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Date:

02/08/2013

Name:

Heidi

Location:

minneapolis

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Loved this! explored some St. Paul caves back in the day, but THIS was awesome! thanks!

 

 

 

Date:

02/02/2013

Name:

Josh Francis AKA Dora the Explorer

Location:

Oakland,CA

Homepage:

https://facebook.com

Comments:

Urban Exploration is hella dope, me and my freinds are deeply into it. were all about 17 to 18. i watched the documentary into the darkness nd i gotta say it was extremely entertaining, you guys are fuckin awesome haha. im pretty far from minneapolis so im tryin to find places to go in san francisco, still searching tho.

 

 

 

Date:

01/29/2013

Name:

Brad

Location:

Seattle

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I LOVE YOUR SITE! ABSOULTELY COOL AND GROOVY!
I was born in Shakopee and lived in Minneapolis until I was 18, and I was part of a secret "gang" of friends that rode mini-bikes through the huge sewer tunnels in the neighborhoods south of the U of M, we called ourselves "The Gotham City Kriegies." This was 1972 through 1976, guys, and no one even knew we existed!! (Especially not the Minneapolis cops!!!!) The Boys In Blue drove 1972 Ford LTDS and they carried RCA crystal radios (only 3 channels) in those days that cost $850 (in 1974 dollars, can you dig that?) but they could not receive nor transmit underground!! We were SAFE down there; the tunnels ran from the U all the way down to Ford Avenue! We used to enter them through a big tunnel between Franklin Avenue and the Milwaukee Road train trestle. I do not know if this tunnel is still accessible; you had to walk the foot-paths on the east bank (across from Longfellow) and swing into it from a tree-branch, like Tarzan, branch in one hand, mini-bike in the other! It was GROOVY, man!!
Nobody - ever - caught - us !!
We broke up after high school, in 1977, and went our separate adult ways, but I will never forget the fun we had!
You have brothers in spirit from 40 years ago, guys . . . In fact, my dad (who will be 85 this year) and his best buds poked around down there in the 1940s. Much more humble tunnels then.
And concerning the tunnels under the U of M (especially under the stadium) I haunted them a lot when I was 13, 14 and 15, we all did. In '74, they still had not cleaned up the hippie graffiti from the 1971 student demonstrations (it said things like "Strike!" and Get Out Of Viet-Nam and Nixon Sucks and things like that; there were even some American Indian Movement messages. (Franklin Avenue was a real good place to get jumped by Indians back then, I don't know about now. I used to ride my bike down that street at night on my way to Hennepin Avenue and believe me, I kept my pale-face moving!!)
Minneapolis was so COOL in those days that we could actually ride our bikes downtown AT NIGHT and the cops left us alone, even when we hung out under the Federal Reserve Bank at 2 in the morning!! We rode skateboards under there, by the sculpture mold. Those trusting, cool days are gone forever. We also hung out in front of the library on the West Campus, right near the bridge; I got my bike going 28 on that bridge and 44 once down the road that led down to the oil tanks by the river.
Please tell me about Minneapolis today! Are the things I described still there? And I think you guys are REALLY GROOVY, and keep up your GOOD clandestine adventures!

Brad
Seattle HIPPIE and Proud Of It, man!!
Weed is now legal in Seattle!
Peace, Love and Joy

 

 

 

Date:

01/14/2013

Name:

Jessica Houff

Location:

Austin,MN

Homepage:

None

Comments:

cool site! looks like a good time

 

 

 

Date:

01/14/2013

Name:

Alexander blackie

Location:

dinkytown

Homepage:

None

Comments:

ITs time to get back to work. If your interested in exploring the city, lets go. my number is 612 644 1496. text only

 

 

 

Date:

12/28/2012

Name:

jayDig

Location:

United States

Homepage:

http://www.thegaragepromo.com

Comments:

I'm telling you guys, all the news of the Ford site demolition has me yearning for a last-ditch adventure!

 

 

 

Date:

12/13/2012

Name:

Tim

Location:

Boinsville min

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Excellent website! I always enjoyed viewing the Action Squad adventures. are you planning to post some additional explorations on your website?

 

 

 

Date:

12/12/2012

Name:

chad nelson

Location:

Blue earth

Homepage:

None

Comments:

As a bible of what you shouldnt know about What lies below you our around you in Minnesota, this site opens up a history hidden from us, said forbidden from us but yet part of the land we call home.

 

 

 

Date:

12/08/2012

Name:

Alex

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hey Max or whomever it may concern, I've been checking out this site for the longest time now and have just wondered where the hell you guys are at? Not to hound you to keep up this lovely service of a website you provide for the public, just wondering what happened to you guys. This is probably my favorite site of all time and just would love it to have some more updates, even though that'll probably never happen. Also, I've been to Abbott recently, and they're starting to actually turn it into appartments! Hopefully getting in there soon. If this ever gets read, thanks for all you've put up and done. You guys kick too much ass. Later.

 

 

 

Date:

12/04/2012

Name:

greg paterson

Location:

oakdale minnesota

Homepage:

http://gregpatterson353@gmail.com

Comments:

does anyone in actionsquad want to explore with me

 

 

 

Date:

11/28/2012

Name:

JUGGALOBEN216

Location:

Cleveland, Oh

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I'm trying to find trustworthy people to explore a few locations I've found around cleveland

 

 

 

Date:

11/27/2012

Name:

Precious Kitten

Location:

New Hope, MN

Homepage:

http://www.pogo.com/profiles/PreciousKittenxo

Comments:

I have many pictures, with negatives, I believe to still be viable of Hell House; both inside & out. I'd been there with my sister at least 10 times & there are many odd things to tell about it & our experiences there. Especially my outdoor shot of the front of the building from across the road; which includes a mysterious orb & a menacing cloud formation above it. Feel free to contact me at the above e-mail address, as I've been an urban explorer since my early teens & am now 41; yet still curious & willing to go to anywhere at anytime just to see what is to be seen :)

 

 

 

Date:

11/22/2012

Name:

David K

Location:

Plymouth, Minnesota

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hey you're website is awesome. Really inspired me to want to go out and start exploring :) . You guys should give us an update and let us know you're still alive!

 

 

 

Date:

11/11/2012

Name:

Shawn

Location:

Hudson WI

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I grew up in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood in the 50's, so I can at least imagine most of the locations you visited. As I drive by them I think wow the Action Scuad has been over/under here.

Very cool site indeed.

Like a song that plays over and over in your mind, I can't get the name Muppy Skum out of my head.

 

 

 

Date:

10/09/2012

Name:

Jack Mehoff

Location:

None

Homepage:

http://gregbrick.webs.com

Comments:

Is it true that Greg brick stole an actionsquad story for his dumb book subterranean twin cities?

 

 

 

Date:

09/12/2012

Name:

Matt

Location:

LA

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Thanks for the adventures. Great writing too.

 

 

 

Date:

09/04/2012

Name:

Brandon

Location:

Hutchison, MN

Homepage:

None

Comments:

You guys are great. I love your pictures of your explorations they are really interesting. Keep up the good work and be safe.

 

 

 

Date:

08/25/2012

Name:

Diverzant

Location:

Czech Republic

Homepage:

http://urbex.cz

Comments:

Hi guys, I love your stuff, probably oldest urbex web, ha ? Max was very funny on that small boat in drains, it the movie UE in to the darkness ;-)

 

 

 

Date:

08/13/2012

Name:

Rick

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

wanted to say thanks for the extensive posting on the Hamm's brewery - really enjoyed it way out here in Colorado, there are Hamm's fans all over the country as I am sure you know. The effort you made to add the history of the brewery and gathering all the historic photos was amazing and appreciated. SO thanks!

 

 

 

Date:

08/10/2012

Name:

Alex Sigmundik

Location:

MInneapolis

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hell yeah.

 

 

 

Date:

08/05/2012

Name:

Mr sparrow

Location:

Cambridge mn

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I love this website very interesting stuff! I wish to explore some of these areas i couldnt imagine the feeling of going on those sorts of ventures.. Awesome.

 

 

 

Date:

07/18/2012

Name:

MR Mike

Location:

Seattle Washington

Homepage:

None

Comments:

On the Lincoln Hotel, back in the early 1970's I worked on a garbage route for Ed Kaspari, one of the stops was the ole Lincoln. There was a lobby on the second floor were all the down and out used to sit around in a heavy aroma of piss and tobacco and swap thier lore of long ago while sipping on gallon jugs of white satin and muskatel. The chairs they sat on were captain chairs of solid oak, I wanted to get my hands on a few of those beautiful old relics, but, never did, anyway I wonder what became of them?

 

 

 

Date:

07/07/2012

Name:

Ray Evans

Location:

atlanta

Homepage:

http://www.wix.com/phiatlanta/phiatlanta#!page-5

Comments:

if you guys would like to start shooting shows I would be down for filming...

 

 

 

Date:

07/03/2012

Name:

McDrunx

Location:

Minneapolis, MN

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Been doing my own local urbex for a few years now, and I never knew until recently that there were actually organized groups that were dedicated to this shit. Unfortunately, it looks like the majority of them (this one, the municipal heros) have all gone defunct. Pity. Oh well, hopefully you guys are just too busy to update and not disbanding. I've enjoyed your photos and stories.

 

 

 

Date:

06/25/2012

Name:

Parker

Location:

St. Paul, Minnesota

Homepage:

None

Comments:

This has inspired me to explore kittsondale and many other drains along the river. you guys are kickass.

 

 

 

Date:

06/25/2012

Name:

Larry

Location:

Minneapolis Minnesota

Homepage:

http://idonthaveone.org

Comments:

Would you ever consider bringing back the Action Squad nudes gallery? I would be interested to see what they were like.

 

 

 

Date:

06/21/2012

Name:

Mike

Location:

Duluth,MN

Homepage:

None

Comments:

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Date:

06/03/2012

Name:

Mike

Location:

Fergus Falls, MN

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Enjoyed the Montana Flour Mill. Grew up with it in my back yard and have never went inside. There is other good stuff to explore up this way. We have a big state hospital with an extensive tunnel system underneath.

 

 

 

Date:

05/27/2012

Name:

Daniel Bech

Location:

Australia

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hi I spotted this the other day https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/5IHnc#.T7Kw0c_Gp6E.reddit
and seeing as this all occurred in 09 and the site hasn't been updated since 2010 I would love clarification.

THANKS!
DAN

 

 

 

Date:

05/21/2012

Name:

Colin

Location:

Saskatoon

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Great site, this Brick guy really is quite the douche, trying to pass this all off as his own. I wish you all luck.

 

 

 

Date:

05/07/2012

Name:

Zachary Tweten

Location:

United States

Homepage:

None

Comments:

It's great to see people who enjoy Urban Exploring as much as I do. IF anyone is in the Minnesota area, Contact me on facebook or something! I'm always game.
P.S. Max Action! Update your site more!

 

 

 

Date:

05/06/2012

Name:

Mark Vaughn

Location:

S.E. Tennessee USA

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hi guy's. So glad to actually find such a good site on urbex. I have been Exploring now on my own for about 20 years and it is a very great love and interest of mine. Do you guy's ever travel to sites? Have some absolute tens down here you'd love. Please feel free to email me anytime.
Mark

 

 

 

Date:

05/03/2012

Name:

conner

Location:

calli

Homepage:

http://yahoo.com

Comments:

two thumbs up guys_ keep it up action squad_ (^_^)

 

 

 

Date:

05/03/2012

Name:

conner

Location:

cali

Homepage:

http://yahoo.com

Comments:

its cool guys_ amzing_

 

 

 

Date:

04/26/2012

Name:

Robert

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I really enjoyed the "Darkness" video on Netflix -- although I am 63 and suffer from arthritis, it brought back fond memories of my teen explorations.

And, while I understand the change in climate since 9/11, I was
disappointed that your photos were censored; hiding faces makes your activities seem illicit -- not just "on the edge." I am also a fan of trains and their infrastructure. Trainfans have found that being more OPEN is better for the hobby, and creates positive interactions with both railroad and law enforcement authorities. Trainfans now present themselves as a RESOURCE -- providing additional eyes -- and minimal trespassing is less of a problem.

Naturally, urban exploring involves rather serious trespass issues, but I am guessing that most problems occur at the ENTRANCE to posted areas. A positive interaction with authorities when entering or leaving posted sites might result in fewer legal problems and more "warnings." One step at a time.

Thanks for letting an old man express himself.

 

 

 

Date:

04/14/2012

Name:

Greg Brick

Location:

a courtroom

Homepage:

http://gregprick.org

Comments:

You and all your action squadders suck balls. I rule. I'm the best, oh yeah oh yeah Plus you stink.

 

 

 

Date:

04/11/2012

Name:

mac

Location:

france

Homepage:

None

Comments:

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Date:

04/08/2012

Name:

Teresa

Location:

Michigan

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I just watched your movie on Netflix, it was beautiful and very inspiring. I myself am an overweight stay at home mom whose 38 and on the stationary side of life. Watching you all made me want to go gear up and find a place to explore in my area. Very motivational watching all of you explore and have fun together. Loved the artistic photos some of you take also. Bravo darlings, explore on and hopefully one day this old mama will get out there also! Just would help if I didn't live in flat cow land in the country LoL but I AM going to go explore more now this Spring and Summer. Cheers Mates (p.s. as a Mom might I add that I would much rather the youth were exploring than other truly bad things).

 

 

 

Date:

04/06/2012

Name:

Drewfus

Location:

Twin Ports, NW WI

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Sweet shit, man. Found your site thru a wiki link (I work for Ford and was in the Twin Cities this month) when I was reading up on the silica mines under the St Paul Assembly Plant. One of our instructors told us about it.

I see you scaled the Allouez docks a while back... no narration to the pics yet, soon I'm hoping. I live about 2 miles from there, and actually climbed one myself about 12 years ago. Hell of a climb in the dark in December at -15. What a f**king rush!

In the last 5 days, I read pretty much the whole site and also found out that you and some of your fellow Squaddiliacs are featured in a docu-thing (Into the Darkness) which I checked out on NetFlix. Pretty cool, man. If ya ever get a chance, I recommend skulking around the innards of a 1000 ft ore boat that's docked for the winter...wicked.

Anyways...you guys still doing your thing, or what? No recent updates, are you in jail for messing up that D-bag who ripped off your story? If so, I know some wicked lawyers...

Sincerely,

Semi-psychotic salamander of the souptown sewer system

P.S. - There is a time and place for alliteration. It is now.

 

 

 

Date:

04/06/2012

Name:

Anthony

Location:

Austin, Tx

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I've been doing this my whole life never knowing there were groups!!! I want in, we need one here in ATX!!!

 

 

 

Date:

04/05/2012

Name:

Karm A Sutraa

Location:

Angola

Homepage:

https://www.lovells.com

Comments:

Cool site

 

 

 

Date:

04/03/2012

Name:

WK

Location:

America

Homepage:

None

Comments:

great site!

 

 

 

Date:

04/01/2012

Name:

Brian K. Goodroad

Location:

St. Paul, MN

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hello,
I enjoyed your exploration pictures of the old Abbot Hospital at 110 East 18th Street in Minneapolis. For a brief period of time in the 1980s, this building was owned and operated by the Ebenezer Society and was run as a Transitional Care Facility called Ebenezer Caroline Center. I worked as a nurse in this facility from March 1985 to July 1986. I started on the fourth floor (4West) which was the Closed Head Injury unit specializing in rehabilitation care for people who suffered a serious head injury. Many of our patients were relatively young people who had suffered unfortunate head trauma. Our unit moved to the second floor of the newer east wing while I worked there. I lived at the time just a few blocks away on 1st Avenue and 24th Street. Much later after I returned from my graduate education as a nurse practitioner, I worked in a clinic that admitted people needing end of life care to 2west, the palliative care unit when the facility was known as City of Lakes Transitional Care Center.

I have many good memories of working at Ebenezer Caroline Center my very first job as a nurse in the Twin cities. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! It would be fun to see the inside of this place again before they tear it down.

 

 

 

Date:

03/28/2012

Name:

Lisa McDonald

Location:

Columbus OH

Homepage:

None

Comments:

This is one of the greatest websites I've ever seen. I always thought I was weird because I've been known to stand on the brakes and back up when I see a sign saying something like "Abandoned Mine Disaster Site" or "Penitentiary Tours". Whenever I see or hear of an old abandoned building, tunnel, whatever, I find myself figuring out how to get in. I have been able to extensively explore the Mansfield Reformatory ("Shawshank Redemption")- even made it to Potter's Field and did't turn back until guards held guns on us. Good times.

 

 

 

Date:

03/28/2012

Name:

Mshr47

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Dear Actionsquad,

Stumbled across your site tonight after seeing what was on the web about the old Gopher Ordnance Site in Rosemount. I enjoyed your 'missions' and explorations. I am totally unfamiliar with any of them other than those of “U-land”.

Had cousins that knew the caves and tunnels along the river through St. Paul very well, but I grew up in Rosemount and my dad worked at the 'U/M Research Farm' as I did for two summers in the early 60's before graduating from high school. In fact I worked in the restricted area among the 'ruins' as you call them.

I recall going through one of the old abandoned barrack type buildings during a break bailing hay, and found a map of the entire storm sewer system and the run to where is exited into the river down by the Pine Bend Oil Refinery Loading Dock. Never did get a chance to check it all out or what happened to the map.

When in collage, my brother, just back from the military had taken over a scout troop of kids still in high school. I knew them all and after one of their meetings we piled into cars and headed for the restricted area. The Army National Guard was spending an evening bivouacked out in the restricted area. I had just read “Popski's Private Army” the book the tv show 'Rat Patrol' was based on. We got dropped off outside the restricted area and hiked about ¾ mile through corn fields to their site. We located their 'sentries', and then slipped between them to the row of trucks parked on the road. We went from truck to truck taping 3x5 cards to the steering wheels that said “This vehicle has been destroyed by Popski's Private Army”. We then fell back to just inside the sentries. Opened up a backpack and pulled out half dozen M-80's taped to rocks. We lite and threw them back toward the trucks. As they went off the sentries ran in, we ran out. Got back to out pick up point and rode into Rosemount where there was a NG jeep parked at the VFW. So we put card on his steering wheel also.

One day I grabbed one of the highway flashers put on barricades. That weekend at night some friends from college and I went out to the eastern plant which was still standing along with the coal ramp you see on that picture you post from the forties. We worked our way up on the roof of the ramp, until we could drop inside through a hole. That run is a lot longer inside than it looks and the angle didn't help with no lights. Once on the plants roof, I climbed up the first chimney. I had cut a 1 gallon gas can in half and poked a hole in each corner to insert two U shaped steel rod down through the corners. When I got to the top I spread the rods so it would straddle the lip of the tower, turned it on and climbed down. It flashed up there for months, and was finally blown off by high winds. If I can find it, I'll send you a photo of it we took from the air later that week. We could go inside the plant from the top but it was totally empty, no floors, just four walls and an immensely high ceiling.

The area's you call arena's were actually above ground water reservoirs, one for each plant, all with covered roofs. In the sixties the roofs had just caved in, and eventually they just rotted away although there was some clean up occasionally. Don't know how many gallons they were, but impressive when you think about it. The front of the buildings where there were rooms were where the pumps were for forcing the water into the plant in the event of a fire. One of the last trips out there before I enlisted in the military for my vacation from school so I could go to Vietnam, I found that the entire front portion of the western 'arena' was filled with large lead containers about half again as big as a 'jerry can'. They were labeled, “40mm smokeless powder”. Can only think powder production was ahead of ammo production so they needed to store it somewhere, what better than an abandoned powder plant in a restricted area. Of course there were no doors on the building, so it was totally accessible.

Thanks for the memories, and I wish you luck on your voyages,just be safe, as if you aren't, ain't no one gonna find you.

 

 

 

Date:

03/27/2012

Name:

Brian

Location:

Maine

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Saw you on the Urban Explorers movie on netflix. Really cool...Looks like a lot of fun. I'd love to go do this sometime with a camera on hand. Oh and I don't exactly understand why you took No Drinking off your rule list? Fuck it. I'd want a little buzz on every once in awhile.

 

 

 

Date:

03/24/2012

Name:

Johnny

Location:

Okinawa, Japan

Homepage:

http://http://herezjonny2000.deviantart.com/gallery/

Comments:

I live in Okinawa, but am from Texas. As an urbex enthusiast I am just doing some research for when I come back to the states and what states I should visit for the best adventure possible. If you guys have any tips for me please let me know. I'm a photographer ad want to get some great shots while exploring. Thanks for the inspiration on the site.

 

 

 

Date:

03/23/2012

Name:

Jessica

Location:

Red Wing, MN

Homepage:

http://facebook.com/victorynotvengence

Comments:

In your entry for Red Wing- Red Wing has a space in it, and the other bluff you went to was called Barns Bluff. I am glad you guys got to visit Red Wing's "caves" sorry there isn't too much to them!

 

 

 

Date:

03/23/2012

Name:

Dougo

Location:

None

Homepage:

http://caveclan.org

Comments:

Good luck with the law suit.
The guy sounds like a dick.
Cheers

 

 

 

Date:

03/20/2012

Name:

James Kirk

Location:

East Vancouver, B.C., CA Earth

Homepage:

None

Comments:

U.E. since 1970's

 

 

 

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