Posted by: interestingminnesota | September 17, 2013

River Raft Ride

The River Raft Ride is an attraction at the Minnesota State Fair, which recently ended. On this ride, you enter a round boat and travel around a river, exiting where you enter.  The river has rapids that splash you as you ride and a geyser that sprays you before the ride is over.  This attraction has a special place in my heart, because I have worked there for more than 12 years.

Fair  173Every year, thousands of sweaty, tired people walking around the fair come to the ride to cool down or just to have some fun.  Some even come multiple times a year and multiple times a day.  One of my favorite sights every year is our regular Jarek Belle-Isle and his mother Tamara.  Jarek has cerebral palsy, and can’t ride many of the rides at the state fair but made the River Raft Ride his favorite and rides it as many times as he can every year.

Fair  178Jarek and his mother are considered friends of the family at the River Raft Ride and bring us treats every year. This year CBS did a story on them.


Posted by: interestingminnesota | August 5, 2013

First Avenue revisited

I know I’ve posted about this before, but I have a very large love for music and a long history with First Avenue and the 7th Street Entry, as I am sure many Minnesotans do. In its 43 years as a venue, First Avenue has been through a lot of changes, getting a new room upstairs which was converted from a closet, adding a restaurant  next to the entry, not to mention the remodels and changes to the sound system. One of the most obvious to people who haven’t been past the club in a while is the stars. At one time these were all at different angles with the writing mimicking that of the bands the represented. One place you can see what they used to look like is under the awning to the 7th Street Entry.


There was a recent article on a blog by the current that that has some interesting facts about the club that you might not know.  All in all, I am glad to have the opportunity to be a part of this awesome and historic club and can’t wait to see what the future brings.

Posted by: interestingminnesota | October 12, 2011

First Avenue and 7th Street Entry

First Avenue and 7th Street Entry is, in my opinion, the best venue in Minneapolis. City Pages has labeled it the #1 club in Minneapolis for the last 5 years, at least. I have been to countless shows at this venue all of which were amazing. If you’re questioning going to the club, take a look at the Calendar and some of the photos and videos.  It was recently brought to my attention that First Ave began booking bands for a festival that will take place in Minneapolis’ Parade Park. Read the original article here.


More to come from First Ave soon; photos, videos and memorable characters.

Posted by: interestingminnesota | April 18, 2011

MWMF Day 2

More photos from the Mid West Music Festival.

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Posted by: interestingminnesota | April 16, 2011

Mid West Music Fest in Winona, Minn.

I haven’t posted in a while because I have been busy trying to find a job. But I’ve been at the Mid West Music Fest this weekend in Winona, Minn. and have been taking photos all yesterday and will be again today. So I thought I would share.

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Posted by: interestingminnesota | March 1, 2011

Lake Calhoun Snowkiting

This interesting find came by accident when I was job searching in and around the Minneapolis area.  I got a little lost, went too far past Lake Calhoun and had to drive around it a little to find my way back.  As I drove, I notice a kite stuck in a tree on the edge of the lake. This sparked my curiosity and I kept watching the lake.  As I went further I noticed people engaged in an activity that I wasn’t aware existed,  Snowkiting.

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Posted by: interestingminnesota | February 24, 2011

The Dubliner, St. Paul, Minn.

I have recently had a friend on the verge of leaving the country, which has made me want to sped time with her before she goes. To do this usually means going some place Irish and listening to Irish folk music, which I love, so in this post I am bringing you an Irish Pub that I have become familiar with in the last few months. The Dubliner in St. Paul, Minn., is a nice little pub on the corner of Vandalia and University that is host to a variety of Irish entertainment including dance instruction, Irish folk music, dancers and bag piping.

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Posted by: interestingminnesota | February 22, 2011

NIKE Missile Sites: First post

I was searching the internet for interesting places in Minnesota that were a little more off the map.  I came across something I remembered from my past, decommissioned missile silos around the Twin Cities.  I recall being a child and driving through St. Bonifacius, Minn. I saw a fenced off area with odd yellow buildings and wondered what it was. My father then told me about the missile silos that had been there from the 50’s and from then on my interest was sparked.  My plan was then to wait until there wasn’t over a foot of snow on the ground so I could get into some of these places and explore a little. Searching the internet I found quite a bit of information out about the silos located within 30 miles in each direction of MSP. I found that most of the sites are now privately owned and most likely developed over, but I am still determined to find out for myself.

A few days back, I was helping a good friend move not thinking about this blog or photography, just trying to get through the day and where do we take her things for storage?

One of the NIKE sites built to protect the Twin Cities from Nuclear attack. Now, I didn’t have my camera (again not expecting anything but moving) and I didn’t have much time to sneak around, but this serves as a nice sneak peak to what will be coming from the NIKE sites I search in the future. Read More…

Posted by: interestingminnesota | February 1, 2011

Strangest bar game I’ve seen.

I know I haven’t posted for a while here folks, but I am now a college graduate, unemployed for a bit, and have a lot more time to work on this. Now this was not my intended first post for my return, but I found it too interesting to pass up.  I attended a bar with my friends over the weekend and they had a certain game that caught my attention. I had been stumbling a few days before going out, and came across a website called the top 10 most interesting vending machines in the world, and one was the lobster claw game.

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Posted by: interestingminnesota | March 19, 2010

Hindu Temple of Minnesota

Over spring break, I finally accomplished the main reason for starting this blog.  The Hindu Temple of Minnesota, one of the largest Hindu Temples in the nation.  I drove around for about an hour looking for this thing and eventually found it in the middle of no where Maple Grove, But it was well worth it. Once I drove up to the temple I was mesmerized by the giant golden door and intricately carved peak in the center of the complex.

Part of the peak of the temple, this was one of the areas that was fully complete.

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