Twin City bleg

I am in Minniapolis for my brother’s wedding. My wife and I have a good six hour hole in tomorrow’s schedule of events. What do you recommend?

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    c u n d gulag says:

    A Twins game.
    I hear their new stadium is gorgeous!
    And it looks it, from the games I’ve seen the Yanks play there.

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    ralph says:

    Mini golf at the Walker Art Museum
    Walk around Lake Harriet
    Mill City Museum
    Minnehaha Falls

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    Butch says:

    I earned my M.A. there but I imagine it’s changed some in the “few” years since I got my degree.

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    wmd says:

    Rent a scooter and tour the Mall of America. I hear there’s an olympic sized pool and indoor skiing available.

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    2liberal says:

    I recommend learning to spell Minneapolis correctly. Don’t they give a spelling test for your new high-level position?

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    bemused says:

    Lots of weekend options in the cities, farmers markets, brewhouses, museums just off the top of my head.

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    BD of MN says:

    Downtown Minneapolis? Burbs? I’d recommend the Walker Art Center and sculpture garden, they also have an 18 hole artist desgned mini golf course, if you’re into that sort of thing…

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    ploeg says:

    If you’re up for a walk around downtown, a jaunt to the Stone Arch Bridge to see Saint Anthony Falls and the lock and dam there would be pleasant on a nice day.

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    GailVortex says:

    Any meal, but brunch if you can swing it at Hell’s Kitchen (80 S 9th St). The benedicts and the Mahnomin Porridge are outstanding.

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    Beatrice says:

    Target Field is indeed awesome and the Twins are in town but it’s a night game and I assume you will be scheduled for something then. If you are into culture, Walker Art Center and sculpture garden. If you are into nature, Minnehaha Falls is at full force due to the wet spring. Or, in Saint Paul, Como Park Conservatory is great (although traffic in Como Park on a weekend can be bad).

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    bottlerocket says:

    The light rail goes to Minnehaha falls…

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    Alexandra says:

    All I know about Minneapolis is…

    The diminutive Purple One himself. Guitar god. Legend.

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    Rock says:

    I’ll second both the Walker Art Museum and St. Anthony Falls. If you go to St. Anthony Falls and check out the Mississippi, there’s an unpretentious Greek restaurant I always liked nearby…The Gardens of Salonica.

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    Baud says:

    You could go to Michele Bachmann’s old district and let them know Obamacare covers mental health issues.

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    Getting on a plane and traveling to a much better state.

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    james says:

    If you have any interest in Asian and contemporary art, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is among the largest and most impressive collections in the US. Admission is FREE, and it is not very far from downtown…..

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    Richard Mayhew says:

    @BD of MN: that sounds like an excellent plan

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    EthylEster says:

    Rainbow chinese restaurant 2739 Nicollet Ave..pretty close to the Walker.

    And the Institute of Art has some good stuff as well.

    And the “aquarium” at the Mall o’Merica was excellent 20 years ago.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    6 hours of hole-filling with the wife, eh? Tantric?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    You’re a real sweetheart, you are.

    I wish I could join in and offer my own recommendations. Alas, my experience of Minneapolis is limited to transiting through the airport en route to Rochester, to attend IBM events, in 1993 and 1994.

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    fledermaus says:

    Minneapolis Institute of Art. You can’t go wrong.

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    Anoniminous says:

    The American Swedish Institute is interesting and good for a quick swipe at learning about All Things Scandinavian. The Fika Cafe was pretty good for lunch or to have fika.

    ETA: ditto recommend the Art Institute

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    drc says:

    Take a nice walk around Lakes Calhoun or Harriet. Hit Eat Street (Nicollet Ave in south Minneapolis between 24th and Lake Street. Target Field for the Twins, First Avenue for the history and music. The Sculpture Garden and the Walker art museum. Minnehaha Falls and the Mississippi River between the Uof M and downtown Mpls. Enjoy

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    rikyrah says:

    Minneapolis Institute of Art

    and look up the places from Minneapolis that made the list of Diners,Drive-Ins and Dives

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    BD of MN says:

    Here’s a link to the calendar of the local arts and music rag (as in “heard about your band, on some local page…”) City Pages, there appears to be quite a bit going on this weekend…

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    CMaryKatie says:

    You can rent bikes almost anywhere through the Nice Ride system, and the bike trails in Mpls are spectacular. You could ride around the lakes, along Minnehaha Creek, visit the falls etc. Have fun!

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    D58826 says:

    @wmd: Beat me to it. It is the be all end all mecca of conspicuous consumption. There is a leggo store that is amazing. Never thought I’d see T-rex as a leggo.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Any meal, but brunch if you can swing it at Hell’s Kitchen (80 S 9th St).

    The News Room is excellent, too.

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    VOR says:

    @wmd: The Mall of America has a large aquarium and an indoor amusement park, but no pool and no skiing. Sorry.

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    Elmo says:

    A six-hour block of time in between family visits and wedding events? While traveling in a distant city? And nobody has yet suggested taking a goddamn NAP?

    Y’all kids get off my lawn.

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    Keith P says:

    Maybe see if Tony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern has done a show from there (I think the latter has) and check out some of those places.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Elmo: I can’t believe no one has suggested a BJ meet up!

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    MHPH says:

    Try out the city bikes, and the various paths running through the city. Biking around the lakes (esp. Calhoun) and down the paths running along the Mississippi is pretty nice (but do not go on a segway tour, because only awful people do that).

    The farmers market (on Lyndale in the north) is magnificent though it might be a bit better for people who live in the area. It’s less touristy than it is “buy huge bags of fresh vegetables from old Hmong ladies at low prices”.

    The Hmong population is pretty large so Vietnamese food would be a good idea at some point: in southern Minneapolis Quang and Pho Tau Bay (both on Nicollet Ave) have a good reputation.

    The Midtown Global Market (on Lake Street) can be a lot of fun.

    I’ve lived here for a long time but I have no idea about the Mall of America, because it is for tourists, that is why it is next to the airport.

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    Bobby B. says:

    Visit NRO columnist James Lileks and catch him staring down a Target employee. But don’t call him Jim, or you’ll get the passive-aggressive frownin’ of a lifetime

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    Iden Hill says:

    @ploeg: No need to walk they have a guided segway tour and while your riverside on the Mississippi, stop at Izzie’s ice cream and get some Surly Ale flavored ice cream.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Hmmm. Been awhile since I moved away. Does Lake Street still have those “health clubs?” Its always important to work out a little when on vacation. Prevents DVT from the flight.

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    Pogonip says:

    @Amir Khalid: Hee. 2liberal is so grouchy he’s the only one that doesn’t make me feel bad about horning in here.

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    Zach says:

    Fat Lorenzo’s, get the stromboli.

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    Baud says:


    I can’t believe no one has suggested a BJ meet up!

    We’re assuming RM wants to stay married.

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    MCA1 says:

    All good suggestions above. If folks are looking to head out post-reception in the city, I’d suggest Nye’s Polonaise Room.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Do not go clubbing with Prince.

    He always exaggerates how long you will be out. Though if you want to miss the wedding and a few days of work then go ahead, get in that purple car.

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    Schlemizel says:

    Maul O Murica? Meh, don’t bother, it is vastly over rated (much like the Twins Billion dollar band box next to the garbage burner).

    Hell’s Kitchen is great and it is hard to go wrong on Nicollet from downtown to Lake street for places to eat. There is an excellent Greek place, “The Peninsula” for Indonesian and “The Rainbow” for CHinese. Harry Signh’s for Island, the Copper Hen for chef-driven lighter food and a half dozen decent Pho places.

    I am not a fan of the Walker but the outdoor sculpture garden on a nice day (which today is not all that nice) is worth a stroll. Over in St. Paul the State Capital building was designed by Cass Gilbert (design of the US Capital), it has the worlds largest cantilever staircase and is truly gorgeous. The Minneapolis Institute of Art is a better museum IMHO. If you are of an age you can stand on the corner where Mary Tyler Moore threw her hat in the air on Hennepin Ave & see the statue TV put up to the event. If you want a walk around a lake I’d recommend Harriet. Skip Lake of the Isles for a walk as the walkways are under water this year, but a drive around it will let you see some fabulous gilded age mansions. Summit Ave in St. Paul will take you past James J. Hill’s place along with a lot of other robber barons homes. Fort Snelling down by the airport has reinactors demonstrating life on the tundra in the 1840’s or 50s. The Science Museum in St. Paul has an interesting display of previously undiscovered giant dinosaurs.

    I’ll give it some thought & see if I can come up with other options

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    askew says:


    Any meal, but brunch if you can swing it at Hell’s Kitchen (80 S 9th St). The benedicts and the Mahnomin Porridge are outstanding.

    I’ve been pretty unimpressed with the food at Hell’s Kitchen. I don’t get the appeal of that place at all.

    As for suggestions, Nye’s Polonaise Room is always fun. And I like hanging out at Lake Calhoun if the weather is nice.

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    Schlemizel says:

    We here are just grateful when people don’t spell it “Minneadnapolis”

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    Shakezula says:

    Admire the towering piles of mayfly corpses.

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    Yatsuno says:

    Lit the catsignal for wifey. Hopefully she’s not asleep & will be about here soon. I unfortunately know nothing about Minneapolis besides big aiport hub & MTM.

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    Goblue72 says:

    @catclub: Jeebus. Sadly, much of this is a consequence of the horrible non-democratic governing structures in Africa combined with complete lack of economic development, and the West’s piss poor involvement in the continent.

    Poor countries are at the mercy of Malthus.

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    Schlemizel says:

    Thats weird because I have never had a good meal at Nye. The polka lady was fun but the food, nope. Breakfast at Hell’s has always been outstanding, dinner maybe more spotty but not bad. I’m not saying you are wrong but it is weird how different people canhave such different experiences at the same place

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    MomSense says:

    Saw the most disturbing photo on twitter. A guy from Florida pointing a gun at a kitten. I don’t even know. People are sending it around hoping they can find the &^%^&**()*(&*^&%$%^$%&*(*( and rescue the kitten. He has a distinguishing scar on his face.

    Need to find happy something happy to look at and unfortunately kitten pics won’t do the trick this time.

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    Schlemizel says:

    If you are in St. Paul for the capital or science museum the City Hall has a giant onyx statue “Vision of Peace” by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles that is interesting. Minneapolis City Hall has “Father of Waters,” by American sculptor Larkin Goldsmith Mead.

    Oh, Minnehaha falls is going great guns this year & its a pleasant park but it will be crowded if the weather is good.

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    Schlemizel says:

    would that be like the National Lampoon cover?

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    Marc says:

    I’m partial to Minnehaha Falls.

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    MomSense says:


    Unfortunately, it’s real. Authorities are investigating.

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    askew says:


    I was definitely in the minority. Everyone else loved their meals at Hell’s Kitchen, so what do I know?

    My favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities is Cossetta’s in St. Paul by far.

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    Steeplejack says:


    And, to help you feel old, the movie of Purple Rain will be 30 years old on Sunday. (I think the album was released a month before.)

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    Well, for starters, you have to purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    Hello! I second the MIA recommendation (Minneapolis Institute of Art) and maybe just crawling on Nicollet Mall. There’s also great ethnic restaurants on Central Avenue such as Sen Yai Sen Lek (Thai). If you had more time, I’d recommend visiting the lesser known Twin City, St. Paul, but you probably can’t squeeze that in. And, Lake Callhoun/Harriet are always nice to visit as well. Enjoy our fair city!

    @Yatsuno: Hey, Yutsy! I actually get up before noon these days. O_o

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    Mike G says:

    Institute of Art
    The capitol and cathedral in St Paul

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    Yatsuno says:

    @asiangrrlMN: You know the drill: pics or GTFO.

    Oh and hi honey! This just fit your alley nicely. Doesn’t sound like the Mayhew clan has time for a meet-up unfortunately.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Steeplejack: The album was released on June 25, 1984.

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    Corner Stone says:


    This just fit your alley nicely.

    Oh, rahr!
    This thread has turned into one sexually depraved cesspool. Who would’ve guessed Minnesota Nice would have been so damned dirty.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    Thank you, I Googled it before I wrote but didn’t want to look obsessive, as you now do.

    Only reason I was thinking about it was because my 40-something white-bread CPA gal pal who is an obsessive fan has been peppering me with Princiana in e-mail all day.

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    MomSense says:


    I didn’t need the date–remember it very well. End of the school year celebration.

    Dearly beloved. We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Steeplejack: Oh well. It’s not like I’ve never posted obsessive music trivia stuff here before.

    ETA: For example, staying with a Minneapolis theme – 777-9311 was Dez Dickerson’s actual phone number.

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    Richard Mayhew says:

    Som@FlipYrWhig: something like that is on our agenda

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    Corner Stone says:

    Man, it’s a good thing I recently cut off the AC and got naked before returning to this thread.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    Well, if you find where Prince has sequestered all his videos, let me know, ’cause they ain’t on YouTube. Dude’s got stuff locked down tight.

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    icedfire says:

    If you’re nerdily inclined, the Bakken Museum explores the history of electricity and magnetism and is located in a beautiful old mansion directly on Lake Calhoun. The exhibits are interesting, the grounds are gorgeous, and the weather is supposed to be in the high 80s tomorrow so you could potentially transition into a walk around the lake.

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    sfbevster says:

    Tour the Guthrie Theatre. Outstanding.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Steeplejack: One can find audio, but video is almost impossible to find. There are a few here.

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    James E. Powell says:

    This guy is looking for volunteers. Maybe you could take a few hours, lend a hand.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Steeplejack: @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): There are some other ones here.

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    debit says:

    If you have a hankering for ice cream, Pumphouse Creamery. You will not be sorry.

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    ItAintEazy says:

    Jesus Christ, after seeing all the suggestions, I never knew the Cities were *this* boring.

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    tommydee says:

    Museum of Broadcasting in Brooklyn.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @tommydee: Carrots.

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    Karla says:

    The dinosaur exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul is quite good, and the regular exhibits are also well designed. The interactive exhibits on identifying pseudoscience and on developmental psychology are favorites of mine, and there are only three other Triceratops skeletons in the world that are as complete as the one at the SMM (the other one in the US is at the Smithsonian). Cossetta’s is a ten-minute walk from the museum, and I’d recommend driving up to Hamline and Randolph Avenues to Lynden’s Soda Fountain if you have any room for dessert. (The Grand Old Creamery on Grand Avenue is also tasty.)

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Yatsuno: Hahahahhahahahhahahaha no.

    Hell’s Kitchen is overrated. Maya Cuisine is also on Central and really good. Origami is a more-upscale restaurant with really good sushi. If you want to dance, there’s First Ave. There’s also Ground Zero, which is a bit more alternative (or at least was back in the day).

    There are tons of beaches, too, as we have more than 12,000 ‘lakes’ (in quotes because some are glorified ponds).

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Yatsuno: Hahahahahhaaha, no.

    My second post is in moderation because of too many links, I’m guessing. In summary: Hell’s Kitchen, overrated. Mayan Cuisine and Origami are better dining options. Dancing opportunities – First Ave. and Ground Zero. Lots of lakes, more than 12,000, but some of them are just glorified ponds.

    @Corner Stone: Don’t EVER change, CS!

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    Gex says:

    If you go to the Stone Arch Bridge, you can also walk down to the end of Main Street. Down by the dog park at the end of the street there is a nesting pair of bald eagles with a baby eagle who not long ago learned to fly. I’m going to upload some video I have of that guy, it’s awesome. And if you really wanted to see them, I we could connect and I could help you find them. He flies around low and near the street around 11 am.

    There’s a Segway tour of the Stone Arch Bridge area that covers the bridge and the St. Anthony Falls. It’s near the Guthrie and the farmer’s market too.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Gex: Cool.

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    lola says:

    Dinner at Heidi’s. Still one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

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    AndoChronic says:

    Mpls. Aquatennial events:

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    Wag says:


    I second Fat Lorenzo’s. Close to minnihaha falls, too

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    Joel says:

    Come back next month for the State Fair?

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    NotMax says:

    Kind of surprised no one has suggested a visit to Fort Snelling.

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    gbear says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    ETA: For example, staying with a Minneapolis theme – 777-9311 was Dez Dickerson’s actual phone number.

    Not quite Minneapolis themed. 777 was the prefix for North St. Paul and Maplewood, which are NE suburbs of StP. I grew up with a 777 number, and went to high school with Dez. He graduated a year after me.

    Richard, if you wind up in St. Paul, I also recommend visiting our beautiful state capitol, but if you want pizza, skip overrated Cossettas and head east on 7th Street to The Savoy. One of the best pizza around.

    In Mpls, I’ll recommend the MIA over the Walker, and then head over to The Electric Fetus to shop for music and gifts and leave with the smell of patchouli in your clothes for the rest of the day. Uptown has gone downhill, but Lyn-Lake is kind of a hoppin’ area if you don’t mind being stuck in traffic.

    The neighborhood around Macalaster College is kind of fun to walk around, and there’s a huge independent bookstore at the corner of Snelling and Grand (one block from fabulous Summit Avenue) that Garrison Keillor is part owner.

    I’m going to guess your halfway into your free time already. Hope you found something fun to do.

    Edit: walking the stone arch bridge is also really cool. The falls are raging right now.

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    AndoChronic says:

    @NotMax: Good souvenir shop complete with great rock candy for a concentration camp.

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    NotMax says:


    The neighborhood around Macalaster College is kind of fun to walk around, and there’s a huge independent bookstore at the corner of Snelling and Grand (one block from fabulous Summit Avenue) that Garrison Keillor is part owner.

    Macalester also the location where Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion was first broadcast, 40 years ago this month.

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    Kayla Rudbek says:

    Stella’s by Lake Calhoun: two happy hours per night, with dollar oysters.

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    A Farmer says:

    Lawn bowling and beverages at Brit’s (I believe on Nicollet Mall)

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    Armadillo says:

    Surprised no one else on this animal-obsessed blog came up with this suggestion, but the Minnesota Zoo is very good. Particularly nice outdoor exhibits of northern animals: Siberian Tiger, Kodiak Bears, Musk Ox, etc. Also a large indoor tropical house, Snow Monkeys, and other good stuff. Highly recommended.

    I have good memories of the Science Museum, but haven’t been there in about 25+ years, so they’re just memories.

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    Are you, by any chance, related to the Mayhews from Staples?

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