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Conny’s Creamy Cone Opens for the 2023 Season on March 11th

Conny’s Creamy Cone always has a line during the summer.

Every year the opening of Conny’s Creamy Cone is waited upon with baited breath. It is quite possible that the weather might be snowy, cold enough that your soft serve ice cream cone won’t melt in the sub freezing weather, but it’s the first promise of Spring in the North End Neighborhood of Saint Paul Minnesota.

At the Southwest Corner of the Dale St North and Maryland Ave West intersection, Conny’s Creamy Cone has been serving up soft serve in 32 flavors, and Flurries (like DQ Blizzards except there’s more stuff in them than DQ puts in Blizzards). They have almost everything DQ has except it is cheaper, and the line is longer in the Summertime than any of the nearby DQs.

Conny’s Menu

Conny’s Creamy Cone Full Menu link

Flurries: Banana Cream Pie, Banana Split, Brownie, Butterfinger, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough,  Chocolate Covered Cherry, French Silk Pie, Fudge Nut, German Chocolate, Green Mint, Heath, M&M, Mocha, Oreo, Pina Colada, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Sea Salt Caramel, S’Mores, Snickers, Strawberry-Banana, Turtle

Small: $4.79, Medium: $5.59, Large: $6.39, Extras Add $0.99

Dip Cones:  Chocolate, Butterscotch, Cherry, Dip of the Week, Crunch (the Flavored Cones can’t be dipped as they are too soft) 

Cone Cost: Baby $2.89, Small $3.49, Medium $4.19, Large $4.59, Waffle Cone $4.89 (2023 Prices)

Cheese Curds: $4.45 (more than what you get at the State Fair)

32 Flavors of Soft Serve

Some people try to do the cycle of trying every flavor of Soft Serve Conny’s has during the summer. It’s hard to do when you’re on a diet. With limited parking around it you can park a block or two away and get some exercise to work off a dip cone, Flurry, or a flavored cone.

32 Flavors of Conny’s Soft Serve: Amaretto, Apricot, Banana, Blackberry, Black Cherry, Blueberry, Butter Pecan, Cake Batter, Caramel, Cheesecake, Coconut, Coffee, Cotton Candy, German Chocolate, Irish Cream, Key Lime, Lemon, Mango, Maplenut, Mint, Orange, Peach, Peanut Butter, Pina Colada, Pistachio, Pumpkin, Raspberry, Rum, S’Mores, Strawberry, Tutti Fruiti

Cone Cost: Baby $2.89, Small $3.49, Medium $4.19, Large $4.59, Waffle Cone $4.89

Conny’s Under New Management–Her Nephew

You may have wondered about the origins of Conny’s and have stumbled upon this letter to the editor from Conny’s nephew Thomas McCullough, from November 4, 2020, “An October like no other.” 

Thomas McCullough explains in his letter to the editor that his Aunt Conny McCullough, bought Creamy Cone 25 years prior to then (that would be 1995). He says she bought it not to become rich, or to open up franchises, but to own a place that would provide joy to the community from a friendly face at an affordable price.  Prior to purchasing the shop, Thomas worked for about 10 years there and it was a great place to work as Conny was someone who cared about her employees. She understood the flexible schedules of the employees and knew their birthdays to give them the day off without them asking her.

Conny closed the shop for her last October in 2020. Thomas’ first opening was in March 2021

Never Closed for Covid

During the time of Covid lockdowns, Conny’s Creamy Cone never closed down. Since they are strictly a take out eatery they were allowed to stay open. One can only imagine they were still providing joy to their customers as there wasn’t much joy for people to look to during those dark times.

We thank them for that.  We like to support the area businesses inside and on the edges of HD 66B, so we gather the menus of area restaurants and bring them to the Republican Caucuses in the Minnesota State House & Senate. It isn’t hard to get them to go to Conny’s, many of them already knew of its existence.

Conny McCollough’s dream of bringing joy to St Paul, and surrounding suburbs from a friendly face at an affordable price has been realized.

Thank you.

This post was not authorized by anyone, nor do we get any sort of compensation for posting it. ~~ admin

Help Save Lives Dig Out St Paul Fire Hydrants

With the upcoming snow storm approaching, just a reminder to dig out the Fire Hydrants as soon as you can.  Also if there is a Metro Transit Bus Stop near your house, dig it out too. Your neighbors who ride the bus will thank you.

(This post is reposted from year to year)

We never get tired of this video below.  Okay it is a little bit corny but the message of cleaning off the nearest fire hydrant to your house is an important one.  Time is of the essence when the nearest Ladder Company of the St Paul’s Bravest show up to put out a fire.  Let us say that again, Time is very important to saving lives in a fire.  If a firefighter has to waste time digging a hydrant out of a snow bank, your loved one, or your pets, or your neighbors, and their pets could die.

You can take turns with your neighbor over who gets to do the honor of Digging out the Hydrant.

This article was re-posted by permission of  It was published on December 16, 2017.  I used to shovel sidewalks for extra cash during the winter, and I always used to shovel the hydrants free of snow near the clients I had.  ~~ Publius Jr.


Mike “Bones” Hartzell Resident of Rice St Passes Away at 71

Rice Street has lost its most famous Resident Mike Hartzell aka Bones.  We at MN HD 66B Republicans will miss Mike. Here is an article written by Fred Melo a reporter at St Paul Pioneer Press on December 3, 2018. ~~ Publius Jr

Mike “Bones” Hartzell, shown in a Jan. 1997 file photo, has been a familiar sight winter and summer along Rice Street from University Avenue to Maryland Avenue. Hartzell is known for his caravan of carts and wagons, including his heavily-loaded wheelbarrow. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)

In St. Paul’s North End, Mike Hartzell was known by another name, one that drew familiar nods and warm smiles from storefront to storefront. “Bones” called Rice Street home, and residents and business owners claimed him as their own.

When television and newspaper reports described him as homeless, some bristled.

“The writer missed the point,” said a reader, responding online after a Feb. 2017 news article about a state legislative proclamation recognizing Bones on his 70th birthday. “Bones isn’t homeless. Rice Street is Bones’ home!”

Bones, a Vietnam veteran who swept and shoveled Rice Street’s sidewalks for his meals and found community outside its bars and stores, died Sunday following an illness, according to friends and family. He was 71.

In Feb. 2017, two state lawmakers read a proclamation at Lonetti’s Lounge on Rice Street honoring Bones on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The celebration included a nacho bar, cake and ice cream.

The proclamation recognized “Bones as an upstanding citizen of St. Paul and icon on Rice Street.” It noted that Bones attended Washington High School and, after graduation, served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam, a period that Rice Street locals say he never liked to talk about.

It went on to say: “After discharge, Bones became highly independent, caring for the North End neighborhood to the best of his ability … He is a steward of the community, cleaning up streets and sidewalks along Rice Street and caring for the health of abandoned pets.”

“He believes the world without walls is his home and has worked hard to keep the community safe … Bones became an iconic figure on Rice Street, and all stores in the area welcome him with respect.”

A Facebook page that was created a few years ago to track his exploits drew more than 11,000 followers, and a smattering of impromptu pictures of Bones on his bicycle. When his bicycle was stolen, the neighborhood sprang into action, scouring corners until it was returned to him.

Keith Skip Duffney, one of many Rice Streeters who considered Bones an unofficial extension of his own family, told the Facebook community on Nov. 20 that “Mike is still in hospital with pneumonia and a very weak heart. He is being stubborn about his care and he would like to go to VA hospital. We are trying to get him moved but that is not easy. We don’t really know what will happen here but praying for recovery.”

“I know Mike has been lucky to have all of you caring for him all these years,” he added.

On Sunday morning, as it became clear Bones had been transferred to hospice care, Jeremiah Welter posted, “I don’t know when things took such a turn for the worst? He seemed alright when we went and (saw) him in the hospital. He is very strong-willed and resilient though.” By Sunday night, Welter and others associated with Tin Cup’s Bar were fundraising for an engraved bench in Bones’ memory

Memorial Gathering on December 11th

A memorial gathering will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Bradshaw Funeral Home, 1078 Rice St. There will be a time of sharing at 3 p.m. and a prayer service at 4 p.m. A community gathering at the Klub Haus, 1079 Rice St., will follow.

Hmong Freedom Festival-Volunteers Needed For CD4 Booth

Hmong Freedom Festival Map38th Annual Hmong Freedom Festival

United Hmong Family, Inc. invites you to join the Hmong community in celebrating culture, food, and sports at the July 4th Freedom Festival June 30th and July 1st. The festival is held at Como Park’s McMurray Field. The Twin Cities are known as the “Hmong Capital of the Nation” due to having the largest Hmong population in the United States.

  • Date:  Saturday, June 30 2018 to Sunday, July 1 2018
  • Location: McMurray Fields, Como Regional Park – 1155 Jessamine Ave W , Saint Paul, Minnesota 55117
  • Time: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Admission: $7/person *42 inches and under, 65+ w/ ID = Free
  • Parking (MN State Fair Grounds) = $5/vehicle
*Re-entry available, but must have re-entry stamp!
*Free admission after 6pm both days, gates will close at 7pm on Saturday.


For more information, please visit:

Volunteers Needed at the 38th Annual Hmong Freedom Festival To Hand Out Literature For Our CD4 and Statewide Endorsed Candidates

CD4 and Asian American Republican Affiliates are hosting a booth at the 38th Hmong Freedom Festival – the GOP Booth runs on both Saturday June 30, and July 1, 2018, 8:00am – 5:00pm. We will need a lot of volunteers. The event is expecting close to 60,000 attendees over the course of two days.

Please contact Karen Bauman,, if you can help (there is a $7.00 entry fee).  This is a packed event all weekend. This festival is a great way for us to meet and speak to the Hmong Community. There are 80,000+ Minnesota residents who are Hmong; The majority of which live in Saint Paul.  This weekend is a perfect opportunity for us to learn what matters most to the Hmong community.

You can get a shuttle ride to Gate 1 Como Ave from the State Fair Grounds como parking lot. The Shuttle is $5.00. This is off of Snelling and Como. Gate 2 is off of Lexington and Como and you have to walk a few blocks. If someone wants to be dropped off and not pay the shuttle fee they can come in on Gate 3 at Lexington and Wynne. Gate 3 is the closest to the vendor booths.

Again, please email if you are able to donate a couple of hours of your time either Saturday or Sunday.

Hmong Freedom Festival


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