1987: Activists educate fairgoers about AIDS 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.September 3, 2010
1975: State Fair food back in the day 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.August 25, 2010
1975: Speed limits become a hot-button issue 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.August 25, 2010
1975: Minnesotans remember wide open spaces 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.August 5, 2010
1975: To build or not to build the Metrodome 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.August 2, 2010
1974: Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce 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.July 26, 2010
Minnesota's latest centenarian Lloyd Johnson, a WWII veteran and local fiddler of Swedish heritage, had two dreams: to play at the Swedish Institute -- which he did this past summer -- and to fiddle with legendary mandolin and fiddle player Peter Ostroushko.