Tag Archives: State Fair

A Poem for August 27th, 2020

Weep and know Death, Land of Sky Blue Waters. There will be no butter blocks carved of your daughters. Eighteen hundred siblings are already dead. All else holds its breath so The Thing won’t spread. The places you ate, the places you drank, The places you danced and flirted, The places you studied, and the […]

2020 Cartoon Shout-outs!

Your friendly Saint Paul Crank here. It’s time for some late summer cartoon shout-outs. This first one goes out to the organizers of the Minnesota State Fair Crop Art competition. If not for the pandemic, you would have been able to see this piece hanging in the horticulture building with all the other excellent seed-art […]

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The Remains of a Lost Icon

July 24, 2016 St. Anthony Park, Como, North End 23 miles Another nice day for a ride, this time to the northern edge of Saint Paul. The first stop – for a window – came in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood. St. Anthony Park Como Like tulip leaves poking through the soil foretelling spring, signs […]

Sunday Summary – August 28, 2016

It’s State Fair Time!  Before you get to the cheese curds, Pronto Pups, and new food-on-a-stick, you have to get to the Fairgrounds.  Here’s express bus info and official bike to the Fair advice accompanied by a reprise of this streets.mn post Forget Biking to the State Fair – has anything changed since 2014?  For more Fair inspiration, […]

Sunday Summary – September 6, 2015

Celebrating the end of summer (and the end of the State Fair) with Labor Day tomorrow, here’s the (rather light) week on streets.mn starting with an important Collaboration Streets.mn and Nice Ride MN Launch Crowdsourcing Bikeshare Project announces our new joint project with Nice Ride Minnesota to crowdsource analysis and recommendations for the evolution of the Twin Cities […]

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Transportation Nerd’s State Fair

So far this summer we’ve read about the challenges of biking to the Minnesota State Fair and the popular experience of busing to it. But what does a transportation nerd do first after entering the fairgrounds under the old streetcar arch at the new West End gate? (Yeah yeah, the food…) Head for the tractors on […]

Forget about Biking to the State Fair

Every year I remember the loveliness of the bike ride to get to the state fair. And then I’m reminded of the horror that is the last one tenth of one mile to the bike corral.  This is particularly problematic for anyone arriving on the U of M Transitway, which is the obvious way to ride there from Downtown, […]