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Forty Years, Forty Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Covers

We combed through our archives and plucked out 40 notable Mpls.St.Paul Magazine covers—the hits, the misses, the memories.

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  • July 1976 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    July 1976
    Mpls. vs. St. Paul: Minneapolis or St. Paul: The “debate” continues.
  • May 1978 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    May 1978
    Mpls. vs. St.Paul: St. Paul gets added to the Mpls. banner. About time!
  • February 1978 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    February 1978
    Yes, that’s a pile of sausages.
  • Nov. 1978 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    November 1978
    Yes, that’s a guy in a turkey suit.
  • Apr. 1983 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    April 1983
    Yes, that’s a crescent roll on a rack.
  • February 1979 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    February 1979
    Hmmm. So, were we suggesting our readers date puppets?
  • November 1979 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    November 1979
    Hmmmm. Was a cruise around Loring Park on that list?
  • July 1998 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    July 1998
    Hmmm. It looks like this guy is making a bomb. Maybe that’s why this issue bombed on the newsstand.
  • January 2001 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    January 2001
    Hmmmm. Our first Vanity Fair-style gatefold, only everyone on our cover is over 50 and not a movie star.
  • April 1999 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    April 1999
    Why illustrations don’t work: that poodle looks just like Prince.
  • February 1980 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    February 1980
    Weather: A man for all seasons, and he’s a weatherman. Get it?!
  • November 2003 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    November 2003
    Weather: Paul Douglas knew that climate change was coming back in ’03. If climate change doesn’t scare you, how about a grimacing Paul?
  • December 1990 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    December 1990
    It’s December, how about a Santa cover? C.J. with Santa, the first in our December Santa series.
  • December 1991 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    December 1991
    It’s December, how about a Santa cover? Kicking it up a notch a year later: Kent Hrbek is Santa.
  • August 2003 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    August 2003
    Controversy: How big should a burger be? This question was controversial in the office.
  • February 2005 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    February 2005
    Controversy: For shame. Readers don’t like it when we’re too indulgent. They told us so.
  • February 2002 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    February 2002
    Controversy: Laurie Coleman, wife of Norm, didn’t wear her wedding ring. Why? She was having it cleaned, of course!
  • April 1990 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    April 1990
    Changes: Eleanor Mondale as wild child.
  • December 2006 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    December 2006
    Changes: and as wise woman.
  • November 2001 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    November 2001
    Changes: With just 10 days till press time, we pulled a celebrity cover and scrambled to match the tone of the times.
  • June 1989  Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    June 1989
    Claims to fame: Kathy Ireland was our swimsuit model before Sports Illustrated “discovered” her.
  • May 1985 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    May 1985
    Claims to fame: We had Cindy Crawford first, too.
  • April 1995 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    April 1995
    Claims to fame: Malcolm X’s daughter lived in Minneapolis, and famous photographer Gordon Parks had the story.
  • November 1995 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    November 1995
    Claims to fame: Gov. Arne Carlson had a crush on movie star Ann-Margret. But she wouldn’t take off her glasses, not even for him.
  • March 2000 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    March 2000
    Claims to fame: Marcus Samuelsson, another great talent to pass through our cities.
  • December 2005 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    December 2005
    Claims to fame: Editor Brian Anderson had a major crush on Genevieve Gorder, who came to our holiday party in a va-va-voom dress.
  • September 1998 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    September 1998
    Anchors: Robyn Robinson, the perfect pairing of star power and lifestyle feature.
  • May 2001 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    May 2001
    Anchors: Thanks to our long relationship with Pat Miles, she told her story here first.
  • March 2003 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    May 2003
    Anchors: What’s better than anchors? Anchors with cute babies!
  • December 2003 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    December 2003
    Anchors: Paul Magers’ third time on the cover. Even when we shoot him to look like the Joker sans makeup, he’s still Paul. Swoon.
  • December 1996 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    December 1996
    Only in Minnesota: Lot's of famous Andersons, and an Anderson for the editor. It had to be done.
  • July 2005  Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    July 2005
    Only in Minnesota. What we learned: Our readers don’t want to meet people. They’ve all had the same friends since college.
  • May 1999 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    May 1999
    More tough lessons learned. What we learned: Women don’t care what other women think.
  • June 2002 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    June 2002
    More tough lessons learned: The first and last time we’ll try angled text. We promise.
  • February 2006 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    February 2006
    More tough lessons learned. What we learned: Hipsters don’t buy our magazine.
  • July 2006  Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    July 2006
    More tough lessons learned: We are Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, not Twin Cities Suburbs Magazine.
  • April 1994 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    April 1994
    Great, Great Getaways covers: We loved this lush cover.
  • April 2002 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    April 2002
    Great, Great Getaways covers: That’s why we did it again.
  • August 1998 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    August 1998
    Winners. A winning combo: a hot chef (Philip Dorwart) who looks even hotter next to an ugly fish.
  • March 2003 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Cover
    March 2003
    Winnesr: Because fries are delicious and very photogenic. Thanks, fries. We’ll be seeing you on the cover again.

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