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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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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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How much do you want for that hat?

I met David Wiggins at the east end of the Stone Arch Bridge the other day. David is a genuine article National Park Service ranger for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. We were going to talk about rocks, … Continue reading

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Blast of winter followed by blast of heat

By late afternoon on Tuesday I wasn’t in a forgiving mood. Didn’t we just emerge from a seven-month winter? And now, in early June, it was 102 degrees. The sky color was Brownish Haze, my mood, Brownish Grim. After all … Continue reading

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A perfect place to preen

I can’t make it to the urban birding festivities that start tomorrow (Thursday) and run through Sunday. But it’s open house season, so I made the rounds in my neighborhood, visiting the birds in their urban digs. This time of … Continue reading

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High water watch — second crest!

Great river watching this spring. The Mississippi at St. Anthony Falls reached its second crest this week — one cold snap and two weeks after its first crest. This is what 45,000 cubic feet per second looked like this morning: … Continue reading

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High water watch #2

To remind you… I’m recording the spring thaw with photos of the Mississippi River as it flows over St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis. I’ll try to be a little more vigilant about my high water watch in the coming days … Continue reading

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High water watch

It isn’t spring yet, but those eighty inches of snow that fell this winter are already melting. We aren’t likely to experience flooding in southeast Minneapolis — the river’s banks are too high here — but we will see a … Continue reading

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What’s a good word for slush in a river?

On most days Mississippi River water doesn’t remind me of lava. But when the river was starting to freeze late last fall, it resembled oozing volcanic goop much more than straight up water. Rather than try to describe it, I’ll … Continue reading

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