It’s easy to find references to city desks in the Twin Cities, Greater Minnesota, and in the Dakotas. Look beyond that, though, and anything you might find in reference to city desks elsewhere in the rest of the U.S. has to do with journalism.
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MinnPost: You seem to have wholly embraced life in Minnesota, and made a real study of it — in literature, history, music and art. From a newcomer’s perspective, what makes this place distinctive? Are you planning to stay for the long haul?
Andy Sturdevant: It’s just a great American city. Or two great American cities, more accurately. Both of them have their peculiarities and obsessions and self-perceptions and identities, and I never get tired of talking to people about those things, and I never get tired of digging into them. There’s something about the place that encourages self-reflection and investigation — the historical and archival resources are so vast and so accessible — but there’s such a capacity for surprise and doubt, too, in the civic character.
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The fish that finally bit on Amira Hussein’s hook Monday afternoon was about as perfect a 5-inch specimen as a novice angler could ask for. It was green and yellow and as Hussein reached tentatively to unhook and release it, it snapped its tail directly at her.
Hussein quite literally jumped out of her black dress flats, hijab flying, her left shoe temporarily abandoned on a fishing pier on Picnic Island at Ft. Snelling State Park. At her side, Wilderness Inquiry trail guide Eli Grobel kept a firm grip on Hussein’s rod and reel while she recovered.
Hussein was one of 20 teens celebrating the end of a summer of successful STEP-UP Achieve internships with Twin Cities employers. They went on an overnight camping expedition with Mayor R.T. Rybak and his wife, Megan O’Hara.
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The governor and I go our own ways. Maybe it’s because we’re both single. We’re used to being alone.
(Prettner Solon’s husband, former state senator Sam Solon, died in 2001. Dayton is twice divorced.)
The couple’s commitment ceremony took place Aug. 2, 2003. The legal renewing of their vows will turn their 10th anniversary trip into a honeymoon.
In the heady moments after the Minnesota Senate voted to recognize LGBT marriage rights, Andy Holmaas watched as his boss, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, announced that he’d marry anyone who showed up at City Hall on Aug. 1, the second it was possible.
“It’s gonna be an interesting summer,” Holmaas thought, not yet suspecting the scope of Rybak’s vision — or that he was about to be anointed reluctant wedding planner.