10 things that make St. Paul cooler than Minneapolis

(Photo by Ryan Desiderio published under Creative Commons License)

The rivalry between St. Paul and Minneapolis has been called a Tale of Two Cities, but that’s not really accurate. It’s another story altogether. St. Paul is the ugly duckling, turned beautiful swan. While Minneapolis slept, St. Paul became the cool place. Don’t believe me? Here are 10 reasons why St. Paul is cooler than Minneapolis.


This week in Saint Paul: Monday, November 17–Sunday, November 23, 2014

First off, thanks to everyone who joined us and gave us a shout-out for Give to the Max Day. Along with the promise of a slight warm-up, that support is helping me start this week with hopes for more great happenings and being released from last week’s winter air. It is a luxury to reach toward Thanksgiving without snow and without cold, but it seems that we are due for a small treat if not a bask in comfort as we approach my favorite holiday. The weather frustrated some of the events in last week’s arts calendar. I think that means we have to appreciate this week even more.


Minnesota Pet Food Drive makes a difference for rescue dogs

With the holiday season fast approaching, folks are looking for ways to give back and impact their communities. And if we know you, SWDers (and we think we do do), you’re sniffing around in search of animals in need.


The elusive deer

I spent a few hours yesterday afternoon deer hunting (or sitting as I call it and "nature viewing" as a friend of mine calls it). It was about the twelfth time I've gone bow hunting this year and it was the 11th time I didn't draw my bowstrings back. The time I actually might have had a shot where I did take aim it was too far past sunset for me to get an accurate shot, although I do believe the deer were actually within range (for me that would mean 25 yards or less). I probably would have had a shot the very first time I went out which was opening bow hunting week in Minnesota in the middle of September but, of course, I had to reach for my bow screwed into the tree that I was sitting in and my hanging stand was only about eight feet off the ground so the deer, of course, noticed. It's too bad. Before I moved the deer was running straight towards me.


Veterans Day: The ways that we remember.

Sunday, November 9th

Good christ, I think. A Veteran's Day sale? How lame, tacky, gauche, rude, simply disturbing. I was ruffling through the Sunday fliers and these sales, they rankle me. I let it go.


This week in Saint Paul: Monday, November 10–Sunday, November 16, 2014

As you will see, Thursday is a busy day in the Saint Paul arts world. Besides a lot of author readings and various artistic performances, it is Give to the Max Day. Maybe you should write this down. (I did.) Of course, you can always take a look at the Almanac arts calendar.


10 (Lao) ways to survive Winter Storm Astro

By the time you’re reading this, you probably made it to work (finally!) and are now stuck at your cube or you’re hibernating near a source of high heat bracing for Winter Storm Astro. From Monday through Tuesday, Mother Nature is expected to dump up to 10 inches of snow in the northern states of Montana and Dakotas through our beloved Minnesota.


Good evening, ladies and Jews: A night with Mel Brooks

What was he even doing there?

We must start by addressing the most Jewish elephant ever to grace a room ( or in this case, a synagogue) : What the heck was Mel Brooks, iconic comedian, writer, actor, singer, and curmudgeon, doing at the Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, Minnesota?


North Minneapolis Hmong Halloween

(Photos by Jay Clark)

University of Minnesota tutors and volunteers took a group of 25 North Minneapolis Hmong refugee youth out trick-or-treating last Friday.


This week in Saint Paul: Monday, November 3–Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tomorrow, November 4, is election day. If you are reading this, I hope you go to vote, if you have not already. I am going to tell you about a bunch of things I think you should do this week. When we show up around town, participate, co-create and enjoy our neighbors, our community, our culture, and our arts, we immeasurably improve the spaces in which we tread.

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