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  • New life for the Gluek house
    The John G. and Minnie Gluek house is being sold for only the second time. Its new owners will move into a home that has been virtually untouched since its construction in 1902.March 16, 2007
  • Planning underway for Minnesota's 150th birthday
    Gov. Pawlenty and members of a special state commission outlined early plans Thursday for next year's celebration of the 150th anniversary of Minnesota's statehood.March 1, 2007
  • Settling the frontier
    The white settlers flocking to the Dakota territory found a forbidding place, hostile to farming. A new book uses letters and photographs to describe the frontier life immigrants faced.Midmorning, January 26, 2007
  • Sabo leaves politics as he served: low-key
    When Congress reconvenes next month, Rep. Martin Sabo will be out of politics for the first time in 46 years. Sabo wasn't a flashy politician. He preferred to work behind the scenes on issues.December 20, 2006
  • The McCarthy Tapes
    Eugene McCarthy died in December 2005 at the age of 89. His political legacy will forever be defined by 1968, when McCarthy turned his opposition to the Vietnam War into a crusade for the presidency. The McCarthy Tapes takes us back to the 1968 campaign through the audio recordings of the McCarthy archive.December 8, 2006
  • A history lesson from Voices of Minnesota
    Dorothy McIntyre, who helped open up athletics to young women, says Minnesota had a previous golden age for women in sports that ended in l942. And Normandale Community College instructor Chuck Chalberg discusses how he combines history and theater.Midday, November 27, 2006
  • Starting a new life "900 Miles from Nowhere"
    A new book blows some dust off the history of the Great Plains. "900 Miles from Nowhere" reveals the lives of early homesteaders through their own letters and photos.October 13, 2006
  • Biography recalls Mikkelsen's days with the Minneapolis Lakers
    A new biography of Basketball Hall of Famer Vern Mikkelsen recalls his days playing alongside George Mikan and Jim Pollard with the champion Minneapolis Lakers. Read an excerpt.October 12, 2006
  • South Dakotans honor their favorite son
    The life and legacy of George McGovern was recounted as a new library in his name was dedicated this weekend.October 7, 2006
  • Past GOP convention in Minnesota roiled like a 'boiling cauldron'
    Minnesota last hosted a national political convention in 1892, when Republicans bickered over the re-election of President Benjamin Harrison. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with local historian Iric Nathanson about Minnesota's moment in the political spotlight.September 29, 2006
  • Couple wants to preserve historic battle site
    A group has organized to recognize the last battle site in the 1862 U.S.-Dakota Conflict. The landowners are willing to open the scene of the Wood Lake battle to the public.September 22, 2006
  • Who was the real Jay Gatsby?
    Not much is known about the origin of the character Jay Gatsby, but a St. Paul author is writing a biography about a dashing Minnesotan who may have been F. Scott Fitzgerald's inspiration.September 8, 2006
  • 100-year anniversary of Dan Patch's state fair record
    Saturday is Dan Patch Day at the Minnesota State Fair, celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the horse's world pacing record. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Tim Brady, author of "The Great Dan Patch and the Remarkable Mr. Savage," about Minnesota's most famous horse and his owner.September 1, 2006
  • 150 things that shaped Minnesota
    Is there one thing without which Minnesota just wouldn't be the same? What about 150 people, places, events and things? The Minnesota Historical Society is accepting nominations for an exhibit next year celebrating the state's sesquicentennial.Midday, August 30, 2006
  • Remembering William Norris
    William Norris was one of the business leaders who helped put Minnesota on the map. Control Data Corp., the company he founded, was one of the pioneers in the mainframe computer industry and employed 60,000 people in its heyday. Norris died Monday of Parkinson's disease at the age of 95.Midday, August 22, 2006

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