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


World War II – The Home Front

by Patricia Cummings, Becketwood Member When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, I was 3 years old. Two years later, my silver-haired father Verne Cummings was drafted into the Army. He was 35 and the father of two. After basic training, Dad was assigned to Special Troops, Headquarters Company, 8th Infantry and spent the […] Read More

Good Eyes: a Memoir of World War II

by Ken Masters, Becketwood Member I graduated from Washburn High School in 1941, and began college at the University of Minnesota. After Pearl Harbor, I tried to enlist but my eyes weren’t good enough. Then they changed the rules and set up a program called Limited Service so in spring of 1942 I enlisted and […] Read More


We Remember:  World War II by John Teisberg, Becketwood Member Morten Franze Teisberg: September 26, 1925 – February 17, 1945 In December of 1942 our farmhouse burned down. Morten graduated from Ashby High School in 1943 and decided he should stick around for a year while a new house was being built and to help […] Read More

Saving Seeds, Saving Diversity

by Naomi Jackson, Becketwood Member In the past 20 years, about 300,000 farmers in India have committed suicide.1 Those most at risk were small farmers who had switched to GMO cotton seeds (Bt), in which genes from Bacillus thuringiensis, a biological pesticide, had been inserted. These seeds promised bigger harvests but required chemical input. When […] Read More

Passport to Climate Justice

by Wayne Tellekson, Becketwood Member A child was standing on the shore picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean. A man observed her and commented: “There must be thousands of starfish on the beach. Does it really make any difference if you throw one back into the ocean?” As the little girl […] Read More