Let’s say you’re a writer, working a novel set in Minneapolis. Your protagonist arrives home after a long day of doing whatever it is your protagonist does all day. To this point, you’ve been very specific with local landmarks and a general feeling of the city — your protagonist rides the 21A, eats breakfast at the Grand Cafe, and meets his or her attorney in an office on the 12th floor of the Rand Tower. All good so far. You’ve set the scene very effectively. People are going to say, “This is a great Minneapolis novel" after they read it. However, the time has now come for you to insert a specific street address into the text. You like specifics, and you need a real-sounding mailing address for, say, a situation where the protagonist receives a mysterious letter. How will you accomplish this? Here you have a problem. You only have two options, neither one very good
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posted by cthuljew
on Jul 31, 2013 -
In 1962, fifty years ago this month, striking union printers shut down four New York City newspapers in resistance to computerized, automated technologies that were being introduced in newsrooms across the country. Five other area papers shut down voluntarily. The strike lasted 114 days and sounded the death knell for four newspapers. For a brief period, New York was a laboratory that demonstrated what can happen when newspapers vanish. Today, new technology is again shaking American newspapers as the Internet drains away more and more advertising revenue. Is this The Long Good Bye? [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Nov 30, 2012 -
.. is a trippy 1983 journey from one part of Minneapolis to another. It begins with a guy who can hardly move. He slowly gains stuttered motion and utters basic letter sounds, then begins a real and imaginary walk. His journey is from his view - floating. At the end of this walk, he meets a friend. Walk's film surface is hand worked and street noise is composed as music-concrete. 16mm B/W
posted by louche mustachio
on Jan 7, 2012 -
As a historical document the book is exhaustive and valuable. But I did not come away feeling that I knew or understood Hüsker Dü — the musicians themselves, their music, or any of the people around them — any more intimately than I already did. Earles’ writing is at once densely opinionated and emotionless. He expertly follows the chronology of the band’s tours and releases, but he never makes it understandable why some of us look back on this band so reverently, or why it would be worth somebody’s time to discover Hüsker Dü today. (previously)
posted by Trurl
on Dec 3, 2011 -
In November of 2009, the IWW set up shop in Minneapolis
. Similar to their Starbucks campaign
, organizers set up the Jimmy John's Workers Union
, and began attempting to unionize the employees of local franchises of the sandwich chain, "seeking a pay increase to above minimum wage, consistent scheduling and minimum shift lengths, regularly scheduled breaks, sick days, no-nonsense workers compensation for job-related injuries, an end to sexual harassment at work, and basic fairness on the job."
. When local franchise owners MikLin Enterprises refused to meet with employees, union organizers scheduled a National Labor Relations Board election
. As allegations of dirty tricks
came out, the union lost in a stunningly close vote
. The IWW pressed the NLRB to look into the alleged misconduct, and they did.
The earlier vote has been nullified as a part of a settlement between MikLin and the NLRB
. The union is resuming its push for official recognition.
posted by Subcommandante Cheese
on Jan 11, 2011 -
There is Housing Works
in NYC, which raises money for community based AIDS/HIV treatment and housing for the homeless. Here in Chicago we have Open Books
, who uses the money raised from selling donated books to run literacy programs and tutoring programs for children.
Now Minneapolis is getting Boneshaker Books
; an all volunteer run radical bookstore that will house the Women's Prison Book Project
and offer bike book delivery.
posted by bibliogrrl
on Jan 11, 2011 -
Since at least February, the St, Paul police and the FBI have been trying to infiltrate protest
groups planning to demonstrate and the RNC. Apparently they were successful because they have begun arresting
protestors before the convention actually starts. They even went after the press. I have to wonder if any MeFites
posted by Xurando
on Aug 30, 2008 -
Something to Hüsker
: Bob Mould
, Grant Hart
and Greg Norton
live with Joan Rivers
on the Late Show. Also live versions of the Byrds' Eight Miles High
, The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill/I Apologize
, Pink Turns to Blue
, Every Everything, Makes no Sense at All, Ticket to Ride
, New Day Rising
, These Important Years, Every Everytime
, and a video for Don't Want to Know if You Are Lonely
posted by psmealey
on Sep 21, 2007 -
Deliberately turning her camera from the wreckage, That Red Girl
gives us a look at what's going on
in her now quarantined life mere blocks from the recent
Minneapolitan bridge collapse
"Several neighbors and I stood in our driveway late into the night debriefing the day. We now live in lockdown. Police must escort us around. We must meet any guests at the corner, they cannot approach the building alone. Residents are told to ask people they do not recognize to show their keys and prove themselves. We joke about seeing everyone’s “FOBs” to those we know well. The dogs are all leashed, tying themselves together as they try to play like normal. It’s frustrating to everyone that we can’t run around as normal. The word “quarantine” is tossed around. People are nervous. One of the residents hasn’t been seen since Wednesday morning. She may be on vacation… no one knows. We see one of the neighbors being interviewed on the corner and a few young girls trying to flirt with the police to gain entrance to our complex. The dogs continued to wrestle and we continued to talk."
posted by taursir
on Aug 3, 2007 -
Better known for their modernist take on contemporary furniture design, Minneapolis furniture studio Blu Dot has just introduced a series of film shorts entitled Blu Dot Shorts.
Their first short film, Seven Twenty
(embedded Quicktime warning), was directed by Christopher Arcella
(Flash warning). While is is not earth shattering conceptually, it is a jaunty and fun little piece of cinema.
posted by ScottUltra
on Apr 6, 2005 -
Southeast Asian refugees,
like other immigrant populations, have had a mix of experiences and successes since they began arriving in the U.S. in the 1970s. Among the refugees, two groups, the Mien
and the Hmong
, tribes who populate the mountains of Laos and Thailand
, fled when the Communists took over. Today, some
Mien, also known to some Asians as the Yao, continue to live in China, where they are a recognized minority group
and elsewhere. Large numbers of the
have settled in Portland, Ore., and California, and appear to be doing pretty well. The Hmong
settled primarily in Minneapolis and St. Paul because their military leader, Gen. Vang Pao
settled there. You may have read about the
Hmong man who killed six white hunters
, claiming racial animosity, but before that occurred, the Hmong themselves have experienced one tragedy
posted by etaoin
on Mar 29, 2005 -
is a concept that died in Minneapolis years ago. It never had a chance to take off before being assimilated by the RadioBorg -- the idea that you play good songs, regardless of whether or not they fit under some canned "format." The Suburbs. The Beatles. G-Love and Special Sauce. X. Tori Amos. Adam and the Ants. Loretta Lynn. Trip Shakespeare.Their playlist
definitely leans more toward the "alternative" side of the dial than anything else, but now, thanks to Minnesota Public Radio's brand-new station
, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the musical variety. Submit a request online
. Not fortunate enough to live in Minnesota? You can still listen along to commercial-free radio a couple of different formats
. Viva la revolution!
posted by RKB
on Jan 28, 2005 -
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune
Some twin cities churches are holding services in novel places. Like Champps sports bar.
Lisa Walker attends Wooddale and likes the idea of Champps. "It's something new and fun," she said as she sat at a table with a friend before services Sunday. They said they were planning to stay for brunch. "It's friends, food, fun and faith, all in one," Walker, of Richfield, said. Her friend, who does not normally attend church and was hesitant to give her name, said she would attend Wooddale but liked the informal setting.
Don't forget alcohol and heavy food, Ms. Walker.
posted by 4midori
on Jan 18, 2003 -
"It was amazing,"
says 101, "we went to club after club. We never paid a cover, we never paid for drinks. We were escorted to the VIP tables. In Minneapolis the Geek Squad has been around for 10 years -- they're treated like rock stars. I mean, when has a computer tech ever been treated like a rock star?"
"The Geek Squad
offers a flat-rate service. You call them with a problem; they quote you a price; they fix the problem. No matter what. No matter how long it takes. And, each agent guarantees his work -- forever."
posted by bingo
on Aug 25, 2002 -
is a site where you can scope out the possible nastiness of a bathroom before you need to go use it. Most of the rated bathrooms seem to be centered around the Minneapolis, MN area. You can even send a restroom e-card
to your friends (or enemies).
posted by manero
on Dec 24, 2001 -
Minneapolis declared a snow emergency this morning. That means parking will be banned on all parkways tomorrow. What's a parkway? The city has a simple answer
So, the question is, how does your
city torment you
posted by mrbula
on Nov 27, 2001 -