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city: minneapolis

temple israel cemetery

from atmosphere posted in music by donkeyoti

The cover for the seventh studio album from Atmosphere, Southsiders, was shot at the SE corner of the Temple Israel Cemetery.

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target starbucks

from diablo cody, juno posted in movies by chewing_the_scenery

Diablo Cody reportedly wrote the award-winning screenplay for Juno over the course of several weeks while on her laptop at the fertile land of imagination that is the Starbucks in this Target in Crystal, MN.

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gramma b’s (former)

from road warriors, rick rude, barry darsow, eddie sharkey posted in pro wrestling by nevereatshreddedwheat

A former pro wrestler named Eddie Sharkey was bartending at Gramma B's in Northeast Minneapolis in the early 1980s when a few of the young bouncers caught his eye. Just to give you an example of the big men keeping an eye on the place, Richard Rood, even at 6'3" and 235 lbs, was still outsized by several others including Joe Laurinaitis, Michael Hegstrand, Barry Darsow and John Nord. Laurinaitis, would later recall that Gramma B's, frequented by bikers, wasn't your friendly neighborhood bar.

Sharkey, who had wrestled for the AWA in the 60s, decided to start a wrestling promotion in 1982 called Pro Wrestling America. He plucked the bouncers from Gramma B's as talent, opened a school in the basement of a church and trained Rood, Laurinaitis, Hegstrand and Darsow to become pro wrestlers.

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gramma b’s (former)

from road warriors, rick rude, barry darsow, eddie sharkey posted in pro wrestling by nevereatshreddedwheat

Laurinaitis (aka Animal) and Hegstrand (aka Hawk) would go on to form the Road Warriors tag team. Rood would become "Ravishing" Rick Rude, John Nord would wrestle as the Berzerker in WWF and Darsow would gain fame as Smash, one half of the tag team Demolition.

A few of the many other wrestlers later trained by Sharkey include Scott Steiner, Sean Waltman and Jerry Lynn.

Gramma B's was eventually closed in 1984 for failure to pay taxes. This spot is currently occupied by the tiki bar Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge.

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elephant and bird mural

from murals, ohenry posted in art and design by prof_improbable

Near the industrial section of North Minneapolis, between the river and the freeway, there is this mural of an elephant and a bird by OHenry. That's all I know about it, but its pretty sweet.

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