We stopped in to a well known fixture in Lowertown Saint Paul recently and spoke with the owners of the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar; Sara, Stacy, and Andy Remke. We asked them to give us a brief description of the "Black Dog" as it's affectionately known in these parts.
I laughed out loud when Bobbie finally confided to me the thought that struck her when she first heard my voice on the phone: “Oh, Lord. Another white woman looking for a Black care provider for her Black child.”
“I don’t tell the popular narratives, the commercial narratives, that one is supposed to tell as an African American writer, and there is a price to be paid for that.”
—David Haynes, former Saint Paul writer and teacher
“Who does not love a Minnesota winter, with its clear bracing air—its blue sky and its life-giving atmosphere?... Fear not then, the blast of coming winter. Pile on the wood, let the cracking fire shed its heat while the Northwestern winds howl about our doors.”
—Saint Paul Minnesota Times, November 20, 1854
“We are more casual about qualifying the people we allow to act as advocates in the courtroom than we are about licensing electricians.”