Looks like we didn't get the word out soon enough or hard enough! There's another group of folks looking to put together a hacker collective like you've been discussing here on the forum. Now, there is certainly room for more than one here in the twin cities, especially with these long, cold winters. But I'm guessing all of us interested in this would be better served by pooling together for a first location. Now, certainly this is no order for any of you to participate with this other group, but I think we'll all wind up rather compatible. We're looking at an open, democratic group with a few strong personalities to lead us into formation. Looks like Paul would be one of those, and another never hurts. We're also looking at something in central, public-transit-friendly locations. In fact, we've actually scoped out one or two buildings. (We as in others in this group.)
If you're willing, please head over to <a href="http://mnhackers.net">mnhackers.net</a> and log into that google sites wiki (just a gathering space for the time being) and poke around. It might be worth a coffee sometime between all the folk involved, from both groups, to see how this could play out. Word is there's also a yahoo! group someone kicked up on our side. I'm looking for a link and confirmation, and will share it once I find it.