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Remembering our past. Embracing our future. This series features interviews with Lowertown pioneers to get their impressions on how the neighborhood has changed during its renaissance years, and to discover their hopes for its future.

Weiming Lu provided the spark to light the fire of renewal

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Your guide to summer events All Local. All Outdoors. Mostly Free.


h, summer. Those glorious 12 weeks filled with sun, warm temperatures and a plethora of outdoor activities. Our annual summer event guide gives you the information you need to find everything from outdoor concerts to recreational activities to fairs and festivals. Put on your shorts, shades and sunscreen and get out and enjoy the season.

Outdoor concerts Twin Cities Jazz Festival - The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is held June 26-28. Free performances are featured on four main stages in downtown St. Paul and at nearly 30 other locations throughout the city. The main stages are the Mears Park Stage at East Fifth and Sibley; Sixth Street Stage at 236 E. Sixth St.; Union De-

St. Paul’s popular “Lunch by the River” food truck court near Kellogg and Robert offers live entertainment and picnic blankets to enhance your dining experience.

pot Outdoor Stage at 214 E. Fourth St., and Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education Prince Street Stage at 308 Prince St. Other venues include Amsterdam Bar, 6 W. Sixth St.; Studio Z, 275 E. Fourth St., Suite 200; Black Dog Café, 308 Prince St.; Trattoria Da Vinci, 400 Sibley St.; Golden’s Deli, 275 E. Fourth St.; Hat Trick Lounge, 134 E. Fifth St.; Heartland, 289 E. Fifth St.;

McNally Smith College of Music, 19 E. Exchange St.; Lobby Bar at the Saint Paul Hotel, 350 Market St.; Señor Wong, 111 E. Kellogg Blvd.; Black Bear Crossings at Como Lakeside Pavilion; Mancini’s, 531 W. Seventh St., and the Highland Park Stage at 730 Cleveland Ave. S. There are also six venues on the new Green Line light rail route: Dale Street Station, Daily Diner,

615 University Ave. W.; Big Daddy’s, 625 University Ave. W.; Rondo Library, 461 Dale St.; Lexington Parkway Station, Arnellia’s, 1183 University Ave. W.; Victoria Street Station, Ngon Bistro, 799 University Ave. W; and Fairview Avenue Station, Episcopal Homes/Iris Park, 1850 University Ave. W. For the Summer Event Guide / Page 5

ord is out that Lowertown is the hippest area of the country in which to live. It was so designated late last year by a real estate company that said Lowertown has the nation’s top “hipster” zip code, citing the neighborhood’s high number of residents between the ages of 25 and 34, the number of people who walk to work or use public transportation, and the percentage of rental housing units. Now USA Today recently listed Lowertown as one of top 10 “up and coming” neighborhoods in the country. It recognized it for some of the same criteria and touted its many amenities, including the renovated Union Depot, Mears Park, the year-round Farmers’ Market, its outdoor music festival, the restaurant and bar scene, and of course the artists’ lofts in the many historic 19th century buildings. There is no doubt that Lowertown is bursting with energy and innovation. The Green Line light rail train will begin service in mid-June, and construction of the new St. Paul Saints ball park is in full swing, ushering in even more change.

Then and now Remarkably, just 40 years ago Lowertown was a 180acre area filled with block after block of neglected brick warehouses. Like many other cities across the nation, St. Paul’s urban core was suffering from the large number Weiming Lu / Page 3

A green light for the Green Line; light rail ready to roll June 14 Bill Knight Contributor


f you’d like to be part of history-in-the-making, mark June 14 on your calendar. On that day Metro Transit’s light rail Green Line will make its inaugural run from Union Depot in Lowertown to Target Field

Station in Minneapolis. To celebrate the opening of the Green Line, several events will take place 9 a.m.-6 p.m., including speeches, a ribbon cutting and musical entertainment. The Green Line parallels University Avenue, which was a streetcar route in the early 1920s. At its zenith,

the first “light rail” system in the metro area had more than 1,000 streetcars and 500 miles of track that connected St. Paul and Minneapolis to places as far away as Stillwater and Lake Minnetonka. On June 19, 1954, that era ended when the last of the tracks were either pulled up or paved

over, and all but two of the wooden streetcars were burned. Fast forward 60 years — almost to the day — and light rail returns to St. Paul. On June 14, a ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at Union Depot with speeches from various government officials, followed by a rib-

bon cutting at 10 a.m. After that, two 3-car trains will start their first run to Target Field Station. A live videofeed of the ceremony will be shown at the Target station in Minneapolis. “There will be trains staged all along the line, one at each of the community celebrations so we’ll

begin full service at each of them,” said Meredith Vadis, director of communications for the Metropolitan Council. “Those locations include the Central Station at 5th and Cedar Street and six more stations along the line, ending at the Target Field Station.” Green Line / Page 4

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hen Shelly Losee stepped into the new Ramsey County Detox Center in St. Paul for a tour last fall little did she know the experience would alter her future plans. Losee, a licensed social worker and artist, was impressed with the center but noticed that it lacked visual aesthetics. She soon discovered the center’s staff had a deep desire to create a welcoming environment for their patients but didn’t have the budget to do so. That set the wheels in motion to her forming a new organization with friend Kristi Abbott called A=rt (Art equals Real Transformation). Both are artists with studios in Lowertown, and they have worked a combined 30 hours a week since January to give their fledgling orga-

nization wings. “I toured the center back in November. It’s a beautiful new building,” said Losee, who has a master’s degree in social work and works for Dakota County. “They don’t have the budget to decorate. I volunteered to donate some of my own paintings and the director was all for it. Now we’re trying to fill the entire center with original works of art. It’s not just me. It’s a group of artists.” The mission at A=rt is to use art to promote healing for patients and clients at chemical dependency treatment centers, homeless and battered women’s shelters and other health care facilities. She said there is a growing body of research that shows art improves the healing process. “Human behavior is strongly influenced by the interaction between indi-

viduals and their environment,” said Bob Rohret, Ramsey County Detox Center program director, in a statement. “The Ramsey County Detoxification Center and A=rt have the common goal of providing a welcoming and comforting environment for those who suffer from addiction. With a focus on health and wellness, our hope is to help change community perception about what we do and who we serve.” Losee and Abbott have enlisted other local artists to help and already more than a dozen have donated artwork to the project. They want to have 30 pieces created and installed in rooms and hallways at the Ramsey County Detox Center by this August. This is the first of what they hope will be many projects to beautify drab walls of similar centers to make them more appeal-

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Losee is a native of Minnesota and has worked in social services for nearly two decades in the areas of child protection, children’s mental health, and family chemical dependency treatment. Abbott is a native of Australia with dual citizenship in the United States.

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opportunity,” he told them. “Trust me!” They did come — flying their Lear jet to Holman Field and crossing the river to meet with Lu at the LRC office in the Park Square Court Building — but they were not impressed. Lu remembered that the streets were dark, empty and uninviting. Their response following his pitch was, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

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of residents and businesses that were migrating to the suburbs. Under urban renewal programs of the 1950s and ’60s, many cities razed their old and vacant buildings and started from scratch. However, St. Paul didn’t have the funds to do that in Lowertown, which turned out to be a twist of good fortune. Rather than demolish, the City was forced to figure out another way of dealing with its dilapidated properties. At the time it looked like an insurmountable task, but fortunately there were leaders with vision and chutzpah to nurture the historic district back to life. Weiming Lu was one of those leaders. He was born and raised in China but attended college in Minnesota. He earned a civil engineering degree at the University of Minnesota, and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of North Carolina. He had hoped to work on the West Coast but a chance stop in Minneapolis to visit some old college friends led to him landing a job as a planner for the city of Minneapolis. He worked there for 12 years and helped design the skyway system, Nicollet Mall and the Minnesota Orchestra site. From there he moved to Dallas, where his impact is still noticeable beyond the city’s borders. In addition to creating that city’s first ever arts district, he helped preserve an iconic structure that resonates with people around the world. He successfully fought to preserve the Texas School Book Depository, the infamous site from which Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed President Kennedy. Lu stood up against those who wanted the building razed, and also against those who wanted to turn it into a museum. He was determined to preserve the property and argued his case before the Texas State Preservation Commission. He showed his tenacity through a twoand-a-half year process that included 98 meetings in the final year alone to preserve it as a historical building.

Leading the LRC In 1978 Lu took charge of the newly formed Lowertown Redevelopment Corporation (LRC), which would become a catalyst

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Weiming Lu signs his book, “The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation, Building a Livable Creative Urban Village.” for Lowertown’s renewal. His educational and professional experience proved invaluable as he worked with a committee of private and non-profit stakeholders, government officials, developers and business leaders to create a Lowertown Master Plan, and then aggressively market it. “Lowertown had been neglected,” said Lu. “For ten years only $22 million had been invested in the area, and $16 million of that was in the Gillette Building,” which, incidentally, was recently demolished to make room for the new St. Paul Saints stadium. Fortunately, St. Paul had George Latimer, a mayor with a vision for redevelopment. He revved up the renewal engine by asking the McKnight Foundation for a $10 million loan as seed money to entice developers to Lowertown. The funds would be used provide gap financing to developers, with Lu negotiating 10-year loans with interest rates below prime. “He was asking for a huge amount of money and being very ambitious,” said Lu. “He promised that their $10 million would generate $100 million in investment for affordable housing and jobs, which seemed very optimistic at the time. But the McKnights were socially oriented and intrigued by the proposition.” The Foundation set aside $10 million under the condition that the LRC organize as an independent nonprofit corporation, which would reduce political influence on the organization.

Rebuilding Lowertown wasn’t easy. At LRC’s first meeting Lu said some people didn’t want to listen to their ideas, others were there for city assistance, and others just wanted the money. “You must assess needs, listen to the community and then do what’s best for the community,” said Lu. “Private and public partnerships are very tricky. We had no power to force people to listen to us. We had to know how to negotiate and persuade.” The destruction of buildings across the country stripped many cities of their unique character and historical connections. Lu didn’t want that to happen in St. Paul. He understood that any new developments must harmonize with the existing fabric of the community.

Marketing the plan The LRC aggressively marketed the area to investors, developers, renters, home buyers and visitors, and provided gap financing, when needed, to get a project off the ground. “We needed to be very disciplined and minimize risk and calculate carefully,” said Lu about spending the $10 million. “Yet we wanted to capture the opportunity of having the right leadership, resources and civic infrastructure in place.” When marketing the plan, Lu threw the net wide, including to developers he knew in Dallas. “Please come, it’s a great

Undeterred, Lu took another approach and spent two years quietly working with the Ramsey County Historical Society to designate Lowertown as a historic district, which miffed a lot of people. He accomplished that goal in 1983. “They thought it would encumber development with too much red tape,” said Lu, but he knew it would create tax credits that would cover 25 percent of redevelopment costs. “It was immediately helpful. A Philadelphia developer was looking at 16 cities across the United States to invest in. St. Paul was one of them.” After touring Lowertown and meeting with City staff, that developer bought three buildings and invested $65 million. “We sold them on the thick walls of the buildings and what an energy savings it would provide,” said Lu. “When opportunity strikes you go for it.” Then there was Galtier Plaza — now called Cray Plaza after Cray Research became the building’s anchor in 2009 — which the City hoped would be a signature development but struggled for success. The City envisioned a 42-story building, recalled Lu, but

LRC thought that was too big and suggested 12 floors instead. The original lower façade of the building was integrated into the design of the new building, which started out as a shopping mall and entertainment center. It is now occupied by St. Paul Prepratory School, various technology companies, an event and presentation facility (carved out of the old movie theater), a restaurant and a food court. Lu said it is 93 percent occupied. When the technology tidal wave washed over the region, LRC recruited 70 young internet businesses to Lowertown to create a cyber village. LRC also initiated several projects that invigorated residential life, including the renovation of Mears Park, which changed it from a dreary brickyard into lavish green space, the YMCA opening a branch in Galtier Plaza, and the creation of the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, 27 acres of land adjacent to Lowertown that has been preserved and developed as green space.

Patience and persistence Not everything went as Lu had hoped. Most notable was when he lost key political support to relocate the U.S. Post Office from downtown to Eagan, which was needed to free up that building for the redevelopment of Union Depot. “It was very disappointing at times when politics got in the way of moving the plan forward,” admitted Lu. “I almost felt like giving up. I don’t know if I was naïve or what, to see that this possibility is worthy of pursuing and realizing people’s dreams. You need patience, persistence and flexibility.

You must revise plans as change occurs.”

Future investment The original funding from McKnight was expected to last for three to six years, but Lu managed to extend it to 26 years, generating $1 billion in investment. Since LRC’s founding, more than 1,500 apartment and condominium units have been added to the market, and 25 percent of the units are deemed as affordable housing, which makes the McKnight Foundation happy. “We have become a model for building an urban village around the country and the world,” said Lu. When the LRC closed it doors in 2006, it left a legacy of $2 million in the form of the Lowertown Future Fund, which is being managed through the St. Paul Foundation. Over the years it has been used to support the Lowertown Jazz Festival, the St. Paul Art Crawl, the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, and small arts organizations. When the LRC came to an end, Lu became an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota and an urban planning advisor for cities across the state and nation. His final report to the McKnight Foundation is in book form, titled, “The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation, Building a Livable Creative Urban Village.” In his book, Lu shares his experience in creating a vision, marketing an area that has suffered decades of disinvestment, taking calculated risks to attract new investment, and negotiating loans. It can be purchased for $40 through Amazon or from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota at the Landmark Center.

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Here’s a rundown on what is happening at each of the stations. The trains, which are free opening weekend, will run every 10 minutes throughout the day. Union Depot - Music and dance performances will take place on stages inside the Depot and out. Displays from more than 40 artists and several Lowertown businesses will be featured inside. Minnesota Public Radio 89.3 will have live programming throughout the day near the outside stage. Central Station - This station will feature an outdoor music stage. Try your skill at a “Skyway Open” mini-golf tournament that allows visitors to explore skyway businesses and restaurants located between the station and Union Depot. Western Avenue Station - Opening weekend will also kick-off the summerlong Asian Night Market with 50 food and retail vendors. There will be on-stage performances, exhibitions of local arts and crafts and

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a neighborhood history display. Victoria Street Station - This station features the art, culture and history of the Rondo, Summit-U and Frogtown neighborhoods, as well as music, dance, youth performances, historical exhibits and bike activities. Hamline Avenue Station - Imagine a state fairthemed event at this station. There will be a Midway, a “Kidway,” a grandstand and International Bazaar. Other features include animal educators from Como Park Zoo, the Choo Choo Bob Show and a “couponon-a-stick” that is good at local restaurants, which are accessible via a fleet of pedal-cabs. Raymond Avenue Station - Local artists will show their talents in a variety of mediums, and the public may lend a hand on a mural painting project. Food trucks, musicians and strolling performers will add to the celebration. Stadium Village Station - This station features appearances by Vikings and Gophers mascots and cheer-

leaders, sports activities for families and food samples from area restaurants. Music will be performed on the main stage. The West Bank Station - Look for a neighborhood festival atmosphere with an international flair at the West Bank Station. Community leaders will present art, dance and cultural showcases. Tours of the area are planned, and local businesses will host a dance.

Expect crowds Work on the Green Line dates back to June 2006 when the Metropolitan Council gave it its stamp of approval. Heavy construction began in March 2010 and wrapped up in December 2012. Since then crews have been putting on the finishing touches, including installing lights, overhead electrical lines and communications equipment. Although there is no way to accurately predict the number of people who will ride on opening weekend, Vadis predicts crowds will be large and cautions that some riders could experience delays. She said

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about 150,000 people rode the Hiawatha Blue Line in Minneapolis during its opening weekend. During the kick-off weekend, Vadis said arrangements are being made for people who are using the Green Line to get to work or an appointment. “When a lot of people are at a station waiting for a train we will have what we call a bridge bus,” she said. “This is an extra fleet of buses, a supplementary arrangement, to help people move to their destination.”

Safety Laura Baenen, Metro Transit communication manager, said the Green Line will double the size of the light rail system in the Twin Cities. Safety is a concern, especially in the beginning as people adjust to the new system. She offers this advice for people riding or traveling around the train. • Trains are quiet and move faster than they appear. — about 35 mph — and can’t stop quickly.

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full schedule of performers and information on parking and free rides on Metro Transit to the festival, visit Joan Griffith, one of Minnesota’s premiere jazz musicians, will play many styles of Brazilian music 2-3 p.m., Sunday, June 8, at St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. Fourth St. For more information, visit Lowertown Roots Festival is held Saturday, July 27 at Mears Park in Lowertown. The event features blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, zydeco, tejano, Native American and other music forms that have influenced, inspired and defined American music. Free performances featured on the Mears Park Stage are Paul Dahlin, 2:30 p.m.; Nordic Angst, 4 p.m.; The High 48s, 5:30 p.m.; Randy Sabien’s Violin Roots Ensemble, 7 p.m.; and Grammy award winning zydeco master C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, 8:30 p.m. Additional stages are at the Hat Trick Lounge, 134 E. Fifth St., and Black Dog Café, 308 Prince St. Per-

forming at the Hat Trick Lounge are Tim Gadban, 2 p.m.; Jeff Rolfzen, 3 p.m.; Citizen Arms; 4 p.m.; Michael Kac, 5 p.m.; Local Rhythm, 6 p.m.; Pamela Machala, 7 p.m.; Laura Underwood, 8 p.m.; and Scrapegoat, 9 p.m. Performing at the Black Dog at 8 p.m, Friday, July 26 is Dreamland Faces at 8 p.m. Performing Saturday, July 27 is Rhizosphere, 8 p.m., and Mike in the Wilderness, 10 p.m. Music in Mears Park Free concerts are held 6-9 p.m. each Thursday, June 12-August 21 in Mears Park in Lowertown. For a schedule of performers, visit Nine Nights of Music - The Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., is hosting its free Nine Nights of Music program every Tuesday in July and August at the Minnesota History Center Plaza. Listen and dance to the rich and vibrant rhythms and sounds of some of Minnesota’s best musicians from a variety of cultures. Dance instruction from Tapestry

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The Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns to Mears Park and other venues June 26-28. Folk Dance Center is offered 6:30-7 p.m. Live music and dancing takes place 7-8:30 p.m. Pack a picnic or purchase food from the Café Minnesota terrace

grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to museum galleries, 5-8 p.m. There is a nominal fee for parking. In case of rain, performances will be

held indoors in the 3M Auditorium. Performers are: Café Accordian Orchestrat, July 1; Somali Camel with Abdulkadir Said and Najiib Elmi, July 8; Rockin’ Rondo Jazz Quartet with Debbie Duncan, July 15; Explosion Big Band, July 22; Dick Hensold Band, July 29; Ole Olsson Oldtime Orkestra, August 5; Gertie and the T.O. Boyz & Finn Hall, August 12; Okee Dokee Brothers, August 19; and Ukrainian Village Band, August 26. For more information, visit www. or call 651-259-3000. The Ordway Summer Dance Series is held at 5:30 p.m.,Thursdays, June 19-July 24 (no event July 3) in Rice Park. A different dance and music genre will be highlighted each week. Free dance lessons from professional instructors begins at 6 p.m., followed by live music and open dance at 7:15 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase The line-up is: June 19 - R&B/Soul, featuring Ray Covington and The Maxx Band June 26 - Swing, featuring Capri Big Band

July 10 - Disco, featuring Boogie Wonderland July 17 - Salsa, featuring Salsa del Soul July 24 - Ballroom, featuring Jerry O’Hagan and his Orchestra

Music & Movies in the Parks Saint Paul Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of outdoor concerts through September 11, including jazz, folk, blues, concert bands, world, electronic and pop. For a complete line-up, visit www.stpaul. gov and search music in the parks. Concerts are held at Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 N. Lexington Pkwy., Indian Mounds Park, 10 Mounds Blvd., Hillcrest Knoll Park, 1680 E. Hoyt Ave., Mears Park at Fifth and Sibley, Phalen Amphitheater, 1600 Phalen Dr., Raspberry Island under the Wabasha Street Bridge and Rice Park, 140 Washington St. All performances are free except the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening theater style musicals at Como

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“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is presented June 19-August 26 at the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, which is moored at Harriet Island. Performances are held at 8 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” recounts the haunting story of a good man whose body is capable of incredible evil. In a quest to find the monster terrorizing London, a cast of memorable characters discovers the unbelievable truth. The Showboat features Victorian-era décor, a grand staircase and an intimate 225-seat jewelbox theater. Tickets are $23-$25, with discounts for students and seniors. For more informa-

Fairs and Festivals GermanFest - The inaugural GermanFest will be held June 21-22, at the historic Schmidt Brewery, 882 W. 7th St., St. Paul. This free, family-friendly festival features food, music, art, cultural education and tours. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit

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Ramsey County Fair The Ramsey County Fair will be held July 9-13 at the fairgrounds, 2020 White Bear Ave., Maplewood. The fair offers opportunities for youth and adults to win ribbons and prize money for exhibitions in horticulture, arts and crafts, clothing, food, photography, home furnishings and more. Popular events include the talent contest,

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The Taste of Minnesota - Following a three year hiatus, the Taste of Minnesota, one of St. Paul’s signature summer events, is returning to Harriet Island July 3-6. It will feature food, live music from national musicians and local headliners, and a nightly fireworks display. The event is now owned by 10K Lakes Incorporated, a group of longtime Twin Cities residents that invests

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tion, call 651-227-1100, or visit www.showboat.umn. edu. Padelford Riverboats, moored at Harriet Island, feature narrated 90-minute public sightseeing cruises at noon and 2:30 p.m. daily through August. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $8 for kids ages 3-12. Also offered are themed cruises, including a Father’s Day brunch cruise, a lunch-and-lock cruise, and a sunset dinner cruise. For more information, call 651-227-1100 or visit

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Walking and biking tours Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., offers three free guided tours of St. Paul May through September. The Great River Tour highlights how St. Paul got its start and the city’s relationship with the Mississippi River. It’s offered at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month and departs from Upper Landing Park

at Shepard Road and Chestnut Street. The Rice Park Tour explores the history, architecture and hidden secrets of the unique buildings that surround one of the city’s oldest and most beloved parks. This tour is offered at 10 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month and departs from the Landmark Center information center. The Heart of the City Tour shows some of the city’s most historic landmarks, including Mickey’s Dinner, Candyland, the Hamm Building and others. It’s offered at 10 a.m.

the fourth Wednesday of the month and departs from Landmark Center’s 6th Street entrance. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 651-292-3237. For more information, visit www. The National Park service offers a free self-guided walk that explores the geology, history and nature of the Mississippi River. The 1.5-mile route begins at the Mississippi River Visitor Center, located in the Science Museum of Minnesota at 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. A tour map is available at the

cashier’s desk. Bike with a Ranger - Explore the Mississippi River by biking with a National Park Service ranger. Rides are held most Saturdays from June through September. Three routes are offered and each takes approximately three hours and varies in length from 9-14 miles. Trips begin at 10 a.m. Cost is $8. Kids under age 10 are free. Registration is required. Space is limited to 20 riders. For more information about routes, dates

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Fresh produce at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market. parade, farmer-for-the-day, pig races, children’s petting zoo, youth pet show, carnival rides, bands, bingo, fireworks and the many food choices. Admission is free. Discounted carnival ride tickets are available in advance. For more information, visit or call 651770-2626. Dakota County Fair The fair will be held August 4-10 at the fairgrounds, 4008 W. 220th St., Farmington. Highlights include musical entertainment, demolition derby, midway rides, lumberjack shows, grandstand events, livestock shows, historical village and food. For more information, visit or call 651463-8818. Minnesota State Fair The Great Minnesota GetTogether will be held August 21-September 1 at the State Fairgrounds, 1265 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul. The fair showcases Minnesota’s finest in agriculture, art and industry, people-watching, 450 foods at 300 concession stands, a giant Midway with more than 30 carnival rides and 50 games of skill, a “kidway” filled with over 30 pint-sized rides, free music, education, Grandstand concerts, giveaways, product demonstrations, butter sculptures, animals, parades and much more. Free parkand-ride shuttles run from a variety of locations within a short distance of the fairgrounds. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors age

65 and older and youth ages 5-12, free for kids age 5 and under. Pre-fair discounted tickets are $10. For more information, visit The Irish Fair of Minnesota is held August 8-10. The event offers a wide array of family-friendly activities, including traditional Irish music and dance, Gaelic sports, native Irish dogs, the Best Legs in a Kilt contest, a Zero-K, an expanded children’s area, a literary corner, Irish shopping opportunities and food and beverages. For more information, visit Como Park in St. Paul offers numerous summertime activities. Visitors may visit the free zoo (donations requested), see exotic plants in the Conservatory, enjoy amusement rides and relax with a picnic lakeside. Also featured during the summer are band concerts, dance and choral performances, plays and musicals at the Como Lakeside Pavilion. The Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival is held Sunday, Aug. 17 at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Grounds open at 3 p.m. Entertainment begins at 3:30 p.m. on the main stage in the Como Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden. Entertainment includes taiko drumming groups, martial arts, origami demonstrations and other aspects of Japanese culture. The festival encompasses Japanese tradition through music, dance, crafts, martial arts and lanterns. The

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median Hari Kondabolu and musician Will Sheff at 8 p.m., Friday, June 27. Tickets are $29-$45 for all shows.

10 W. Seventh St. St. Paul 651-225-6000

“Thomas & Friends” is presented June 14-September 21. Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends from the Island of Sodor will engage visitors in this exhibit that teaches concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. The 1,500 square foot interactive version of the Island of Sodor will allow children to climb aboard a fullsize model of Thomas the Tank Engine, become conductors and engineers as they build their own trains and race them along a giant track, and sort and load cargo and tend engines in Tidmouth Sheds. Tickets are $9.95. Explore the museum free of charge 9 a.m.5 p.m. the third Sunday of each month.

Fitzgerald Theater

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wits - The Fitzgerald will present three wits performances in June. Comedian Jen Kirkman and singer-songwriter Bob Mould will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, June 6, comedian Kumail Nanjiani and singer-songwriter Valerie June at 8 p.m., Friday, June 20, and co-

Lissie will perform at 8 p.m., Monday, June 23. Tickets are $28.50.

History Center 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul 651-259-3000

“War of 1812: Canada, the United States, Great Britain and the Native Americans” is presented June 3-September 14. Original artifacts drawn from the Minnesota Historical Society collections will be on display alongside panels that present historical perspectives of the war. Artifacts include the first map to show the existence of all five Great Lakes, a first edition of Father Hennepin’s “Travels,” and a 1689 fur trade contract with Nicolas Perrot. “Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis” is presented through January 4, 2015. Affectionately called “The Pictureman,” Chamblis had a knack for being in the right place at the right time as he documented the Twin Cities Black community. The exhibit features more than 60 images, alongside artifacts, including suits worn by Prince and Jellybean Johnson in the movie Purple Rain.

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“Toys of the ‘50s, ’60 and ‘70s” is presented through January 4, 2015. Experience the stories behind popular toys, including Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Spirograph, Hot Wheels and others. Ongoing exhibits include “Then Now Wow,” “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom,” “Grainland,” “Open House: If These Walls Could Talk,” “Weather Permitting” and “I Want the wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.” Museum tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, and $6 for children ages 6-17. The center offers free admission on Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m.

History Theatre

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“Working Boys Band” is presented through June 1. In a world before child labor laws, many young people got factory jobs to help their families get by. In 1918, Professor C. C. Heintzeman formed the Working Boys Band to bring structure and meaning into the lives of some of those children. Through music, discipline and compassion, Heintzeman shaped a rough-and-tumble group of young men into a Twin Cities institution. Tickets are $42-$40, with

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“The Red Box” is presented through July 13 at Park Square Theatre. discounts for seniors and students.

Landmark Center 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul 651-292-3225 www.landmarkcenter. org

“Love” is presented through June 1 in the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, as part of the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. Performance times are 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $5. St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists will perform a free concert at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, and Thursday, June 19. A free wood turning demonstration is offered at noon, Sunday, June 15 in the Gallery of Wood Art. The Minnesota Crossword Tournament begins at noon, Sunday, June 22. For more information, contact 651-222-3242 or

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and registration, visit www. or call 651-291-8164.

Farmers’ Market Strolling through the St. Paul Farmers’ market is a great way to spend a few hours on a summer weekend morning. The downtown market is open 6 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday. Satellite markets will

be opening soon, including West St. Paul (opening June 1 at Signal Hills Center, 1201 S. Robert St., 8 a.m.noon, Fridays) and South St. Paul (opening July 2 at 1151 Southview Blvd., 3-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays). Find fresh produce, meat, flowers and much more. The West Side also hosts its own farmer’s market in the Icy Cup parking lot at the corner of George and

Ordway Center 345 Washington St. St. Paul 651-224-4222

Four performances are presented May 27-June 1 as part of the Flint Hills Children’s Festival. “Love” is presented at the Landmark Center, “STEP AFRIKA!” at the Ordway, “De Temps Antan” at the Lab Theatre and “Alice in Wonderland” at the Lehr Theatre. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will present Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony at 8 p.m., June 6-7. Tickets are $12-$42.

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“The Red Box” is presented through July 13. A lovely young woman is dead and the fortunes of a theatrical producer are at stake. Nero Wolfe, an eccentric detective genius who rarely leaves his comfortable brownstone

Stryker. The market is open 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Saturday, from May 31 to mid October.

Outdoor dining Looking to dine in the sun? Visit one of the many area restaurants that offer patio dining, or sidle up to one of the mobile food trucks that park at various locations around the city, including Mears Park and Rice Park. You can count on finding several trucks at the

in Manhattan, and his wise-cracking sidekick, Archie, are called in to solve the crime. Tickets are $38-$58.

Science Museum of Minnesota 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul 651-221-9444

“Ultimate Dinosaurs” is presented through August 24. This exhibit features 20 dinosaur specimens from unusual locations in the Southern Hemisphere. “Dinosaurs Alive” is featured in the Omnitheatre. The film follows preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk or fly among us. Museum tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Omnitheatre tickets are $8 and $7 respectively. There is an additional charge of $8 for adults or $2 for children and seniors to view “Ultimate Dinosaurs.”

“Lunch by the River” food truck court at Kellogg and Robert, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., every Thursday through September. These events feature live music, and the vendors offer picnic blankets for your dining comfort.

Free fishing Minnesotans age 16 and older who take a child age 15 or younger with them can fish without a license June 6-8 during Take-AKid-Fishing Weekend.

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A walk along the river Tim Spitzack Editor

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The curiosity of my fellow walkers turned a recent half-mile stroll along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul into an hourlong excursion. Our tour guide, Bob Wagner — who developed the free walking tour for the Landmark Center and who guides groups at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month, May through September — graciously answered the many inquiries as we ambled along the riverfront in Upper Landing Park. Some knew little about the river, some knew much. What we had in common was a desire to learn more about one of the world’s greatest rivers that flows through the heart of our community. Their curiosity reminded me of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s thoughts on walking, which are from a lecture he gave in 1858, and which were published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1904 under the title “Country Life.” Emerson said, “Few

strain. If you want to truly enjoy your hike, opt for the well-worn shoes and the tattered clothes that you just can’t bring yourself to discard. I’ve had the good fortune of hiking in some of the most beautiful places in our country — from sea to shining sea — but the hike I like best is the one that starts outside my front door. From my street on top of the bluff I can see the river glimmering through the trees and it always captures my attention. Within a quarter-mile the street meets a gravel road that hugs the contour of the river and passes between a park reserve and farmland. Once I meet this juncture the busy thoughts that are scrambling my mind begin to disappear and I notice the beauty of the landscape, the trees and prairie grasses, the tracks of deer, fluttering birds, the horses in the pasture. This road is lightly traveled, especially on the weekends, so I often have it all to myself. I follow it a half-mile to where it intersects a wooded trail, which takes me closer to the river, and closer to nature. There is always something new

men know how to take a walk. The qualifications of a professor are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence, and nothing too much.” It is vast curiosity that drives many to the riverfront, including me. I love to explore the river valley, and while doing so many questions pepper my mind: how high is the river today? What would it be like to live on that houseboat? What’s in that barge and how far south will it go? Emerson had it right that old shoes and plain clothes make each outing more enjoyable. In a world that fills us with the notion that we need the latest high-tech gear to enjoy a sport, walking is one of the few activities that can remain simple. Sure, you can enhance your hike with graphite walking poles, expensive footwear, and a smartphone with an app that tells you where to go, how far you’ve walked and the number of calories you’ve burned in the process, but those items can give you blisters and eye

and interesting to see along this trail. In the wintertime, travel is slow and labored as I trudge through the snow. My tracks follow those of the deer and the river is visible for long stretches through the barren trees. In the springtime, the path is soft and muddy and the landscape begins to change. As I look toward the river it appears as if a green blanket has been thrown on the forest floor. The budding underbrush cheerfully announces that the forest will come to life again. During the summer the trail is transformed into a tunnel, blotting out the sky and nearly all views of the river, and I find myself traveling through an enchanted land filled with mystery and intrigue. In the fall, the foliage explodes with muted colors and sights of the river reappear as more and more leaves float down and carpet the trail. My footsteps echo with the crunching of leaves and the pop of acorns and twigs. If I walk the trail in the dim light of dusk, when the forest turns ethereal, the trees swaying in the wind suddenly become the end of a witch’s broomstick and the

squirrels scurrying through the treetops become flying, fanged creatures. The trail ends at the river’s edge, where there is a bench on a tiny spit of land. The river comes from the north, rounds a bend near this wild and rustic floodplain and then disappears in the east as it flows to the sea. I often allow myself a few moments to rest on the bench and my thoughts are filled only with an appreciation for the beauty of creation. I see bald eagles and herons overhead, and hear the splash of fish in the shallow water that is filled with driftwood and small islands brimming with native grasses. The trail looks different as I retrace my steps home

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{ THE FULLER FILES } Business openings The Kellogg Food Market on the skyway level of Kellogg Square is scheduled to re-open in June. It closed late last year when the skyway level of Kellogg Square was converted from office space to residential use. A wi-fi café featuring hot and cold drinks will also be located on the skyway. The State Market is scheduled to open in June in the Alliance Bank Building. It will be on the street level on Minnesota Street in the site of a former food market. Boost Mobile, which sells cell phones and accessories, plans to occupy the former site of Allegra Printing. Park Square Theatre will open its second theater on September 19 with a production of “Four Thousand Miles,” a story about a 90year old man living in New York and his 20- year old son. The new theater will seat about 200 and is located in the basement level of the Hamm building, just below the Exchange Theatre, which seats 350. The Skyway Grille is expected to open in June in the former McDonald’s restaurant site in the Alliance Bank Food Court. Owner Scott Johnson said the restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch. The Revival Wine Store is scheduled to open in June

on the skyway level of the Pioneer/Endicott buildings. The Pioneer/Endicott has been transformed from office space to residential use by Pak Properties. Nearly 80 percent of the 234 market rate apartments have been rented.

Tree removal in Mears Park Three ash trees in Mears Park will be removed this summer and replaced by two smaller trees to allow more sunlight to reach the lawn, and 10 dead or dying birch trees will be removed and replaced by ten new trees. Six new volunteers have signed up to maintain garden plots in the park. The volunteers will plant flowers and maintain the plots throughout the summer.

Amtrak returns to Union Depot When locomotive No. 164 pulled into Union Depot at 11:13 p.m., May 7 it was the first time the Empire Builder stopped in downtown St. Paul in 43 years. On its last trip through St. Paul on April 30, 1971 the Chicago-bound Empire Builder used the Burlington Northern tracks east of the Mississippi and stopped at East Winona and La Crosse. The following day the train left Minneapolis, bypassed St. Paul and headed toward

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Chicago using the Milwaukee Road tracks west of the river, stopping at Red Wing and La Crosse. Today, Amtrak provides service from Union Depot to Chicago and Seattle. Union Depot, which reopened in 2012 after an extensive renovation project to return it to a transportation hub, also offers other transportation services, including local bus service through Metro Transit and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and interstate bus service through Jefferson Lines and the Megabus. The Green Line light rail train will begin service there on June 14.

City Passport City Passport senior center, located on the mezzanine level of the Alliance Bank Building at 55 E. 5th St., is hosting the following events in June: Dabble This craft group, 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 3; surgical cap-making workshop, 10 a.m., Friday, June 6; birthday party, 2 p.m., Monday, June 9; program on “fall prevention,” 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 10; patriotic sing-along, 10:45 a.m., Friday, June 27; Passport book club, 10 a.m., June 2 and 16; Passport Readers Theatre, 12:30 p.m., June 13 and 27; current events discussion, 11 a.m., June 4 and 20; blood pressure checks, 9 a.m. on Tuesdays.

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Central Library renamed The Central Library in downtown St. Paul has been renamed in honor of former St. Paul mayor George Latimer. The renaming ceremony of the “George Latimer Central Library” and the unveiling of a plaque bearing that name will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 10. Latimer served as mayor from 1976 to 1990. His notable accomplishments include launching the Family Housing Fund, creating District Energy and supporting early childhood education. “We are honored to have Mayor Latimer’s name placed on Central Library,” said Kit Hadley, director of the St. Paul Public Library, in a statement. “All of St. Paul has benefited from his tireless work, from education to affordable housing to helping those in need. There is no more fitting name for this library given Mayor Latimer’s work with the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and the fact that libraries are active centers for community engagement.”

Change in ownership at Lowertown Wine & Spirits Jerry Blakey is now the sole owner of Lowertown Wine & Spirits, 262 E. 4th St., St. Paul. He and Jerry McInerney started the full service liquor store in 2004 and operated it together until March 30, when McInerney left to pursue other career opportunities. For more information, call 651222-3661 or visit www.

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Minnesota Museum of American Art will present the Minnesota Biennial series June 12-August 3 at its project space at 332 N. Robert St. The opening reception will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 12. About 40 pieces of art by Minnesota artists will be included in the exhibit, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, collage, clay, fabric, glass and other disciplines. St. Paul Conservatory of Music, 26 Exchange St., will hold adult recitals at 6:30 p.m. Noontime concerts in downtown parks begin May 27. Performances will be at noon on Mondays at Rice Park, noon on Tuesdays at Mears Park and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Raspberry Island. Rice Park concerts include Nancy Olson on June 9, the Fairlanes on June 16 and Parisota Hot Club on June 23. Mears Park concerts include Capital City Wind Ensemble on May 27, Parisota Hot Club on June 3, The Night Light Chasers on June 10, Rich Lewis Band on June 17 and Ageless on June 24. Raspberry Island performers include Woodshop on June 11 and Jerrod Lucker Presents on June 18. Books and Bars will feature a discussion of “The Dinner” by Herman Koch at 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, June 17 at Amsterdam Bar and Hall. Jazz musician Joan Griffith will play Brazilian music, including the samba and bossa nova on the guitar and mandolin, at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 8 at the Central Library, 90 W. Fourth St. St. Paul Preparatory School will hold its graduation ceremony at 6 p.m., Friday, June 6 at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at the University of St. Thomas. The school, located at Cray Plaza in Lowertown, has students from 25 different countries. Wabasha Partners will meet at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 10 at the Fitzgerald Theatre. The theme of the meeting is “Build a Better Block Party.” Black Dog Café, 308 Prince St., will hold a block party 2-9 p.m., Friday, June 14 to observe the opening of the Green Line. The eastern terminus of the light rail line between downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis is across the street from the cafe. Donald Washington will perform June 26 as part of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. The Death Café will meet at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 8 to discuss grief and other issues connected with dying. The Flint Hills International Children’s Festival will be held May 27-June 1 at the Ordway. School groups will attend May 27-30. Events are open to the public May 31-June 1. Lowertown Lofts Artists Cooperative will present Chickens, Chuckles and Golf 6-10 p.m., Friday, June 6 at 255 E. Kellogg Blvd. The event will feature improv artists from the Brave New Workshop and Huge theaters, critter art by the loft’s artists and a chance to putt. For more information, visit

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ummer is a time for travel and attending fairs and festivals. In June 1904, some people did both as they headed south to the World’s Fair in St. Louis. For those who couldn’t make the trip, a popular fair exhibit came to them. The excitement of entering a new century was still high that year and many hoped it would be a time of peace and progress. As it turned out, progress arrived, but peace stayed behind. The century opened with a nasty war in South Africa and a conflict between Russia and Japan. The papers were full of news of the Japanese siege of Port Arthur in what’s now Manchuria. Regardless of the trouble oversees, many in St. Paul felt it wasn’t enough to prevent a trip to the World’s Fair in St. Louis. The fair was officially termed the Louisiana Purchase Exposition as it celebrated the 100

anniversary of that historic real estate transaction. Interestingly, the West Side of St. Paul was included in the huge tract obtained from the French. Downtown and everything on the east side of the Mississippi River was already part of the United States. The fair opened in April and the 1,200-acre fairgrounds were the talk of the town. Minnesota was well represented at the fair with a beautiful state building. Those who had the time and money to make the trip were anxious to see it, but they had to figure out how to get there and where to stay. Rail travel to St. Louis was quick and easy, but accommodations were another matter. St. Louis was very busy that summer, hosting the World’s Fair, the Olympic Games and a major political convention. To say hotel rooms were at a premium is an understatement. Free enterprise provided an alternative. Two refur-

bished riverboats — the Purchase and the Consort —offered travel and hotel accommodations all in one for $50 a day, double occupancy. This entitled passengers to a stateroom and meals for a 3-day trip downriver, seven days in St. Louis, and the 4-day return trip. Ads noted with pride that there was a bathroom on each deck, and that each ship had a nice promenade deck, an orchestra for nightly dances, and the public was assured that “only respectable people shall be permitted to purchase accommodations.” Both vessels were fully booked. Of course most people in 1904 couldn’t take off two weeks from work or afford the $50 fare so they made do with reading accounts of the fair in the papers or humming the popular song it inspired, “Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis.” A group of over 400, including the governor and mayors of both Twin Cities, traveled to St. Louis for the dedication of the Minnesota building and

the Pioneer Press ran a special Sunday section on that event, and as well as on all of the fair attractions. One important fair exhibit came to St. Paul, the Liberty Bell. It traveled by special railcar from Independence Hall in Philadelphia to the Pennsylvania exhibit at the fair. It was accompanied by a party of 65 Philadelphia officials and security guards and stopped at many cities along the way. Its time in St. Paul was short. The Liberty Bell Special pulled into Union Depot the evening of June 5 and was on exhibit near Broadway for five hours the next morning. All schoolchildren in the city were let out that morning and given a free streetcar ride downtown to see it. Summer vacation started the next day so not much schoolwork was being done anyway. In a sign of the times, many of those children rode the streetcar by themselves or with an older sibling since their parents were at work.

It was reported that some neighborhoods organized “housewife patrols” with women who would accompany children on their block. While the visiting Philadelphians were having lunch with the mayor and taking a tour of the nearlycompleted new State Capitol, a huge crowd gathered in Lowertown to see the Liberty Bell. The viewing line was well-organized. The crowd passed down the west side of Broadway and back up the east so viewers could see both sides of the historic artifact. The line was kept moving so most got just a glimpse of it. In any event, the crowd was congenial; the weather perfect, and no one got injured or lost. Just after noon the train pulled out of St. Paul for its next destination: Minneapolis. It would go on to Dubuque, Iowa then Rock Island, Galesburg and Springfield, Ill. before arriving in St. Louis on June 8. The riverboat cruise to the fair also went off without

any problems. On the day of its return, however, tragedy hit another riverboat. While headed for a church picnic, the PS General Slocum caught fire and sank in New York’s East River. Over 1,000 passengers and crew died. It is fortunate that the fairgoers from St. Paul did not hear of that disaster until their trip was safely over. The fair had a great run and closed in December. Today, 110 years later, many people can still sing a least a few lines from that hit song, although they might just be remembering Judy Garland’s version in the 1944 movie Meet Me In St. Louis, as seen frequently on TCM. The fair is remembered today as introducing the waffle cone, cotton candy and Dr. Pepper to Americans. There are probably still a few people in St. Paul who have a cedar chest from a great grandparent that holds a straw skimmer or souvenir pennant from that historic summer in St. Louis.








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Destination: Downtown & Lowertown A Guide to Shopping, Services and Entertainment



First Baptist Church





C Capitol Guitars





St. Paul Dental Center





Lancer Service



Atlas Staffing

Artists Merchantile




Hosko Gallery

Kat Keys



Heimie’s Haberdashery

The Bulldog



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Metropolitan Watchworks

Norwest Stylists

Chiroway Chiropractic US BANK CENTER

J10 I10


Four Inns

Red E Print

Great River Dental




St. Paul Preparatory School





St. Paul Athletic Club




Golden’s Deli

Master Framers & 262 Studios Clouds in Water











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Artists, Art Galleries and Organizations Artists Merchantile F6 24 W. 7th Place, 651-222-0053 Representing Minnesota made handcrafted art and gifts Hosko Gallery and Custom Picture Framing F11 400 North Robert Street, Suite 250 55101 (Securian Center, in the Skyway) • (651) 222-4767 “Your Best Source for St. Paulthemed art and most affordable custom framing.” Master Framers L17 262 E. 4th St., 651-291-8820 Custom frame makers since 1959 262 Studios L17 262 E. 4th St., 651-291-8820 Artist housing since 1975 Visit us on Facebook





Health & Beauty Care Chiroway Chiropractic H9 56 E. 6th St., Ste. 312 877-442-4476 Up to 20 visits/month for as low as $49! No appointments necessary. Call to set up a free consultation! Great River Dental, PA I12 375 Jackson St., Ste. 200 651-222-0983 General and cosmetic dentistry. Saint Paul Athletic Club L8 340 Cedar St. 651-291-SPAC Memberships starting at $79/mo. Convenient $1 parking St. Paul Dental Center D7 30 E. 7th St., Ste. 101 651-227-6646 We provide comprehensive family dentistry.

To advertise on this map, call 651-457-1177





Norwest Stylists I7 378 Wabasha St. N. Alliance Bank Lobby (Wabasha entrance between 5th & 6th); 651-227-9752 Full service salon: hair, nails, skin, tanning. Mon., Tues., Fri., 9-5, Wed., Thurs. 9-7, Sat., 10-2.

Home & Auto

Lancer Service Auto Care E18 270 E. 8th St. 651-224-0267 Defining the future of auto care… unlike any other. Kat-Key’s Lock & Safe St. Paul F17 249 E. 7th St. 651-292-1124 Providing repairs, replacements, safe moving/delivering, rekeying, master key system setup, door hardware/door closer installation and more.

Professional Services

Atlas Staffing F14 189 7th Place E., 651-222-5894 Providing the BEST employees.




Metropolitan Watchworks H8 56 E. 6th St., Ste. 315 Skyway level, 651-291-2413 Mon & Fri 9-5, Tues & Thurs 9-3 Watch sales & repair, batteries, straps. “Need time on your hands? Place your timepiece in ours.” Red E Print Inc. I10 101 E. 5th St., Ste. 211 651-224-2307 Serving St. Paul for 38 years.

Restaurants & Music

Christos Union Depot Place M15 214 E. 4th St. 651-224-6000, Photos on Facebook: Christos - Union Depot Place Golden’s Deli L18 275 E. 4th St., Ste. 102 651-224-8888, Planning a party? We have seating for up to 100. The Bulldog H16 237 E. 6th St. 651-221-0750 Happy Hour: $1 off pints, wells & domestic bottles & half price apps





Four Inns J10 101 E. 5th St. 651-291-7939 Open 6 am-3 pm weekdays and from 7 am-2 pm on weekends.

Retail Stores

Heimie’s Haberdashery G5 400 St. Peter St. 651-224-2354 Clothing, footwear,hats, accessories, hunting/fishing gear, barbershop. Capitol Guitars D14 191 East 7th Street, 55101 (651) 225-8888 Visit New & used. Lessons & repair.


St. Paul Preparatory School I13 380 Jackson St., Ste. 100 651-288-4606 A World Class Education–Literally.


First Baptist Church of St. Paul 499 Wacouta St. A16 651-222-0718 Map base courtesy of the Capitol River Council/

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