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Date:

06/17/2003

Name:

Kristi

Location:

Minnesota

Homepage:

None

Comments:

i was just wondering if you've ever heard of any other caves in saint paul, they must be near the wabasha bridge caves. i go there often with friends and stuff. it must be a very popular place to go, because we meet different people there almost everytime we go. also there is tons of graffitti inside and bottles and stuff. the ground is very soft, almost white sand like on a beach, and you almost never have to crawl, unless you are going on a real adventure. to get in, you have to climb over some huge broken cement chunks with some sort of gold/copper colored wires poking out all over, but then its just easy walking. there is a "temple" at the rear of the caves that you have to crawl over a lot more of that cement crap to get to. but its awesome. people have carved shrines in the wall and adorn them with tea light candles. one time we brought a bag of 50 and lined them up along the walls every 20 feet or so and put a bunch in the "temple" it looked so neat. i figured you must have surely been here before, since it is such a well'known spot, but i didnt see anything about it on the site... let me know if you've been there, because its really neat. also, there is this school over north somewhere that my freind once told me it was haunted because some girl drowned in the pool and then after that they didnt want anyone to know so they covered the pool in with cement or something and you can still hear her screams late at night... i dont know if this is true or not, but he used to tell us this story (in much greater detail so we'd be fully spooked) and then take us there, break in and walk around inside. you have to do it real late at night though, because there are janitors working til at least 10 or so. i think the school is called ann wattin... or something (like i said he might have made this story uip just to scare us, but well, it worked! and it was neat to go in there)

let me know about those caves, if you've been there or not, if not, i'd be glad to show you or tell you where they are!

 

 

 

Date:

06/14/2003

Name:

Mr. Defecto

Location:

Oshkosh, WI

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Excellent site my brothers and sisters! Especially enjoyed the Hamms Brewery mission. Our site, WCC Affiliates, should be up soon, showcasing our various missions. Missions included will include a trip to an old hospital, old school, factories and more. I shall post again when it is up. Also, feel free to e-mail me and I shall forward you some pics of missions.

-Mr. Defecto

 

 

 

Date:

06/13/2003

Name:

dan

Location:

twincities

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I need an update, you guys have made me a junkie for this stuff

 

 

 

Date:

06/12/2003

Name:

C. Lynch

Location:

Rochester, MN

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I heard about your page from a patron drinking at my bar and I was hooked. I stop back regularly, and I think I have now read everything that you have on the page, I LOVE it! You guys are incredibly ballsy, and fun....keep up the adventures. By the way, I have heard of tunnels under Rochester, is there any truth behind this??

Stay Safe

 

 

 

Date:

06/11/2003

Name:

psy

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I was just being a bitch and self promoting my site.... haha ;)

 

 

 

Date:

06/11/2003

Name:

Cap'n Wannabe

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

psy - Relax dude, I don't think any of us meant to complain or be insensitive to the fact that Max Action probably has better things to do than update this site. I think all that was intended was to let him and the rest of Action Squad know that there are people out there who really dig what they do, enjoy reading about it and want to read more whenever they get around to posting more. After all we wouldn't want Max Action to say, "Fuck it, no one's reading this shit anyway so why bother?"

 

 

 

Date:

06/11/2003

Name:

psy

Location:

mpls

Homepage:

http://www.the907.org

Comments:

This is to the people below my post. Have you ever thought about the effects or POST 9/11 and War with Iraq? Why are you so demanding of these people? It's alright if MAX ACTION hasn't updated this page. It's not like other websites, He has to go out and create the content to post. You all might not believe it, but there's a chance that MAX ACTION and the other people from this site have a life. And if you really want to bitch you should post on the local UE webboard www.the907.org

 

 

 

Date:

06/10/2003

Name:

Cap'n Wannabe

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hey, there are a lot of losers out there who live vicariously through you guys. Right now we don't know what to do with our pathetic sheltered lives so how about an update!?!

 

 

 

Date:

06/09/2003

Name:

Errol McPherson-Higdon

Location:

Northsiiiiiiiiide!!!!!

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I hate you. But your brain gives me a boner. When are you monkeys exploring your territory next?

 

 

 

Date:

06/09/2003

Name:

Brian

Location:

Minneapolis

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Its been over 2 months since the last update. hopefully you guys are planning something really cool. Keep up the good work!

 

 

 

Date:

06/09/2003

Name:

Snake

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hey, we need to collect bond money or something?

I hope it's not organize a search and rescue party.

 

 

 

Date:

06/05/2003

Name:

John

Location:

South East Michigan

Homepage:

None

Comments:

This has to be my favorite exploration site on the net! I've been visiting this site for over a year now. Have any of you seen this site yet? ---&rt; http://www.thegoonies.org

 

 

 

Date:

06/05/2003

Name:

Pete Dye

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Whats up guys? Your exploits are the one thing that gets me through my long day in this cubicle...

 

 

 

Date:

06/04/2003

Name:

gonzo

Location:

Chicago

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Has Max Action been lost on one of his adventures?

It's been 2 months since the last update.

 

 

 

Date:

06/01/2003

Name:

Ferret

Location:

Toronto

Homepage:

None

Comments:

You guys okay? It's been a while since your last update here. I hope the sewer gas hasn't caught up with you!

 

 

 

Date:

05/21/2003

Name:

Jon Low

Location:

MSP

Homepage:

http://www.thenewlow.com

Comments:

I had a dream last night that is too weird NOT to share. I was accompanying Action Squad on my very first urban adventure - some sort of cave/tunnel structure underneath Minneapolis, near the U. But I had to cancel my plans at the very last moment because one of you lost my new guitar! (Bastards!!!) Do you find that lugging around clunky guitars contributes to a more successful adventure? I thought not.

By the way, Max -- I may be biased because we live in the same city and I know of a lot of the locations you visit, but I still think you've got the best UE site on the web. Great reports, well-written, well-presented. Keep up the outstanding work!

Jon Low

 

 

 

Date:

05/16/2003

Name:

David Hames

Location:

St.Paul, MN

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Just Thought I would write and tell you that you site is very cool! Keep up the good work, and cool missions.

 

 

 

Date:

05/06/2003

Name:

alex aeQea ariumn

Location:

here and now

Homepage:

http://www.killyourself.tk

Comments:

you guys are so sued. you are all arrested. stay out of my hospital! i will be there from now on with special seeing eye guard dog with surgicaly installed shark teeth for teeth. fo shizzle.

 

 

 

Date:

04/30/2003

Name:

Lee Paigle

Location:

minneapolis

Homepage:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/decayedrealms

Comments:

Hello again guys. I just wanted to ask if you guys have heard about the stepped-up security at the Uof MN. We tried to enter the steam tunnels a few weeks ago and found our usual entrance freshly locked-up. And after checking several other entry points found them to be freshly locked as well. Also, do you guys know if there really are guard dogs in the old sears building? That's what the no tresspassing signs say, but I have my doubts although a rent-a-cop does patrol the grounds. Anyways, I've built a yahoo group, I'd love it if you guys checked it out. It's mostly photography from my explorations in other cities. I should have some steam tunnel and Minneapolis pics up there soon though. I hope to hear from you soon. Keep on exploring!
Lee

 

 

 

Date:

04/28/2003

Name:

Debbie Eliason

Location:

Springfield, MO

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hello! I just wanted to thank-you for the excellent history of the Hamm's Brewery. I am a Hamm's fan and collector and enjoyed this site tons! I lived in St. Paul as a kid and when I vacationed up there 2 years ago, the highlight of my trip was just driving by the old brewery. Thanks again! Debbie

 

 

 

Date:

04/25/2003

Name:

MM

Location:

CA

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I have enjoyed reading your exploits, and return occasionally for updates.
In my area northwest of Los Angeles there is not much to explore. Too new, I guess.
We used to strap big 6v flashlights to our handlebars and ride across town in a strorm drain, but it was just straight and rather dull, but I do remember well that feeling of being somewhere secret and new. Peeking out of the drains in street curbs was fun too.
I would love to buy you and your buddies a round or two (or four) as way of thanks for the great job you have done with your site.
If you ever make it out to the LA area, drop an email.

 

 

 

Date:

04/19/2003

Name:

None

Location:

Duluth, MN

Homepage:

None

Comments:

YOu guys rule. I've been a normal spelunker for years and just recently got into the urban action. My friend showed me this site and it's given me some ideas. I've been to a bunch of these places you've been to already but now I got more. Keep it up and don't stop.

 

 

 

Date:

04/16/2003

Name:

shamrcker

Location:

orange county, california

Homepage:

None

Comments:

this site is amazing. i never saw such cool photos (the comments are funny, too). i hadn't heard of 'action squading' before today, but it looks pretty great. keep it up!

 

 

 

Date:

04/15/2003

Name:

Robby the slacker

Location:

St Cloud

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hey, just started checking out the storm drains in st cloud, not a whole lot to see, but you guys inspired me to do it. I just need to figure out what more kind of cool stuff there is around here. I guess I'll be spending some time at the Stearns historical society.

 

 

 

Date:

04/09/2003

Name:

Jessica P.

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

This is the coolest webpage! My friends and I do basically the same thing on a much smaller and less illegal scale, and like you in the beginning thought we were the sole inventers of "adventures", as we call them. If I was going to go to the U of M, I'd definitely try to join the Action Squad, but I fear that I'm not even half as cool or awesome as any of you were when you were still inside your mother, so I will shove off now and continue delighting myself with your exploits.

 

 

 

Date:

04/08/2003

Name:

Heartless

Location:

Minnesota

Homepage:

http://turbo_six923.tripod.com/home

Comments:

Anyone interested in the "U-Lands" should check out my page http://turbo_six923.tripod.com/welcometonowhere lots of info available and pics, and there is a contact section for anyone looking for a few questions answered. Look for updates and new aerial photos to be taken soon with light aircraft and also photos of the original blueprints. Be careful and good exploring, props to the Action Squad.

 

 

 

Date:

04/07/2003

Name:

Solid Shadow

Location:

NB, Canada

Homepage:

http://dangerforce.thecatsweb.com

Comments:

Hi Max
Just thought you'd be interested in the possible sequel to Goonies.
Here are a couple of links.
http://oregon.pacificnorthwestmovies.com/TheGoonies2/

http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hp&cf=prev&id=1808404251

If it does get released, I hope they don't mess it up.

 

 

 

Date:

04/02/2003

Name:

krauler

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I have read almost all of the Urban Exploration websites worldwide. Yours is by far the best and most well written. Keep up the good work.

 

 

 

Date:

04/01/2003

Name:

tug

Location:

portland, maine

Homepage:

None

Comments:

great site

-tug

urban explorer since '99.

 

 

 

Date:

03/28/2003

Name:

the exbert

Location:

mn/wi

Homepage:

None

Comments:

kewl site e-mail me I'm always down for an adventure, used to explore in ny all the time. also have been to some weird places on the left coast

 

 

 

Date:

03/26/2003

Name:

qwizx

Location:

san antonio

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Yo you guys kick ass urban adventurers rule!

 

 

 

Date:

03/25/2003

Name:

zaius

Location:

where the air is clean

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Ewwwww.... My ears hurt. Why didn't almost dying by asphyxiation while sucking in lungfuls of sewer gas make the list of favorite things? 'Sucking in methane and asphyxiation' just fits so well into the 3/4 time signature of the song! But then again, maybe you didn't like that at all...

 

 

 

Date:

03/21/2003

Name:

Bri Guy

Location:

Chicago

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Max, we want an update!!!!

 

 

 

Date:

03/19/2003

Name:

fat ninja

Location:

minnesota

Homepage:

http://www.moviepoopshoot.com

Comments:

heres a storry from the star trib were you guys at mill ruins park tisk tisk


Authorities this afternoon reopened two downtown bridges over the Mississippi River that had been closed this morning, amid security concerns. A lock was found cut near the 3rd Avenue bridge, officials said.

The 3rd Avenue and Stone Arch bridges over the Mississippi River were closed late this morning as authorities carried out their investigation.

A lock on a gate under that bridge was cut, allowing access to a tunnel under the bridge that leads to a University of Minnesota water laboratory, said Police Chief Robert Olson.

Officers checked the tunnels with dogs but didn't immediately venture deep inside as a precaution against leftover pesticides from the period when grain mills lined the river in the area, Olson said.

Some people who had been under the bridge had been told to leave by a group of FBI agents, a man said.


Police Chief Olson briefs reporters on bridge closings.

J. Pinkley
Star Tribune
Minneapolis police Capt. Stacy Altonen, who leads the Second Precinct, called the closures "precautionary measures."

The Stone Arch Bridge, which is a walkway and bicycle path across the river near downtown, also was closed off by the park police. It reopened first, after police made a security check of the area.

The local office of the FBI declined to comment late this morning

 

 

 

Date:

03/19/2003

Name:

Norm Tallant

Location:

Hollywood, CA

Homepage:

http://www.degentech.com

Comments:

Rattfink is super cute! ;)

But seriously, I enjoyed reading your website and I hope to locate a like-minded group nearby. Drop me a line if you're ever in town, I'd love to buy all you guys (and girls) a beer or something :)

 

 

 

Date:

03/18/2003

Name:

Master Blaster

Location:

Formerly Strong Island, now sunny FA

Homepage:

None

Comments:

One more thing, for urban adventuring with a conspiracy twist, interested parties should check out K.B. Wells Jr.'s book, The Montauk Files: Unearthing the Phoenix Conspiracy. This dude infiltrated a former military base widely rumored to have been utilized for mind control experiments and such. Pretty interesting stuff, although it does get a bit "out of this world". But the exploring sections (tunnels, turrets, barracks, etc.) are worth it.

 

 

 

Date:

03/17/2003

Name:

Master Blaster

Location:

Formerly Strong Island, now sunny FA

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hey guys, great website. Brings back many memories. Only I got paid for my adventures. When I was in New York, I worked for an environmental consulting firm performing site inspections for property transfers. In other words, I inspected properties for environmental concerns prior to someone purchasing them. I did work in New York City and the surrounding buroughs (Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, etc.), where some of the country's oldest buildings are located. I was routinely in rat-infested cellars surrounded by mounded wastes. I saw some of the coolest buildings. The best were obviously the old factories. In addition, I worked on many old papermills in the New England region dating from the mid-1800s, filled with huge vats and the like. But in addition to just exploring, I got to research the history of the sites. A great source of old maps are the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. Anyone interested in this type of thing should look into these. They show what sites looked like dating back to the mid-1800s.

 

 

 

Date:

03/12/2003

Name:

psy

Location:

mpls

Homepage:

http://www.the907.org

Comments:

To the guy posting about the graffi, I don't know about the ActionSquad, but when I explore i like to see the building/tunnel/cave/etc... in the oringinal shape it was left in. When i enter one of these places and see graffi everyway it gives me mixed feelings about the exploration.<br&rt;
How do you think the <i&rt;goonies</i&rt; would have felt if the entire shit was covered with graffi? Where's the excitement in that?!</font&rt;

 

 

 

Date:

03/11/2003

Name:

CubZilla

Location:

Minnesota

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Me and a buddy of mine have been trying to find a way into the long lost fountain cave in St. Paul. It's probobly a lost cause, we've been searching for months, but if anyone has any ideas please e-mail me, thecubzilla@aol.com

 

 

 

Date:

03/08/2003

Name:

someone

Location:

mpls

Homepage:

None

Comments:

why the hell do you guys hate graffit so much?? graffiti just gives these building that much more flavor and more interesting..like the mineral research building at the u of m..that building was way cool cause of the graff.. if there werent any in it itd be so bland...and like the other guy was sayin the goldmedal flour building was full of graffiti and is what made it so unique..ive been on the roof of goldmedal flour on numerous occations and i even climbed up on to the "gold" part of the big sign(i went for the gold haha)..we were up there last 4th of july to watch the fireworks and we had the best seats in the house...but yea im rambling on and on now, but graffiti is what makes me wanna explore these old buildings..so dont hate it try to understand it

other places you may want to explore is the bunge building(that ones crazy but its super hard to get into to) goldmedalflour(not really accessable anymore though)and a few others but i dont rememebr the names of what they are.

 

 

 

Date:

03/07/2003

Name:

tj

Location:

st paul

Homepage:

None

Comments:

i just wana say that you what u guys do is so cool
me n my friends always go on these explorations and its so god damn fun we walk around the caves all the time but we dont go around destroying the fuckin place tho but yea you really should write like a book all of you guys n have like maps in it with pics n shit i bet youd make a shit load of money as with more attention
peace easy guys

tj

 

 

 

Date:

03/06/2003

Name:

Friar Baptiste

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hello there action-squadee's,

I briefly looked over your site, but i didn't notice if your group made it into the old flour mill buildings by the river (which are now outrageously expensive condos) Some of my high school friends went in there to photograph the grafitti. Can you mail me back?
-Fr. B

 

 

 

Date:

03/04/2003

Name:

lizzie

Location:

hamline university

Homepage:

None

Comments:

hey come and visit me sometime.

 

 

 

Date:

03/04/2003

Name:

geogling

Location:

kentucky

Homepage:

None

Comments:

sorry, me again, but i think that in this picture,
http://www.actionsquad.org/NSP32.html
"crosby" and "n. pillsbury" refer not to streets, but to mills. those are both the names of mills that once stood in the vicinity.

 

 

 

Date:

03/04/2003

Name:

geogling

Location:

kentucky

Homepage:

None

Comments:

this is great. i've spent a spellbound day and a half reading every word. i went to u of m and went in the pillsbury tunnels a couple of times. once we had to swing in on a rope b/c of high water. very cool, but i found the cascading torrent of water pretty terrifying. now i can show people pics of where we were! you know, doing this kind of thing got me into geography and graduate school. i built my whole career on abandoned stuff - first farmsteads, now railroads. do you believe they pay me to creep around in the woods and old tunnels and wear boots and get muddy and stuff? you see the landscape, relate present to past, and think more insightfully about it all than 3/4 of the professional academic geographers i know. keep looking. keep writing. keep researching.

 

 

 

Date:

03/01/2003

Name:

Lee Paigle

Location:

minneapolis

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hello action squad.
Some friends and I have been exploring the east bank steam tunnels recently, and we heard rumors of a natural cavern or cave system somewhere off the tunnel network. Do you guys know of this cavern? Or have you ever heard rumors of this said cavern? Can you give us a hint? Also, do you know of a big room in the tunnels that was the site of a heavy metal concert in the 80's? The amps are still there in the room. We found this room last time we were in there and were mystified. Feel free to e-mail me. Thanx.
Lee

 

 

 

Date:

02/27/2003

Name:

Tavi

Location:

Baltimore

Homepage:

None

Comments:

What better way for a 40ish year old stuck in a cubicle to spend lunch than to go on virtual adventures with you! The well written stories put me right there (I can almost smell the shit!). I still occasionally get the itch to do something cool and on the edge (probably a mid-life crises coming on!). Two things; Go get a friggin O2 monitor. They’re small and will warn you well before you drop like a sack of potatoes! Consider making some money by hosting small and well screened groups of “urban tourists”! I’d fly to MN and pay for a night o’fun! Keep it up, don’t get caught and thanks for sharing your adventures!

 

 

 

Date:

02/27/2003

Name:

gitboy

Location:

sydney australia

Homepage:

None

Comments:

hey great site im starting something like this in sydney australia
we have heapos of cool places like the herigtage listed 23 high
rise childrens hospital in camperdown should come down check out
anyway love the page anyone in sydney australia come to this site
contact me at imthegit@yahoo.com i also have some pictures you might
like to add to your site as we have toomany pic and videos we have good footage of the 3 mourges 12 operationg theaters and all the other buildings so drop us a line keep it real you guies inspire us
down here git boy and the merry band of tresspassers sydney australia
2-26-2003

 

 

 

Date:

02/26/2003

Name:

DON

Location:

ROCHESTER N.Y.

Homepage:

None

Comments:

GREAT SIGHT
I just spent the last couple of hours on your sight, I loved it,great pics and great detail of your adventures. I am a great fan of exploring tunnels and urban exploring (although there isn't much around here except for our old subway system) and have been surfing different sights for about a year now, yours is one of the best, and I will recomend it for sure
thanks for shareing it and keep it up
Don from Rochester N.Y.

 

 

 

Date:

02/26/2003

Name:

Paul

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

This site is great. A good friend and I did this all through college. We called ourselves "No Footprints". We were baffled by the "steam tunnels" at our college and managed to map the entire system. We snuck into almost every building on campus and managed to log most of it. It was a great exhilerating time. I even put together a sort of "utility belt" for exploring. I'm sure its still somewhere. It's very funny to me that these factions of explorers pop up at practically ever college. How does one join the Action Squad anyway? I'm very interested and have immense exploration experience.

-Paul

 

 

 

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