MAREN COOPER: Signs copies of her new novel “A Better Next.” 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30; Lake Country Booksellers, 4766 Washington Square, White Bear Lake. DEBORAH BAKER: Reads from the paperback edition of “The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire,” about the last two decades of the British empire in India, with a cast that includes Indian and English writers and artists, historical figures such as Winston Churchill and Gandhi, explorers, rogues and police informers. 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29; SubText Books, 6 W. Fifth St., St. Paul. … [Read more...] about Literary calendar: Week of Aug. 25
Does Fort Snelling really need a new name? Last week, the Minnesota Historical Society announced it is taking public testimony on the name of Historic Fort Snelling. They ask, “Does the current name adequately reflect the stories of the many different people who have crossed paths there? Please note that the name of the actual fort structure will remain Fort Snelling.” Very few names of places “adequately reflect the stories of the many different people who have crossed paths here,” nor should they. The fundamental point the Historical Society is missing here is that names simply do not and can not reflect the many different people who have lived in a given place. After all, how descriptive is the name “St. Paul” in that regard? Does it reflect, among other peoples, the Dakota, Irish, Scandinavians, Africans, Hmong, etc.? Of course not. That is not the purpose of a name. It is simply to identify a given place, and when one asks, what is the name of … [Read more...] about Letters: Does Fort Snelling really need a new name?
The girl with the ponytail, no more than 5, pressed her face against the glass window next to the door leading to the Church of St. Matthew social hall cafeteria on St. Paul’s West Side. She was replaced moments later by a shorts-wearing tyke without a shirt. He did the same, darted out, replaced again by his pony-tailed sibling. The clock hit 5 p.m. and the site coordinator, who asked not to be identified, opened the door to the two anxious kids and a waiting crowd of men, women and families. A free dinner was being served, partly financed by a federally funded summer program that provides nutritious meals to kids and teens from low-income areas when school is out. “Is there a need? You can see it right here,” said “Angel,” the site coordinator for Loaves and Fishes Minnesota, a state-sanctioned program sponsor at the social hall and 30 other year-round locations across the state. He nodded to the families waiting in line or scattered across the … [Read more...] about Rosario: Food insecurity is not what I first thought it was
When you’ve solved our clue, submit a selfie with the landmark or task and the hashtag #StateFairHunt on Twitter or Instagram or enter using this form. A new clue will be released each day at 6 a.m. at TwinCities.com/Minnesota-State-Fair-Hunt and in the print edition. After the Fair, every entry will be entered into a grand-prize drawing for $1,000. … [Read more...] about 2019 Minnesota State Fair Treasure Hunt: Day 4 Clue
Check out the Twin Cities’ style and shopping events the next two weeks and enjoy the rest of the summer. Festival Shopping We all know the State Fair’s iconic giant slide, Miracle of Life barn, and line-up of new foods … but save some money for the shopping. The International Bazaar is always a favorite, but in the midst of all the activities at spots like the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum, Grandstand, and Creative Activities Annex are endless shops. Swing by other areas like the West End Market, North End (which highlights Minnesota-based specialty merchants), and Merchandise Mart. As for the other festival going on right now—the Renaissance Festival—while it has more specialized shopping, there’s definitely shopping to be had for jewelry, costume/period clothing, ceramics, leatherwork, and more. Through Labor Day @ State Fair Grounds, St. Paul, mnstatefair.org; through Sept. 29 @ 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee, renaissancefest.com. End of Summer … [Read more...] about Style + Shopping Aug. 27-Sept. 9 || Minnesota State Fair