Events and Announcements

Events and announcements that are of particular interest to families with small children and rail, brewery, and history buffs. Events are typically those focusing on the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Metro area and, on occasion, Omaha, Nebraska.

Holiday Trains are Coming!

Steam engine ornament

In many regions railroads, museums, and excursion lines are planning holiday trips and specials. Be sure to check out what’s happening in your local area and give your support!


The Great Train Migration

At the end of the season the Minnesota Transportation Museum moves its Osceola and Saint Croix passenger train from Oceola, Wisconsin to its shops at the Jackson Street Roundhouse in Saint Paul, Minnesota for winter maintenance and storage. Today as they migrated the cars (a passenger fleet of about 6 cars and three engines) they […]


Tweets from home, an August visit to Fremont

505 Building

In August 2011, my boyhood home was sold and I wanted to record my memories and Fremont history during a “last visit.” I planned to live tweet as I went around, but unfortunately my phone’s data plan not work. Instead I saved the tweets and sent them out once I hit an area that provided […]


Expect live tweets as I tour my boyhood town

I can honestly say I ate at a Woolworth's lunch counter as a kid when it occupied this location in the 1980s

Beginning Wednesday, August 31, 2011, I will be live tweeting over on @k0rrx as I tour my old stomping grounds. It is an emotional occasion for me as my boyhood home has been sold, closing a chapter of my life. Though I will revisit the area as I still have family there, this will be […]


History and Nostalgia at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

The Minnesota State Fair starts today and besides sampling as much food as my body can take, I always try to make it to Heritage Square to see the museum, and Machinery Hill to watch, listen, and smell the old tractors. Heritage Square is a must see as it has railroad cars, signals, old buildings […]


Carpenter’s Steakhouse gone sooner than expected

Carpenter’s was located at 14559 Forest Boulevard North in downtown Hugo, Minnesota bordering Egg Lake and across from where the Hugo Depot once stood. It consisted of two sections, a main section built in 1891, and a dance hall was added in 1902. Joseph Carpenter founded a general store in the Village of Hugo in […]