Cass Gilbert, The Journey of an Minnesotan Architect

Cass Gilbert, The Journey of an Minnesotan Architect

In 1878, Cass Gilbert left Saint Paul to attend the two-year architectural program at the Institute of Technology (MIT) in Massachusetts, after which he planned to travel in Europe. Gilbert checked his finances after his first year. He had sufficient funds to complete...
The Bird Man of Dunn Brothers

The Bird Man of Dunn Brothers

The first time I met the Bird Man at Dunn Brothers about three years ago, he introduced himself as Mark, but he added that if I wanted to, I could call him Smooth. I wondered why Mark, somewhere in his forties, with a daily scruff, a casual concern for his hairstyle,...
Mighty Mississippi Memories

Mighty Mississippi Memories

Memories often take on a life of their own and go where they will. This one leads me down memory lane to helping my grandfather, Floyd W. Anger, mayor of Lilydale from 1959 to 1970, move his essentials to higher ground every year that Lilydale’s lowlands flooded...
The Date With Danny Kress

The Date With Danny Kress

Remember that date? You know—the one when you were a teen and had so much fun you’ll never forget it? At eighteen, a cute blond co-worker, Sue Larson, caught Danny Kress’ eye. He asked her for a date. “Wear running shoes,” he told her. He...
Fiction: The Last Child to Sleep in Saint Paul

Fiction: The Last Child to Sleep in Saint Paul

It’s 8 p.m. at City Hall and the lights in the mayor’s office are still on. He sets down the stack of reports he’s been reading, glances at the clock in his office, and reaches for his briefcase and keys. It’s time to make the rounds. He flips...