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New Boreas wants Winter Carnival to bring St. Paul together

At the time, Bradshaw was not exactly unfamiliar with the carnival: The 42-year-old currently lives in Somerset, Wis., but he grew up in Stillwater and is president and CEO of Bradshaw, the funeral and cremation business that his father started, a business that is headquartered on Rice Street in St. Paul. His dad, Jim Bradshaw, served as the 1972 Titan, Prince of the North Wind — so some of the younger Bradshaw’s childhood memories include riding in parades and getting to sound that distinctive Titan horn.

But that day at the Rotary’s annual Winter Carnival meet-and-greet, Bradshaw gained a deeper understanding of St. Paul’s 131-year-old festival.

“Bob Olsen, historian for the Winter Carnival got up and talked about the origins of carnival,” Bradshaw said . “Obviously, everyone knows the story of the frozen tundra. …”

(The Winter Carnival started in 1886 after a New York Times reporter called St. Paul “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation in the winter.

Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans

Here’s a look at who they are.

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Bill Gates: $75 billion

The man whose name is a byword for billionaire. Gates co-founded Microsoft in the mid-70s, growing it into the world’s biggest software company and helping to make computers a household item. He quit as CEO in 2000 and pledged to devote his fortune to his philanthropic activities in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has gradually reduced his ownership in Microsoft to less than 3 percent, with the bulk of his wealth in a private firm. He’s the only one on the list who’s a regular at Davos.

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Amancio Ortega: $67 billion

The richest person in Europe, Ortega opened the first Zara fashion shop in 1975. Now, the chain, part of Ortega’s Inditex group, has 7,000 shops globally. Its boom in popularity is largely due to a low cost model that competes with the likes of H&M. As Zara and Inditex grew in size, Ortega, a Spaniard, held on to a majority stake of 59 percent in the company, which has a market value of over 97 billion euros ($102 billion).

Is the recession over?


Hey, look at that idiot right above me blaming conservatives. We have been telling them for months and months that a mega-depression is coming. We told them they were a big fail. We told them they were like locusts...destroying and then pointing the finger.