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A Great But Imperfect Country

It’s quite easy to be critical of America. We are failures in numerous ways from health and obesity to how many people are killed every year on our roads (though MN is better than most states in the U.S.). When it comes to child well-being we are ranked 26th out of 29 developed nations[1]. As […]

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Even the Minneapolis Fire Department prefers Saint Paul! 1387 Sargent Avenue.

A Visit to Rondo

July 4, 2014 (Independence Day) Macalester-Groveland, Rondo (Summi-University), Downtown, Lowertown, Crocus Hill 19.9 miles The non-profit Express Bike Shop on Selby Avenue is an excellent example of a business doing good. Staff has been teaching young people how to fix bikes since 1995. Youth interns work with the trained bike mechanics to rehab donated bikes, […]

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Sunday Summary – July 5, 2014

4th of July news: Missed the fireworks in Minneapolis? Watch The Bombs Bursting for a quick time-lapse view of ALL the fireworks going off which is lots of fun and won’t scare the dog. Fourth of July Past provides a link to 4th of July-related posts from previous years on streets.mn. News Flash: The Minnesota […]

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The Bombs Bursting

Please watch in full screen mode with HD on. A time-lapse of the anual explosion display in Minneapolis looking south from 10 stories above Lake Street in Midtown. Shot with the Canon Rebel T2i and the Tokina 11-16mm lens. Whether you love this tradition in the States or you hate it this film shows the […]

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Would you spur swimmers to the beaches of Amity Island?

Jaws, the blockbuster thriller film from the mid 1970’s was the highest grossing film ever until Star Wars was released two years later. The mechanical shark, the beach scenes on Amity Island, and the music score brought it all together.  The dynamic between the obdurate mayor (Richard Vaughn) and the police chief (Martin Brody) largely […]

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4th of July, Stone Arch Bridge 2004

It’s not like I hadn’t tried it before. Of course I had, probably a half-dozen times. I’d never really liked it, though. It always made me deeply anti-social, self-concscious, made me want to crawl inside a mental cavity and lurk like a dry zucchini in a dark fridge listening to 70s Miles Davis. On the […]

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July 4, 2002: Mini Doughnuts for America

In July 2002, I had just achieved the ‘merican Dream (MERICA!) and purchased a house up on Dayton’s Bluff, within easy walking distance of the Dari-Ette, and a block from an arterial cycling route through the city. In those bygone days, Taste of Minnesota was resident on Harriet Island for the July 4th weekend, and […]

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Clear Lake, Iowa circa late 90s

We were the only family in my quintessentially Minnesota neighborhood to drive south to the lake cabin. I used to always say “Lake Cabin” but it’s not really a cabin. It’s a house on a lake in the downtown of a small town. I remember being slightly envious at a young age of my peers […]

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