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Frugal things to do you’re in Minneapolis

The Money Life Network has a series called “Frugal things to do when you’re in…“ featuring free or cheap things to do.

From the Minneapolis-St. Paul list:

  • Lake Calhoun: A great place to go for the day to enjoy some sun, a canoe ride, maybe some beach volleyball and a nice walk around the 3+mile lake. It is the place to see and be seen in the summer months (FREE)
  • Minnehaha Falls: The falls are a natural wonder, and definitely a must visit for shutterbugs. In the area surrounding you can take nice long walk from the falls down to the Mississippi river. Beautiful! (FREE)
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: A 1,047-acre garden and arboretum about 20 minutes outside of Minneapolis. Because of it’s natural beauty this is often a chosen as a great spot for weddings and for just getting some great pictures. (15 and under free, $7 adults. Free all day Thursday in the winter, and free on Thursday evenings from 4.30 p.m. until 8 p.m. or sunset in the summer)
  • Lyndale Park Rose Gardens at Lake Harriet: Lake Harriet in south Minneapolis has a beautiful Rose Garden that has been blooming every year since 1907-1908. It’s a popular place for weddings, photography and peaceful reflection. If you’re going to Lake Calhoun anyway, stop by the Rose Gardens, it is just a short walk away. Also, right across the street is a beautiful Japanese Gardens (FREE)

Also on the list, Como Zoo, MOA, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Sculpture Garden, MIA, food, sports, museums, etc. etc. Full list here.

St Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest

Public Art Saint Paul and Saint Paul’s Department of Public Works are soliciting poems from the public to be permanently installed on Saint Paul sidewalks.

We are looking for short poems that provide a delightful moment of outdoor reading. Poems may be inspiring, funny, meaningful, cynical, mundane…anything appropriate for the general public.

You have to be a Saint Paul resident. 500-ish character limit. Up to 20 poems will be selected and winners get $150, their poem installed on a sidewalk, and also published in a book and on the project’s website. Deadline is April 25, 2008.

All the details are at Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk.

The kicker: $3 entry fee. So you have to actually mail that in. I don’t know who still writes checks these days, but the opportunity to have your work installed as public art — especially if you’re not an artist — is too good to pass up! Too bad I don’t live in Saint Paul. I’ll take a stab at it, though. Haiku is the perfect form for this one.

east of the river
quaint, classic, don’t forget we
have the capitol

I know y’all can do better.

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