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  • Wild hockey fans pick greatest high school team, player
    The Minnesota Wild hockey team held a bracket-style contest to let fans pick the greatest boys' high school team in state history. They also picked the greatest Minnesota-born player.April 10, 2009
  • Historical flags get a meticulous makeover
    The Minnesota Historical Society has removed five flags, each more than a century old, from the Capitol rotunda. The flags, some of which saw battle in the Civil War, are deteriorating and need to be preserved.March 20, 2009
  • Minnesota author Bill Holm dies at 65
    Minnesota author Bill Holm has died. Holm, who was also an English professor at Southwest Minnesota State University, was 65.February 26, 2009
  • Identity of historical bones remains a mystery
    A skeleton that's said to be that of Jesse James gang member and bank robber Charlie Pitts has been held by a couple of historical groups in southern Minnesota for more than 25 years. But now there's some question whether the skeleton is, in fact, Charlie Pitts.February 19, 2009
  • 50 years since the day the music died
    Fifty years ago this week, one of the defining moments in rock and roll history occurred, when musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash. Several events are planned to commemorate the anniversary in Clear Lake, Iowa, where they played their last concert.January 29, 2009
  • Woman who donated Minn. Governor's Residence dies
    Olivia Irvine Dodge, a philanthropist who donated the house that is now the Minnesota Governor's Residence, died Saturday at the age of 90.January 26, 2009
  • Life as a Jewish partisan
    The new film, "Defiance," tells the story of the Bielski brothers, who led a group of Jewish partisans living in the forests of Belarus during World War II. The film mirrors the experience of a Minnesota couple who fought in another Jewish partisan group in the same forest.January 16, 2009
  • Twins owner Carl Pohlad dies
    Minnesotans in business, sports and philanthropic circles are looking back on the life of Carl Pohlad, who died yesterday at the age of 93.January 5, 2009
  • The end of an era at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange
    After more than a century of shouts and gestures, the trading floor at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange goes silent Friday afternoon. Friday is the last day of open outcry futures trading on the floor of the exchange.December 19, 2008
  • The Minnesota tradition of fair elections
    Highlights from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute's panel on "The Minnesota Tradition of Fair Elections."Midday, December 11, 2008
  • Sun sets on the Morning Show
    MPR's Morning Show hosts Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole join Gary Eichten on the eve of their final program.Midday, December 9, 2008
  • Life on the upper Mississippi
    Author Patricia Hampl draws from literary sources far and wide to take listeners on a literary voyage down the Mississippi River. She reads from her own memoirs as well as the work of other poets, novelists, historians and essayists.Midday, December 8, 2008
  • Remembering a fierce Great Lakes storm
    In the fall of 1905, a powerful storm struck the Great Lakes, causing one of the most dramatic shipping disasters in the nation's history. A new book by Curt Brown tells the story of that storm: "So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior."November 27, 2008
  • A Duluth vet recalls survival and triumph in the Philippines
    Erling Jonassen, among tens of thousands of men left behind in the Philippines in World War II, survived and took part in a guerrilla war that helped defeat the Japanese.November 11, 2008
  • Northwest Airlines -- a look back at its long history
    For 82 years, Northwest Airlines has been a Minnesota company, Minnesota's airline. With Delta's acquisition of Northwest, though, the airline will fade into history.October 30, 2008

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