Following Minnesota Commercial from White Bear Lake to Hugo

This is video from three separate runs of Minnesota Commercial along the Hugo line in June of 2010. This particular portion of the line starts at M&D Junction just south of Hwy 96 and Hwy 61 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. It then goes as far north as Hugo where it serves a construction company […]

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Ghost Tracks in White Bear

On an outing this summer trying to capture pictures of the old White Bear Boat Works (Johnson Boat Works) I came across a startling discovery: Ghost Tracks. While exploring the pedestrian path that crosses the ex-Northern Pacific Skally Line (now run by Minnesota Commercial Railroad) I noticed the path didn’t cross just one, but two […]

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June flowers along the Skally

According to the Hesperis matronalis (Dame’s Rocket) entry on Minnesota Wildflowers, this flower blooms in late spring and are short lived. Driving past today I noticed the blooms were all gone and the area now looks very green and boring.

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Friendly Message from the North

“Census/Count Yourself In!/May 15” and “Recensement/Soyez du nombre!/le 15 mai” emblazoned on the side of a train hopper was enough to entice me into making a stop on my way to work Wednesday. The U.S. is gearing up for the 2010 Census, and I had assumed this train car, perfectly positioned so traffic on both […]

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Sharing the road

Typically, while my wife is away for an evening, my son will request that we “watch trains.” We have two ways of doing this, pulling out documentary VHS tapes highlighting the glory days of steam or trans-continental train rides, or going to YouTube. Last night he wanted YouTube–to which I happily agreed–and the first video […]

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Photosynth Part I: A free and easy way to stitch your photos together (In 3D)

One thing I’ve learned about my many experiences at the Minnesota State Fair is that people love the word “free”. I’ve been on both ends, receiving rulers, pens, pencils, and other products emblazoned with the logo of a company I will never contact, and (for five years) handing out those famous University of St. Thomas Purple […]

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St. Paul and Duluth Skally Line

Originally built by the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad to connect its namesake cities of St. Paul and Duluth, Minnesota, the Skally Line defined the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad as it was their only main track. The main line ran north and south through towns like St. Paul, present day Maplewood, White Bear Lake, Hugo, […]

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