Regional History

  • Mondale's role in saving 'boat people' recalled, 30 years later
    In the years following the end of the Vietnam War, thousands of Vietnamese risked the dangers of the South China Sea instead of facing communism. This year marks 30 years since then-Vice President Walter Mondale convinced world leaders to come to the rescue of more than 1 million "boat people" -- many of whom settled in Minnesota.November 16, 2009
  • Longtime Minn. farmer dies of exposure, brother hospitalized
    A 95-year-old man from northwestern Minnesota is hospitalized after he went out looking for his older brother who had wandered off. The brother later died.November 12, 2009
  • Devastation of 1918 flu revealed through letters
    Letters chronicling a failed attempt to stage patriotic singalongs late in World War I provide a window into the devastation of the 1918 Spanish Influenza outbreak in Minnesota.October 12, 2009
  • Al Capone's Wisconsin hideout sells for $2.6 million
    Chicago mobster Al Capone's former hideout in northern Wisconsin, complete with guard towers and a stone house with 18-inch-thick walls, was sold for $2.6 million Thursday to the bank that foreclosed on it.October 8, 2009
  • Development plans underway for area near Fort Snelling
    A tract of land near the old Fort Snelling is getting attention after standing largely neglected for decades. There are some new efforts to preserve and redevelop the historic site.October 7, 2009
  • 25 years later, Ferraro reflects on groundbreaking nomination
    Twenty-five years ago this Sunday, Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale made history when he announced he'd chosen Geraldine Ferraro, a woman, to be his running mate.July 10, 2009
  • Centennial of Gov. Elmer L. Andersen's birth
    June 17, 1909 is the birthday of one of Minnesota's most widely respected governors, Elmer L. Andersen. He was elected in 1960. Midday airs a September 2000 interview with Gov. Andersen about his book, "A Man's Reach."Midday, June 17, 2009
  • Trailblazing woman in Minnesota politics
    Today, friends and colleagues mark the 25th anniversary of Joan Growe's 19-ballot DFL endorsement for the U.S. Senate in 1984. She was the first woman nominated for the Senate in Minnesota history. The longtime Secretary of State joins Midday to talk about her career in politics.Midday, June 16, 2009
  • Pawlenty, Klobuchar honor veterans at Fort Snelling
    About 4,500 people flocked to a Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis today, including Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The cemetery is the resting place of about 150,000 members of the U.S. armed services.May 25, 2009
  • Slideshow: Minnesota's Greatest Generation
    The Minnesota History Center opens an exhibit Saturday about Minnesota's Greatest Generation. The show is the culmination of a four-year exploration of Minnesotans who lived through the Great Depression, World War II, and the post-war boom. Here are some photos from that exhibit.May 22, 2009
  • Minnesota's Greatest Generation celebrated at History Center
    The Minnesota History Center opens an exhibit Saturday about Minnesotans who lived through the Great Depression, World War II and the post-war boom years.Midday, May 22, 2009
  • Doctor's wartime journals featured in History Center exhibit
    Veteran Dr. John Linner from Edina kept diaries of the fighting he saw during World War II. The result is his book, "From Normandy to Okinawa," part of the Minnesota Historical Society's Greatest Generation exhibit which opens tomorrow.May 22, 2009
  • Vandals chop down Two Harbors' 'honking tree'
    Vandals have felled the iconic "honking tree" just south of Two Harbors in northern Minnesota, upsetting the residents of the small northern Minnesota town accustomed to tooting their horns whenever they went by.April 30, 2009
  • St. Lawrence Seaway turns 50 amid controversy
    Fifty years ago next Sunday, an oceangoing ship arrived in the Duluth-Superior harbor for the first time -- thanks to the just-opened St. Lawrence Seaway. Critics say it was a colossal mistake -- an open invitation to destructive and aggressive plants and animals from overseas.April 28, 2009
  • Minn. Historical Society faces drastic budget cuts
    The Minnesota Historical Society said today it may lay off nearly 100 employees, cut the hours of another 220, and close some historic sites in the state as a result of cuts in its state funding and the poor economy.April 16, 2009

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