Questions and Results from Trivia #2

stp-6th-st-sidewalk-cafesThis week, hosted a fun happy hour at Public Kitchen and Bar in downtown Saint Paul. As part of the festivities, I wrote up a trivia contest for people.

Here are the questions. See how you do!

A good time was had by all, but the winners are:

1st Place: The Inner Ringers (26 points)

2nd Place: Worthless Citizens (24.5 points)

3rd Place: [No name, but blue and black pens] (24 points)

4th Place: Minneapolize (word questions) + My West Side Team (image questions) (15 points)

5th Place: N & V & B (14 points)

6th Place: Women on Bikes (13.5 points)

7th Place (tied): Failure (11.5 points)

7h Place (tied): Ask More St. Paul Questions (11.5 points)

9th Place: Jeff & the Cool Tones  or Jeff drives everywhere for work (11 points)

10th Place: Erik & Jeannie (9 points)


Congratulations everyone!

[Questions follow] trivia August 18th question and answer sheet

Round 1 – general round

  1. For one point each, name the longest serving county commissioner in Ramsey and Hennepin Counties.
  2. What is the name of the businessman who built the first skyway in Minneapolis in 1962?
  3. Name a year in which Franklin Avenue served as the southern border of Minneapolis (exempting the far west part).
  4. Not including its antenna, what is the height of the IDS center in feet?
  5. (pull out before blow out) Now that the #16 is gone, the #5 bus is the highest ridership bus in the Twin Cities, going from the mall of America to Brooklyn Center. The high frequency portion of the line travels on five different Minneapolis streets. Name as many as you can, for a maximum of 5 points. (If you get any wrong, you lose all your points.)

Round 2 – Foamer round

  1. The Omaha Zoo Road, now owned by Union Pacific, serviced two Saint Paul breweries; which ones were they?
  2. DT Mpls once had two passenger depots. The Milwaukee Road depot still stands as a hotel. The other is gone. What was built in its place? Bonus point: What year was the other depot torn down?
  1. What railroad used to run on the Midtown Greenway?
  2. Which one of these 1930s trains made its run from Minneapolis to Chicago in under 6 hours? A) Chicago Northwestern’s 400 b) Chicago Burlington and Quincy’s Twin Cities Zephyr c) Milwaukee Road’s Hiawatha d) all of the above
  3. Midtown global market’s predecessor was a large recipient of rail traffic. What was it?

Round 3 – ADT price is right (within 5% = 1 point, within 10% = ½ point); Name the ADTs for the following Mississippi River bridges. (Note: 2011 or 2012 data.)

  1. Smith Avenue / MN 149
  2. Interstate 94
  3. Lake Street
  4. 494 Bridge
  5. Washington Avenue Bridge on a nice Steptember day  (one point for bikes, one point for peds)

Round 4 – general round

  1. Math question: A light rail train leaves from downtown Saint Paul to downtown Minneapolis, traveling the 11-mile distance in 67 minutes. Six months later, the same train gets magically faster, and makes the same trip in 45 minutes. On average, how many miles per hour faster did the train go?
  2. What Twin Cities lake is named after a murder suspect in the first high profile murder mystery?
  3. By median household income, what county is Minnesota’s wealthiest? Bonus point: Name Minnesota’s wealthiest city.
  1. Saint Paul has had two Jewish mayors; name them for 1 point each
  2. What time does the drive thru at the Snelling Avenue Taco Bell close on a Saturday night?

Image round:

Identify the Twin Cities interchanges. (Note: Each road = 1/2 point. Use highest possible roadway hierarchy designation.)


Name the Twin Cities suburb based on its city logo.




Answers: trivia August 18th question and answer sheet

Round 1 – general round

  1. A: Ortega (1994), Johnson (1978)
  2. A: Les Park.
  3. A: 1856 – 1872.
  4. A: 792’
  5. A: Chicago, 7, 8th, Fremont, Emerson.

Round 2 – Foamer round

  1.  A: Hamms and Schmidts
  2.  A: Fed reserve. Bonus point:  A: 1978.
  1. A:Milwaukee Road
  2. A: d, all of the above.
  3. A: sears

Round 3 – ADT price is right (within 5% = 1 point, within 10% = ½ point); Name the ADTs for the following Mississippi River bridges. (Note: 2011 or 2012 data.)

  1.  A: 13,900 (700, 1,400)
  2. A: 150,000 (7500, 15,000)
  3. A: 17,600 (900, 1,760)
  4.  A: 88000 (4500, 9000)
  5.  A: 7370, 19,700 (350, 750; 1,000, 2,000)

Round 4 – general round

  1. A: 14.6 mph – 9.9 mph= 4.7 mph
  2. A: Lake Phalen
  3. A: Washington, median household income $79K. Bonus point: A: Woodland., pop 437, $150K
  1. A: Norm Coleman (’94 – ’02), Lawrence Cohen (’72 – ’76)
  2.  A: 5:00 AM.

Image rounds.

1-5. 100 and 50th, 494 and 169, 35E and 77, 35W and 62, 94 and huron,

  1. woodbury 2. Brooklyn park 3. Burnsville 4. Eagan 5. Eden prairie
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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.