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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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Hmong American Farmers Association Cultivates Profits, Productivity, Community

Since they began farming in Vermillion Township in 2014, HAFA's members have introduced Minnesotan palates to new flavors, seen production and profits increase exponentially, and cultivated a greater sense of community.

Mayor Chris Coleman (center) w Solomon Parham (left) and Spencer Christensen (right)

Sounds True: St. Paul Celebrates All Genres During Year of Music

In declaring 2016 the Year of Music, the City of St. Paul showcases all of the music genres, schools, initiatives and venues thriving throughout the city as economic drivers and cultural amenities.

MSP Maker Faire

May Arts and Culture: MSP Makers

Makers—the artists, entrepreneurs, innovators (aren’t they all the same?) who brighten lives with their joy of creativity and aesthetic panache—highlight May’s selections. Art-A-Whirl, of course. But the MSP Maker Faire is big news, too.  

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Why St. Paul's Historic Heart is Home Base to These Four Businesses

Lowertown boasts a growing roster of relocated and expanded businesses—some from the suburbs, others spun out of Lowertown’s COCO, and some born and bred in the district’s office lofts and storefronts.  

Attendees at the American Craft Council Show

April Arts and Culture: Transformations

This month we include the nationally recognized American Crafts Council Show, a bonanza of handcrafted items; a tour of a transformed warehouse in the North Loop; an all-women record release and cultural revision; and a good way to celebrate Earth Month.
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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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