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From the Twin Cities to the Queen City

I had got accustomed to life in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The warm hospitality, the nice summer weather, an occasional ice cream cone at Izzy’s, pizza at Davani’s, shopping at Super America or the nearest Target, hanging out with my host families,...

So this is about the first unofficial day at DNC

I tried to combine various elements to capture a little bit of the mood in the country, starting with the preparations of the DNC that seems like a huge playground for journalists and volunteers then frustrated democrats to what would be the expectations of Michelle...

WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Tom Sawyer

“Here was a gorgeous triumph; they were missed; they were mourned; hearts were breaking on their account; tears were being shed; accusing memories of unkindnesses to these poor lost lads were rising up, and unavailing regrets and remorse were being indulged: and best...

Halls of madness

 I was kind of stupid.When I was thinking about what to see in Minneapolis, I kept overlooking Mall of America. I thought it’s just a big shop. All the other fellows were going there, everyone was talking about it, our WPI intern said it’s super but I...

Minnesota nice

This is my first visit to the US. Everything I knew about this country was what I saw on television or what I read in books. But thanks to the World Press Institute fellowship, I have the opportunity to see it first-hand. Before I came here, I stereotyped Americans as...

Mississippi reflections

One of the joys of being in Minneapolis and St Paul is walking next to the Mississippi River.  I didn’t know before I came here that the river flowed through this part of the world. (In my mind the river only existed in the south somewhere, courtesy of Mark...

ELY

Photo by Wilson VegaSunrise in Ely ElyAn Eden in the heart of MinnesotaA serenity of forest and waterA beckon of visitors far and wideTo canoe on its fresh water tide ElyBeneath its canopy lies peaceA place to cuddle and kissEnjoying the golden sunsetSinking...

Land of the barbarian’s sword

Hello America, My name is Olavi and I’m from Finland. I’m staying in the USA until October, travelling around the country and learning about the society. It’s easy for me to be open-minded, because I already have a good feeling about you guys. That is because of one...

The hunt returns to wolf country

Gerald Tyler lives up at Ely, northern Minnesota, a town of about 3,500 people just shy of the Canadian border. It’s wilderness country, canoe country, and, most controversially, wolf country.Tyler is a retired property developer who put himself through law school,...

The lost wallet

A few years ago, when I came to America for the first time, I went on a driving holiday with my then girlfriend.  We went for a couple of days – New York City to Connecticut. It  was short trip to look at the autumn leaves. On the way back we pulled in...