Author Archive | Wolfie Browender

A Schoolhouse, A Parkview, A Lakeview

April 16, 2016 Highland Park, Hamline-Midway, Como, North End 17 Miles April rides can look gloomy no matter the temperature, with few signs of spring, and sandy grit still on many roads. No matter, that first ride of the spring is always exciting. The first stop on the first ride of 2016 was 2122 Highland […]

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A Different Collection of Plates

Oct 19, 2015 Union Park, Hamline-Midway 8.8 miles Even though it was nearing the end of the season for a blogging bike ride, Mother Nature was with me this glorious October day as the temperature peaked at 76 degrees. It had taken more than a year to get this interview arranged. By the time I […]

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The view toward Downtown Saint Paul from near the top of the Walnut Street Steps.

Below THE Summit

October 10, 2015 12 Miles; Summit-University, Crocus Hill This ride wasn’t long in terms of mileage but it covered substantial amounts of local history and altitude. The front of 744 Ashland, built as the Temple of Aaron Synagogue, and now apartments. This is the rather unusual entrance to the apartment building at 744 Ashland Avenue […]

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It Looks Like the Suburbs

September 25, 2015 Macalester-Groveland, Rondo (Lexington-Hamline), Frogtown 14.8 Miles I may be a bit of an anomaly as a bike rider because I am also a “car guy.” What I mean by that is I am fascinated by cars, and have been since I was a child. I still enjoy the introduction of new models, […]

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Color burst from the boulevard in front of 193 Griggs Street North, despite the low-hanging clouds that spawned drizzle.

Secrets Within Saint Paul Central

September 18, 2015 9.8 Miles Macalester-Groveland, Merriam Park, Lex-Ham From out of the patchy grey sky came intermittent sprinkles and the threat of heavier precipitation, but none of that was enough to keep me from my 2 p.m. appointment. Working in my favor was the ride wasn’t long, so I’d make it, even in a […]

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Totem Town Trek

September 7, 2015 34.5 Miles West End, Downtown, Dayton’s Bluff, Battle Creek, Highwood Hills A long ride to the eastern reaches of Saint Paul, which started with some quick stops, first on the West End. Today’s plan was to reach and explore Boys Totem Town, Ramsey County’s live-in program for boys 14 to 18 who […]

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These boxes on 18 foot high shelves contain judicial records and manuscripts. The Records Center has been getting these boxes since the History Center storage reached capacity.

Combing Through Minnesota’s Attic

25.6 miles (11.86 miles to MnHS; 13.74 miles back) Macalester-Groveland, Summit-University, Frogtown, North End, Payne-Phalen After months of conversation, coordination, and anticipation I was finally on the way to the Minnesota Historical Society’s Record Center on the North End. There I’d get a tour of the little-known building used to store many of Minnesota’s surprising […]

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Today this eight unit building is called the F. Scott Fitzgerald Row house. Fitzgerald and his parents lived in two different units during their time in Saint Paul. Today this eight unit building is called the F. Scott Fitzgerald Row house. Fitzgerald and his parents lived in two different units during their time in Saint Paul. The row house occupies 587 through 601 Summit Avenue.

Saint Paul By Bike: Inside Scottie’s Place

August 26, 2015 Highland Park, Macalester-Groveland, Summit Hill 8.9 miles In his 1934 novel “Tender Is the Night,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “In any case you mustn’t confuse a single failure with a final defeat.” The oft quoted utterance could be the mantra of the man who purchased and restored 593 Summit Avenue, one of […]

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Chris Thompson (left) and Gretchen Seichrist (right) sit on their mobile art gallery van, which was parked on West 7th Street.

Between Shepard and West 7th

August 22, 2015 13.2 Miles Highland Park, West End (West 7th), Merriam Park A pleasant, sunny Saturday was a good day to pick up some of the streets I’d missed on previous rides in the southwest side of the city. By southwest I mean Highland Park and the West End (a.k.a. West 7th). The mid […]

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Just Ryde’n Around

  August 14, 2015 Macalester-Groveland, Merriam Park, Lexington-Hamline, Como Park 16.2 Miles   Cleveland Avenue, because of its proximity to my house, is the north-south street on which I ride most often. Despite that, I am still surprised by a sight or two on or near Cleveland. On Selby Avenue, three houses east of Cleveland, […]

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