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This week in Saint Paul: Monday, September 29–Sunday October 5, 2014

My Minnesota mind cannot help but wonder if we are going to be “punished” for the abundance of beautiful weather that has greeted the many wonderful activities in the Capital City. One look at the Almanac arts calendarand that imposed pennance is not in sight. The summer officially ended under the cover of a deceptive sun and a couple of kind, brief sprinkles of rain. That’s great momentum to carry us into this week.

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2015 Saint Paul Almanac Literary Festival #1

10/09/2014 - 7:00pm

The Saint Paul Almanac Literary Festival features writers published in the 2015 Saint Paul Almanac reading their stories and poems in venues around the city.

One way to deal with a desire line

Soon enough it will be Winter. Again a landscape covered with white powdery snow will reveal where travelers want to go. The first figure is an aerial shot of the former environment around the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The second figure is in front of (behind) McNamara . Though there is a sidewalk just on the right of this image, pedestrians prefer the straight line path between the Scholars Walk and the diagonal path across Walnut from Beacon Street to the intersection of Oak Street and Washington Avenue. And why shouldn’t they? It’s cold outside. The extra few feet (extra few seconds) are not worth it, even for a cleared path.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Lykke Li at First Avenue

Photos by Chad Rieder

On Sunday, September 28, Lykke Li played at First Avenue in Minneapolis. MORE »

Let's Dance Gala

11/08/2014 - 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Let’s Dance is a festive, annual Gala fundraiser for CornerHouse.  The event includes a dance-off between local celebrities who are paired with professional dancers from local dance studios, w

Oil train safety, passenger train timeliness get legislative hearing

An increase in the amount of oil train traffic traveling through Minnesota to serve the fracking operations in western North Dakota has had a ripple effect on the passenger rail operations of Amtrak.

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Improving LRT signal timing in Downtown Minneapolis

Although St. Paul’s traffic signals deserve most of the blame for slowing the Green Line, there’s room for improvement in Minneapolis as well. To be fair, Minneapolis deserves praise for its signal timing through the University of Minnesota campus, where trains are seldom delayed. They’ve also established a very good progression for westbound trains from the city limits to the Prospect Park Station, including the right turn from University Avenue onto 29th Avenue SE.

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Museum Day Live: An excuse to be a tourist in your hometown

Photos by Ann Treacy

Saturday, September 27 was Museum Day, or at least according to Smithsonian Magazine it was. Five museums in the Twin Cities participated; we visited four. The fun part was that they were museums that we don’t visit often – two were entirely new to me. Celebrating Museum Day really just means you can get access to free tickets but it’s also a good excuse to get out.

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Infrastructure opportunists and the Kellogg Bridge

Earlier this week, news surfaced that the Kellogg Ave-3rd Street bridge connecting Lowertown and Dayton’s Bluff is structurally deficient. The bridge, built in 1982 by MnDOT, has four vehicle lanes, the outer two largely supported by concrete cantilevers with pier supports built in the middle.

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New storefronts and faces for University-area business districts

As the dust settles from years of light rail and luxury housing construction, business districts around the University of Minnesota are welcoming new tenants and, in some cases, new storefronts.

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