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Doug Gray

Bloomington, MN
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Posted on 02/27/14 at 11:06 am in response to Gosh: What would Dr. and Mrs. Kennicott of Gopher Prairie have to say?

If our modern Dr. and Mrs. Kenicott would postpone their visit until the Green Line opens, they might find their oysters on the half shell and other delicacies to help them find that "bridge among colored stars" at the St. Paul Grill. As for the "restaurant frequented by clerks and their sweethearts on pay-days," while they're on Lake St. why not somewhere in or near the Midtown Market, since the exotic flavor of the city has shifted toward Latin America since Lewis wrote?

Personally...

Posted on 02/03/14 at 12:17 pm in response to The Minnesota judgment hammer

I went to school in upstate New York, where the prevailing theory was that nothing actually existed west of, say, Ohio and that "people from Minnesota" were in reality part of a covert operation to force Eastern schoolchildren to learn pointless geography. Later I met several Minnesotans in the U.S. Foreign Service and overseas; our idea was that Minnesotans either joined the Foreign Service or the Foreign Legion in order to escape ice dams and such.

Posted on 01/27/14 at 11:14 am in response to Who the heck elected these people?

...is the political theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it. Good and hard." -- H.L. Mencken

Throw in a second viola to be named later and I think we have a deal. Seriously, I think Maestro Vanska will be too expensive for this MO Board regardless of who else stays or goes.

One thing Rep. Erhardt used to do, even back when he was a Republican, was to show up on every voters' doorstep at least once every two years, usually unshaven and looking like he had slept in his clothes, to say who he was and what he was running for. That kind of personal touch can go a long way.

Posted on 11/21/13 at 11:26 am in response to Zapata, mosaic part of Lake Street's self-transformation

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Posted on 10/29/13 at 10:13 am in response to St. Paul seeks to reopen the Palace; a guide to Halloween fun

Full disclosure: I lived in the former St. Francis Hotel, where the disused Palace is, from 1997 to 1999. It's not the glass-and-steel canyons of downtown Minneapolis; the trendy, hip, quasi-urban vibe of Uptown, Loring Park or Eat Street; or any suburban faux-urban Potemkin village. It does have historical and modern architecture on a human scale and an active nightlife for those who make the minimal effort needed to find it, including some of the best theater, jazz and dining (Kincaid's,...

Posted on 10/29/13 at 01:51 pm in response to St. Paul seeks to reopen the Palace; a guide to Halloween fun

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After moving to Virginia in 1980 we went through three state legislative elections in three years over just such a multimember scheme. The upshot was very, very few minorities represented in the General Assembly.

Last March Thomas F. Schaller commented on just this idea at...