I reached Willow Lake just in time to see three trumpeter swans drifting down the far shore, abnormally bright against the water’s deep, pure blue. I never look at water or the sky these days without thinking of how I’d render it in watercolor, and this time the solution was simple: cerulean blue, straight from the tube.
The Minnesota State Fair’s political booths were in full swing Wednesday, with the November election just over two months away and the governor’s race, a U.S. Senate seat, all eight congressional seats and the entire state House all up for grabs.
It makes the State Fair a must-do event for campaigners looking for face time.
Read Joe Kimball’s Qs&As of political-booth workers here -> http://www.minnpost.com/political-agenda/2014/08/politicking-state-fair-how-campaign-workers-lure-potential-voters-amid-corn
“I like to compare it to your grandparents house. People are sad when their grandparents finally sell the house and move into a condo or assisted living or something. But you still have the memories. It’s time to take the best of the Saints, and improve on the rest.”
—Saint Paul Saints Club vice president Annie Huidekoper
Read more here -> http://www.minnpost.com/sports/2014/08/saints-fans-say-goodbye-midway-stadium
The T-shirts at the State Fair are always an interesting referendum on the public’s tastes, interests and general attitudes about life in Minnesota. This year, with no hotly contested elections or ballot initiatives, and the relative demise of the Tea Party, the T-shirt landscape seems much less politically charged than it has in years past.
Read more (and print out more cards) here -> http://www.minnpost.com/stroll/2014/08/minnesota-state-fair-t-shirt-bingo
Dog days of summer, and the living is … drunk and dicey on the streets of downtown Minneapolis. With summer on the ropes, the clubs aflame with warm-weather-loving party people, and the Twins, Lynx and Vikings all playing home games, downtown Minneapolis this Saturday night past was rich in nightlife action, characters, and tension.
"The Clock" is a 24-hour-long montage of scenes from thousands and thousands of movies and television shows, assembled by [Christian] Marclay over several years. Each one contains, if not a clock, than some spoken mention of or reference to the current time.
Images are video stills from Christian Marclay’s “The Clock,” 2010. Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
Territorial Alley: a vestige of the spine that linked the Twin Cities
Commuting from Pig Eye Parrant’s tavern in St. Paul to Ard Godfrey’s house in Minneapolis in the 1850s down Territorial Road would have essentially followed the same path as the Green Line.
Read more at http://www.minnpost.com/stroll/2014/08/territorial-alley-vestige-spine-linked-twin-cities
Strolling the Green Line: From Lexington to Lowertown
Andy Sturdevant continues his interactive tour of some of the top sites along the newly opened Green Line, going from the Lexington Parkway station to the end of the line in St. Paul. Pork belly! Psychics! Scientology! And more.
With photos by Carrie Thompson.
While rain poured down on Saturday night, a surprising number of you hardy souls still made it out to Northern Spark. MinnPost was in the lobby of the Northrop Auditorium (the weather dashed our outdoor plans) projecting Lacu, a visualization of Minnesota’s 13,817 lakes on the wall two at a time, all night long.
A first-timer’s guide to Northern Spark, that big, crazy all-night arts festival: Q&A with Steve Dietz, Northern Spark’s founder and artistic director, the guy who looked around the Twin Cities and decided Minnesotans could and would stay up all night, if we had someplace to go.
(Check out MinnPost’s Lacu at Northern Spark: From the collective mind of MinnPost’s Data Team, Lacu will be an all-night visualization of the 10k+ lakes in Minnesota.)
From the 1890’s to Saturday, June 14, 2014, MinnPost journalists Joe Kimball and Tom Nehil have compiled a timeline of the Green Line