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  • Leigh Kamman signs off
    Leigh Kamman, longtime host of The Jazz Image on Minnesota Public Radio, signs off for the last time Saturday night.September 26, 2007
  • The Metrodome's 25th anniversary
    The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which opened 25 years ago, is considered the country's most versatile stadium. The history, funding, politics, major events and most amazing stories of The Dome are told by the man with the closest association to the place, Bill Lester.Midday, September 21, 2007
  • Battles of Belief in World War II
    It's easy to look back on World War II and get the impression that America was united in fighting "The Good War." Battles of Belief, a new documentary from American RadioWorks, tells two little-known and remarkable stories that reveal the struggle for hearts and minds in wartime.Midday, September 20, 2007
  • Ken Burns' fresh look at World War II
    Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns speaks at the National Press Club about his newest documentary series, "The War." The series, which begins Sunday night on PBS, takes a different approach to World War II. Luverne, Minnesota is one of the four towns featured in the series.Midday, September 18, 2007
  • Take a 'Right on Lake Street'
    A new exhibit opening Tuesday at the Minnesota History Center explores the continuing transformation of Lake St. in Minneapolis.September 18, 2007
  • Luverne prepares for 'The War'
    Thursday is a big day in the city of Luverne, in southwest Minnesota. The town will host the world premiere of Ken Burns' new film "The War."September 6, 2007
  • Ken Burns on 'The War'
    Ken Burns' latest project, "The War," documents the lives of men and women in four towns, including Luverne, Minnesota, who carried on with everyday life while their soldiers were overseas during World War II.Midday, September 5, 2007
  • Pioneering heart patient returns to the U of M to say thanks
    Cindy Lander was just 11 years old when she underwent pioneering open heart surgery at the University of Minnesota. That was 50 years ago, and Lander is visiting the university Friday to mark the anniversary.August 31, 2007
  • 150 years of Minnesota history
    Minnesota's Constitution was signed 150 years ago on Aug. 29, and the state is preparing to celebrate its sesquicentennial next year. What was Minnesota like 150 years ago? What were the events and trends that changed Minnesota since then?Midday, August 28, 2007
  • The Great Minnesota Get-Together
    A new book chronicles the Minnesota State Fair since its start in the 1850s. Mother-daughter team Kathryn Strand Koutsky and Linda Koutsky have put together an illustrated history using pictures from all eras.August 23, 2007
  • Jonis Agee imagines criminal life on the Mississippi
    Author Jonis Agee's new novel, "The River Wife," actually tells the story of several wives, five generations of women who live on a piece of land on the Mississippi River in southern Missouri.July 24, 2007
  • Remembering the "Storm of the Century"
    Twenty years ago today, a rainstorm swept through Minnesota that would later be known as the state's "Storm of the Century." MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Bill Togstad, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen who co-authored a paper on storm.July 23, 2007
  • Former U of M scientist awarded Congressional Gold Medal
    Norman Borlaug's work on high-yield, disease-resistant varieties of wheat is credited with starting the "Green Revolution," and alleviating starvation in India and Pakistan in the 1960s.July 17, 2007
  • Walking the Pembina Trail
    A Minnesota man plans to mark the state's 150th birthday by walking 400 miles with an ox and cart.July 5, 2007
  • Iwo Jima flag raiser dies in Minn.
    Charles W. Lindberg, one of the U.S. Marines who raised the first American flag over Iwo Jima during World War II, has died. He was 86.June 25, 2007

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