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A Royal Welcome for the Palace Theatre

A Royal Welcome for the Palace Theatre

Imagine St. Paul in 1916. The Vaudeville energy fills the Palace Theatre as Charlie Chaplin takes the stage. For more than six decades, the theatre stood as a pillar of the creative community, reflecting the evolving trends of the time period, transforming to a movie theatre in 1946. Despite this evolution, the Palace shut its…
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Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’ for Minnesota Union Members

Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’ for Minnesota Union Members

It’s no secret that construction crews have been hard at work this year – just look around the neighborhood. In 2016, union construction teams focused on the renovation of the Capitol building, the Palace Theatre and U.S. Bank Stadium, among so much more. As some work wrapped up, there was certainly no sign of slowing…
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New Year, New Capitol Building

New Year, New Capitol Building

Each year after the holidays, most Americans resolve to do something to change the way they look and feel for the start of the New Year. Minnesota’s State Capitol Restoration Project went after the same goal, albeit three years in the making, with its nearly-completed restoration project. Hundreds of local blue-collar union workers – cement…
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Teenage Tradespeople in Training

Teenage Tradespeople in Training

Teenage students rarely find the real life application of certain high school classes, but that’s not the case for Tony Vesledahl’s students at Milaca High School. Vesledahl teaches the school’s building trades class, facilitating an experience similar to those run by union apprenticeship programs. As a result, so many of his seniors consider that period…
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