AIDS was a new and frightening epidemic disease when activists set up a booth at the Minnesota State Fair to educate people about the disease. This 1987 MPR report captures fairgoers' reactions.
For die-hards, pitching horseshoes is way more than a backyard game. At the St. Paul Ramsey Co. Horseshoe Club in Maplewood, ringers are a way of life.
Nothing that starts with "fried" or ends in "on a stick?" That's crazy talk. Take a tour of the Minnesota State Fair's menu from 35 years ago in this report from the Minnesota Public Radio archives.
Gas prices go up, speed limits come down and people grumble all around. Check out this 1975 report from the Minnesota Public Radio archive to hear how speed limits drove an intense public debate.
When Fort Snelling was an actual workaday fort, soldiers never fired the cannon in battle. But these days, soldiers fire the old gun all the time. In this audio feature, you can hear how reenactors use period equipment to set off a big boom.
With help from the American Composers forum a composer and Bloomington native Ryan Ingebritsen is inviting the public to experience an exploration of sound and nature in Banning State Park.
A former granite quarry near St. Cloud is a haven for mountain biking, hiking, fishing, scuba diving and swimming. Dive in ... the water's nice and cool.
Open land isn't always easy to find these days. Minnesota may be the land of 10,000 lakes -- but there's a road or two leading almost all of them. It wasn't always that way. In this 1975 report, Minnesotans share memories of the vast countryside and hushed sounds of the prairie.
The Metrodome is down to one major tenant -- the Minnesota Vikings -- and even they don't want to play there anymore. As the team and the state contemplate building a new stadium, take a look back at the days when the Metrodome was still just a gleam in lawmakers' eyes.
Bluegrass, country, Cajun, Celtic, and Tejano music might not be the first thing you think of when you see the strip mall located near 66th Street and Penn Avenue South in Richfield, but that's what you'll find at the Homestead Pickin' Parlor.
McDonalds brings competition to the kitchen. In this 1974 Minnesota Public Radio story, reporter Greg Barron tells us about a national competition to be the best McDonalds worker.
In an old warehouse in downtown St. Paul's Lowertown, Dennis Davidson and George Weed make canoes the old-fashioned way. They cut, plane and tap planks onto a hull in a trance-inducing rhythm. Their finished products are marvelous watercraft.
Scott Aamodt has been piloting hot air balloons for more 20 years, and he still enjoys the view. Check out the sights and sounds as he voyages up and away.
The venerable music venue First Avenue celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. In this archival MPR story, First Avenue was marking its first 20 years.
Baseball went on long hiatus in the summer of 1981. Finally, after a 50-day players union strike, games resumed in August 1981. In this archival news report, Lee Axdahl reports about the Twins getting back into action.