Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Feeling Minnesota

Rachel and I just returned from our first trip to Minneapolis in many years. We stayed at the swanky St. Paul Hotel in downtown St. Paul next to Rice Park. The James J. Hill Reference Library was located across the park and it's where our friends Jeff and Leah got married.

We visited famed establishments like St. Paul's The Happy Gnome and Minneapolis' Nyes Polonaise, home of "The World's Most Dangerous Polka Band" and a karaoke piano lady who helped Tim G. and I belt out Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline."

Some other things I love about the Twin Cities:
1. The Replacements
2. F. Scott Fitzgerald (see his Rice Park statue to the left) lived there for a while
3. The Current 89.3 FM
4. Prince
5. Soul Asylum
6. Husker Du
7. The Hold Steady
8. Bob Dylan is from nearby Duluth
9. Twin/Tone Records
10. The Jayhawks
11. Mary Tyler Moore
12. Home of Peanuts' creator Charles M. Schulz
13. Lakes!

Places to see on my next visit:
1. First Avenue, the club from Prince's Purple Rain
2. The Electric Fetus and Oar Folkjokeopus (now Treehouse) record shops
3. The house where The Replacements had their photo taken on the cover of Let It Be
4. All the spots where my mom grew up in Minneapolis suburb Edina
5. The Halftime Rec, Tim H.'s recommendation

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