Regional History

  • Ten years after devastating tornadoes, communities thriving
    Ten years ago at least five tornadoes ripped through south central Minnesota. The cities of Comfrey and St. Peter were damaged so badly that residents worried their towns would disappear. Instead, they have managed a remarkable recovery.March 28, 2008
  • Stories from the Civilian Conservation Corps
    During the Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps helped propel the conservation of Minnesota's natural resources, and it gave more than 77,000 Minnesotans with jobs. Author Barbara Sommer captures the stories of these workers in her new book, "Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota." She joins Midday to discuss her book as part of our coverage of Minnesota's sesquicentennial.Midday, March 27, 2008
  • Sesquicentennial organizers look for state money
    A Minnesota House committee on Monday heard a request to give the state's Sesquicentennial Commission money to help pay for the state's 150th birthday celebration.March 17, 2008
  • Guitarist researches lost songs of Minnesota's Irish lumberjacks
    As recently as 100 years ago, Minnesota's north woods were alive with the sounds of axe, saw -- and song. But most of those songs were lost to the ages, except for a handful collected by a University of Minnesota professor in the 1920s.All Things Considered, March 13, 2008
  • Tales of a fourth grade opera
    Fourth graders at Linwood A+ Elementary in St. Paul created an opera to celebrate Minnesota's 150th birthday.March 13, 2008
  • Book explores history through the story of one family
    In a new book Southwest State University historian Joseph Amato traces the story of his family across North America and Europe. In "Jacob's Well: A Case for Rethinking Family History," Amato talks about his ancestors and uses their stories to put a human face on historical events.March 12, 2008
  • How the 1968 New Hampshire primary changed history
    It's been 40 years since the 1968 New Hampshire primary that made Eugene McCarthy, a U.S. senator from Minnesota, a viable Democratic presidential candidate in a race that took down sitting President Lyndon B. Johnson. Midday explores this historic primary and how it changed history.Midday, March 12, 2008
  • Guthrie Theater to premiere 'Little House' musical Aug. 15
    A musical based on the "Little House" books about Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneering Midwest family will have its world premiere Aug. 15 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.March 4, 2008
  • Walter Mondale reflects on 80 years
    Walter Mondale, former vice president, U.S. senator and ambassador, and former Democratic presidential nominee, celebrates 80 years and looks to the future.Midday, January 7, 2008
  • Former Wisconsin Gov. Lee Dreyfus, known for his red vest, dies at 81
    Former Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus, who signed the nation's first statewide gay rights law in 1982, has died. He was 81. Dreyfus was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1978, when he won the governor's office.January 3, 2008
  • State's sesquicentennial bash is on tight budget
    The state board created to direct the state's 150th birthday celebration has raised only about $1 million, only a quarter of what had been hoped for.January 1, 2008
  • The Beatles' one-night stand in Bloomington
    Bill Carlson was 17 years old when he got a press pass to photograph the Beatles during their one and only show in Minnesota. Few of those photos saw the light of day until recently, when Carlson decided to publish them in a book called "The Beatles! A One-Night Stand in the Heartland."December 21, 2007
  • All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
    A new production retelling the true story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 reminds us of the power of music to make peace, even in wartime.December 20, 2007
  • Minnesota, land of 'Amber Waters'
    The colorful evolution of beermaking in Minnesota is documented in a new book published by the University of Minnesota Press. "Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota" follows the changing industry as it goes from local to regional to national, and back again.December 19, 2007
  • Arvonne Fraser reflects on life, politics, and the women's movement
    Arvonne Fraser, a pioneer in the worldwide women's movement, looks back on her life as an activist and talks about the gains women have made in the workplace and in politics.Midmorning, December 18, 2007

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