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Henrik Williams @ ASI

Posted Saturday, September 28th, 2019 01:10 pm GMT -5 in History,Museums at 1:10 PM

Vikings and runestones

Originally published by DK on September 28, 2019 at 1:10 pm

Diebold in Old Saint Paul

Posted Saturday, September 21st, 2019 02:08 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Food,History at 2:08 PM

Rose Street Patisserie

Originally published by DK on September 21, 2019 at 2:08 pm

A little late

Posted Sunday, July 21st, 2019 01:08 pm GMT -5 in History,Science at 1:08 PM

…but happy anniversary moon nerds!

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2019 at 1:08 pm

The Elders

Posted Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00 pm GMT -5 in History,Politics,Quotes at 10:00 PM

The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2019 at 10:00 pm

Big Boy Choo-Choo Tour

Posted Thursday, July 18th, 2019 10:49 pm GMT -5 in History at 10:49 PM

It’s not every day the “Beatles of the train world” rolls into your city, but last night we heard the train whistle blow on the largest operational steam locomotive in the world, also known as Union Pacific’s Big Boy #4014. Currently on a Midwest Tour to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Completion, this Big Boy was on display at Union Depot today. How could I not walk the two blocks from our loft to check out this impressive piece of history?

Turns out there are a lot of choo-choo nerds in these parts, so lines were a little long to view the one car exhibit. There was also another line to view the inside of the engine cab, but I didn’t wait for that one. You could walk around both sides of the train, though, so there was plenty of opportunity to get some cool pictures without nine million other people in the shot (more pics after the jump). They also had food available on the platform and there were a number of vendor booths in the Waiting Room hall with all kinds of interesting stuff for sale.

Built in 1941, the #4014 is the only operating Big Boy of the eight that remain in existence. It was used in revenue service to haul trains weighing up to 4,200 tons over Utah’s Wasatch Range until 1959, traveling 1,031,205 miles during that period. The Big Boys are 132 feet long, weigh 1.2 million pounds (more than a 747), output 6,290 horsepower and have a top speed of 80 miles per hour. After retirement, this Big Boy spent time resting in the RailGiants Train Museum in Pomona, California. In 2013, Union Pacific regained ownership and started a multi-year restoration project in their Cheyenne Steam Shop. The locomotive was converted from coal to oil and in May 2019, Big Boy #4014 completed a successful test round trip from Cheyenne to Nunn, Colorado.

Video: Bringing the Big Boy Back to Life

Originally published by DK on July 18, 2019 at 10:49 pm

Northern States Power Co.

Posted Saturday, July 13th, 2019 01:59 pm GMT -5 in Business,Design,History at 1:59 PM

I remember the old NSP bills (green envelopes too, I think)

Originally published by DK on July 13, 2019 at 1:59 pm

American Pickers + Aerosmith

Posted Thursday, July 11th, 2019 04:51 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Music at 4:51 PM

https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/8519368/american-pickers-host-explains-finding-aerosmiths-pre-fame-tour-van-and-saving

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2019 at 4:51 pm

Summer Shindig

Posted Monday, July 1st, 2019 04:14 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,History at 4:14 PM

Still have to finish the remix level

Originally published by DK on July 1, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Biggest disaster in music history

Posted Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 09:05 am GMT -5 in Business,History,Links,Music at 9:05 AM

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2019 at 9:05 am

Kelly’s, NO MOR

Posted Monday, June 10th, 2019 06:31 pm GMT -5 in Food,History at 6:31 PM

Glad we went when we did

Originally published by DK on June 10, 2019 at 6:31 pm

Big iron, little iron

Posted Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 12:50 pm GMT -5 in Biking,History at 12:50 PM

Bandana Square + Rockhopper

Originally published by DK on May 7, 2019 at 12:50 pm

The Traveling (Ruby) Shoes

Posted Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 03:36 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Movies,Pop Culture at 3:36 PM

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/magazine/wp/2019/04/30/feature/the-case-of-dorothys-stolen-ruby-slippers/

Originally published by DK on May 1, 2019 at 3:36 pm

In calmer times

Posted Monday, April 15th, 2019 07:16 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 7:16 PM

Not our favorite place in Europe, but still tragic news from a historic city

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2019 at 7:16 pm

Peter Criss

Posted Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 09:56 am GMT -5 in History,Music at 9:56 AM

You can take the mask off the Lone Ranger and put it on someone else, but it ain’t the Lone Ranger…

Originally published by DK on March 5, 2019 at 9:56 am

WorldWideWeb nerd coolness

Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 02:32 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Technology at 2:32 PM

https://worldwideweb.cern.ch/

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Today at the stadium

Posted Saturday, February 9th, 2019 04:29 pm GMT -5 in History,Sports,Technology,Work at 4:29 PM

I thought I felt a little déjà vu

Originally published by DK on February 9, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Posted Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 02:19 pm GMT -5 in Food,History,Quotes at 2:19 PM

We may live without friends, we may live without books. But civilized man cannot live without cooks…

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2019 at 2:19 pm

Hooptie flashback

Posted Monday, January 14th, 2019 09:34 pm GMT -5 in Cars,History at 9:34 PM

My very first car – a something Dodge Colt (’84?)

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2019 at 9:34 pm

Everybody does it different

Posted Thursday, January 10th, 2019 07:48 pm GMT -5 in History,Sports,Technology at 7:48 PM

Like the surface charge space, though

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2019 at 7:48 pm

Roy & Moss versus El Chapo

Posted Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 02:03 pm GMT -5 in Business,History,Links,News,Technology at 2:03 PM

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2019 at 2:03 pm

Didn’t know this had a name

Posted Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 12:24 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,History,Links at 12:24 PM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googie_architecture

Originally published by DK on December 19, 2018 at 12:24 pm

Good Mexican Vittles

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 10:04 pm GMT -5 in Food,History,Travel at 10:04 PM

Elton & Sandra Davis – your fries made my childhood better

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Winston Churchill

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 07:28 pm GMT -5 in History,Politics,Quotes at 7:28 PM

The Admiralty had demanded six ships; the economists offered four; and we finally compromised on eight…

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 7:28 pm

Secret Service nightmare

Posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 10:24 am GMT -5 in History,Politics at 10:24 AM

Can’t imagine the logistical planning required for this

Originally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 10:24 am

Man, he was only 57

Posted Thursday, November 15th, 2018 10:00 pm GMT -5 in History,Music,Personal at 10:00 PM

Feel like it’s almost time to revisit Paisley Park

Originally published by DK on November 15, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Then and now

Posted Friday, September 28th, 2018 10:45 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 10:45 PM

Finally found the “then” pic

Originally published by DK on September 28, 2018 at 10:45 pm

Time for my shot

Posted Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 10:50 pm GMT -5 in History,Music,Theater at 10:50 PM

What a great combination of theater, music and history

Originally published by DK on September 18, 2018 at 10:50 pm

Infinite Loop memories

Posted Monday, September 17th, 2018 05:22 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Technology at 5:22 PM

https://www.wired.com/story/apple-infinite-loop-oral-history/

Originally published by DK on September 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm

Record-breaking! 2,046,533

Posted Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 02:01 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,History,Links at 2:01 PM

https://www.mnstatefair.org/about-the-fair/attendance/

Originally published by DK on September 4, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Love these public spaces

Posted Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 12:34 pm GMT -5 in Design,History,Travel at 12:34 PM

Union Station, Chicago

Originally published by DK on August 21, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Video Game Metaphors

Posted Sunday, August 19th, 2018 12:26 pm GMT -5 in Games,History,Mini Posts,Technology at 12:26 PM

For the longest time, I’ve had this image of a video game in my mind that I thought was a metaphor for life. It was a racing game that used forced perspective, with the road stretching to the horizon and an endless supply of other cars coming at you that you needed to avoid and pass. I got really good at the game, basically being able to play non-stop, never losing and only quitting when I got bored. Pass, pass, pass…run up the score.

Today I thought I’d research this game, always thinking it was Enduro by Activision. I never had an Atari 2600, though, so if this is the game, I must’ve played it at a friend’s house (I seem to recall using the “paddle” controllers for it). I had a number of Intellivision driving games (Auto Racing, Bump ‘n’ Jump, Triple Action), but none of them fit the look and feel model I’m thinking about…

Originally published by DK on August 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm

My first stadium

Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2018 12:04 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Football,History,Sports at 12:04 PM

Don’t think I saw a Vikings game, but saw lots of Twins there

Originally published by DK on August 16, 2018 at 12:04 pm

How did I miss these?

Posted Sunday, August 12th, 2018 11:01 pm GMT -5 in Art,History at 11:01 PM

They came out *nine* years ago (to celebrate Lincoln’s 200th birthday)

Originally published by DK on August 12, 2018 at 11:01 pm

Historic Height

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 08:32 pm GMT -5 in History,Sports,Work at 8:32 PM

Highest quarter pipe jump ever @ X Games

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 8:32 pm

A Student of History

Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 12:09 am GMT -5 in History,Mini Posts,Schools,Television at 12:09 AM

Back in my high school days, I had the option to take more than your average amount of history classes: Ancient Civilizations, Western Civilizations, American Experience. St. Paul Central’s Quest program was an early precursor to AP and IB type coursework and Mr. Demers, the history teacher, was one of my all-time favorites. I also was a fan of geography, so when you mixed in the opportunity to travel that my mom’s work allowed, history literally came alive for me.

This past week I’ve been watching the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick ten-part documentary on the Vietnam War. It amazes me how much I didn’t know about this historical event that played out during my lifetime – especially since my father participated in it directly (and it’s the reason I’m not a native Minnesotan). Now I’m looking forward to lunch with him and having an opportunity to ask questions about a topic we’ve never really discussed much (something I wish I’d done with my grandfather and World War II).

I found it interesting to see so many similarities between then and now politically. We like to think that our current environment is the most divisive ever, but this has really been America for a long time. As Thomas Polgar, the Saigon station chief for the C.I.A. wrote in his last cable from the embassy: “Those who fail to learn from history are forced to repeat it. Let us hope that we will not have another Vietnam experience and that we have learned our lesson.”

Note to self: research how so many Midwest politicians rose to play such prominent roles during this period of history (Humphrey and McCarthy in Minnesota, McGovern in South Dakota).

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2018 at 12:09 am

MK’s first visit to Glensheen

Posted Saturday, July 7th, 2018 02:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 2:47 PM

(Not the Musical)

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Dexter was their favorite

Posted Saturday, July 7th, 2018 11:22 am GMT -5 in History,Travel at 11:22 AM

Glensheen Carriage House

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2018 at 11:22 am

Nice job, Cass

Posted Sunday, June 17th, 2018 09:35 am GMT -5 in Design,History at 9:35 AM

One of the best capitol buildings in the country, IMO

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2018 at 9:35 am

The family tree

Posted Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 09:49 am GMT -5 in Family,History at 9:49 AM

Mom, dad and both grandparents on the marryin’ day

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2018 at 9:49 am

Don’t mess with Samurai

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2018 03:35 am GMT -5 in History,Museums,Travel at 3:35 AM

Great exhibit at BGFA

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2018 at 3:35 am

Mike D, In Conversation

Posted Monday, March 26th, 2018 09:52 am GMT -5 in History,Links,Music at 9:52 AM

http://www.vulture.com/2018/03/mike-d-beastie-boys-in-conversation.html

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2018 at 9:52 am

For all that extra free time

Posted Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 10:43 pm GMT -5 in Games,History,Pop Culture,Technology at 10:43 PM

Donkey Kong Country sure seemed prettier back then

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2018 at 10:43 pm

End of an era

Posted Saturday, January 6th, 2018 03:23 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,History at 3:23 PM

Please don’t mess up the legacy

Originally published by DK on January 6, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Beef, Beer and Bacca

Posted Monday, December 18th, 2017 04:41 pm GMT -5 in History,Links at 4:41 PM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skeleton_Army

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Hidden St. Paul

Posted Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 07:46 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,History at 7:46 PM

Landmark Center (but just on one side)

Originally published by DK on September 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm

Glensheen (the Musical)

Posted Friday, July 21st, 2017 10:59 pm GMT -5 in History,Theater at 10:59 PM

The History Theater was smart to bring this back

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2017 at 10:59 pm

Had at least five of these

Posted Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 02:56 pm GMT -5 in Food,Games,History,Technology at 2:56 PM

The throw-back games wall @ Hot Plate

Originally published by DK on July 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm

A History of Magic

Posted Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 09:55 am GMT -5 in History,Movies,Museums at 9:55 AM

https://www.bl.uk/harry-potter/articles/harry-potter-at-the-british-library

Originally published by DK on July 19, 2017 at 9:55 am

Topps just made my day

Posted Sunday, July 16th, 2017 11:42 am GMT -5 in History,Movies,Pop Culture at 11:42 AM

New Kenner cards are a blast from the past

Originally published by DK on July 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

The Cadillac of Mines

Posted Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 08:59 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 8:59 PM

A return to the Soudan Underground Mine

Originally published by DK on July 4, 2017 at 8:59 pm

Vikings of my youth

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

#77 – Gary Larsen

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Fun stuff at Shattucks

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

Crosby, Toews and a midget Zach Parise

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Dayton’s, no more

Posted Friday, March 24th, 2017 09:01 pm GMT -5 in Business,History,Shopping at 9:01 PM

End of an era 🙁

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2017 at 9:01 pm

Scenes from the train

Posted Friday, March 17th, 2017 09:02 am GMT -5 in Design,History,Music at 9:02 AM

United Crushers, behind the Gopher Stadium

Originally published by DK on March 17, 2017 at 9:02 am

Ah, Dayton’s

Posted Friday, March 10th, 2017 08:18 pm GMT -5 in History,Shopping at 8:18 PM

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

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2017 at 8:18 pm

History lives in St.Paul

Posted Friday, March 10th, 2017 07:31 am GMT -5 in History at 7:31 AM

Rice Park and Landmark Center

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2017 at 7:31 am

One of those is us

Posted Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 08:24 pm GMT -5 in Design,History at 8:24 PM

North side of the Rayette Lofts, St. Paul

Originally published by DK on March 1, 2017 at 8:24 pm

What I looked like at 19

Posted Friday, February 17th, 2017 08:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,History at 8:47 PM

She asked, so here’s an example

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2017 at 8:47 pm

Credit Unions Forever

Posted Monday, February 6th, 2017 01:48 pm GMT -5 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

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm

Second Kingsbury?

Posted Monday, February 6th, 2017 01:38 pm GMT -5 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

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2017 at 1:38 pm

Back when I was smart

Posted Monday, February 6th, 2017 01:32 pm GMT -5 in History,Schools at 1:32 PM

Inaugural St. Paul Central High School Honor Society, 1986

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2017 at 1:32 pm

A Cop in Hot Pants

Posted Saturday, February 4th, 2017 11:52 pm GMT -5 in History,Pop Culture,Television at 11:52 PM

Cleaning and packing can be fun

Originally published by DK on February 4, 2017 at 11:52 pm

Never heard of this before

Posted Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 09:46 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Politics at 9:46 PM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes

Originally published by DK on February 1, 2017 at 9:46 pm

The movie literally showed us

Posted Thursday, January 26th, 2017 11:16 am GMT -5 in History,Links,Movies,Pop Culture at 11:16 AM

http://fxrant.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-death-star-and-final-trench-run.html

Originally published by DK on January 26, 2017 at 11:16 am

Winston Churchill

Posted Friday, January 20th, 2017 09:29 am GMT -5 in History,Politics,Quotes at 9:29 AM

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

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2017 at 9:29 am

Never really our thing

Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 12:32 pm GMT -5 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

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm

A grander era

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 09:07 pm GMT -5 in History,Travel at 9:07 PM

So much more elegant than email and Snapchat

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2016 at 9:07 pm

Orca and the Empress

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 08:57 pm GMT -5 in History,Travel at 8:57 PM

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

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2016 at 8:57 pm

Life size Mammoth

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 07:57 pm GMT -5 in History,Museums,Travel at 7:57 PM

Royal BC Museum dioramas rule

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2016 at 7:57 pm

Video game flashbacks

Posted Thursday, July 14th, 2016 12:38 am GMT -5 in Games,History,Technology at 12:38 AM

Crystal Castles @ Up-Down Minneapolis 

Originally published by DK on July 14, 2016 at 12:38 am
 

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