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Old Posted Jun 29, 2013, 4:22 AM
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St. Cloud, Minnesota (and a few of Albert Lea)

Ames, IA...getting warmed up
Mason City, IA - A little bit of FLR
Rochester, Minnesota - Home of the Mayo Clinic
Duluth, Minnesota - On Lake Superior's Western Edge
Superior, Wisconsin - Just Across the Bridge


As usual, I was on the move to get through as quick as I could. However, my reasons were different than usual. I spent
the morning taking pictures of the downtown area and the surrounding neighborhood, then spent a chunk of the afternoon
visiting a friend of mine who was staying at the VA hospital nearby.

St. Cloud is about 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis. The growing city has a population of around 66,000 people. St. Cloud State
University is a decent sized school, of around 17,000 students, that is just north of the downtown area, but due to time constraints,
I wasn't able to check it out.

Whenever I don't know where to begin, I usually try to find a parking garage. So that's where I start!!


SAM_0271 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0272 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0274 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

A nice shot of the courthouse


SAM_0273 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

Back on the ground


SAM_0275 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0276 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0277 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0278 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0279 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0280 by kcexpress69, on Flickr



Forgive me for even bringing this up... but do not..I repeat, DO NOT...post a picture thread while drinking your 5th beer and listening to Pink Floyd's Umma Gumma!! That is all!! Sorry for the interruption...



SAM_0281 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0282 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0283 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0284 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

A front view of the courthouse


SAM_0285 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

A shot of the government complex


SAM_0286 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0287 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0288 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0289 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0290 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

It was Sunday by the way, just in case anybody was wondering where all the people where...


SAM_0291 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0292 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0293 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0294 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0295 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0296 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0297 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

A downtown store..the two ladies walking thought it pretty humerous that I was out taking pictures of their downtown. I guess
I do need to get a life!!


SAM_0299 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0300 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0302 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

I really wish I would have gotten a better picture of the convention center. It's a really nice building.


SAM_0303 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0304 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0305 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0306 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0307 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0308 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0309 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0310 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

Well, I guess you can't get more original than that!!


SAM_0311 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0312 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0313 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0314 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

The Mississippi River Cuts right through St. Cloud


SAM_0315 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0317 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0318 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0319 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0320 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0321 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0322 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0323 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0324 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0325 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0326 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0327 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0328 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0329 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0330 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0331 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0332 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

Skinny tenets??


SAM_0333 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0334 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0335 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0337 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0339 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0338 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

Yes, I like ducks..in case you were wondering!!


SAM_0340 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0342 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0344 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0347 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0348 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0350 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

After visiting my friend and then visiting the IKEA store, I decided to head back home. It was starting to get dark, but I didn't feel
like paying to stay another night somewhere, so I drove back to Kansas City. However, I decided to make one last stop, and hit
Albert Lea to fill up and grab a bite to eat. It was getting dark and I didn't think my camera would take great pictures, but I gave it a
shot anyway. I managed to get a few in about 15 minutes, but it wasn't enough to get its own thread.

Albert Lea has about 18,000 people. Hopefully someone can come back here and shoot a better thread. It looked to be a decent town


SAM_0351 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0352 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0354 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0355 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0357 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0356 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0358 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0359 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0360 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0361 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0362 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0363 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0365 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

The courthouse, I believe. I had to take sever pictures. This was the best one I could come up with. It got dark fast.


SAM_0368 by kcexpress69, on Flickr


SAM_0369 by kcexpress69, on Flickr

And that ended my trip!! I hope you enjoyed!!
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Old Posted Jun 29, 2013, 4:33 AM
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A pair of very interesting looking towns. Thanks for posting!
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Alber Lea is an interesting town...not picured there, but it is built around Fountain lake...and has parkways and public park land all around the lake, similar to Mpls.
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There is an Electric Fetus in Minneapolis too.

I came for the Albert Lea. Looks like a decent downtown.
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Old Posted Jul 2, 2013, 3:13 AM
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Nice pictures! That courthouse in St. Cloud is strange. From the parking garage, it looks like a new urbanist design that just isn't quite right. But from the ground, you can tell that it's older (built in 1921 according to the inscription) and it looks much better.
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St Cloud won't win many "most attractive city" awards, but they're really trying to energize their downtown. They've had a few successful renovations of older commercial buildings on St Germain (the main commercial street).
Your photo 0324 is of a new private dormitory for MSU-St Cloud students, with retail on the first floor. This is part of a larger planned development to connect the campus area to downtown (just south of the Electric Fetus music/accessories store).
They also have an actual department store in their downtown: Herberger's (it helps that this is also the HQ for Herbergers (unless they've been bought out by someone else)).

Thanks for the tour!
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Old Posted Jul 4, 2013, 4:06 AM
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There is an Electric Fetus in Minneapolis too.

I came for the Albert Lea. Looks like a decent downtown.
I really wished I could have gotten there sooner, or I would have been able to get a little more, plus the lake. Oh well, hopefully someone can come in and do a little more.

Thanks for the comments so far!!
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It looks so Minnesota. There are several buildings that I could've guessed the state without seeing the thread title.

Very nice. Reminds me of Massachusetts. Minnesota is one of my favorite states. Very classy.
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