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So Minnesota: Moving Museum harks back to Twin Cities’ streetcar heyday!

So Minnesota: Moving Museum harks back to Twin Cities’ streetcar heyday!

The Minnesota Streetcar Museum — an operational trolley on what used to be the Como-Harriet Streetcar line — rolls along the tracks.

KSTP: Long before light rail trains, streetcars rolled through the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Streetcar Museum in Minneapolis honors the history of streetcars by giving people a ride on one.

“One of the things people come out and ask is, ‘Where’s the museum?’” Pat Cosgrove with the Minnesota Streetcar Museum said. “I tap on the side of the car and say, ‘You’re on it.’ Most museums, they yell at you if you touch the artifacts. Not only do you get to touch the artifacts, you get to ride it. So how cool is that?”

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Twin City Lines: The 1940’s 

by Aaron Isaacs; Bill Graham; Byron Olsen; Minnesota Transportation Museum. (Author)

Streetcars in the Twin Cities date back more than a century and became most popular in the 1920s.

By 1954 the last streetcar in the Twin Cities shut down.

“Everybody goes out and buys cars, so that was pretty much the end of the streetcar service at that point,” Cosgrove said. “They switched over to buses because it was a lot cheaper to maintain.”

The Minnesota Streetcar Museum was founded about a decade later. It includes one of the last streetcars to operate in the Twin Cities and survive fully intact.

Joe Mazan KSTP

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Diana Armstrong of Minneapolis has World’s Longest Fingernails!

Diana Armstrong of Minneapolis has World’s Longest Fingernails!

Photo: Guinness World Records

A Minneapolis woman has gotten her hands on a world record.

KSTP: According to Guinness World Records, Diana Armstrong has received the titles for “longest fingernails on a pair of hands (female)” and “longest fingernails on a pair of hands ever (female)”.

Guinness measured Diana’s fingernails and found they have a combined length of 42 feet and 10.4 inches, beating the previous record by more than 18 feet.

The title was officially verified by Minnesota-based Guinness World Records adjudicator Mike Marcotte on March 13th.

“I’ve always had long nails, but not to this extent. Even when I was little, I always had longer fingernails,” Diana said. “My mom always grew her nails, so I always had nails like my mom.”

Diana also bonded with her daughters over manicures. Sadly, her daughter Latisha passed away at 16-years-old in 1997 due to an asthma attack. Since she spent time polishing Diana’s nails the day before, Diana couldn’t bear to cut them.

“[My kids] never knew why I was growing them. I didn’t tell anybody. I kept it to myself until I finally told [my kids] why I was growing them. And they were like ‘Why didn’t you tell us?’ because everyone was getting embarrassed about what people were saying. It made them feel bad, so I felt bad, so I just told them: ‘Y’all can tell me to cut my nails but I just can’t do it.’”

Diana will be featured alongside other world records when the 2023 edition of the Guinness World Records book, available Sept. 15.

Tom Hubbard

KSTP

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