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Karen R. Nelson

Karen R. Nelson is a Minneapolis arts maven, museum-goer, and performing arts aficionado who runs her own communications business focused on arts and culture. She has worked at Hennepin Avenue’s historic theaters and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lisa Hammer, left, sold Palmer’s Bar to Tony Zaccardi, right, in 2018

‘Sorry We’re Open’: Palmer’s Bar Is Still Standing

Prohibition, bootlegging, raids, two World Wars, the COVID-19 pandemic—this legendary dive on Minneapolis’ West Bank has seen it all