Downtown Passerby

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March 15, 2004 // UPDATED 9:57 am - April 25, 2007
By: Rich Ryan and Sarah McKenzie
Rich Ryan and Sarah McKenzie

Photographer Rich Ryan and reporter Sarah McKenzie recently stopped Dale Brumfield, a student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and a scavenger of city odds and ends, as he cut through Loring Park on an afternoon walk. They asked him what was on his mind as he paused from his stroll, walking cane in hand. He had an odometer attached to his side revealing he had made 203 paces from his apartment at the Booth Manor, 1421 Yale Place, a 21-story apartment building for senior citizens on the edge of the park.

"I've been thinking about starting a walking program. It's getting that time of year. What I was going to do -- I've got my odometer on -- was go to Bryn Mawr and back and see how far it was," he said. "I was going to go through the Sculpture Garden and then up to Penn Avenue, then back."

Brumfield is a freshman at MCTC, 1501 Hennepin Ave. S., studying addiction counseling.

"I'm a freshman for the fourth time across the street," he said. "Nothing transfers. I'm taking freshman English for the fourth time. I've studied in Chicago, a bible college in Iowa -- that's where I met my wife. Other than that, it's been community colleges and technical colleges."

Brumfield has passion for collecting objects he finds on his walks, including old ink bottles he finds along the city's old rail beds.

"So I've been through here when I was living on the North side a lot. I'm familiar with this neighborhood. I still have artifacts I've taken out of this pond. When they drained it, the metal detectors' club had permission to do the bottom. I didn't hear about it until real late. I have a Victorian cameo ring and a little toy train [from the pond]."