St. Paul to Fargo, North Dakota

After spending several days in Madison I made my way to Bismark, North Dakota. The trip would have been a 10 hour drive, had I not stopped at St. Paul, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota along the way.

St. Paul is a large, intriguing metropolis. I was not in town long enough to do very much exploring. However, I was lucky enough to run into the executive of a St. Paul non-profit that is working with Mung children and other minorities, advancing a CSA program similar to City Fresh. They too are receiving funding from USDA grants.

St. Paul-Minneapolis is something of a cross between Cleveland and Chicago. I suspect that the shear density of this city with respect to an otherwise rural, sparsely populated country side accounts for the aggregation of cultural and political differentiation from the confused-sinking-rust bucket of Cleveland.

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  • St. Paul and Minneapolis from an Indian Burial site within the city.
  • The Mighty Mississippi
  • Respect: I would not understand the irony of this type of "enshriment" of the enshrined until witnessing the plight of the remaining Native Americans living in the west. From the burial place, one obtains a prime vantage point on the city of St. Paul and the mighty Mississippi. Technology seperates the modern from indigenous. It's a matter of more sophisticated methods of conquest, less differing levels of humanity and benevolence.
  • This was perhpas the most magnificant building experienced on my trip. Yet, I took only a few pictures from a distance. I did take extensive video. I imaged the power that such a sanctuary both symbolized and attacted.
  • At the begining of my trip, time seemed stacked against me. After stopping in St. Paul for only a few hours, I got back on the road, heading for Fargo, ND. On the way, I passed the last few miles of rollin, wooded hills and picturesque formations.
  • To Mike
  • And until Montana, only rolling hills, as far as the eye can see.
  • I was stunned to find driving restrictions much more liberal in Minnesota.
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