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Entrepreneurship


When a few twentysomething lumbermen from Maine realized that they could use Saint Anthony Falls to power sawmills, Minneapolis was born--born, basically, on an entrepreneurial impulse. A young freight forwarder in Saint Paul came up with a better way to get cargo from steamboats into warehouses, then onto trains, and in a few years James J. Hill was building one of the great railroad empires. Bright ideas have continued turning into big enterprises here, from Cray Research and Medtronic to Geek Squad and beyond.

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St. Anthony Park Community Garden

Flower Plots and Food Forests: Community Gardens as Living Examples of Neighborhood Commitment

The Bancroft Meridian Garden, founded in 1996 on a lot along 38th Street in South Minneapolis, began as a flower garden. But communities change. So do their gardens. Now it's a food forest for the neighborhood.

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A Dingy Foursquare in St. Paul Finds New Life as a Modern Urban Farmhouse

Designer David Strand looked beyond the brown asphalt shingles on a drab St. Paul foursquare and found an urban farmhouse ready for a light and airy modernization.      

The Floating Library

July Arts and Culture: Floating, Reading, Feasting and Exploration

Farm-fresh produce, handmade books on a floating library, historic walking tours along the Green Line and feasting locally are our top picks for July arts and culture in MSP.   

Max Boeke (left) & Jordan Standish from Clutch

Microbrewing's Breakneck Growth Continues: 7 of the Coolest New Craft-Beer Concepts in MSP

You don’t need a stats pack to accept the obvious: craft beer is big business in The North, particularly in MSP’s hottest neighborhoods. Here are seven new craft-beer concepts coming soon.

Jewelry metalsmither Susan Elnora

Forging an Arts Tradition: Metalsmithing in MSP

MSP boasts a cultural milieu in which diverse art forms, architecture and design take root and flourish. Metalsmithing, which includes jewelry design, is an integral part of the culture.
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Tech Companies from Scratch

VideoLine: The first Twin Cities Startup Weekend--tech companies from scratch in three days

Between 7 PM Friday, September 17, and the wee hours of Sunday the 19th, ninety-plus young  entrepreneurs gathered in Saint Paul's CoCo coworking space for the first Twin Cities Startup Weekend, a convivial but very focused tech-a-thon whose goal was to pitch, work on, and demonstrate a tech startup in just three days. It was the first Twin Cities outing for an event that has been happening globally since 2007 in more than 100 cities ranging from London and Lisbon to Tokyo, Tel Aviv, and Topeka.

Ying Xiong, General Manager Hmongtown Market

VideoLine: A Place Like Home--Saint Paul's Hmongtown Marketplace

The Hmongtown Marketplace, on Como Avenue near Rice Street, is the place to find story cloths, Hmong women's headgear, Laotian fashions, videos of water buffalo fights, Thai movies, silver jewelry, slabs of delicious Hmong barbecue, cold pumpkin soup, medicinal plants in pots, counter after counter of the most beautiful produce anywhere in Minnesota...and unfathomably much more. One of the men who knows this ten-acre mini-Asia best is its general manager, Ying Xiong, and he's our guide into the reality and the dream that the Marketplace represents.
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