In the West Bank area of Minneapolis, signs of the economic recession are apparent even in the bars frequented by college students. At the Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., the New Year's Event was advertised as "recession proof," with no cover charge to hear the bands, plus an opportunity to win the "meat raffle."
As raffle numbers were called, the crowd chanted "Meat, meat!" If you closed your eyes, you could imagine yourself in a post-apocalyptic world.
Of course, it was that way when you opened your eyes, too.