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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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Four Craft Coffee Roasters Building Buzz in MSP

Who are the local players behind MSP’s craft coffee scene? These four local roasters are undeniably at the movement’s fore, sparking a revolution in how we talk about roasting and experience tasting.  

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So Artists Can Celebrate Themselves: Artspace's Remarkable Work with Cultural Communities

Artspace enjoys a long history of working with culturally distinct groups in the development of affordable artist live/work housing and community spaces. From El Barrio in NY to Honolulu, HI, these projects allow artists to celebrate themselves.

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August Arts: A Few of Our Favorite Things

Not-to-miss Fringe shows, a neighborhood happy hour, beer and bikes…a few of our favorite things for August arts and culture.    

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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.      
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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.

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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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