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. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.