NSaint Paul, Minnesota

southtwelfth:

Yesterday, I linked to a spreadsheet listing the birthplaces of Minneapolis’ mayors (that sentence contains at least four of the most thrilling words in the English language). I thought I’d do the same with St. Paul, and came into the task with some preconceptions — specifically, the idea that St. Paul, being the older, more established, and more neighborhood-oriented Twin, could have St. Paul-born mayors stretching all the way back to the turn of the century.

Well, yes and no. With a few exceptions, the majority of St. Paul’s mayors have been born in St. Paul since the 1930s.

Of course, those two exceptions are pretty big ones: George Latimer (1976-1990) and Norm Coleman (1994-2002) are both New Yorkers that established themselves in St. Paul well into their adulthoods. In fact, St. Paul has had nine mayors born in New York in its history.

Before them, most of the mayors of St. Paul have some claim on being born or raised in the city back until William Fallon, mayor for one term in the late 1930s, who was born in Waconia, Minnesota.

Whether or not a person can said to have been “raised” in St. Paul, though, is a little more slippery. Charles P. McCarty, mayor from 1970 to 1972, was born in Minneapolis. How a man born in Minneapolis became mayor of St. Paul is unknown to me, though it seems like it must have been an almost insurmountable political obstacle. George Vavoulis, mayor from 1960 to 1966, merits an asterisk, too. He was born in West Virginia, but his family moved to Minnesota when he was a boy, and then into St. Paul when he was a teenager.

The first mayor born in the city was Herbert P. Keller, from 1910 to 1914. Keller was born in 1875, when the town was in the midst of a population boom that would continue for the next few decades.

You should probably count Christopher P. O’Brien, mayor from 1883 to 1886, as a native son, too. He was born in Ireland, but his family emigrated to St. Paul when he was six, just a few years after the town was founded.

Otherwise, the familiar migration patterns are reflected in the mayor’s hometowns: the first mayors came from New England or Canada, and then from the old interior west (Ohio, Pennsylvania), as well as a few from Germany or Ireland. There’s a run of mayors from Greater Minnesota in the early 20th century who likely emigrated to the capital city for political or professional reasons, and then a run of mayors born in the city’s close-knit neighborhoods. Chris Coleman, the current mayor, is from a very well-established St. Paul family.

Unlike Minneapolis, I think St. Paul’s future mayors will be less likely to come from the suburbs. I think it’s more likely they’ll have been born and raised in the city, whether their parents came from Highland Park or Southeast Asia (on that note, more of St. Paul’s mayors seem to be children of immigrants than Minneapolis — in fact, Minneapolis, supposed urban capital of Scandinavian-American culture in the country, didn’t have a Scandinavian-American mayor until the 1950s).

Or, who knows, maybe there’ll be some more that grew up in New York and then came to Macalester or St. Thomas for college or law school. That’s pretty common, too.

  2PM, Jan 14 2014
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CVAaction recently unveiled a comprehensive turnaround plan for the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul. This link brings you to a quick overview of what preceding events as well as a PDF of the entire plan. 

  1PM, Mar 21 2013
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robotcosmonaut:

Minnesota State Fair
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  1PM, Aug 27 2012
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tcdailyplanet:

The American Lung Association recently released its 2012 State of the Air Report, and while the state of Minnesota received improved grades for the number and severity of “high ozone days,” it scored worse than previous years for “high particle pollution days.” Of the seven counties graded for…

(Source: tcdailyplanet.net)

  3PM, May 1 2012
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metromag:

When designers at Big Table Studio moved into St. Paul’s Jax Building in 2009, they had few visitors and even less visibility. But seven months ago, this creative collective relocated to a bright and airy studio in the Lawson Commons, a large, high-visibility space adjacent to the Amsterdam Bar & Hall and Eclipse Records.
They’re getting a bit more attention these days. One reason: their intimate relationship with ARTCRANK. Read their story here.

metromag:

When designers at Big Table Studio moved into St. Paul’s Jax Building in 2009, they had few visitors and even less visibility. But seven months ago, this creative collective relocated to a bright and airy studio in the Lawson Commons, a large, high-visibility space adjacent to the Amsterdam Bar & Hall and Eclipse Records.

They’re getting a bit more attention these days. One reason: their intimate relationship with ARTCRANK. Read their story here.

  2PM, Apr 12 2012
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thedailywhat:

Porn Star Prom Date of the Day: Like a lot of teenagers, Mike Stone just wants to spend his senior prom with a bunch of his friends. And a porn star.
A month ago, Stone turned to Twitter in his quest to land an adult actress as his date to the dance, and after over 600 tweets, he may have finally found the lucky lady: Megan Piper.
“If you can get me there, then yes,” the porn starlet tweeted.
Flying Piper from L.A. to Oakdale, MN isn’t exactly in Stone’s 18-year-old budget, and he hasn’t told his parents about his bold scheme, so he’s decided to raise the funds via Twitter, with a little help from his new prom date.
“I’d love to go to prom with @madmike42948 and I think you all should help him raise funds to get me there,” Piper told her Twitter followers.
Whether he succeeds or not, Stone’s scheme has already earned him a sufficient measure of  respect from his friends.
“I was actually thanking people who are cheering me on and telling me to keep on with it. They keep telling me I’m a legend and a hero,” he told The Daily Dot.
[dailydot.]

thedailywhat:

Porn Star Prom Date of the Day: Like a lot of teenagers, Mike Stone just wants to spend his senior prom with a bunch of his friends. And a porn star.

A month ago, Stone turned to Twitter in his quest to land an adult actress as his date to the dance, and after over 600 tweets, he may have finally found the lucky lady: Megan Piper.

“If you can get me there, then yes,” the porn starlet tweeted.

Flying Piper from L.A. to Oakdale, MN isn’t exactly in Stone’s 18-year-old budget, and he hasn’t told his parents about his bold scheme, so he’s decided to raise the funds via Twitter, with a little help from his new prom date.

“I’d love to go to prom with @madmike42948 and I think you all should help him raise funds to get me there,” Piper told her Twitter followers.

Whether he succeeds or not, Stone’s scheme has already earned him a sufficient measure of  respect from his friends.

“I was actually thanking people who are cheering me on and telling me to keep on with it. They keep telling me I’m a legend and a hero,” he told The Daily Dot.

[dailydot.]

(Source: thedailywhat)

  4PM, Mar 20 2012
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metromag:

Even though the Vikings lost their shot at competing in Super Bowl XLVI long ago, many eager football fans are still giddy with excitement for the big game on Sunday. The Patriots and Giants go head-to-head in what perhaps is the only true American holiday.
Instead of being forced to spend all day with your kooky aunt Pauline, you get to kick back and relax with friends enjoying adult beverages aplenty, and a disproportionately high volume of salty, greasy, delicious snacks.
While many people host at home Super Bowl parties, the Twin Cities is rife with entertainment options, big screens, and food/drink specials. Here’s METRO’s round up on where to go to watch the big game.
Alary’s Bar. St. Paul’s number one sports bar isn’t kidding around. With 30 50-inch plasma TVs, you’ll see every touchdown in high-def, from all directions. And even if the game turns out to be a snoozer ther are still darts, pool tables, and the largest selection of tap beer in Downtown St. Paul. Alary’s is St. Paul’s Super Bowl solution. Alary’s Bar, 139 East 7th St., St. Paul, alarys.com
Cafeteria’s Big Gay Super Bowl Party. Bigger and gayer than ever, the Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group hosts a Super Bowl Party like nothing you’ve ever been to before. With dueling drag queens, touchdown jello shots, an all-day happy hour, and prizes (think: a life size wall graphic of Tom Brady and Eli Manning), you’ll be at the most fab party in Uptown. Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., uptowncafeteria.com
Hubert’s Sports Bar & Grill. Keep it simple: watch the game at a sports bar. With no cover, $1 Bud Lights and $2 tacos your stomach and bank account will be happy. Enjoy shuffleboard, beer pong, darts, and the chance to win awesome prizes. Oh yeah, and watch the game with alongside your sports bar brethren. Hubert’s Sports Bar & Grill, 601 Chicago Avenue, Mpls., hubertsmpls.com
Liquor Lyles. If a dive bar is more your speed, hit up Liquor Lyles annual Super Bowl Bash. With food and drink specials (over 40 beers on tap!), the game will play on flat screens as well as two giant projection screens. Liquor Lyle’s Lounge, 2021 Hennepin Avenue, Mpls., lylesliquor.com
Nomad World Pub Super Bowl XLVI. Are you the wandering, nomadic type? Then wander on over to Nomad World Pub’s Super Bowl party for tailgating, and enjoy good eats, and your favorite craft and import beers. Extra incentive: you might even have a chance to win something. Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave., Mpls., nomadpub.com
Loring Kitchen & Bar (Anti-Super Bowl). Maybe you don’t care about football. Maybe you’re boycotting the Super Bowl until the Vikings finally pull their shit together and actually make it to the big game (note: holding your breath for such an occurrence is not recommended) Whatever your reason for being anti-Super Bowl, there’s a place for you. The Loring Kitchen & Bar is happy to be your escape. Totally Super Bowl-free, the only thing that will be playing on their big screens are classic movies. Loring Kitchen & Bar, 1359 Willow St., Mpls., loringkitchen.com

metromag:

Even though the Vikings lost their shot at competing in Super Bowl XLVI long ago, many eager football fans are still giddy with excitement for the big game on Sunday. The Patriots and Giants go head-to-head in what perhaps is the only true American holiday.

Instead of being forced to spend all day with your kooky aunt Pauline, you get to kick back and relax with friends enjoying adult beverages aplenty, and a disproportionately high volume of salty, greasy, delicious snacks.

While many people host at home Super Bowl parties, the Twin Cities is rife with entertainment options, big screens, and food/drink specials. Here’s METRO’s round up on where to go to watch the big game.

Alary’s Bar. St. Paul’s number one sports bar isn’t kidding around. With 30 50-inch plasma TVs, you’ll see every touchdown in high-def, from all directions. And even if the game turns out to be a snoozer ther are still darts, pool tables, and the largest selection of tap beer in Downtown St. Paul. Alary’s is St. Paul’s Super Bowl solution. Alary’s Bar, 139 East 7th St., St. Paul, alarys.com

Cafeteria’s Big Gay Super Bowl Party. Bigger and gayer than ever, the Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group hosts a Super Bowl Party like nothing you’ve ever been to before. With dueling drag queens, touchdown jello shots, an all-day happy hour, and prizes (think: a life size wall graphic of Tom Brady and Eli Manning), you’ll be at the most fab party in Uptown. Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., uptowncafeteria.com

Hubert’s Sports Bar & Grill. Keep it simple: watch the game at a sports bar. With no cover, $1 Bud Lights and $2 tacos your stomach and bank account will be happy. Enjoy shuffleboard, beer pong, darts, and the chance to win awesome prizes. Oh yeah, and watch the game with alongside your sports bar brethren. Hubert’s Sports Bar & Grill, 601 Chicago Avenue, Mpls., hubertsmpls.com

Liquor Lyles. If a dive bar is more your speed, hit up Liquor Lyles annual Super Bowl Bash. With food and drink specials (over 40 beers on tap!), the game will play on flat screens as well as two giant projection screens. Liquor Lyle’s Lounge, 2021 Hennepin Avenue, Mpls., lylesliquor.com

Nomad World Pub Super Bowl XLVI. Are you the wandering, nomadic type? Then wander on over to Nomad World Pub’s Super Bowl party for tailgating, and enjoy good eats, and your favorite craft and import beers. Extra incentive: you might even have a chance to win something. Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave., Mpls., nomadpub.com

Loring Kitchen & Bar (Anti-Super Bowl). Maybe you don’t care about football. Maybe you’re boycotting the Super Bowl until the Vikings finally pull their shit together and actually make it to the big game (note: holding your breath for such an occurrence is not recommended) Whatever your reason for being anti-Super Bowl, there’s a place for you. The Loring Kitchen & Bar is happy to be your escape. Totally Super Bowl-free, the only thing that will be playing on their big screens are classic movies. Loring Kitchen & Bar, 1359 Willow St., Mpls., loringkitchen.com

(via stuffaboutminneapolis)

  6PM, Feb 4 2012
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mkfiasco:

Landmark Center, St. Paul

mkfiasco:

Landmark Center, St. Paul

  5PM, Jan 28 2012
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besidestheobvious:

a trip downtown is in order

artsorbit:

St. Paul’s tiny Candyland is standing strong in the face of corporate snack giants.

  9PM, Jan 24 2012
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mkfiasco:

Red Bull’s Crashed Ice, the quarter-mile long ice covered track, from above

mkfiasco:

Red Bull’s Crashed Ice, the quarter-mile long ice covered track, from above

  10AM, Jan 15 2012
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