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Posted at 3:34 PM on August 7, 2008
by Tim Nelson
The news media are starting to stake their claims around St. Paul these days as the Republican National Convention gets closer.
Some well-known media outlets are going to make their home at a landmark near you.
A huge three story white barn is going up where the Armstrong Quinlan home once stood, across the street from the Xcel Energy Center. It's going to be the "Fox Experience," according to spokeswoman Diana Rocco. The Fox News Channel will kick off their day there at 5 a.m. Central Time daily.
Here's what it looks like from the Cleveland Circle parking ramp:
Some of the lesser known outlets will soon be moving in, too. Telemundo is going to share Rice Park with MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Joe Scarborough, of "Morning Joe" fame.
Scarborough will also be broadcasting live every morning from Keys Cafe on Robert Street. The staff there assured me this afternoon that you'll still be able to get your Keys Famous Caramel rolls. You'll just have to do it in the national media spotlight for a couple days.
Word is that Arabic language broadcaster Al Jazeera will also be broadcasting from St. Paul.
The network known for its intense coverage of the Middle East and the war in Iraq is reportedly looking for more reposeful space to broadcast among the storefronts along West 7th Street, possibly Maharaja's Rock and Roll Headquarters. You could still see the "For Rent" sign is still up on one of their storefronts, and they still have a craiglist ad offering the space.
You just can't buy the irony of covering the Republican National Convention from what was once known as the Twin Cities best head shop.