My First Winter in St. Paul

My First Winter in St. Paul

I was born and raised in Somalia, then lived many years in Dallas. After I graduated from the University of North Texas, I moved to Saint Paul in search of a job and a wife. It was January 2004, and the temperature, with windchill had dropped to -40° F. I thought my...
The St. Paul Hotel in the late 1970s

The St. Paul Hotel in the late 1970s

I recently learned that the Saint Paul Hotel will celebrate its one hundredth anniversary in 2010. I wanted to make sure its role in our city’s history was acknowledged in some manner. Perhaps my own personal reflections as a former employee and later a guest...
Capitol Winchester

Capitol Winchester

My furnace was a young pup in 1936 when Saint Paul hit its all-time low temperature of -34° F. Capitol Winchester sits like Santa Claus in my basement. He’s entering his eightieth winter. The raised letters of his name, Capitol Winchester, stretch across his...
The Snow King

The Snow King

I love the snow. Not because it marks Christmas but because I love snow blowing. So when some people stay inside, I put on my coat and gloves and trek out with my snow blower, and I walk around knocking on doors seeing if anyone will pay me to snow blow. Most often...
Minnesota RollerGirls

Minnesota RollerGirls

The door to the legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium doesn’t even open for an hour, yet eighty people are waiting as my wife and I step into line. In another half hour, the line will double and then double again, until the RiverCentre staff will ask the RollerGirls...