Not long ago I posted an article on the Top 20 Coolest Buildings in the Twin Cities. This was a difficult task because there are so many, and I didn’t always have a great photo of each of them. Plus I thought of plenty more almost immediately after writing the original post. Anyways, there were 5 more I felt compelled to write about, as an addendum of sorts, to the original list. Here they are! Continue reading
In his own mind, he is a modern-day superhero, saving the world from evil, corruption, and the St. Cloud Evil Horde, his arch-villains. To the St. Cloud locals, he is a colorful figure, a crazy, loud-mouth, street-preacher commonly seen in warmer months on busy intersections decked out in a Superman costume. But according to the cacophony of propaganda on his website, he is the living embodiment of Superman, as well as a vulgar, hardcore conservative, and a caped vigilante set on keeping the streets safe from the injustices of the world.
So technically you aren’t supposed to take pictures of this place. I suppose for safety and legal purposes, but then maybe they should post a sign that informs visitors of this, and maybe they shouldn’t have made the building so awesome either. Within about a minute of stepping out of the vehicle in the visitors parking lot to try out some photos on a new camera, a black SUV with two uniformed officers pulled up and informed me of my error. Continue reading
Vikings have a rich history in Minnesota, as I have written about before. Tales of Leif Ericson as well as other European Viking explorers here predate Columbus, and Minnesota has taken a great deal of pride in that. But few things are more exemplary of that in our state than The Hjemkomst, an exact replica of a Norwegian Viking Ship that was even sailed from Minnesota to Norway back in 1982.
Other than a stray tornado or the occasional blizzard, we don’t see a ton of natural disasters in Minnesota. We’re too far from the coast to see any hurricanes and earthquakes don’t seem to affect us either. But we aren’t safe from a wildfire, and the Great Hinckley Fire of 1984 is a stark reminder just how ferocious mother nature can be.