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I have nominated Music of Minnesota for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Remove" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here.YellowMonkey (bananabucket) (help the Invincibles Featured topic drive) 02:37, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

This article has recently been improved; more eyes on Wikipedia:Featured article review/Music of Minnesota/archive1 would be helpful at this stage. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 03:49, 4 January 2010 (UTC)
Hi all. This article has been copyedited and improved. Anybody home who can express their opinion would be welcome at featured article review. I can't canvas for votes but I can ask if anybody is here to vote? -SusanLesch (talk) 19:15, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

Highway 24 Bridge[edit]

The highway 24 bridge article here: contains an error in the data box on the right. The current coordinates: 45°25′04″N 93°02′37″W are in a farmer's field in Isanti County, at least 10 miles from the Mississippi River, which the bridge supposedly crosses, and is nowhere near Highway 24. I don't know what the correct coordinates are. AustinMN (talk) 03:04, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

Fixed. Thank you. Kablammo (talk) 03:37, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

Minnesota county navigational box template categorization.[edit]

The Minnesota county navigational box templates place themselves in their respective county categories. This is the kind of self-reference we try to avoid and it is not helpful for Wikipedia users to see our infrastructure in the article space categories. I have started the cleanup by removing Category:Minnesota county navigational boxes from Category:Minnesota counties. Each of the county templates needs a similar change. For example, tl:Template:Aitkin County, Minnesota appears in Category:Aitkin County, Minnesota. I propose we clean up all of these templates. As an example, I fixed Cottonwood County.[1].

I'm willing to go through and make these changes, but before starting I want confirmation this is the correct way to go. JonHarder talk 22:55, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

WP 1.0 bot announcement[edit]

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Ash River in South Africa, or in Minnesota?[edit]

The Ash River article says that it is in South Africa, and gives details. Maybe so, but the references are all for Minnesota. Big time confusion! Could someone interested in Minnesota please clear up the confusion? --DThomsen8 (talk) 16:25, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

I reverted the SA info back to the MN original. JonHarder talk 04:30, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

Music of Minnesota[edit]

Hello. I am amazed at this project's list of participants. We have a featured article review of Music of Minnesota going on for four months. That is the longest running FAR in Sandy's memory and I think it is the world's longest! So you have all had plenty of time. I don't believe you if you say you are a participant in WikiProject Minnesota but haven't taken the time to consider this article. Where are your votes? -SusanLesch (talk) 17:44, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

Let me try to adjust my attitude. Bobak, Jonathunder and Bobamnertiopsis, I know you guys are still active, as are a lot of others (sorry to mention you by name but you came to mind). Could you kindly weigh in on Wikipedia:Featured article review/Music of Minnesota/archive1? Doncram took the time, so can you please? -SusanLesch (talk) 18:48, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

Minnesota Inventors Congress[edit]

Perhaps someone should consider creating a page for the Minnesota Inventors Congress. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008 and is the first inventors convention of its kind world wide. A few other states have created similar conventions based off of Minnesota's. It is a real asset to Minnesota and deserves its own page. Wkaardal (talk) 00:52, 16 March 2010 (UTC)

I have created an Minnesota Inventors Congress Draft Page here. Please I could use some help editing it. Thank you. Wkaardal (talk) 12:31, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Unreferenced living people articles bot[edit]

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Request for help: GAN[edit]

If anybody is so inclined ...

Territorial era of Minnesota has been stuck in the GA nomination backlog for a couple of months. Anybody with a particular interest is welcome to jump in and review ...


--Mcorazao (talk) 21:18, 22 March 2010 (UTC)

FYI: this passed GA. I believe that, writing quality aside, it is meets most FA criteria. However, from my last attempt to push an article into FA I know that my writing ability falls short of FA standards. If any particularly talented writers are looking to put another FA on their list of accomplishments please feel free to edit away on this one. For my part I think I am essentially done with it. --Mcorazao (talk) 17:24, 5 April 2010 (UTC)


Please see Template talk:Mounds View Public Schools. What isthe recommended action here? --Kudpung (talk) 01:33, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants[edit]

I just created a draft article for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants. I could use a little help editing it before I launch it. It can be found at User:Wkaardal/draftarticleonlegacygrants Thanks Wkaardal (talk) 18:25, 14 April 2010 (UTC)

This page is launched now but could still use a couple pairs of eyes to look it over. You can find the recently launched article here. Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Thanks in advance Wkaardal (talk) 16:39, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

Saint Thomas, MN?[edit]

The artist Mike Ploog talks about a possibly unincorporated town called Saint Thomas, Minnesota, located near Mankato. I can find out very little about it -- pretty much just this single map entry at Mapquest. Perhaps someone in this project who knows the area better can create a page for it, if it still (presumably) exists. With regards, -- Tenebrae (talk) 04:04, 17 April 2010 (UTC)

Yes. St. Thomas (est. pop. 40) exists. See Mn-DOT map of Le Sueur County. CJLippert (talk) 20:43, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
Also, Minnesota Place Names by Warren Upham says "ST. THOMAS, a community in sections 18 and 19 of Derrynane Township, which had a post office, 1872-1902, and a station on the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad." In addition, the USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) have the following:
Feature Name ID Class County State Latitude Longitude Ele(ft)* Map** BGN Date Entry Date
Saint Thomas 651065 Populated Place Le Sueur MN 442952N 0934527W 1004 Saint Thomas - 11-JAN-1980
Saint Thomas Cemetery 2063571 Cemetery Le Sueur MN 442950N 0934528W 1007 Saint Thomas - 25-MAR-2005
Saint Thomas Post Office (historical) 2063519 Post Office Le Sueur MN 442952N 0934526W 1004 Saint Thomas - 25-MAR-2005
Saint Thomas State Wildlife Management Area 651076 Park Le Sueur MN 442938N 0934539W 997 Saint Thomas - 11-JAN-1980
Otherwise, unless you go to Le Sueur County Historical Society, this may be all the information online you may find. CJLippert (talk) 20:48, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
I was able to find it on google maps, and see it on street view. There is a large brick church, a cemetery, a few buildings which appear to be commercial, and several houses. Not a very big settlement, to be sure, but a real one. Jonathunder (talk) 22:27, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

Mill City Museum[edit]

I need help editing a draft of the Mill City Museum article. Also please consider contributing to the discussion on the Washburn A Mill article Talk:Washburn A Mill, Washburn A Mill constitutes part, but not all of the Mill City Museum, so I need to know if it would be better to place the article under Mill City Museum or place a redirect on the Washburn A Mill article. Thank you. Wkaardal (talk) 20:35, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

I think the article would work better as a standalone, with it referenced as the main article under the "Mill City Museum" heading on the Washburn page. Minnecologies (talk) 13:54, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

May 11[edit]

Happy Statehood Day! Jonathunder (talk) 05:00, 11 May 2010 (UTC)


This is a new article; I have started a discussion about nomenclature on its talk page. Kablammo (talk) 17:22, 12 June 2010 (UTC)

New article in project's scope[edit]

The article Mid-June 2010 tornado outbreak has been placed under WikiProject Minnesota as a result of the high impact to the state. Any editors from this wikiproject interested in helping with the article are welcome to do so. Thanks, Ks0stm (TCG) 16:11, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

Adding Hmong translations to Commons uploads[edit]

For those of you uploading things to Commons, such as images (especially regarding the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, with its Hmong population), if you wish to attach Hmong translations, use the template {{hmn|}} And put the Hmong text inside. WhisperToMe (talk) 04:39, 25 June 2010 (UTC)

List of United States federal courthouses in Minnesota[edit]

This page has been initiated - any help in filling in missing federal courthouses, or providing missing information on listed courthouses (especially pictures) would be appreciated. Cheers! bd2412 T 14:49, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

Gibbs Farm Museum[edit]

I've labeled the article titled Heman Gibbs Farmstead (also called the Gibbs Farm Museum) an "orphan". The only things that link to it besides redirect pages are two lists, a disambiguation page, and the article on Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Please add appropriate links from other articles to that one. Michael Hardy (talk) 19:00, 5 July 2010 (UTC)

Hennepin County languages stuff[edit]

For people working on articles about Hennepin County, it may help to find speakers of the following languages to gain supporting material for articles about immigrant communities or to add descriptions to categories or files on the Commons:

  • Hmong
  • Khmer/Cambodian
  • Lao
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

WhisperToMe (talk) 21:17, 8 July 2010 (UTC)

Lake Abita[edit]

I was wondering if anyone with any in-depth sources on Minnesotan geography could help me with a problem I'm running into. I recently started an article on Lake Abita, which appears according to several surveys of the region to be the Minnesotan lake with the highest surface elevation. However, the measurements I'm seeing aren't adding up. Lake Superior has a surface elevation of 600 feet. Lake Abita is supposed to be 1349 feet higher, with an elevation of 2048 feet, but 600+1349=1949. Furthermore, it's supposed to sit only thirty feet below the summit of Brule Mountain, which is at 2226 feet, but 2048 + 30 != 2226.

Unfortunately, Lake Abita has a very poor internet presence, and none of the public domain books I can find on Google can explain this discrepancy. Does anyone know of a better source that might explain this? Norstrem (talk) 18:45, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

The contours on the topo maps appear to put it between 2040 and 2060.
You might want to look at the DNR's lakefinder tool for some other information, and the GNIS entry which gives 2051' as the elevation. Kablammo (talk) 13:13, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

WP:MNSH needs your assistance[edit]

I've been trying to put together a guide detailing the various counties' usage of county road markers. Wikipedia:WikiProject Minnesota State Highways/County shield usage is it, but I don't have first-hand knowledge of most of them. Could members of this project help in filling in ones I don't have, or letting me know if anything I do have is in error?

Thanks! --Sable232 (talk) 19:47, 24 August 2010 (UTC)

Hmong Wikipedia proposal[edit]

I'm trying to see if a Hmong Wikipedia could be started. Many Hmong settled in the twin cities area, so this topic may be of interest to this Wikiproject.

The proposal is at:

WhisperToMe (talk) 07:35, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

2010 Meetup[edit]

Discussion of another Minnesota Wikipedia meetup has begun. See the talk page here. --BenFranske (talk) 16:27, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

Minnesota articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 release[edit]

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We would like to ask you to review the Minnesota articles and revisionIDs we have chosen. Selected articles are marked with a diamond symbol (♦) to the right of each article, and this symbol links to the selected version of each article. If you believe we have included or excluded articles inappropriately, please contact us at Wikipedia talk:Version 0.8 with the details. You may wish to look at your WikiProject's articles with cleanup tags and try to improve any that need work; if you do, please give us the new revisionID at Wikipedia talk:Version 0.8. We would like to complete this consultation period by midnight UTC on Monday, October 11th.

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WikiProject cleanup listing[edit]

I have created together with Smallman12q a toolserver tool that shows a weekly-updated list of cleanup categories for WikiProjects, that can be used as a replacement for WolterBot and this WikiProject is among those that are already included (because it is a member of Category:WolterBot cleanup listing subscriptions). See the tool's wiki page, this project's listing in one big table or by categories and the index of WikiProjects. Svick (talk) 20:11, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

Invitation to help with WikiProject United States[edit]

WikiProject United States logo.svg

Hello, WikiProject Minnesota! We are looking for editors to join WikiProject United States, an outreach effort which aims to support development of United States related articles in Wikipedia. We thought you might be interested, and hope that you will join us. Thanks!!!

--Kumioko (talk) 02:47, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

A consideration for cross project consolidation of talk page templates[edit]

I have started a conversation here about the possibility of combining some of the United States related WikiProject Banners into {{WikiProject United States}}. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please take a moment and let me know. --Kumioko (talk) 19:57, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

OK, but you shouldn't have added this so hastily: this project isn't part of Military History. —innotata 21:57, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
I messed up the comment. Am fixing it now. --Kumioko (talk) 22:06, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

An issue over sources: WP:RS and/or WP:OR[edit]

The recent article on the Salvation Army Headquarters (Saint Paul, Minnesota) was constructed using the files at the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in the Minnesota History Center. Those of you who attended the recent Meet-up at the MHS probably remember the office. SHPO has files on many historic structures, including but limited to those on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). These files include the Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form (filled out by people at the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) in tracking down historic buildings), some of the applications to the NRHP (where applicable), old news clippings (if available), slides of photos taken by employees of MHS, letters from the National Park Service (as the gov't agency in charge of the NRHP), letters from the MHS, etc. For the article on the Salvation Army HQ, there is a dispute over three of the seven cited sources. These are:

  1. A letter from the National Park Service to let parties know their official decision on a matter. The source is used to cite what the NPS did based on what it said it did.
  2. A letter of the Minnesota Historical Society to HealthEast stating an offer to help analyze reuse of a building. The source was used to cite what the MHS offered to do at the time.
  3. Photos, by a member of the MHS, of the demolition of the structure in the article. These photos were dated "Jan 98", and in tandem with a Pioneer Press article available in the file which was dated January 16, 1998 and stated the building was not demolished yet, made it possible to determine without any controversy that the building was demolished "later that month" (i.e. after the 16th).

Concerns have been voiced that these three sources violate WP:OR and possibly WP:RS. They are primary sources, however, under WP:Primary, "A primary source may only be used on Wikipedia to make straightforward, descriptive statements that any educated person, with access to the source but without specialist knowledge, will be able to verify are supported by the source." I feel that these sources, and how they are being used, fall into this exception. Additionally, these sources are reliable in that they are primary sources. The other editor feels that these are not reliable published sources, or that this content belongs on Wikipedia without citations to other sources. We have both agreed that we should get others to share their opinion and help sort out the solution. I thought this would be the best place to start. Please share your opinions. --Bobak (talk) 20:09, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

It's been suggested by an editor from WP:NRHP that we keep the discussion centralized to that talk page, so please refer to Talk:Salvation Army Headquarters (Saint Paul, Minnesota). --Bobak (talk) 07:47, 5 December 2010 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Meadowlands Park[edit]

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The article Meadowlands Park has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

A search for references found only wiki mirrors, fails WP:N and WP:V

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Collaboration with the Wine Project on Minnesota wine articles?[edit]

Hello! For 2011 the Wine Project is doing a new Wine Improvement Drive where each month we focus on an area of articles that relate to a particular theme. In January, we are are ringing in the New Year with New World wine, with a focus on the wines of the Northern Hemisphere-Canadian wine, American wine and Mexican wine. I am going by related projects to see if there is any interest in collaboration between this project and the wine project on the subject of
Some ideas could be help expanding important stubs such as the main Minnesota wine article, Alexandria Lakes AVA, Edelweiss (grape), Minnesota 78 as well creation of articles on some of Elmer Swenson's hybrid grapes produced for the Minnesota climate and often in conjunction with the University of Minnesota.Another idea would be creating articles on notable wineries such as Alexis Bailly Vineyard and Winery and Carlos Creek Winery. On a smaller scale, there are Minnesota wine related articles that could use some help with clean up or expanding beyond a stub such as the articles on Morgan Creek Vineyards (Minnesota) and Minnesota Grape Growers Association. And, of course, of HUGE help would be the upload of free use photos of Minnesota wineries, wines and wine regions to Commons that could be used to better illustrate Minnesota wine articles. If you're interested in helping, please drop a note at the Wine Project's talk page with the article you're interested in helping with. Thanks and have a great New Year! AgneCheese/Wine 02:16, 2 January 2011 (UTC)

Possibly unfree File:MNStateFairButterHead2005.jpg[edit]

Begin Short Rant-- I see the copyright trolls are out again. I'm significantly more aware of copyright issues than your average person, even probably more so than the average Wikipedia contributor. Copyright is a valuable tool when used correctly and with good intent. It drives me more than a little nuts that some people (and this seems to be especially true on Wikipedia) see copyright as a binary issue, things are either free and clear or they are not. The truth is (and this is something incredibly difficult for some people to understand) that the law is a very fuzzy thing, subject to lots of interpretations by lots of different people. This is especially true in copyright/IP law which is significantly derived from messy caselaw and varies regionally, even within the US. One of the most frustrating aspects from a contributor's standpoint is that we are held to such high and lofty standards here by these "copyright defenders" while commercial entities, whether World Book Encyclopedia in the 1960s or a commercial website today, would just take a post the information or photo without thinking twice about the copyright issue. A very real problem for us is trying to get permission for many of these things because it's very unclear who owns the copyright to so much stuff anyway! Take this specific example... The copyright might be held by the person being sculpted, the sculptor, the state fair, the state ag society or the state itself depending on how contracts are written. In my experience many of these ongoing traditions are very loose and based on a "handshake contract" if event that and don't deal with the copyright issues at all. Further complicating the issue for fair use are whether it is considered public display, permanent public display (as it is disposable) or private display. At the end of the day it is most likely that no one cares at all except these copyright defenders/trolls (which is why the commercial entities get away with just ignoring the copyright issue). How annoying! --End Rant

So can someone deal with this? File:MNStateFairButterHead2005.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Possibly unfree files because its copyright status is unclear or disputed. If the file's copyright status cannot be verified, it may be deleted. You may find more information on the file description page. You are welcome to add comments to its entry at the discussion if you are interested in it not being deleted. --BenFranske (talk) 20:53, 2 January 2011 (UTC)

Articles that need geocoding[edit]

If anyone is looking for something to do, there are over 1000 articles in Category:Minnesota articles missing geocoordinate data that could use some geocoding. I ran across one when I found that Sauk River (Minnesota) didn't have any coordinates. Actually, in the case of rivers, {{Geobox/type/river}} is probably more informative, since you can put in the source and the mouth of the river, as well as a bunch of other parameters.

Another cool thing about geocoding is that articles with coordinates show up in Google Maps and Google Earth, so people will get to find Wikipedia articles. --Elkman (Elkspeak) 17:38, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

US Collaboration reactivated & Portal:United States starting next[edit]

Casliber recently posted a suggestion on the talk page for WikiProject United States about getting the US Wikipedians Collaboration page going again in an effort to build up articles for GA through FA class. See Wikipedia:U.S. Wikipedians' notice board/USCOTM. After several days of work from him the page is up and ready for action. A few candidates have already been added for you to vote on or you can submit one using the directions provided. If you are looking for inspiration here is a link to the most commonly viewed articles currently under the scope of Wikiproject United States. There are tons of good articles in the various US related projects as well so feel free to submit any article relating to US topics (not just those under the scope of WPUS). This noticeboard is intended for ‘’’All’’’ editors working on US subjects, not just those under WPUS.

The next item I intend to start updating is Portal:United States if anyone is interested in helping. Again this is not specific to WPUS and any help would be greatly appreciated to maximize visibility of US topics. The foundation has already been established its just a matter of updating the content with some new images, biographies and articles. Please let leave a comment on the Portals talk page or let me know if you have any questions or ideas. --Kumioko (talk) 19:15, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

Relationship with WikiProject United States[edit]

People from a variety of WikiProjects have had concerns about the scope of WikiProject United States and its relationship with other WikiProjects. We have created an RFC and invite all interested editors to discuss it at: Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject United States#Mission statement for WikiProject United States. Thanks, Racepacket (talk) 15:33, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

Adding "Popular pages" to U.S.-related projects[edit]

A very interesting tool of the Wikimedia Toolserver is called WikiProject Popular pages lists. These lists are similar to project-related article lists like U. S. article lists used for generating assessment statistics. The Popular pages lists include the rank, total views, average daily views, quality and importance ratings for the listed articles. Here is the full list of projects using popular pages lists. An FAQ also is available at User:Mr.Z-man/Popular pages FAQ.

I recently added links to lists of popular pages as shown below to the U.S. Portal - WikiProjects box and the nominations sections for each of the selected articles boxes.

Portal:United States/Projects/Popular pages

Because this project was not included, I am bringing up the popular pages tool here. This tool makes it very easy to track three of four balancing dimensions when selecting articles for showcasing at a portal - quality, importance and popularity. When tracking the fourth dimension, topic, the related article lists tool (such as for U.S. article lists tool) also might be useful by filtering on categories of interest.

If you do decide to use this tool, feel free to update Portal:United States/Projects/Popular pages as well.

Regards, RichardF (talk) 02:14, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

I think this would be a very useful tool, and anyways, why not? Minnecologiest,c 15:12, 24 February 2011 (UTC)
Cool. Requests for inclusion are processed around the 25th of each month, so now would be a good time toput one in.  :-) RichardF (talk) 18:30, 24 February 2011 (UTC)
Just put the request in. I will wait with bated breath. Minnecologiest,c 23:31, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Featured portal candidate: United States[edit]

Portal:United States is a current featured portal candidate. Please feel free to leave comments. -- RichardF (talk) 02:14, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Pageview stats[edit]

After a recent request, I added WikiProject Minnesota to the list of projects to compile monthly pageview stats for. The data is the same used by but the program is different, and includes the aggregate views from all redirects to each page. The stats are at Wikipedia:WikiProject Minnesota/Popular pages.

The page will be updated monthly with new data. The edits aren't marked as bot edits, so they will show up in watchlists. You can view more results, request a new project be added to the list, or request a configuration change for this project using the toolserver tool. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know. Thanks! Mr.Z-man 00:57, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper[edit]

I've been trying to improve the page of Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, former astronaut. Maybe someone else can help. Gamweb (talk) 18:05, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

1916 Wabasha jail[edit]

1916 Wabasha jail

Please consider this a high-priority photo request. The 1916 Wabasha jail will be demolished before the end of this month. The Rochester Post-Bulletin had a front page article about it yesterday: "Old county jail has nearly a century of stories"

The only photo I have of the place is old and not very good. I am very busy this month and it will be difficult for me to get more before it's gone. Can anyone help? Jonathunder (talk) 16:36, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

Is that this: [2] I'll do my best to get down there if no one else can... RxS (talk) 21:54, 6 July 2011 (UTC)
Yes, that's the location. If you go, there's a lot of other stuff in Wabasha worth seeing. There's a lovely old Episcopal church around the corner from the jail. The National Eagle Center, downtown on the River, is worth a trip. And there are good restaurants, including Slippery's Tavern (of Grumpy Old Men fame) and a great bakery. Jonathunder (talk) 23:09, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

I'm not too far from there and off today, I could head up there this afternoon and grab some shots. Mazzmn (talk) 18:21, 7 July 2011 (UTC) Ok, I'm not sure what you had in mind for updated photos, but it was a nice day so I went out to grab a few shots...The blue sign on the front was laying on the porch. I have another wide shot of the front, but the trees were so big I had to shoot from a strong angle. I'm new to this so suggestions welcome (hmm forgot to take a geo coordinate, but I think my friend took a pic with his iphone so some shots were taken from 44.37966667,-92.02950000) Mazzmn (talk) 04:26, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

Help with scanning & uploading donated slide collection[edit]

A Minnesota college professor wants to donate a large professional quality image collection as part of his retirement. I suggested the [Wikimedia Commons and promised I'd deal with the logistics. The thing is the pictures are all on slides and neither he nor I have any experience converting slides to a digital format. He's still sorting the slides but there's about 2,500 to 3,000 images.

If anybody could give a hand with any stage of this project I'd be grateful. The pictures aren't about Minnesota, but since the physical slides are in Minnesota, I'd hoped somebody here could help. I'd hate to see these pictures lost when he retires. Cloveapple (talk) 20:52, 31 July 2011 (UTC)

Good article review of Tim Pawlenty[edit]

I have done a good article review of Governor Tim Pawlenty and am informing wikiprojects associated with the article so that improvements can be made to the article. Ryan Vesey Review me! 23:29, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

Help editing Wyoming, Stacy, Chisago City and Wyoming Township pages[edit]

Pardon my ignorance if this is not the correct place to post this. Wyoming Township, MN, was dissolved on 8/21/2008; it's territory became part of Stacy, Wyoming city and Chisago City MN. You can verify this on the 2010 census changes page at or on the City of Wyoming web site at{2E6E45DB-EB04-442A-878A-523C5FF32BCF} — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:19, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

Unassessed Minnesota articles[edit]

Hi. What am i supposed to do to improve the unassesed Minnesota articles? Legolover26 (talk) 17:22, 20 September 2011 (UTC)

List of colleges and universities in Minnesota[edit]

Hi there. If anyone is interested, I recently overhauled the List of colleges and universities in Minnesota, and have nominated it for a WP:FL. It would be great to receive feedback on it from Minnesotans especially. You can find the nomination page here. Thanks, Ruby comment! 22:02, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

Photos of New Ulm at Commons![edit]

Lots more photos available, need categories. (BTW, checking "Cat-a-Lot" in your preferences makes categorization faster.)

Minneapolis - St Paul Beltway[edit]

I recently discovered Talk:Minneapolis - St Paul Beltway, an orphaned talk page. It normally would qualify for speedy deletion, but it has enough content that it should be looked over by someone who (unlike me) is familiar enough with Minnesota highways to know what content would be useful. Please tag it with {{db-g8}} once you're done mining it for information or once you conclude that nothing of its content is needed. Nyttend (talk) 22:34, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

It's an effort at duplicating Interstate 494 and Interstate 694, which already have more information collectively. Imzadi 1979  22:40, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

Survey reading aid[edit]

I would very much appreciate it if anyone who has experience reading old surveys could tell me what arcane system for demarcating geographic regions this source is using when it gives the source and principle tributaries for the Poplar River on page 523. Thus far this is the only source I can find to actually name a lake as the river's source, and I'd very much like to be able to put a real name down instead of the coordinates, but I can't very well do that presently, as I have no idea what they mean.

Anybody seen them before? Norstrem (talk) 01:47, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

These are coordinates used by the Public Land Survey System. Your report says the source of the river is a lake in Section 11, Township 62 North, Range 3 West. Your principal meridian there would be fourth. This tool can give you latitude/longitude based on those (but seems to require Google Earth for full functionality). It looks like you got the source as Gust Lake, which matches up. Gobōnobo + c 07:28, 25 April 2012 (UTC)

Winton, MN[edit]

Have a "Good for 25 cents in Trade" coin from The Face Bank Saloon in Winton, MN. Looking for any information on this history. Thank you. (talk) 20:15, 30 December 2011 (UTC)

I'm not too up on my exonumia, but I found two sites that mention Winton Bank Saloon tokens (the first has a photo of a 5 cent token).[3][4] Gobōnobo + c 06:35, 25 April 2012 (UTC)

Photo request[edit]

Hi! For those of you in the Minneapolis area, near Fort Snelling/MSP Airport, I have a photo request:

  • Delta Air Lines Bldg. C* 7500 Airline Drive Minneapolis, MN

If you take a photo of the building or the main entrance, please let me know Thank you, WhisperToMe (talk) 23:58, 19 January 2012 (UTC)

WikiWomen's History Month[edit]

Hi everyone. March is Women's History Month and I'm hoping a few folks here at WP:Minnesota will have interest in putting on events (on and off wiki) related to women's roles in Minnesota's history, society and culture. We've created an event page on English Wikipedia (please translate!) and I hope you'll find the inspiration to participate. These events can take place off wiki, like edit-a-thons, or on wiki, such as themes and translations. Please visit the page here: WikiWomen's History Month. Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to seeing events take place! SarahStierch (talk) 00:27, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

25 Feb event at Minneapolis Central Library[edit]

In November, a librarian from Hennepin County Library announced an event scheduled for 25 February at Minneapolis Central Library, see WT:Meetup/Minnesota. There haven't been any discussions and very few users appear to have noticed (I only just did). Can anybody get the word out, perhaps on talk pages and through a geolocated banner? (I'm wondering if this ought to be rescheduled so we can be sure of getting people aware on-wiki and of a number of regular editors being able to attend.) —innotata 19:02, 6 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen and to everyone who attended. There was a writeup on the event at I was especially appreciative of the effort that went into creating the list of articles that could be created/improved using the library's resources. The topic list is reproduced below. Gobōnobo + c 22:53, 29 February 2012 (UTC)
I've bolded the pages I know we worked on in this list. All the articles on the list can be well researched in the Minneapolis Collection, and I probably will work on some others on the list later. Otherwise, we also split Minneapolis Central Library from Minneapolis Public Library. This article could use a free photo of Central Library building standing from 1961–2000 (currently a fair use image provided by a librarian is used). Does anybody have any? (Amazon Bookstore Cooperative could also use a photo; the store was expected to close Monday, but a photo of the building from the next weeks might be suitable.) —innotata 18:15, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
I found a picture of Amazon, but I'm still working on getting pictures of the older locations or interior shots. Cloveapple (talk) 22:27, 3 March 2012 (UTC)
Good. Here's another bit of coverage of the event, by the TC Daily Planet writer who dropped by —innotata 22:35, 3 March 2012 (UTC)


I was wondering if I need to talk to anyone first before I do some editing on the Longville Minnesota page? It says at the top of the page that it has issues. My family has been going up there for years (as we have a cabin nearby on Town Line Lake) and I think that using my copy of the book that was published a couple of years ago on Longville, I can correct those issues. I would love to help out.


Steve — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sdsigmund (talkcontribs) 20:25, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

I replied on your talk page. Mojoworker (talk) 19:00, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Greetings from GLAM-Wiki US[edit]

Invitation to join GLAM-Wiki US

Hello! This WikiProject aligns closely with the work of the GLAM-Wiki initiative (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums), a global community of volunteers who assist cultural institutions with sharing resources with Wikimedia. GLAM-Wiki US is a new community initiative focused on organizing cultural collaborations within the United States. GLAM organizations are diverse and span numerous topics, from libraries and art museums to science centers and historic sites. We currently have a backlog of interested institutions- and we need your help!

1rightarrow.pngAre you interested in helping with current or future GLAM projects? Join→ Online Volunteers

We hope you'll join the growing GLAM-Wiki community in the US. Thank you!
-Lori Phillips (Talk), US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator
For more information visit→ The GLAM:US portal or GLAM-Wiki on Outreach

Park Rapids[edit]

Hello, for an English assignment a group I am in chose to try and make the Park Rapids article,_Minnesota closer to featured status. There is obviously a lot that needs to be done if the article were to gain featured status. I was looking for some feedback, how can the article be improved? where can reliable information be found? Any and all suggestions are welcome, thank you. Jcbfehr3 (talk) 06:06, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

Hi Jcbfehr. I've provided some suggestions on the talk page. Cheers, Gobōnobo + c 18:36, 18 April 2012 (UTC)


MNopedia, an online encyclopedia on Minnesota run by MNHS which was discussed at the meetup in 2010, has been up for a few months now. Most of the articles so far appear to be from books like Minnesota 150. It will probably make a good source for some articles already, and some of the content is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license, which can be reused in Wikipedia articles with a certain form of attribution. I suggest editors take a look, and tell the people who run it what you think—that's what they asked for at the meetup and in the announcements of the site. —innotata 00:26, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

I'm glad to see this. Reusing the content over here with attribution is a great idea and will likely increase their web traffic. I might create an attribution template if they have lots of articles. I noticed that the pages that have a cc-by-sa license also have a "© Minnesota Historical Society" right next to it. Should we clarify the license before porting anything over? Gobōnobo + c 21:43, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
Works that are under CC licenses (apart from public domain ones) have to be copyright, otherwise their copyright could not be released. (All rights reserved is what's contradictory.) Yes, a attribution template would be a good idea. —innotata 17:33, 21 April 2012 (UTC)
Importing an entire article and using only an attribution template to reflect provenance raises issues when later edits are made. It becomes difficult to see what came from where without a careful examination of the article history. We should instead use specific attribution to the source(s) used for each proposition for which a cite is appropriate. Kablammo (talk) 19:49, 21 April 2012 (UTC)
Agreed. I've started an article for MNopedia and an attribution template is in the works at Template:MNopedia. If there is specific wording or fields that should be included in the template, please mention it or feel free to change it. There are a number of articles that have been ported and it will be good if they can be linked through the hidden category Category:Wikipedia articles incorporating text from MNopedia which is automatically transcluded with the template. Gobōnobō + c 23:45, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

Park Rapids, Minnesota - Quality Scale Rating?[edit]

During the past few weeks, I made some edits to the Park Rapids, Minnesota page, and a couple of other people also made edits. I noticed that this page has not been given a quality scale rating yet. Could it possibly be reviewed and assigned one? (If there is some other place I should post this, please let me know.) Thanks. Elizmk7 (talk) 14:14, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Hi Elizmk7. This is exactly the right place to post. I've reviewed the article and provided some suggestions. Thanks for your contributions! Gobōnobo + c 18:23, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Twin Cities Wiki[edit]

Hello all,

My name is Brian and despite my Wikipedia username, I live in the Twin Cities metro area. I am recruiting a group of co-founders to get a Localwiki started for the Twin Cities. A localwiki is essentially a hyperlocal wiki for a community or group of communities. Some great examples of what we envision are TriangeWiki, DentonWiki, and DavisWiki. The first two are built on the same free software platform we will be using.

We are in the very initial stages and would love to have you help us build the wiki from the start. We will be located at The software is not up yet, but we have started a blog. Please let me know if you are interested by either posting on here, posting on my talk page, or contacting us via the website.

I believe there are some great cross sharing opportunities between Wikipedia and Twin Cities Wiki (where all content licensing will be very similar to here). In addition to the group forming around Twin Cities Wiki, there is also a group of people discussing localwikis in general, let me know if you are interested in the group.

We very much look forward to any involvement and we are seeking out people to help us plan the wiki, write articles, advertise, fact check, etc. Please let us know your thoughts. Thanks for your time! --NDState 04:49, 25 April 2012 (UTC)

P.S. Sorry if this was not the most appropriate place to post this. I just see this as a great resource that we can build together and I wanted everyone here to be aware of it... so we can build this wiki together.

Great American Wiknic for Minnesota in June[edit]

Wiknic logo.svg

Hi Wiki-Minnesotans! I would like to invite you to again join the Great American Wiknic this June :) Also, please put any preliminary details at Wikipedia:Wiknic#2012 Wiknic.--Pharos (talk) 00:58, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

If you'd like to chime in with suggestions at Wikipedia talk:Meetup/Minnesota, that would be very useful right now- let's get moving :)--Pharos (talk) 14:36, 5 June 2012 (UTC)

Appear to have found a NRHP building that no longer exists[edit]

Thought I'd share a story, maybe some of you have run into this. I finally got back into some Wikipedia-photo-taking road trips and when covering McLeod County I opted to come back and hit some more remote corners of Carver to complete all the photos for the county's list of places on the National Register of Historic Places. When I visited Hamburg to cover its two spots, I found the "Jacob Hebeisen House" doesn't appear to exist anymore. It had one of those irritatingly vague directions of "Off County Highway 50" so I used the geo coordinates (44°43′46″N 93°58′14″W) and drove around looking for a house built in the 1880s (according to Mary Ann Nord's MNHS book). No dice. I even drove up and down much larger swaths taking photos of anything that could be from that era. I did spot a slightly larger old farm further back from the road, but no house that matched. Irked, I visited the SHPO office in the History Center this week to look at their file and slides to see if I'd missed it (as well as the location as marked in the file). Turns out the house either (1) doesn't exist or (2) has been altered so heavily it looks nothing like what's on the NRHP (which is a criteria for removal). The SHPO folks (who are awesome) let me know that occasionally buildings are noted but not yet publicly reported as gone, but this case it was their first time hearing about this building (understandably, this is how they end up hearing about some of these things). So for all intents and purposes the list of National Register of Historic Places listings in Carver County, Minnesota is now complete, but for the one place that no longer exists but is still listed on the NRHP. --Bobak (talk) 21:40, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

Looking at the dates on delisted NRHP properties, it's clear they often don't get removed until several years after being lost. I'm not sure if this is a bureaucratic delay or a symptom of SHPO only getting word incidentally. I've been going through our NRHP lists and have been noting these lost-but-still-listed properties at Talk:National Register of Historic Places listings in Minnesota. -McGhiever (talk) 05:28, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia Loves Libraries event[edit]

There will be a Wikipedia Loves Libraries event again this year, at Minneapolis Central Library on November 3. Details are at WT:Meetup/Minnesota. —innotata 17:53, 1 October 2012 (UTC)

Plagarism on the White Bear Lake, Minnesota Page[edit]

The second discussing the origin of the name "White Bear Lake" is a straight cut and paste from the White Bear Lake website.

I have included the link in a Copy Paste tag on the section, but don't have time to clean it up myself.ReformedArsenal (talk) 14:54, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for catching that. Most of the cut and paste was a couple of quotes from books discussing the legend. The quotes are now sourced inline and the wording has been changed. As the quotes are a tad lengthy, if someone wanted to rewrite the section, they would be most welcome. Gobōnobō + c 21:48, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia Day meetup at the Minnesota Historical Society[edit]

Hey! I work on MNopedia for the Minnesota Historical Society, and I met some folks at the Hennepin County Library edit-a-thon last weekend. We're interested in hosting another meetup at MHS (like we did in 2010), and a couple people suggested Wikipedia Day, Jan 15. I'll need to talk to a few other people to get things rolling, but for now I'm wondering if there'd be interest in that? And are Wikipedia Day meetups always on the actual day (which would be a Tuesday in 2013), or could they be on the weekend before or after? Mhsrc (talk) 21:16, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

Hi Mhsrc. Wikipedia Day meetups don't need to be on the day of. Probably more people will be free on the weekend. I saw there was some discussion on the Gendergap list about holding an edit-a-thon as well. Were you thinking two separate events? Gobōnobō + c 03:54, 20 November 2012 (UTC)
Okay, save the date: Saturday, January 12, Wikipedia Day meetup at MHS. (That's the same event mentioned on Gendergap, but it's a meetup, not an edit-a-thon. We'll have an edit-a-thon at some point in the future). We're tentatively planning on a collections tour, SHPO tour, and maybe a tour of the big new exhibit, Then Now Wow. If anyone has preferences or other suggestions, let me know. Mhsrc (talk) 22:07, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

More info and RSVP for the Jan 12 meetup: Wikipedia_talk:Meetup/Minnesota#Wikipedia_Day_Meetup_at_MHS Mhsrc (talk) 19:10, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

Northwest ticket offices[edit]

If you wanted to know where Northwest Airlines had ticket offices, states where:

MSP area

Other places:

WhisperToMe (talk) 01:45, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

Duluth Public Library[edit]

Just want to point out that the photo on that page is of the old library, not of the new one as seems to be implied. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:50, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

I've adjusted the caption to clarify that it is the old library. We could use a free image of the new library. Gobōnobō + c 16:18, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

Should not Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) be on People from Hibbing MN entry[edit]

Mr. Zimmerman does not appear on this page. It seems he should be listed there. Spinhirne (talk) 04:31, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

Sounds reasonable to me. I just added the category. Unlike Positively 4th Street, you don't have to have a lot of nerve to edit articles. Be bold. --Elkman (Elkspeak) 05:56, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

List of tallest buildings in Minneapolis[edit]

I have nominated List of tallest buildings in Minneapolis for featured list removal here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets the featured list criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks; editors may declare to "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. JayJayWhat did I do? 03:27, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

How best to handle a move[edit]

I have an article ready to go in my sandbox, User:Norstrem/sandbox, which should replace the stub Gooseberry River, and I can't use the move function because the stub which exists already has that name. Do we have an administrator in the project who can handle the move? I'd just copy and paste my text but then all the history would still be part of my sandbox, and would be moved along with the next article I write there whenever I'm done with it. Thanks to anyone who can help. Norstrem (talk) 00:31, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

Minnesota Historical Society volunteer recognition[edit]

At the 2013 Wikipedia Day Meetup at the Minnesota Historical Society, I mentioned that you could be officially recognized as an MHS volunteer if you'd like to continue helping MHS or MNopedia work with Wikipedia.

The benefits of volunteering for MHS.

An abbreviated application form - much shorter and less involved than the usual process, which requires a background check.

How to login to Vicnet to enter your volunteer hours after you're a recognized volunteer.

Contact me with more questions. Mhsrc (talk) 15:55, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

Please vote! AfD: Murder of Anne Barber Dunlap[edit]

I am the principal author of the page for one of Minnesota's most famous unsolved murders, the murder of Anne Barber Dunlap in 1995. The page has been nominated for deletion.

I argue that the article is notable because 1) the case led Pillsbury to stop advertising on violent TV programs; 2) the case is the first in which a family member of a missing/murdered person used the Internet to ferret out witnesses; 3) the case involved a world landmark, Mall of America; 4) the case led police departments to revise their policy on sharing case files after a judge ruled that the police had to share with the suspect anything they'd shared with an insurance company.

This case also comes up in the news media from time to time in Minnesota and people turn to the Internet and Wikipedia for more information. Please vote now to keep the article and to let the discussion go on.Bundlesofsticks (talk) 21:24, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

State legislators[edit]

A number of state senators and representatives were elected in 2012 and do not yet have articles. If anyone is interested in creating articles about active Minnesota politicians, here are the articles we're missing:

Gobōnobō + c 21:11, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia Loves Libraries and MNopedia lists[edit]

There is now a list of the topics that were suggested at the 2011 and 2012 Wikipedia Loves Libraries events at the Minneapolis Central Library at Wikipedia:WikiProject Minnesota/Minneapolis Central Library. The list has a number of red links and is a good place to find Minneapolis topics to write about.

Wikipedia:WikiProject Minnesota/MNopedia has a list of articles that exist on MNopedia that could potentially be ported to Wikipedia. Feel free to add to and tweak these lists as needed. Gobōnobō + c 21:32, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

Ghost towns or abandoned places[edit]

Is there any advice on when to move a town in a county template to a "ghost town" section? Specifically, I'm referring to the Template:Lake_of_the_Woods_County,_Minnesota, where I know that Lude is a ghost town, having been abandoned and uninhabited for over 50 years, and not so much as a passable road leading to it anymore, yet it still remains on many printed maps. My question is regarding the towns of Pitt and Graceton. Pitt consisted of a single store that has been closed and abandoned for 20 years. Graceton consisted of a restaurant (the Gray Stone Saloon) that burned over a decade ago. Neither place has any reported population according to the U.S. Census. When is it appropriate to move a location to "ghost town"? Graceton may not even qualify, as nothing of the original restaurant remains.

Target drone (talk) 17:30, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

I'd say use your best judgment. Ghost town#definition gives a good rundown of the different criteria that can be used. Feel free to add any ghost towns to List of ghost towns in Minnesota and Category:Ghost towns in Minnesota as well. Gobōnobō + c 16:34, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

Updated Edna S. Purcell House Article[edit]

Hello, everyone -- I've expanded the Edna S. Purcell (Purcell-Cutts) House article, which was a stub just prior, and I would appreciate any input or edits. Please feel free to leave suggestions for my handling of the situation on my Talk page, as I am brand new to editing on Wikipedia! Many thanks. MJBredeson (talk) 19:49, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

Assistance needed at Blue Line (Minnesota)[edit]

I would appreciate some additional editors who could weigh in on this conversation on the article's talk page, regarding a section titled "Deaths". There has been a lot of disruptive editing going on lately with the page, and an expanded consensus either way with regards to the section may help with the edit warring. Cheers, AstroCog (talk) 20:02, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Lake Como Introduction[edit]

There's a line in the into of the Lake Como, MN page that really needs to be taken out...

"(The park) heavily used whenever good weather beckons people to go outside."

This doesn't seem necessary to me...should I just go ahead and take it out or do I need approval?

I know that there are a lot of lake pages that need improvement :/

Samurai107 (talk) 22:47, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Samurai, go ahead and edit it, and use an edit summary. You don't need anyone's approval to edit, which includes deletions. If someone objects, discuss it on the talk page for the article to attempt to resolve it. Regards, Kablammo (talk) 18:25, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Gotcha! Thanks for the clarification. - Samurai107 —Preceding undated comment added 19:56, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

Name of Wikipedia article for St. Paul railroad station[edit]

A discussion has been opened on the name of the article covering the union station in St. Paul, Minnesota. The discussion can be found at Talk:Saint Paul Union Depot. Kablammo (talk) 01:34, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

Art and Feminism edit-a-thon at the University of Minnesota[edit]

If anyone is in the Twin Cities area today (February 1) from 4–6 p.m., there will be an Art and Feminism edit-a-thon at the University of Minnesota's Regis Art Center. Local feminist art historians and art critics will be in attendance. Gobōnobō + c 07:56, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

Popular pages tool update[edit]

As of January, the popular pages tool has moved from the Toolserver to Wikimedia Tool Labs. The code has changed significantly from the Toolserver version, but users should notice few differences. Please take a moment to look over your project's list for any anomalies, such as pages that you expect to see that are missing or pages that seem to have more views than expected. Note that unlike other tools, this tool aggregates all views from redirects, which means it will typically have higher numbers. (For January 2014 specifically, 35 hours of data is missing from the WMF data, which was approximated from other dates. For most articles, this should yield a more accurate number. However, a few articles, like ones featured on the Main Page, may be off).

Web tools, to replace the ones at tools:~alexz/pop, will become available over the next few weeks at toollabs:popularpages. All of the historical data (back to July 2009 for some projects) has been copied over. The tool to view historical data is currently partially available (assessment data and a few projects may not be available at the moment). The tool to add new projects to the bot's list is also available now (editing the configuration of current projects coming soon). Unlike the previous tool, all changes will be effective immediately. OAuth is used to authenticate users, allowing only regular users to make changes to prevent abuse. A visible history of configuration additions and changes is coming soon. Once tools become fully available, their toolserver versions will redirect to Labs.

If you have any questions, want to report any bugs, or there are any features you would like to see that aren't currently available on the Toolserver tools, see the updated FAQ or contact me on my talk page. Mr.Z-bot (talk) (for Mr.Z-man) 05:16, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

Urgent photo request[edit]

According to MPR, the Island Station Power Plant in Saint Paul will be demolished this weekend. Please, could we get some good photographs of this historic structure ASAP? Jonathunder (talk) 00:26, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

"Crookson, Minnesota" re Bella Coola Valley Norwegian settlement.[edit]

Please see Norwegian Settlement in the Bella Coola Valley, Bella Coola Museum website which I've just added to the Bella Coola Valley page re the Norwegian colony there, which was founded by a Lutheran pastor from Minnesota, Kristian Saugstad, namesake of Mount Saugstad in the Bella Coola area, who also needs a bio.Skookum1 (talk) 01:43, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride 2014[edit]

You are invited to participate in Wiki Loves Pride 2014, a campaign to create and improve LGBT-related content at Wikipedia and its sister projects. The campaign will take place throughout the month of June, culminating with a multinational edit-a-thon on June 21. Meetups are being held in some cities, or you can participate remotely. All constructive edits are welcome in order to contribute to Wikipedia's mission of providing quality, accurate information. Articles within Category:LGBT in the Americas may be of particular interest. You can also upload LGBT-related images by participating in Wikimedia Commons' LGBT-related photo challenge. You are encouraged to share the results of your work here. Happy editing! --Another Believer (Talk) 20:59, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Suggest adding "Fargo" references to Paul Bunyan[edit]

On the "Paul Bunyan" page, I suggest adding a mention that huge Paul Bunyan statues appear several times in the 1990s Oscar-winning movie "Fargo" and this year's related TV series "Fargo". David Barker, Melbourne, Australia, 22Jun2014220.239.37.199 (talk) 23:40, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

Do you think it's worth mentioning in the articles about the movie and the TV show? On the Paul Bunyan article, it would be nothing more than a passing mention in popular culture, which isn't recommended by the current guidelines. Jonathunder (talk) 22:01, 24 June 2014 (UTC)