Though we like to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland, most Minnesotans originally came from Germany.
According to the 2013 American Community Survey, 34.3 percent claim German ancestry, followed by Norwegian (15.1 percent), Irish (10.6 percent), Swedish (8.1 percent), English (5.5 percent) and Polish (4.8 percent).
Every year on March 17, everyone’s a little Irish — even if it’s painfully obvious we’re not. According to your votes, Stillwater’s Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter German restaurant serves the best corned beef and cabbage in Minnesota, a typically Irish dish.
Like “The Tale of Princess Kaguya,” one of my favorite films from last year, “Song of the Sea” is a gorgeously-rendered visual experience wrapped around a folktale narrative. Also like “Kaguya,” “Song” is among those films nominated for Best Animated Feature in the up-coming Academy Awards. Yet while my vote would probably still go to the anime, “Song of the Sea” is not to be ignored.
U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic says it has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock, a 29 percent premium on Covidien’s stock price. The combined company would have its executive offices in Dublin, where it could benefit from Ireland’s lower corporate tax rates.
St. Patrick’s Day is reason enough for many people to get out and celebrate the little or no Irish in their blood. If you’re in St. Paul, you won’t need the help of a leprechaun to find the party, just head downtown to the sea of green.
Expect to see a lot of Irish spirit this weekend. Monday is St. Patrick’s Day, but many celebrations will begin as soon as Friday.
The life of an Edina boy is being remembered through the sport he loved best. Eight-year-old Quinn Kirsch died from a heart condition one year ago this week. He was the youngest of four brothers. Quinn loved his Irish heritage and ice hockey. When Quinn was two, doctors detected a hole in his heart and a pacemaker was implanted.
The best place for corned beef and cabbage in Minnesota? WCCO viewers picked Manitou Station in White Bear Lake, an Irish pub that’s only three years old.
The first St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Minnesota were in 1852 in St. Paul, and that tradition continues Saturday when many will be celebrating St. Paddy’s Day by drinking an Irish beer.
You don’t have to have Irish blood running through your veins to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day here in the Twin Cities.
Minnesota might be known in the larger world for its Scandinavian heritage, but there’s little doubt that the Irish have played a big part here, particularly in the capital of Saint Paul.