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The stories of the people who once lived in a tent city in Minneapolis is getting a lot of attention. There have now been two sold out showings of “The Wall: The Stories of the 2018 Minneapolis Homeless Camp,” and a third showing is planned for Thurs., June 13 at 7 p.m. at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis. A trailer for the film can be viewed online here.
Filmed and produced by independent journalist Brandon Ferdig of St. Louis Park, Minn., the documentary shares the stories of several of the people who ended up in the camp. Many of them say they ended up there because they are unable to shake their addiction. (Brandon Ferdig previewed the June 13 showing on the KQRS morning show with Tom Bernard on Mon., June 10).
The film debuted on May 19 at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis. FOX 9 News covered the premiere and aired this story in the 9 o'clock news on May 19. The event was previewed on KARE TV in Minneapolis' 4 p.m. newscast on April 25. In addition, a preview story published in the MN Sun Sailor newspaper on May 9.
All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to organizations that work with the homeless, and individuals affected by it Tickets are available online here.
There is a story about the work Richard and Carla Bahr, founders of Threshold to New Life, are doing to help prevent homeless in the June 2019 edition of Maple Grove Magazine. The nonprofit helps people in danger of losing their housing stay where they are by filling in the gaps for people when they are having trouble making the rent.
The Bahrs also volunteer regularly with the Salvation Army's Harbor Light Center in Minneapolis to serve breakfast to those in need. Learn more about their ministry at Threshold2NewLife.org.
Sigma's Bookshelf wrapped up its fourth and final novel writing workshop made possible by a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) , thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Between Oct. 2018 and June 2019, about 40 teens participated in the two day workshop, "Novel Writing for Teens," offered at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, and the offices of MN Hands and Voices.
Sigma's Bookshelf staff provided instruction on the following: where story ideas come from, character development, story outlining, getting started on your manuscript, editing, proofreading, and publishing options.
The workshop received strong accalades from attendees. Among the feedback received: "It went so well into detail about all the parts of the writing and publishing process, and it made me a better writer," said one attendee. "I got what I expected and more. It was really fun to do all the writing exercises too," said another.
Learn more about Sigma's Bookshelf, the first and only book publishing company exclusively for teen writers, at SigmasBookshelf.com.
There is a story in this week's Eden Prairie News about COR Retreat's new program director, Nancy Kaley, who resides in Eden Prairie, Minn.
Kaley is a recovering food addict who found the road to recovery after attending the five-day, four night retreat in 2014. COR Retreat teaches a way to live free from the obsession with food and the excess weight it causes. It is a proven 12-step method to stop overeating, and provides a path to a healthy lifestyle.
“What COR Retreat offers is like treatment, and I needed treatment, the very thing I was doing for other people,” said Kaley, who at the time she attended the retreat has been working as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor for nearly 20 years. “I needed to stop my life, take time off from work, go somewhere away from my day to day life, learn, detox, and talk about the steps in a new way.”
Kaley has remained abstinent for more than four years, and when the opportunity came along to become COR Retreat’s Program Director in early 2019, she jumped at the chance. She now leads COR Retreat’s monthly retreats at the McIver Center, which is on the grounds of The Retreat in Wayzata, Minn. However, COR Retreat is not affiliated with the programs offered by The Retreat. COR Retreat is also not affiliated with and does not represent Overeater's Anonymous, Inc. or any other recovery program.
Since its founding in 2011, COR Retreat has served about 1,000 people. The company was started up by Twin Cities entrepreneur Burt Nordstrand, who is credited with introducing self-service gas stations to the Upper Midwest. He built his successful business, SSG Corporation, from virtually nothing.
Nordstrand also authored the award-winning memoir, Living with the Enemy: An Exploration of Addiction and Recovery. Originally released in 2010, a special anniversary edition, which includes the story of how COR Retreat came to be, was published in 2019. Learn more about the book at LivingwiththeEnemy.net.
The next COR Retreat will take place from June 12 - 16, 2019. Learn more at CORMN.org.