St. Olaf in the City

There has been a big church on corner of 2nd Avenue South and 8th Street as long anybody living can remember.The Universalist Society built their first building on this corner way back in 1876. The Church of the Reddemer was attended by some of the distinguished Minneapolis residents, including Charles Loring, John Crosby, William Washburn,…

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Rice Park Postcards

The scene of circuses, celebrations and concerts and seven years older than New York’s famous Central Park, this land was designated you Public Square in 1849 by John R. Irvine, a territorial pioneer. and Henry M. Rice territorial delegate in United States Senator after statehood. Rice for whom the park was named was native of…

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A Little Drink to Make You Laugh

So, Hiawatha says to Minnehaha, “What do you call a small joke?”… You just need a few ingredients to make a Minnehaha! 1 1⁄2 oz Gin 3⁄4 oz Dry vermouth 3⁄4 oz Sweet vermouth 1⁄4 oz Orange juice Shake it, strain, up and away you go! There are probably a hundred variations on this Minnehaha…

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On Dayton Avenue Then and Now

The big old Greek Revival at the corner of Avon and Dayton was built for the widow Susan Welch and her family in 1894. Originally from Henderson, Minnesota, She married an Irishman named Thomas Welch in 1857. An ambitious man, Welch established the Sibley County Bank and organized the Pacific Elevator Company, which did business…

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Her Moods of Shade and Sunshine

Only once he paused or halted, Paused to purchase heads of arrows Of the ancient Arrow-maker, In the land of the Dacotahs, Where the falls of Minnehaha Flash and gleam in shining reaches, Leap and laugh among the woodlands. There the ancient Arrow-maker Made his arrow-heads of sandstone, Arrow-heads of chalcedony, Arrow-heads of flint and…

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