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


Becketwood’s Secret Weapons

by Maura Kolars, Becketwood Staff I love flowers—all kinds and every color. With a degree in Horticulture, I immersed myself in learning about flowers while in college. I completed an internship at Bachman’s Floral on Lyndale, working with expert growers in the greenhouses and seeing so many things come to life—red poinsettias, cheerful pansies, delicate […] Read more

Dynamic Duos Defeat Winter Doldrums

by Carol Masters, Becketwood Member Very different but equally energetic pairs of musicians warmed us as January approached its coldest days. Sister and brother Emma and Jacob Taggart, in a return appearance at Becketwood January 10, excited the audience with their ardent musicality and flying fingers. In a performance that included 19th century classical composers […] Read more

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