West Broadway at night (late 50’s/early 60’s?) via Timothy Nelson on Old North Minneapolis Facebook Page

Destined for dinner? Two little piglets found roaming the streets of north Minneapolis (probably) hatched daring escape plan to freedom.

Hey, about those two farm pigs caught running loose a few weeks ago in north Minneapolis: Andy and Annie are in temporary digs now in Andover and then will be turned over in a secret rendezvous ahead of their eventual life of leisure at a farm sanctuary in southern Indiana.

The little oinkers were corralled by authorities during the morning of Sept. 27 in the 2300 block of Emerson Avenue N. after a pursuit of several minutes.

They were put in the custody of the city’s Animal Care and Control agent, then turned over Saturday to the Chicken Run Ranch shelter and sanctuary in north Minneapolis.

With no claim of ownership, shelter owner Mary Britton Clouse has the fast-growing pair destined for their eventual home — a farm sanctuary in Salem, Ind.

Once all the paperwork is filled out and microchips embedded, the two pigs will be loaded into large dog kennels and driven to an undisclosed location in northern Illinois — the parking lot of a big-box retailer — where they will be handed off to finish the rest of their 715-mile odyssey.

Britton Clouse said her facility deals with lost or abandoned farm animals “all the time. We’ve placed goats, full-grown sheep. … People bring them into the city.”

As for where Andy and Annie came from when they were first picked up in north Minneapolis, neither city officials nor Britton Clouse have an answer.

“I suspect they were going to be slaughtered in somebody’s back yard and they got loose,” she said.

via StarTribune

GPOY At A Historic Celebration

The kitten at Tootie’s

I need to make a real quick post about tonight. I met some friends at Tootie’s on Lowry Avenue N in Minneapolis tonight, and the server came up to our table and asked if anyone wanted a kitten, because they just found one outside. So I went out and took this picture.

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Look at this face.

I was * this* close to taking the kitty home, but thankfully a lady walked into the bar as I was walking out, saying Marco the cook was going to take it home to his girlfriend.

So, there is a happy ending to the Tootie’s parking lot cat.

Kinda wish she was hanging out with me on tumblr right now though :/

Prince and First Avenue on the “Welcome To North Minneapolis” mural on Emerson Avenue

Photo by me.

Minneapolis Then And Now: Looking east on West Broadway from Third Street, 1953/2012

Photos by me, and the Minnesota Historical Society Minneapolis Then And Now: Looking east on West Broadway from Third Street, 1953/2012

Photos by me, and the Minnesota Historical Society

Minneapolis Then And Now: Looking east on West Broadway from Third Street, 1953/2012

Photos by me, and the Minnesota Historical Society

The first public pool of its kind is coming to Minneapolis next summer, combining a pool and lake into one. It is called a “natural” pool because it does not use any chemicals to keep clean.

The pool will open at Webber Park on the City’s North Side.

"A lot of families gather here so to have that lake experience for the families, for the residents of North Minneapolis, it will be a great amenity," said Cliff Swenson, Director of Design and Project Management for the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

The water will be cleaned by circulating through a wetland-like pond next to the pool.

"All the excess nutrients and things are picked up by those plant materials, good bacteria is allowed to grow or foster and then eating the bad bacteria," Swenson said.

The 23,000 square foot pool will be filled with well-water. The design includes plans for a lap-swim area, beach and cliff-jump. Unlike other public pools, the Webber pool will be held up to lake standards for water-quality.

"We’ll monitor, we’ll test this 2 to 3 times a week," Swenson said.

Dozens of natural public pools have been built in Europe and around the world. Construction on the Webber pool is expected to start in Spring 2013 with an opening at the end of the summer. Swenson says it should be in full operation by spring or summer of 2014.

via KSTP

I Love North MPLS

Photo taken by me today, from a wall mural on Emerson Avenue North.

50 Tyson & DollaDook - MN Born MN Raised ( Official Music Video) from DollaDook on Vimeo.

50 Tyson & DollaDook - MN Born MN Raised via DollaDook

This is a collab I put together with two Young Minnesota Rappers representing the Twin Cities. 50 Tyson is a well-known internet star who suffers from Autism. He teamed up with the very young and talented 13 yr old DollaDook to release this song called MN Born MN Raised.

Kind of a catchy little ditty, filmed in north Minneapolis with lots of shots of West Broadway.

Minneapolis Then And Now - Itasca Lumber Company, 2800 Washington Avenue North 1910/2012

Not the most dramatic of my “then and now” shots, but 2800 Washington Avenue N does show us a bit of Minneapolis history in these photos. Built in 1902, the building at 2800 Washington Ave N, started out as the Itasca Lumber Company which was founded in 1887, and was a mid-size player in the lumber/rail industry of the late 19th century. Milling is huge in Minneapolis history, but did you know that in 1901, 100,000,000 feet of logs were shipped by rail to Minneapolis?

True story Bro.

At some point the building became the Mandeville Meat Equipment and Supply company and that business closed possibly around 2009. Currently the building sits empty, and is for sale right now.


Photos by the Minnesota Historical Society and Me. Minneapolis Then And Now - Itasca Lumber Company, 2800 Washington Avenue North 1910/2012

Not the most dramatic of my “then and now” shots, but 2800 Washington Avenue N does show us a bit of Minneapolis history in these photos. Built in 1902, the building at 2800 Washington Ave N, started out as the Itasca Lumber Company which was founded in 1887, and was a mid-size player in the lumber/rail industry of the late 19th century. Milling is huge in Minneapolis history, but did you know that in 1901, 100,000,000 feet of logs were shipped by rail to Minneapolis?

True story Bro.

At some point the building became the Mandeville Meat Equipment and Supply company and that business closed possibly around 2009. Currently the building sits empty, and is for sale right now.


Photos by the Minnesota Historical Society and Me.

Minneapolis Then And Now - Itasca Lumber Company, 2800 Washington Avenue North 1910/2012

Not the most dramatic of my “then and now” shots, but 2800 Washington Avenue N does show us a bit of Minneapolis history in these photos. Built in 1902, the building at 2800 Washington Ave N, started out as the Itasca Lumber Company which was founded in 1887, and was a mid-size player in the lumber/rail industry of the late 19th century. Milling is huge in Minneapolis history, but did you know that in 1901, 100,000,000 feet of logs were shipped by rail to Minneapolis?

True story Bro.

At some point the building became the Mandeville Meat Equipment and Supply company and that business closed possibly around 2009. Currently the building sits empty, and is for sale right now.


Photos by the Minnesota Historical Society and Me.