During a stop at St. Joseph School on Summit Hill, St. Paul, I met several fellow students in the U of M OLLI program who hail from Bloomington. One lady was raised on the east side and moved to prestigious West Bloomington — the American dream fulfilled. Another, like myself, was on staff at Normandale Community College for a short time and knew Dave Doctor of the music department (his son Pete is a famous Pixar film producer.)
ST. PAUL’S FAMOUS SWEENEY’S BAR
We stopped for cheese and crackers at this Victorian like setting. Last time I was here in the 1980s this Selby Dale neighborhood was treacherous at night but now it is a magnet for young professionals. TOP PHOTO
NOT OVERLOOKED AT THE PARK
In the background at Overlook Park is the University Club in the 1920s which was a magnet for Scott and Zelda Fitzgrald. (Fitzgerald lived in house on left.) It is at the top of a steep hill that hindered city development in the early days. A streetcar tunnel solved the problem. The tour on Friday was through the U of M OLLI program and the Minnesota History Center with an informative tour guide.