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Until later…

Dear Bridge Number 9 readers, A book project on the wild and wacky North Dakota oil boom (see photo below) is taking me away from my neighborhood musings for now. I hope to return to Bridge 9 in the near … Continue reading

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R.I.P., bur oak branch

Gone! My bur oak branch has been lopped off. Here’s the same shot in February 2011, which is when I started tracking the seasons by following this low-hanging branch on the University of Minnesota campus: I had just signed off … 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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Digging around for adverbs in the Central Corridor

Adverbs aren’t my favorite part of speech. In fact, they are one reason I gave up on the Harry Potter books. If someone had vacuumed up the adverbs, I might have been able to get through the series. I prefer … Continue reading

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Dinkytown houses flaunt their colors

Dinkytown smiles in ways that its more dignified neighbor, the University of Minnesota, can’t. Dinkytown residents party on just about any night of the week. One of its restaurants, Al’s Breakfast, succeeds year after year serving a meal that college … Continue reading

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It’s dog-eat-dog on my bur oak branch

Last month I ran a photo of a mysterious black band on the bur oak branch I’ve been following since February. A state scientist helped me identify the band as a batch of eggs laid by an unidentified moth. Here’s … Continue reading

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Grain in, grain out, grain in

On a recent Saturday afternoon, I bicycled past TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota where tailgaters were partying in the parking lots with the help of  hamburgers, hot dogs, and beer. I rode past the parties and the … Continue reading

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Somebody laid eggs on my bur oak branch

I’m tracking the passage of the seasons by following a branch on a stately old bur oak at the University of Minnesota. The season hasn’t changed, of course. It’s still summer, and, in fact, the temperature in my neighborhood probably … Continue reading

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Why don’t the oil and gas drillers want our sand?

Several feet beneath me (and you, too, if you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul) is a thick layer of sugar-like sand — about a hundred and fifty feet thick. Here’s a tiny slice of it: Photo by Mark Ryan, … Continue reading

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How Bridge 9 holds it together

When I moved to the Minneapolis riverfront, I wanted to learn about the bridges. This stretch of the Mississippi River has so many of them. A week and a half after we unloaded the moving truck, the 35W bridge — … Continue reading

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