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01/28/07 I've heard from a couple of reliable sources that the Apache Theater is likely to meet the wrecking ball this week. Not a surprise, but still sad. I've been told that senior housing is expected to go up in the theater's place. How much housing is going to be enough for the area?
08/26/05 Enormous thanks to Mike Evangelist who has sent in many Apache photos from the 1960s, and also from 2003. You can see Mike's pics in the gallery, and also the "Your Pics" gallery, which can both be found on the Extras page.
07/02/05 Just received word that Don's Apache Auto Wash has recently closed as part of the Silver Lake Village redevelopment.

01/31/05 The StarTribune will be featuring an article on the Apache Plaza redevelopment this week (I was told it would be Wednesday, 2/2), so keep an eye out for it! Your friendly webmaster was interviewed for the article.
11/15/04 There's a new Apache Plaza Yahoo group! Check it out, and if you're so inclined, JOIN!
11/14/04 Revamped the "Your Pics" section on the "Extras" page to include individual photo albums. Want to include your own Apache Plaza pictures? Send them in!
9/6/04 Learned today that the Apache Office Park and Taco Bell have both been demolished.
8/13/04 Very sad news about St. Anthony Mayor Randy Hodson, from Associated Press:
WEBSTER, Wis. -- The victim of a small-plane crash in northwestern Wisconsin was identified today as the mayor of a Minneapolis suburb.
Randy Hodson, mayor of St. Anthony Village, Minn., was the only person on the Cessna 172 when it crashed Thursday afternoon near Webster. The debris was scattered over a 200-foot area.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash.
Hodson was in his second term as mayor and was known as a cheerleader for his community. His four-year term was to end in 2007. His business interests included an aircraft business and a resort.
``He wasn't intimidating, in fact he was actually a big teddy bear,'' City Manager Mike Mornson said. ``He was a consensus builder with various groups - brought various groups together in order to get things accomplished.''
St. Anthony Village has about 8,400 residents and sits on Minneapolis' northeast corner.
8/10/04 Added new "Extras" page, including exclusive interviews, photo galleries, and more! Go see!
8/8/04 The Apache Taco Bell (the former Zantigo) has closed and all signage has been removed. It is uncertain whether another restaurant will go in its place.
6/11/04 Many of you already know that a Walmart store is positioned as the new "big box" retailer on the former Apache Plaza site. Writer David J. Rust is compiling an article on the subject for LivingOUT newspaper, and is seeking individuals to interview regarding the new store. If you have strong feelings about this Walmart that you would be willing to share in print please contact David directly (no later than June 23rd) at In the subject line of your email please type "Wal-Mart Info for LivingOUT". Thanks.
6/8/04 Finally got around to creating the "Your Pics" page. Check it out!
5/13/04 was featured in a great article in today's Star Tribune! Thanks to everyone who visited the site today to add your memories to the guestbook. Check out the great new pics added to the Carousel/Hot Dogs & More section of the "Pictures" page. Thanks to Kevin Johnson for submitting the pics!
5/3/04 Added new Minnesota Fabrics section to the "Pictures" page. Thanks to Mike New for submitting the great pics.
4/13/04 Added links on the main page to two new sections: The Bulldozer Bash on 3/20/04, and Demolition pics. If you have photos to contribute to either of these sections, please send them!
4/08/04 Demolition began today on Apache Plaza. KARE11 did a nice feature in today's news. Watch for pictures of the demolition as they become available. Thanks to Nancy Qassem for sending this pic!

3/26/04 Added new page with photos of the Apache Medical Complex in the "Pictures" section.
3/25/04 I've received some emails from people asking if there were any remaining commemorative T-Shirts from Apache's "Bulldozer Bash". Shirts are indeed still available (while supplies last), and those interested should contact Community Services at St. Anthony City Hall.
3/24/04 Our friend Hutch has posted pics of the Bulldozer Bash on his Bowl-O-Mat site.
3/23/04 Added new pics of the Apache Beauty Center and pics of the Apache Office Park in the "Pictures" section.
3/21/04 Apache's "Bulldozer Bash" drew an enormous crowd Saturday night. I overheard one person say that it seemed like four thousand people were there! Both KARE11 and WCCO aired segments on the Bash. I enjoyed meeting so many visitors. It was the sendoff that Apache deserved - thanks to everyone involved!
3/2/04 I received good news today from Dick Anderson of Anderson's Furniture, who confirmed that he has signed a new lease on a space in the 4000 block of Central Avenue in Columbia Heights. Many of you will remember that this is the same block that housed Anderson's store many years back. Anderson's Furniture will relocate to the new location soon after March 15th. Congrats to Dick and welcome back to Central Avenue!

2/11/04 MARK YOUR CALENDARS! "The Bulldozer Bash - Apache Plaza's Ultimate Evening" is scheduled for Saturday March 20th from 5-10 pm AT APACHE PLAZA!

1/28/04 APACHE PLAZA is closing its doors Saturday, January 31, 2004. After that, Herberger's and Anderson's Furniture will remain open for another month or so (possibly until April 1). The center area of the mall will be off limits to the public starting February 1.


1/24/04 A member of the community passed away last week. Dr. Franklin H. Haws was a podiatrist at the Apache Medical Arts building for over 25 years. Whenever he had the chance, Dr. Haws would drive the Apache train around the mall. His wife Phyllis was the owner of Apache's Create A Flavor ice cream shop. Here is the notice available at the Star Tribune:

Dr. Franklin H. Haws

1/5/04 Coach's Corner store hours for the month of January are Monday-Friday: noon to 6:00, Saturday and Sunday: noon to 5:00.

1/4/04 We have a brand new interview with the original Manager of Apache Plaza's Farnham's store (some of you may remember the Farnham's space as Nelson's Office Supply in the 1970s). Mr. Johnson shares some of his recollections from Apache's brighter days in this gracious interview:

10 Questions with Gene Johnson

1/1/04 According to a 12/30/03 article in The Pioneer Press, Apache's new owners have asked all tenants to vacate by mid to late January. Read the article here:

Apache Plaza is set to cash out

12/15/03 If you visited Apache this past weekend you may have noticed considerable traffic in the old Montgomery Wards parking lot. That's because "Sponsor A Family" chose Apache as this year's dropoff/pickup site for the Minneapolis area. It was great to see so many people working for the benefit of all these families; one more fine example of Apache Plaza as the 'Center of the Community'. I was able to take a few pics (click on the thumbnails below to view).
To learn more about "Sponsor A Family" and how you can contribute, visit their site:

Sponsor A Family

yellow sign     sponsor a family     tables for families

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