The Ultimate MN Bucket List
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44. Attend all 12 days of the Great Minnesota Get Together. • mnstatefair.org
45. Crowd surf at First Avenue with R.T. Rybak (see page 54). • first-avenue.com
46. Attend the St. Olaf Christmas Festival at the college in Northfield. • stolaf.edu/christmasfest
47. Have sex at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden—beware the surveillance cameras. • walkerart.org/garden
48. March in the May Day Parade (bonus points: wear a kale bikini). • hobt.org/mayday
49. Enter the crop-art competition at the Minnesota State Fair. • mnstatefair.org
50. Get a photo with Kim Lardashian and Kris Hamphries, the St. Paul Saints’ porcine mascots. • saintsbaseball.com
51. Get on the kiss cam at a Twins game. • minnesota.twins.mlb.com
52. Tour the exemplary Prairie School architecture of the Purcell-Cutts House in Minneapolis. • Open to the public the second weekend of every month, 2328 Lake Pl., Mpls., 612-870-3000
53. Instagram a Prince sighting.
54. Be an extra in a Coen brothers film.
55. Enter a show in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. • fringefestival.org
56. Dance the polka at New Ulm’s Oktoberfest. • newulmoktoberfest.com
57. Attend a powwow. One of the most scenic and historic events takes place beside Lake Superior in Grand Portage the second weekend in August. • drumhop.com/mnpowwow.php
58. Settle into a concert at the Minnesota Zoo as dusk falls. • mnzoo.org/musicinthezoo
59. Read all of Louise Erdrich’s novels.
60. Attend every county fair in Minnesota—in one summer.
61. Photograph the Gold Medal Flour sign from the Guthrie Theater’s “endless bridge” at sunset. • guthrietheater.org
62. Swing dance in St. Paul’s famous gangster haven, the Wabasha Street Caves. • wabashastreetcaves.com
63. Watch the parade of low-rider cars at the Cinco de Mayo festival in St. Paul. • cincodemayosaintpaul.com
64. Own a pair of Red Wing work boots (bonus points: actually use them to do the labor for which they were built). • redwingshoes.com
65. Have a suit made to order at St. Paul’s 90-year-old Heimie’s Haberdashery. • heimies.com
66. Get yourself some Ely-made mukluks, named after explorer Will Steger. Never be cold in winter again. • mukluks.com
67. Get a straight-razor shave from Mustache Mike at MidNorth Mercantile. • midnorthmercantile.us
68. Tour the revived Faribault Woolen Mill Company. Snuggle up with one of the Backseat Blankets they created from a Pierrepont Hicks design. • Mill tours can be scheduled for any Friday. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. faribaultmill.com; pierreponthicks.com
69. Wear Zubaz. In public. • zubaz.com
70. Master the art of layering, such that you can survive Minnesota’s infamous 50-degree temperature swings.
71. Slip into the soft suede (or deerskin) of Minnetonka Mocs. Celebrities will copy you. • minnetonkamoccasin.com
72. Outfit your shower with Aveda’s Rosemary Mint shampoo. • aveda.com
73. Get a haircut from Jon English. • jonenglishsalons.com
74. Commission Joy Teiken to make a one-of-a-kind dress, just for you. • joynoelle.com
76. Shop at the modern-day Dayton’s: Askov Finlayson. • askovfinlayson.com
77. Survive Black Friday at the Mall of America. • mallofamerica.com
WHAT IT’S LIKE: To be the butt of an Al Franken joke
By Eden Prairie orthopedic physician Robby Bershow
Shortly after Franken wrote Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot in ’96, my friends and I—all in the Democratic Elves student club at the Blake School—wanted to hear him speak at Macalester. One of us called Al’s mom, who finagled us in. Afterward, there was a Q&A session. Now, Al doesn’t talk a lot about Blake—he’s kind of guarded about his personal life—but someone asked him about going to Blake. So he says, “Well, in the 1950s, they started letting in Jews to raise the SAT scores.” And then, very quickly, he points to me and says, “Which is how you got in.” I felt extremely honored to be the butt of the joke. The next year, I was interviewing at Harvard and I happened to mention the book signing. Turns out the person I was interviewing with was Al’s roommate at Harvard and was actually at that book signing. He remembered me, so the joke probably helped me get into college.
Wing Young Huie’s MN Bucket List
1. Stand beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge in Canal Park in Duluth. At night. While it rises.
2. Eat a Spam sushi roll at the United Noodles deli in Minneapolis’s Seward neighborhood.
3. Compete in one of the public Ping-Pong games frequently held by community organizer Matt Barthelemy in parks, plazas, and the basement of his home in Minneapolis’s Whittier neighborhood.
4. Browse the photography section at Midway Used and Rare Bookstore in St. Paul.
5. Feast at the Hmongtown Marketplace food court in St. Paul. Afterward, watch Hmong videos (bullfighting!).
6. Learn a new stitch at the knitting mecca of StevenBe on Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis.
7. Stroll in a neighborhood you’ve avoided.
8. Order three coneys with everything and a pitcher of beer at the Gopher Bar in St. Paul.
Wing Young Huie is a Minneapolis photographer whose gallery, The Third Place, regularly hosts salons, performances, karaoke, darts, and, yes, Ping-Pong.