This is the first in a series about the things I saw and did when I played MN Tourist for two months.

December 21, 2012, I got a new kidney. Not at the thrift store (yes, that WOULD be cussin' awesome!), but from my sister, at Mayo.  Here's the Mayo news folks' story about it.

After that, y'gotta chill out for two months, so I stayed in Rochester and read, a LOT.  It didn't take long to wanna get movin' around, so I started being a tourist in the town I had lived in for 16 years.

My family took turns visiting during those two months, and when my brother John (from LA) came to visit, he suggested we hit up the Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse. I'm game for anything, right?  But that sounded a bit dull, 'til John (who used to live in the 612) said it's amazing. They bought the bonds to build the thing just before The Depression, and then built it during The Depression, when that money was worth a lot more, so they went all out and built a beautiful Art Deco masterpiece.

Check out some of the pics.  And then, sometime, check out the Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse. There's no guided tour, but if you're willing to walk around a cool old building, free is a pretty good price to see and feel something great.