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What happened to Action Squad?

Well Max Action after all these years has posted an update!

Head over to the updates section of his website, http://www.actionsquad.org/updates.html , support.

Exciting developments!

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Gary, Indiana 2013

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Hamms Brewery

The brewery’s history is almost synonymous with that of St. Paul.

In 1865, German immigrant Theodore Hamm became the owner of a small brewery overlooking Swede Hollow when the previous owner defaulted. Hamm had no experience in the trade, but his brewery grew over the next 20 years to cover 4 acres.

The family business stayed there for another century, overseen by three generations of Hamms and eventually a lovable mascot, the Hamm’s Bear.

The company went through a series of sales before landing under the auspices of Stroh’s, its final owner. Over the course of 30 years, Hamm’s and a string of neighboring employers vacated the East Side, including Whirlpool in 1984 and 3M in the latter half of the last decade. Hamms stopped production at the end of 1997.

Now, Flat Earth Holdings, LLC, the company better known as the Flat Earth Brewing Co., has signed a licensing agreement with St. Paul to locate in a portion of the old brewery site.

The company will move into buildings No. 7 and No. 8 in a long-vacant section of the Hamm’s Brewery off Minnehaha Avenue. Company president John Warner said he plans to occupy about 50,000 square feet.

“We’re not doubling our space,” said Warner, whose brewery now occupies a modest site by Pearson’s Candy on West Seventh Street. “We’re 14-timesing our space.”

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Ford Ranger Plant

In 1912 the firstFordMains assembly and sales activities were started in a former warehouse in Minneapolis by Ford Motor Company. Nowadays Twin Cities Assembly Plant is located next to the Mississippi River in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul. It was in operation from 1925 to 2011. At the time of its closure it was the oldest Ford plant still in operation.

The plants final products were the Ford Ranger pickup truck and the similar Mazda B-Series. Previously, the plant had manufactured the Ford Model T, Model TT truck, Sportsman convertible, Galaxie, and LTD.

From 1926 to 1959 the plant produced glass for vehicle windows with silica mined from sandstone on site. The resulting tunnels underneath the plant remain.

The plant produced its last vehicle on December 16, 2011.

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Minnesota Dan and the Pyramid of Turkeys

TurkMainsQuite often people think of Urban Exploring as a means of time traveling. What if it also provided a way to travel the dimensions? Wouldnt that be something worth walking the road a bit.

Well by coincidence we walked that road.

Not by means of any futuristic spaceships, time traveling devices or mythical prowess. Just by the simple motion of legs.

What would you find when traveling in the voids of the dimensions? Aliens? Robots? What?

How about Pharaohistic Turkeys? Viscous White Tailed Deer Warriors?? Demonic Hawks that watched the Skies of Heaven???

Oh yes… you didnt think of that did you. Well on this forgotten adventure in the void we will enlighten you.

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Sartell Paper

SartellMainSThe original company, Watab Pulp and Paper, was conceived by a group of lumbermen from Wisconsin and Michigan and was formed on May 10, 1905. The plant started operations with No. 1 paper machine in September, 1905. No. 2 paper machine was built in 1910. The company then produced newsprint until 1930, when the conversion to groundwood book and magazine papers began.

During the 1930s, recycled magazines were a prime source of wood pulp. The waste magazines were brought by rail from Chicago in bales weighing up to 2,000 pounds. In the “sorting room,” paper clips and staples were removed. The waste was then sent to the cookers for deinking and bleaching. The conversion plant operated through the 1930s until the end of World War II.

At the end of the war, the mill closed the finishing operation where paper was sheeted and cut to size. Since that time, all paper manufactured at Sartell has been shipped in roll form.

On May 29, 2012, there was an explosion at the paper mill that resulted in a large fire. It killed one man and injured 4 others. It took fourteen fire departments to put out the fire. The mill has been around longer than the city of Sartell.

Sadly, on August 2, 2012, Verso announced that the Sartell mill would remain shut down permanently, putting about 260 employees out of work and ending over a century of papermaking in Sartell. read more »

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Busy Summer

Added 6 photos from Kansas City to the gallery. I’ll probably add more down the line.

Also tweaked the Video Page to properly show a direct video.

Stay tuned for some updates, just have to find where the photos went :)

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July 4th Fail

As an experienced explorer all I can say is DUMB. As I understand it, there were atleast 50 people on top of the Pillsbury building the night of the 4th with most of them cited for trespassing after leaving. Would-be-explorers please use your mind when exploring.

 

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1st Demo Reel

After over 5 years of exploring, I have finally compiled an underground video of some of our exploits.

Please enjoy.

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