO OBSERVE THANKSGIVING

Regular Features: Queen of Cuisine

Regular Features: Raina's Wellness - A SAD Winter

Neighborhood elder honors the time he is given

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