I grew up in the Dale-Selby neighborhood of Saint Paul. To be more
exact, we lived in the upstairs of a duplex just off the corner of Dayton
and St. Albans, one block from Dale and one block from Selby.
Driving back from the reservation, I cross a small bridge into Saint Paul. I feel the troubled waters. I think of my grandfather’s people,the Dakota. I think of how they lived by the water, how they made fire by the water.
“We all believe in Minnesota nice. An anarchist here still says, ‘Have a nice day.’”
—Tom Mischke, KSTP-AM radio host
“My countrymen respond to poetry... By reviving memories and traditions dear to all Armenians, and connecting them in verse or story with the principles of patriotism, morality and good citizenship... I try to spread the gospel of Americanism.”
—Krikor Keljik, Armenian-born Saint Paul poet
“Ideas are powerful things, requiring not a studious contemplation but an action, even if it is only an inner action... They demand to be stood for.”