Surprise! We’re not dead!!

We’re alive! We’re still poking around every chance we get. We just cant post everything we do for obvious reasons!

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West Publishing & Ramsey County Jail

20150529_20150529westjail01_33 Having outgrown a facility constructed in 1979, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office vacated the nine-story adult detention center in 2003.

West Publishing, which got its start in St. Paul in 1872, moved its headquarters to a new manufacturing campus in Eagan at the outset of the 1990s, where it remains a legal publishing unit of Thomson-Reuters.

Ramsey County Government Center West was home to the county attorney’s office, property records and revenue, human resources and public health offices until the fall of 2008, when the county began moving staff to more modern facilities with better parking, such as 90 Plato Blvd. and the Metro Square building downtown.

By August 2013, the West complex was empty.

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Cameron Transfer & Storage Co.

DialSMALLThe Cameron Transfer and Storage Building is a four-story warehouse designed and engineered by Claude Allen Porter (C.A.P.) Turner, the internationally famous, Minneapolis-based structural engineer.

Built in the early 1900s this historically significant building has sat vacant for the past decade.

Schafer Richardson is excited to begin the historic rehabilitation of this unique building in the summer of 2014.

This project will redevelop the former warehouse into 44 units of workforce housing.

The first of this kind of development in the North Loop Neighborhood since 2001.

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RIP Island Station

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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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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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