Ruth Adams, the longtime accordion player at Nye’s, has passed away, the Star Tribune reports. She was one-third of the trio dubbed “the world’s most dangerous polka band.” She played at Nye’s since 1975 and her death, coupled with the retirement last month of piano-bar host Lou Snider presents a double loss of Twin Cities icons.
The Barking Dog Polka will never quite be the same.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts where he was VP of programming for Berkshire Broadcasting Co. He was an editor at the RKO Radio Network in New York, and WHDH Radio in Boston. He is the founder of the MPR News’ website. He is a private pilot and flies an airplane he built.