Amy Rea

Natedogs Food Truck: A Business Born from Passion

Nathan Beck may not seem, at first glance, like the most likely candidate to run a food operation that was named one of the best food trucks in America by Expedia and Thrillist. His background isn’t really food-based, although he describes himself as a self-taught cook. Instead, the affable father of five daughters has a background in …

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Fort Snelling: An Important Point of Minnesota History

On a bluff overlooking where the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers meet is Fort Snelling. Its construction began in the 1820s with the idea that it would be both a fort and a trading post, although the latter never came to pass. The timing was influenced by the recent conclusion of the War of 1812 and the U.S. government’s …

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The Comics and Cartography of Artist Kevin Cannon

By Amy Rea If you’ve ever picked up a copy of City Pages, the Star Tribune, or Vita.MN and seen some distinctive illustrations that include whimsical, not-quite-to-scale maps, you’ve probably seen the work of Kevin Cannon (www.kevincannon.org). Cannon is an artist who was tapped by City Pages to create a map of the Twin Cities’ rock ‘n’ roll …

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