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  • William C. Norris, founder of Control Data, dies at 95
    William Norris, who founded Control Data Corp. and helped put Minnesota on the high-tech map during the last half of the 20th century, died Monday after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 95.August 21, 2006
  • A tribute to Harry Davis
    Harry Davis was a civil rights activist and a long-time Minneapolis School Board member, a business executive and Golden Gloves boxing coach, a founder of the Minneapolis Urban Coalition and the first African-American to run for mayor of Minneapolis. He died Friday at the age of 83.Midday, August 14, 2006
  • Harry Davis -- a life of accomplishment
    African American civil rights activist Harry Davis has died. Davis rose from humble beginnings in a poor, segregated north Minneapolis neighborhood to prominent business and civic leadership in the Twin Cities.August 11, 2006
  • Portrait is a tribute to Rosalie Wahl
    A group of lawyers is working on a tribute to retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Wahl. Minnesota's first woman on the Supreme Court has had a lifetime of firsts.August 8, 2006
  • St. Paul architecture reflects a grand history
    A new book, "St. Paul Architecture: A History," surveys the varied architecture of St. Paul past and present. Co-author Paul Clifford Larson met All Things Considered host Tom Crann at one of his favorite examples of distinguished architecture, the Endicott Building in downtown St. Paul.August 4, 2006
  • Remembering the 1981 tornado
    Twenty-five years ago, people living in parts of the Twin Cities took cover as a fierce and destructive tornado churned 15 miles across the metro area. The tornado, packing winds of more than 200 mph, destroyed homes and businesses in Edina, St. Anthony Park, Roseville and Lake Owasso.June 14, 2006
  • New tradition for an old, long-neglected cemetery
    A once-forgotten cemetery in Stearns County holds the history of some early central Minnesota settlers.May 29, 2006
  • Reflections on serving
    Minnesota Public Radio's Public Insight Journalism unit asked veterans and families of veterans to reflect upon the meaning of their service and sacrifice.May 26, 2006
  • Dylan sound-alikes take the stage
    Today marks a milestone for the baby boom generation. Bob Dylan, the folk singer turned rock-and-roll icon, is 65. Minnesota fans threw him a party of sorts at the 400 Bar on the West Bank of Minneapolis -- its annual Bob Dylan Sound-Alike contest.May 24, 2006
  • The Great Hinckley Firestorm story retold
    Author Daniel James Brown has written a new book that recalls one of America's most devastating fires -- the Great Hinckley Firestorm, which occurred on Sept. 1, 1894.May 19, 2006
  • A dance barn revival
    An open house is planned this weekend in honor of a well-known barn near Glenwood, Minnesota. During the Depression, the big white barn was used for milking cows. On Sunday nights, the barn's huge hay mow became a hot dance spot.May 19, 2006
  • Fort Snelling buildings listed among most endangered
    Preservationists hope some fresh national attention can help save more than two dozen buildings that are falling to pieces in one of Minnesota's most historic locales -- Fort Snelling.May 10, 2006
  • The "most endangered" places in Minnesota
    Two barns, one fire station, a hotel, and one Minneapolis street are among the most endangered historic places in Minnesota, according to a list announced by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.May 5, 2006
  • Memories of the Guthrie
    This Sunday night, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis will close after more than four decades as a celebrated theater and music destination. In a few weeks, the Guthrie will reopen in its dazzling new complex on the Mississippi River. But memories of the old Guthrie will linger for a long time.May 5, 2006
  • Historic sites reopen
    Restored state funding for seven Minnesota historic sites, including the James J. Hill House and the Lower Sioux Agency means regular operations at the locations this summer. The state cut money for the sites three years ago.April 26, 2006

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