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.
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
If you go into one of those bars (or banks, I guess) and talk to some of the Northeasters around you about ecclesiastical neighborhood attractions, at some point someone will make the following assertion: The block north of 13th Ave. NE between Madison and Monroe Streets is in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for being the only city block in the world with a church on each corner.
It might be useful to begin by pointing out that, in the Twin Cities, there are three Mississippi Rivers. Not literally, but in a sense. Each of these three rivers has its own set of peculiarities and idiosyncrasies that determine how people have interacted with it over the years, and how it can be used — or use us — for purposes as disparate as industry, recreation, and habitation.
St. Paul, like its sister Minneapolis, or just about any of its inland brethren anywhere in America, is waking up to the fact that the riverfront can be a valuable asset and in important part of a community, and not something to be ignored or abused.
Roseville’s Memorial Pet Cemetery is testament to the fact that people will pay any price, bear any burden or meet any hardship on behalf of their ever-faithful pets. It’d be crass to let some rain stop me from making my pilgrimage and paying my respects.
Map illustration by Andy Sturdevant, photos by Natalie Vestin
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Twin Cities in Crisis: Unequal Treatment of Communities of Color in Mortgage Lending
It was just above freezing at game time Sunday afternoon in windy and drizzly downtown Minneapolis, but that didn’t stop one of the smallest crowds in Target Field history from witnessing a chilly pitcher’s duel and a thrilling win for the Twins.
(Photos by Jim Walsh)