They Build Ice Palaces There!

They Build Ice Palaces There!

When I was eight years old and living in Pennsylvania, my father took a new job in Minnesota at the Saint Paul Foundry. He and my mother had immigrated to America from Scotland and always spoke lovingly of their hometown of Edinburgh, but work opportunities were...
This One Is Not Hers: 1989 Golden 240 Volvo Station Wagon

This One Is Not Hers: 1989 Golden 240 Volvo Station Wagon

I see the car. I know it is not hers. I know, because she has been gone for years—at least gone from my world. This car—it is the same color, the same make, maybe even the same year. The Volvo station wagon: the classic 240 that I helped her find and buy. Golden. Like...
Linwood

Linwood

The railroad caboose was our warming house. Pete didn’t open it until ten, but that didn’t stop us. With our blades and sticks over our shoulders, ear bras on our heads, choppers on our hands, we would change in the snow banks and the Stanley Cup finals began. Before...
Workin’ on the Railroad— Dale Street Shops

Workin’ on the Railroad— Dale Street Shops

Driving through the intersection of Dale Street and Minnehaha Avenue, in the Frogtown district, you couldn’t help being impressed by the massive yellow-ochre brick building with the exceptionally tall glass block windows. The three-story monolith housed the diesel...