The Venerable Vendome

Hotel Vendome Nos. 17, 19 and 21 South Fourth street, for ten years one of the principal hostelries in Minneapolis which was partially destroyed by fire February 7, 1902 has been reconstructed and is again contacting it thriving business. The building now Hotel Vendome was first designed for offices and has been considered the handsomest…

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A Well Worn Witch’s Hat

The good old the Prospect Park Water Tower, better known as the “Witch’s Hat” has been a Minneapolis landmark for over 100 years. The dedication was held back in July of 1914. The park was strung with electric lights for the event. Mayor Nye, members of the city council and other officials were the guests…

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Fortune and the Fate of the Twin Cities

In an old house in St. Paul all covered with snow lived twelve little girls in two straight rows… In April, 1936, Fortune magazine hired Austria-Hungary-born American writer and illustrator, Ludwig Bemelmans for an exhaustive article profiling the rather bleak fortunes of Minneapolis and St. Paul. I can almost hear our local boosters howling across…

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Maple Plain State Bank Then and Now

On May 5, 1905, John Haven, Austin B. Morse and E. J. Cranston gathered $10,000 worth of capital and set up and the State Bank of Maple Plain. In 1927 the Maple Plain Bank took on the liabilities and assets of the little State Bank of Lyndale, Minnesota. There have been at least five presidents…

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Just a Little Wave

Katherine and Walter were out sailing with some friends on Lake Calhoun when suddenly a hand appeared in the water. “What’s this?” asked Katherine, “It looks as if someone is drowning!” “No,” explained Walter, “It’s just a little wave.”  

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