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  • A history of conflict in Minnesota
    As part of Minnesota Public Radio's Sesquicentennial history series, Midday explores the history of American Indians in Minnesota, including a rebroadcast of an MPR special report about the U.S. Dakota Conflict of 1862 titled "Minnesota's Uncivil War."Midday, May 15, 2008
  • Jesse Ventura's take on politics in America
    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura joins Midday to talk about his new book, "Don't Start the Revolution Without Me."Midday, May 15, 2008
  • A taste of yesterday
    The general store is mostly a memory now, but it's still an important part of one small Minnesota town.May 15, 2008
  • 151 years of Olson family history
    The land is what attracted many settlers to Minnesota even before it was a state. It's the land that keeps many families here including a family that's farmed near Albert Lea for more than 150 years.May 12, 2008
  • From Cannon Falls to St. Paul, wagon train marks Sesquicentennial
    Celebrations in honor of Minnesota's 150th anniversary as the 32nd state in the union kicked off this weekend. As part of the Sesquicentennial, a wagon train drove 100 miles from Cannon Falls to St. Paul, where it arrived for the official opening ceremony on the Capitol grounds.May 12, 2008
  • The marketing of Minnesota
    How do you convince people to move to your state? You come up with a clever marketing plan. And that's just what Minnesota did in the 1800s.May 8, 2008
  • Radium Girls remembered
    A new production at the History Theatre in St. Paul brings to life the story of some very courageous women called the Radium Girls, and their important role in U.S. labor history.May 7, 2008
  • New memoir tells Hmong story
    A new book tells the story of one family's life in Minnesota after a harrowing escape from Laos. Hmong author Kao Kalia Yang has written a memoir called "The Latehomecomer."May 6, 2008
  • Minnesota as it was
    St. Paul was already a bustling community when Minnesota became a state. Just what was life like in this 1850s frontier town?May 6, 2008
  • Minnesota by the numbers
    Minnesota marks its 150th year of statehood. What kind of place has it become?May 5, 2008
  • The Declaration of Independence's surprising history
    It's hard to imagine now, but at one time the Declaration of Independence was considered obsolete. Two scholars of the Declaration of Independence throughout history talk about how understanding of the document has evolved over time.Midmorning, May 5, 2008
  • The streetcars are running again
    The Como-Harriet streetcar opens for the season Saturday. The one-mile track connects Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.May 2, 2008
  • News Cut: The women of World War II
    Though many are not recognized as veterans, many Minnesota women went to war in WWII. Bob Collins begins a series of profiles of some of them, starting with Virginia Claudon Allen, who was 'GI Jill' to thousands of servicemen in Burma.April 26, 2008
  • A story of liberation
    Tomorrow, Minnesotan Patrick Dewane presents a one-man play at the Minnesota History Center called "The Mushroom Picker: A Family Story about World War II." It's part of the History Center's ongoing exploration of Minnesota's Greatest Generation.April 25, 2008
  • State sesquicentennial celebration draws near
    Midday previews the upcoming Statehood Week and Minnesota's "Sesquicentennial Summer," with Jane Leonard and Reatha Clark King of the Sesquicentennial Commission.Midday, April 16, 2008

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