Dan Turpening’s Accordion Shoppe

Legos and Fellini: You wouldn’t suppose the two might make an accordion repairman until you spoke with Dan Turpening. 

As a boy Dan spent endless hours holed up in a milsurp tent playing with Legos, developing his mechanical acumen to a point where he could build a three-speed manual transmission. Later on Dan would watch Amarcord, Fellini’s great coming-of-age story set in Mussolini’s Italy. Having listened to the original soundtrack for Amarcord only once, Dan set aside his trombone in favor of the accordion. 

International Owl Center

Owls have meant a lot of different things to the sentient apes which ascribe meaning to things. In Ancient Greece the bird accompanied Pallas Athena and symbolized wisdom. As the old gods fell into disfavor, the owl took on a ghoulish role as a witch’s familiar. In Japan the owl symbolizes luck. In Laos, to hear an owl’s hoot is to receive certain indication that someone dear to you is in for a bad time.

Carol Widman’s Candy Co.

William Widman’s great-great-grandchildren do not know whether he was born in America or immigrated to here from Germany. Either way the candyman learned his craft out east before setting up shop in Saint Paul during the mid-19th century. There he created the Seven Up, a once eminent chocolate bar with seven chambers for seven different fillings such as cherry cream, butterscotch fudge, and orange jelly.