Regional History

  • A century of hockey in Minnesota
    The Minnesota Wild are quietly off to one of their best starts in their seven-year history. The team is on top of its division in the NHL, and has helped put St. Paul back on the hockey map. This month Sports Illustrated named St. Paul the real "Hockeytown USA."December 17, 2007
  • Medtronic co-founder gets special honor
    There was a very rare ceremony Thursday at the University of Minnesota. President Robert Bruininks bestowed an honorary 'Doctor of Medicine' title on a man who is not a physician. It is believed to be the first time such a high honor has been given by a major university in 45 years.December 13, 2007
  • A look back at Eugene McCarthy
    E.J. Dionne, one of America's top political observers, pays triubute to the late Sen. Eugene McCarthy, one of Minnesota's top politicians, in a speech at St. John's University. McCarthy, whose 1968 presidential campaign galvanized the anti-Vietnam War movement, died two years ago.Midday, December 10, 2007
  • Two lives changed by Pearl Harbor
    Ken Deans was in the Army on the Island of Oahu on Dec. 7th, l941. His base was hit during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Carl Nomura was 19 at the time and living in Los Angeles. Not long after the attack, he and 120,000 other Japanese Americans were placed in internment camps.Midday, December 7, 2007
  • Arvonne Fraser recounts her life in politics
    Arvonne Fraser has been a force in Minnesota's DFL Party for more than half a century. Fraser, who is married to former U.S. Rep. Don Fraser, disussed her new memoir "She's No Lady" recently with public radio icon Garrison Keillor.Midday, December 3, 2007
  • How to record your own family's oral history
    Many families meet at Thanksgiving to share food and share stories. What is the best way to preserve those stories for future generations?Midday, November 21, 2007
  • Local theater enlivens history of the Hormel Girls
    A new musical opens at the History Theatre this weekend, called "Hormel Girls." The show is about how Jay C. Hormel formed an all-girl swing band for G.I. Janes home from World War II.November 20, 2007
  • Recounting the Holocaust by podcast
    Until now, the iPod has not been much of a gateway to history. That's changing, in part because of a Holocaust survivor in Little Canada, a criminal justice professor at St. Cloud State University, and a small group of broadcasters with the vision to use podcasts to bridge generations.October 31, 2007
  • Memories of Paul Wellstone
    Sen. Paul Wellstone made an impression in Washington. But he also touched the lives of people outside the Beltway. Wellstone died in a plane crash five years ago this week. Here are recollections of encounters with Sen. Wellstone from those who volunteered for his campaign to constituents.October 27, 2007
  • Five years after his death, Wellstone still inspires
    Since Sen. Paul Wellstone's death five years ago he's been remembered in big and small ways. Supporters say rather than fading, Wellstone's legacy is growing stronger.October 25, 2007
  • Wellstone's last campaign
    Five years ago Thursday, Minnesota lost a senator. The plane carrying Sen. Paul Wellstone and seven other people crashed near Eveleth, leaving no survivors. The crash -- the months and years that preceded it and the days that followed it -- marks one of the most important chapters in Minnesota history.Midday, October 23, 2007
  • Saddle shop remembers when horses strolled down Lake Street
    If you drive down Lake Street near Lyndale Ave. in Minneapolis, you'll pass the usual array of fast-food joints and bars. But one business doesn't seem to fit in -- Schatzlein's Saddle Shop.October 12, 2007
  • Minnesota wouldn't be Minnesota without...
    The Minnesota Historical Society asked people to finish that sentence and make the case why their selection should be included in an exhibit created to mark the 150th anniversary of Minnesota's statehood.October 12, 2007
  • Keillor advocates for historic preservation
    Garrison Keillor, the host of the public radio program A Prairie Home Companion, spoke recently to the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference. He says historic preservation is important not only for the beautification of our cities, but also for the health of our communities.Midday, October 4, 2007
  • U of M's 500-year-old map shows first reference to America
    The map, printed from a wood cut in 1507, was part of a suite of prints from a noted cartographer in homage to Amerigo Vespucci.October 1, 2007

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