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Collapsed 35W Bridge Rebuilt in Minneapolis, Other Projects Lagging

Collapsed 35W Bridge Rebuilt in Minneapolis, Other Projects Lagging Sep 24th, 2008 at 12:00PM: Last August, the collapse of the 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis captured national attention. Though the loss of life was significantly less than it could have been, the idea that a collapse could and did happen had people cringing and gritting their teeth whenever their crossed any bridge. A new bridge was being planned within hours of the demise of the old one. Local...

Experience the Sea without Going to the Sea

Experience the Sea without Going to the Sea Sep 15th, 2008 at 7:00AM: The Great Lakes are among the most underrated tourist destinations in the US. Take Lake Superior, for example. Today I walked along the Lake in Duluth, Minnesota and watched gigantic ships come into the harbor. In certain ways, it felt more like the Pacific Northwest than the Midwest. Of course, there are some aspects of this area that remind you of where you are: 1. Most of the conversations you...

Three Things the Press Coverage of RNC Didn't Show You about the Twin Cities

Three Things the Press Coverage of RNC Didn't Show You about the Twin Cities Sep 5th, 2008 at 1:00PM: I'll admit, I was a bit excited that the Republican National Convention was held in Saint Paul. Not for any political reasons, but because the Twin Cities (where I've lived on and off throughout my life) might get a bit of positive press while in the national spotlight. But it was not to be. Downtown Saint Paul became a "Green Zone" with most residents and visitors forced to remain outside....

St. Paul to Party All Night for RNC

St. Paul to Party All Night for RNC Aug 25th, 2008 at 3:00PM: If you are looking for an all night party, head for the Twin Cities next weekend. Seriously. It's the RNC, but even if you are affiliated with another political party, be it of the mainstream or fringe variety, it might be worth the trip. In a bid to bring more convention dollars into the area, St. Paul's city council decided to allow bars to stay open until 4 a.m. That's two hours past the usual...

Twin Cities Prepare for RNC

Twin Cities Prepare for RNC Aug 22nd, 2008 at 11:30AM: The roads have been repaved, the bars stocked and the popcorn swept out of the Excel Energy Center's aisles. It's only a few days until the Republicans storm the beachhead and impose their flag waving and slogan chanting on the good people of Saint Paul, Minnesota. It might seem odd that a state that usually votes Democrat when it comes to president is playing host to John McCain. Sure, Minnesota...

"Bizarre Foods" on the Travel Channel: Season 2, Episode 4 recap

Mar 26th, 2008 at 8:20AM: Location: Andrew's adopted home state of Minnesota, where he's lived for 16 years. Episode Rating: 3 Sheep Testicles (out of 4) Summary: Andrew heads to tiny Cyrus, Minnesota, for a supper at a senior center-slash-diner. On the menu is a Scandinavian dish called lutefisk, which is cod that's prepared with powdered lye and resembles a slab of see-through fish gelatin. Perhaps the only thing more...

AmericInn markets quiet rooms

AmericInn markets quiet rooms Oct 30th, 2007 at 9:38AM: What do you look for in a hotel room? Soft sheets, a balcony, a decent rate? AmericInn, a fast-growing mid-range chain based in Minnesota, is betting you're also looking for quiet. The company began advertising a new sleeping amenity called SoundGuard at its 213 hotels. SoundGard is a construction material -- instead of using wood-frame construction, the company uses masonry blocks filled with...

Extreme Geography in the United States

Extreme Geography in the United States Aug 20th, 2007 at 12:30PM: Catherine's post on the not-so-well-known geographical center of the United States got me thinking: there's something fun and intriguing about visiting, say, the northernmost point in a country, or perhaps driving eastward until you can drive no further -- if only so that you can say, "There's no one further east than me," unless there's someone else standing next to you. If so you'll have to say,...

Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center

Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center Oct 4th, 2006 at 11:01AM: Fargo may not be the world's center for ragin' night life or amusement parks for the kiddies, but there is one place for both children and adults I recommend visiting if staying in the North Dakota town. However, depending on where you are in the area you'll probably need to drive a few miles, maybe 3-5 to get to the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center which is actually located across the state...

Fall Into St. Paul

Fall Into St. Paul Oct 2nd, 2006 at 7:04PM: I'm going to follow after Erik, who left us a list of links, just hours ago today on some of the best spots to experience fall. Having taken a look at the two lists I must say I'm surprised St. Paul. MN didn't make the cut. I just spent three days in the city for the first-time ever and nearly fainted from such delightful fall beauty along the Mississippi River. I could very well be deprived from...

The Spam Museum & Harmony, Minnesota

The Spam Museum & Harmony, Minnesota Jul 19th, 2006 at 4:17PM: While the keepers of Notes From the Road don't update as frequently as some other webspaces, when they do you can bet it will be a promising and worthwhile read. Take their Great Plains series - here you'll find a cozy read (maybe something to inspire bedtime travel dreams) about Austin, Minnesota's famed Spam Museum and the quaint Amish areas of Harmony, MN. From the museum our author's ponder...

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