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A weekend to think about this nation at war and at risk

The coming weekend marks not one but significant dates in American history. Sunday, December 7, is familiar to many Americans as the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the efficient cause of the Second World War. Since 1994 that global tragedy has been officially designated as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, a date that FDR correctly predicted would live in infamy. (See earlier post)

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Gratitude, Nordic style

Tuesday morning I attended the 30th Annual Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast. The event is sponsored by the Sons of Norway and is a charitable venture (donations were collected for Second Harvest Heartland and the Minnesota Military Family Foundation) loaded with local celebrities, politicians, and 963 guests. I sat at a table in the back dubbed The Johnson Table. Of ten at our table, seven of us were Johnsons. The event was, as 2014 Event Chair Bruce Karstadt observed, "Fika on steroids." (Fika is a Swedish tradition meaning to take a break, most often with coffee, with colleagues, friends, or family. It is both a verb and a noun.)

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Dinkytown fans rally for historic preservation

(Photo by Juliet Farmer) More than 100 people turned out to a “Dinkytown Reunion” on Nov. 23,2014, with many calling for the area to be deemed historic.

Don Olson saw Dinkytown through some of its most memorable social and political movements during the 1960s.

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Twin Cities Fred Hampton Remembrance Day 2014

12/04/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The night will include a Short Film, Spoken Word, Music, and Speakers on Revolution, Political Repression, and Security Culture.

Slow down and live: The journey to beloved community

I am white. I am male. I am heterosexual. I am university educated – by all these markers I am empowered by society. I have been given a ticket to take the express lane to success and am able to by-pass those stuck in the traffic of life. For those of us in the express lane it is hard to NOT wonder why those in eternal rush hour don’t “…just get in a better lane.”

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Who are heroes and to whom? An Indigenous perspective on Columbus

Last month, October 13, 2014, it was my pleasure to participate in a celebration at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. The occasion was the resolution passed by the Minneapolis City Council to have as a co-name, “Indigenous Peoples Day,” for what white U.S. society has celebrated as Columbus Day.

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Dinkytown Community Potluck

11/22/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Discussion of Role of churches in the social and political movements of the 60′s and 70′s with Bill Teska, Nor Hall and Don Olson, one of the “Minnesota 8.” Hosted by Bill Teska and Doug Donley at the University Baptist Church in Dinkytown.

Share Dinkytown stories at a reunion this weekend

(Photos by Bill Huntzicker)

If you have Dinkytown memories and stories, you’re invited to share them this weekend at a couple of events and to reminisce about the area’s past and discuss its future.

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Northern Lights and Insights: Conversations come alive as videotaped interviews go digital

Obsolescence never meant the end of anything, it’s just the beginning.

The words of Marshall McLuhan, guru of an earlier time, came to mind when I learned that Northern Lights and Insights, a library of videos produced in an earlier time, has been added to Minnesota Reflections, the Minnesota Digital Library collection. http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm/search/collection/p16022coll38

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100-year history of Franklin Library reflects community, U.S. and world events

This year the Franklin Library celebrates its 100th year serving a large area now called Phillips Community and Elliot Park, Whittier, Corcoran, and Powderhorn Park Neighborhoods. Exploring this history through research into the library’s annual reports and other documents from 1914 to 2014 has revealed a fascinating and intimate bond between a community and its library.

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