Becketwood Cooperative
An Active, Independent 55+ Community of Owners in Minneapolis

Martin Luther King

(Assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee while supporting the strike of garbage workers in that city)  By Hilvie Olstrow, Becketwood Member Poetic Fragments I Let us learn love from the man Who stood above the puny prejudices Of both black and white, Who towered o’er the clan! Now one, fierce fumbling finger On […] Read more

My Garden on My Furniture

By Dee Schaefer, Becketwood Member On a cold January day, a reporter from the St. Paul Pioneer Press called me. She had been assigned an article based on interviews with city gardeners about what they did in the winter. Taken by surprise, I knew that I had nothing original to say. Like many others, I […] Read more

The Mystery in the Attic

by Carol Spearman, Becketwood Member In 2000, an abandoned farmhouse on a lake in Sylvan Shores near Staples, MN became available for sale. When I immediately wanted to consider buying it, Rowland thought I was looking at an investment property to renovate and sell.  Given its position on a beautiful lake, on a half acre […] Read more

The Man and the Saint behind Becketwood

by Karen Fitzpatrick, Becketwood Member We who reside here at Becketwood might not reflect very often on the source of the name for this lovely spot amid massive oaks and colorful gardens. For me, today, December 29, is a day to recall the man behind the name. As a 19-year-old in the process of becoming […] Read more

Season of Light(s) and Music

by Carol Masters, Becketwood Member The year’s earliest sunset is not on the winter solstice. (In our northern region, the earliest sunset, 4:31 p.m., occurred December 15.) As we move toward the end of the year, we are already inching toward more light—two or three minutes more sunlight at day’s end—and on January 5 the […] Read more