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    Sidewalk Serenades

    by goodfish Updated Aug 6, 2014

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    On the streets, in the parks, and even sometimes in the skyways, you’ll find enterprising buskers trying to make a few extra bucks. Some of them are well worth the spare change for a look or a listen, and some of the rest could use some practice...and that’s putting it kindly. As near as I can tell, you don’t need a permit to sing, mime, make balloon animals or whatever else you do to make the rent but you can’t do it on private property, amplify beyond “taking level" or have a sign asking for funds. It’s also a good idea to keep your distance from restaurant terraces, especially if you have more temerity than talent.

    Busking may not be allowed in some of the suburbs, or not without a permit so check with the local authorities before setting up shop.

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    USS Minneapolis

    by grayfo Written Oct 14, 2012

    (CA-36) – New Orleans class Heavy Cruiser

    The USS Minneapolis (CA-36) was built for the United States Navy before the outbreak of World War II, the second ship named for Minneapolis, Minnesota. The ship was laid down on 27 June 1931 by Philadelphia Navy Yard and launched on 6 September 1933. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941, the Minneapolis was at sea for gunnery practice about 20 miles away. The Minneapolis received 17 battle stars for World War II service, placing her among the highest decorated US ships of the Second World War. The ship was placed out of commission on 10 February 1947 and sold for scrapping on 14 August 1959.

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    Vera's Garden

    by yooperprof Written Jun 4, 2007

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    Vera's Garden is a community-space maintained in association with Vera's cafe, right next door. It's located on the embankment overlooking one of Minneapolis's rail-trails, on a former Soo line railway bed. Since 2002, volunteers have spent hundreds of hours annually turning this slope into a beautiful urban garden.

    At Lyndale and 29th.

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    Arts abound

    by acemj Written Jun 4, 2005

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    Minneapolis has a terrific arts scene. There are more theaters per capita here than in any other U.S. city outside of Manhattan. You'll also find a number of great music venues and art galleries. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Weisman Art Museum and the Walker Art Center are all excellent places to spend a cold, snowy day enjoying some art.

    The newly renovated Walker Art Center

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    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 25, 2005

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    The famous statue of Mary Tyler Moore in her signature toss of her hat at the beginning of her long-running TV show. You will find this statue downtown right on Nicolett Mall in front of Marshall Fields store.

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    tipping at restaurants and anywhere else

    by Faracy Written Aug 5, 2004

    We tip, but we are not huge tippers... It is definantly customary to leave a 10 - 15 percent tip for your server at a restaurant, but very rarely more.. and often less.
    Realize that your friendly server is probably making less than 5.00 dollars an hour wage, and needs this money to live. Yes, there are some very rich servers, but this is only because people loosen up a little with their cash at some places more than others... probably the ones most VTers will not be dining in because they are too expensive.
    For those from non-tipping societies.. America is a service society.. you get the service you pay for.. which is good and bad.
    You will be considered rude if you don´t tip at at least sit down restaurants. you have to alot money for it.

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    Trading Commodities at the Grain Exchange

    by zrim Written May 3, 2004

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    Minneapolis is historically a mill town. To this day huge grain elevators are part of the urban landscape. One interesting byproduct of the business of agriculture is futures. Each business day, futures traders come to the floor of the grain exchange to speculate on August soybeans and November wheat. It is a serious game. Some traders amass fortunes and others fare not so well. Whether any of this helps the small independent farmer is a uncertain. However, any time there are commodities that are uncertain due to weather and other intangibles, then the gamblers of society will congregate to place their wagers. They do it under the guise of business--but how is it different than Vegas?

    the old commodities board

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    Not really a cultural tip, but...

    by acemj Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Not really a cultural tip, but . . .
    Minneapolis has a thriving business climate. It is the home of many large corporations. You all know Pillsbury, right?

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