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For all that extra free time

Posted Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 10:43 pm GMT -6 in Games,History,Pop Culture,Technology at 10:43 PM

Donkey Kong Country sure seemed prettier back then

End of an era

Posted Saturday, January 6th, 2018 03:23 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,History at 3:23 PM

Please don’t mess up the legacy

Beef, Beer and Bacca

Posted Monday, December 18th, 2017 04:41 pm GMT -6 in History,Links at 4:41 PM

Hidden St. Paul

Posted Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 07:46 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,History at 7:46 PM

Landmark Center (but just on one side)

Glensheen (the Musical)

Posted Friday, July 21st, 2017 10:59 pm GMT -6 in History,Theater at 10:59 PM

The History Theater was smart to bring this back

Had at least five of these

Posted Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 02:56 pm GMT -6 in Food,Games,History,Technology at 2:56 PM

The throw-back games wall @ Hot Plate

A History of Magic

Posted Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 09:55 am GMT -6 in History,Movies,Museums at 9:55 AM

Topps just made my day

Posted Sunday, July 16th, 2017 11:42 am GMT -6 in History,Movies,Pop Culture at 11:42 AM

New Kenner cards are a blast from the past

The Cadillac of Mines

Posted Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 08:59 pm GMT -6 in Family,History,Travel at 8:59 PM

A return to the Soudan Underground Mine

Vikings of my youth

Posted Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 05:26 pm GMT -6 in Football,History at 5:26 PM

#77 – Gary Larsen

Fun stuff at Shattucks

Posted Saturday, April 15th, 2017 05:26 pm GMT -6 in History,Hockey,Schools at 5:26 PM

Crosby, Toews and a midget Zach Parise

Dayton’s, no more

Posted Friday, March 24th, 2017 09:01 pm GMT -6 in Business,History,Shopping at 9:01 PM

End of an era 🙁

Scenes from the train

Posted Friday, March 17th, 2017 09:02 am GMT -6 in Design,History,Music at 9:02 AM

United Crushers, behind the Gopher Stadium

Ah, Dayton’s

Posted Friday, March 10th, 2017 08:18 pm GMT -6 in History,Shopping at 8:18 PM

The good old days (although I usually went to the one in Southdale)

History lives in St.Paul

Posted Friday, March 10th, 2017 07:31 am GMT -6 in History at 7:31 AM

Rice Park and Landmark Center

One of those is us

Posted Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 08:24 pm GMT -6 in Design,History at 8:24 PM

North side of the Rayette Lofts, St. Paul

What I looked like at 19

Posted Friday, February 17th, 2017 08:47 pm GMT -6 in Family,History at 8:47 PM

She asked, so here’s an example

Credit Unions Forever

Posted Monday, February 6th, 2017 01:48 pm GMT -6 in Business,History at 1:48 PM

Joined NWAFCU almost 32 years ago – can’t believe they used to have your SSN right on the statement

Second Kingsbury?

Posted Monday, February 6th, 2017 01:38 pm GMT -6 in Family,History,Running,Travel at 1:38 PM

First from Eagan, first of those born on 1/19 – my results sheet and bib from the 1996 Bloomsday 12K in Spokane

Back when I was smart

Posted Monday, February 6th, 2017 01:32 pm GMT -6 in History,Schools at 1:32 PM

Inaugural St. Paul Central High School Honor Society, 1986

A Cop in Hot Pants

Posted Saturday, February 4th, 2017 11:52 pm GMT -6 in History,Pop Culture,Television at 11:52 PM

Cleaning and packing can be fun

Never heard of this before

Posted Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 09:46 pm GMT -6 in History,Links,Politics at 9:46 PM

The movie literally showed us

Posted Thursday, January 26th, 2017 11:16 am GMT -6 in History,Links,Movies,Pop Culture at 11:16 AM

Winston Churchill

Posted Friday, January 20th, 2017 09:29 am GMT -6 in History,Politics,Quotes at 9:29 AM

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter…

Never really our thing

Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 12:32 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,History at 12:32 PM

…but it will still be missed. Last few days of the Oak Grill @ Dayton’s 12th floor

A grander era

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 09:07 pm GMT -6 in History,Travel at 9:07 PM

So much more elegant than email and Snapchat

Orca and the Empress

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 08:57 pm GMT -6 in History,Travel at 8:57 PM

The Fairmount was a little worn, but so full of history

Life size Mammoth

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 07:57 pm GMT -6 in History,Museums,Travel at 7:57 PM

Royal BC Museum dioramas rule

Video game flashbacks

Posted Thursday, July 14th, 2016 12:38 am GMT -6 in Games,History,Technology at 12:38 AM

Crystal Castles @ Up-Down Minneapolis 

Elie Wiesel Visits Disneyland

Posted Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 12:54 pm GMT -6 in Disney,History,Links at 12:54 PM

Elie Wiesel Visits Disneyland

Armory looks weird inside

Posted Friday, June 3rd, 2016 12:33 pm GMT -6 in Business,Design,History at 12:33 PM

Not what I expected…

Since 1939

Posted Friday, May 13th, 2016 12:48 pm GMT -6 in Food,History at 12:48 PM

Band Box Diner, Elliot Park, Minneapolis 

Mummies of St. Paul

Posted Friday, April 29th, 2016 07:12 pm GMT -6 in History,Museums at 7:12 PM

Friday at the museum

Schools two and three

Posted Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 12:59 pm GMT -6 in History,Schools at 12:59 PM

Randolph Heights and Ramsey Junior High, St. Paul

Back where it all happened

Posted Friday, April 22nd, 2016 09:19 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,History,Movies,Music at 9:19 PM

Purple Rain @ First Ave

Haven’t thought of this in ages

Posted Saturday, April 16th, 2016 04:53 pm GMT -6 in Food,History at 4:53 PM

The Pop Shoppe (product) reappears in Edina

Grandma’s photo album

Posted Sunday, March 27th, 2016 03:29 pm GMT -6 in Family,History,Photography at 3:29 PM

Don’t think I have a lot of these

Should’ve been bald

Posted Saturday, March 19th, 2016 06:25 pm GMT -6 in Family,Fashion,History at 6:25 PM

Why can’t I have normal hair?

Where the nose comes from

Posted Saturday, March 19th, 2016 01:43 pm GMT -6 in Family,History at 1:43 PM

My great grandfather Charles

Paging Dr. Dewey

Posted Monday, March 14th, 2016 08:46 pm GMT -6 in History,Schools at 8:46 PM

The very first Eastview principal (1997)

Thomas Edison

Posted Thursday, February 4th, 2016 09:44 am GMT -6 in History,Personal,Quotes at 9:44 AM

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

The Great Dane

Posted Monday, December 21st, 2015 11:15 pm GMT -6 in Football,History,Sports,Travel at 11:15 PM

And one year as a Viking

24 Years Ago Today

Posted Monday, December 14th, 2015 08:30 pm GMT -6 in Family,History,Holidays at 8:30 PM

Happy Anniversary, CMK ❤️

Long Live Captain EO

Posted Friday, December 11th, 2015 09:56 pm GMT -6 in Disney,History,Links,Movies at 9:56 PM

Celebrating 40 Years

Posted Saturday, November 14th, 2015 11:40 am GMT -6 in Food,History at 11:40 AM

Key’s on Raymond, St. Paul

Ye Old Troll

Posted Saturday, November 14th, 2015 11:38 am GMT -6 in History,Pop Culture at 11:38 AM

Minnesota State Fair Heritage and History Center

It’ll tickle yore innards

Posted Saturday, October 17th, 2015 05:29 pm GMT -6 in Design,Food,History at 5:29 PM

Mountain Dew – filled by Stan and Claire

Lost Python? Yes!!

Posted Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 10:50 am GMT -6 in History,Links,Movies,Pop Culture,Video at 10:50 AM

Miss you, Mr. Sound Effect

Posted Saturday, September 19th, 2015 10:04 pm GMT -6 in History,Personal at 10:04 PM

Tom Keith memorial, Fitzgerald Theater, Saint Paul, Minnesota 

A tribute to Megan

Posted Monday, September 14th, 2015 10:58 am GMT -6 in Friends,History at 10:58 AM

Ironman Memorial, Chisholm, Minnesota

Booji Boy

Posted Monday, August 24th, 2015 04:30 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,History,Museums,Music at 4:30 PM

This mask freaks me out – Myopia @ Mia

Golf blast from the past

Posted Saturday, August 15th, 2015 04:10 pm GMT -6 in Golf,History at 4:10 PM

Rich Acres on a metro golf poster at Brookview

The original lighthouse?

Posted Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 07:32 pm GMT -6 in History,Travel at 7:32 PM

On the walk to the current Grand Marais lighthouse

I love this page so much

Posted Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 10:19 pm GMT -6 in Friends,History,Links,Technology at 10:19 PM

Do these still work?

Posted Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 02:11 pm GMT -6 in Family,History,Technology at 2:11 PM

Mother-in-law’s basement in St. Paul

7 Things You Can’t Do in MSP

Posted Sunday, July 19th, 2015 03:25 pm GMT -6 in Food,Golf,History at 3:25 PM

Now that the friendly service desk at Seven Corners Hardware is a pile of rubble, here are seven other things you can no longer do in the Twin Cities:

  • Order the onion rings at Porky’s on University
  • Hit balls from the second floor of George’s Driving Range in Mendota Heights
  • Walk by the electric chair on the way to the first tee at Parkview Golf Club (above)
  • Listen to an in-store performance at Let in Be Records downtown
  • Drive your car across the Washington Avenue Bridge
  • Wash your hands after a plate of Al Baker’s Buffalo wings
  • Register to run the Grand Old Day 8K

What else do you miss?

UPDATE: Apparently you can still drive your car on the Washington Avenue Bridge – just not by driving down Washington from St. Paul…

RIP Seven Corners

Posted Saturday, July 18th, 2015 05:54 pm GMT -6 in Business,History at 5:54 PM

This is shockingly different for St. Paul

Diddling the Public

Posted Thursday, July 9th, 2015 09:32 am GMT -6 in History,Links,Technology at 9:32 AM


Posted Friday, May 15th, 2015 08:10 pm GMT -6 in Family,History,Photography at 8:10 PM

A very old family portrait hanging at my sister’s place in Duluth

Harry Silbert

Posted Monday, May 11th, 2015 12:51 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,History,Quotes at 12:51 PM

We have very, very bad management…

60 Years in Vegas

Posted Monday, May 11th, 2015 12:41 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,History,Links at 12:41 PM

Gold Medal Day

Posted Saturday, April 25th, 2015 02:55 pm GMT -6 in History,Weather at 2:55 PM

Minneapolis doesn’t suck

WTG Wild – Bonus Hockey!

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 09:11 am GMT -6 in History at 9:11 AM

Wild clinch playoff berth with 2-1 win @ Chicago

Conrad Rocks

Posted Friday, March 27th, 2015 03:02 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,History,Links,Music at 3:02 PM

A more modern treasure

Posted Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 03:23 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,History,Technology at 3:23 PM

King Tut slots @ Fortune Bay Resort Casino

That old ladder of love

Posted Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 09:16 am GMT -6 in Art,History,Music at 9:16 AM

Climb it

Peter Morton and the Hard Rock

Posted Thursday, March 5th, 2015 09:02 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,History,Links,Music at 9:02 PM

1690 Beavis?

Posted Friday, February 27th, 2015 05:22 pm GMT -6 in Art,History,Museums at 5:22 PM

Minneapolis Institute of Art

How great are those letters?

Posted Sunday, February 15th, 2015 12:29 pm GMT -6 in Art,Business,Design,History at 12:29 PM

Northern States Power plant, Granite Falls, Minnesota

Ode to Joy (translated)

Posted Friday, February 13th, 2015 09:46 am GMT -6 in History,Music at 9:46 AM

O friends, not these sounds!
Rather let us sing more pleasant ones,
and more full of joy!

Joy, beauteous spark of divinity,
Daughter of Elysium,
We enter drunk with fire,
Heavenly one, your sanctuary.
Thy magic power re-unites,
All that custom has strictly divided;
All men become brothers,
Where your gentle wing abides.

Whomever has been so fortunate,
To be the friend of a friend,
He who has obtained a dear wife,
Add his jubilation!
Yes, whoever also one soul
Can call his own in the earthly round!
And who never could, he should steal
Weeping from this fellowship!

All beings drink joy
At the breasts of Nature;
All things good, all things evil
Follow her rosy trail.
Kisses gave she us and wine,
A friend, proven [even] in death;
Ecstasy is granted [even] to the worm
And the Cherub stands before God.

Happily, flying like his suns,
Through Heaven’s splendid firmament,
Run, Brothers, your course,
Joyfully, like a hero towards victory.

Be embraced [you] millions!
This kiss is for the entire world!
Brothers! over the starry canopy
Must a loving father dwell.

Do you prostrate yourselves, [you] millions?
Do you [wish to] sense the Creator, world?
Seek him beyond the starry canopy!
Beyond the stars he [surely] must dwell!

Joy, beauteous spark of divinity, etc.
Be embraced, [you] millions!, etc.

Joy, daughter of Elysium!
Thy magic power re-unites,
All that custom has strictly divided;
All men become brothers,
Where your gentle wing abides.

Be embraced [you] millions!
This kiss is for the entire world!
Brothers! over the starry canopy
Must a loving father dwell.

Be embraced,
This kiss is for the entire world!
Joy, divine spark of divinity!
Daughter of Elysium!
Joy, divine spark of divinity!

English translation by David B. Levy


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