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The Stone Arch Bridge botanical garden

When James J. Hill finished his spectacular stone arch bridge across the Mississippi River in 1883, a writer for the Minneapolis Tribune declared the bridge “more solid than the ground itself.” Those newspaper writers — they get so excited. The … Continue reading

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Waiting for snow…

What a winter. By this time last year, we had piled up some impressive stats: at least 7 snow emergencies about 70 inches of snow the biggest collection of curses anywhere, which we flung at the windows each morning when … Continue reading

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Top ten things to do with an old swimming pool

Why do people fill in swimming pools? Several predictable reasons: they don’t want the expense or the work of maintaining them; they consider the pools dangerous; they don’t swim; they do swim. The more interesting question is: What if you … Continue reading

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Photogenic blasting grit

Some people go through the ritual of making new year’s resolutions. I don’t. Instead I try to seize on the urge to reform when the urge is fresh, and that can happen at random times during the year. On January … Continue reading

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Two photos: going wide, going deep

Two great panoramic photos that feature or include southeast Minneapolis are part of a current exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Wide-Eyed: Panoramic Photographs. The first was created by a contemporary photographer, Jonathon Wells, who is also a geologist. … Continue reading

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Who’s eating the local fruit?

It’s not quite winter, but we’re well into the Dark Season, a reference to the tough electromagnetic spot we find ourselves in every year because of our planet’s axial tilt. I also think of it as the Gray Season, no … Continue reading

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When will the leaning tower of pier fall?

Bridges don’t last forever. Some fall, some are taken down. And some crumble away one piece at a time. Anyone who has walked across the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis has probably noticed a lonely stone pier — now just … Continue reading

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Hordes of bicyclists on my secret bridge?

Welcome back, University of Minnesota students! In honor of the annual boost in the neighborhood’s bicycling population, I’m offering a photo tour of the proposed U of M Bikeway route. First, a map. The city of Minneapolis website shows the … Continue reading

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Beaver building a house — live action!

The list of those who work the Mississippi River as it flows through Minneapolis is much shorter today than it used to be. Fewer tugboat captains, fewer deckhands. But beavers, those riparian workaholics, are still at it. I first saw … Continue reading

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Borrowed scenery: two clocks

I consider any and all scenery on the west bank of the Mississippi River to be “borrowed scenery” for those of us on the east bank. The term comes from Japanese gardeners, and it refers to the idea of including … Continue reading

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