Tell Your Story

To celebrate 150 years of statehood, Minnesota Public Radio wants to tell the story of the people who make up our state. It's a daunting task, and we'd like your help. Share your story of arrival in this state with other Minnesotans in our MPR-Moderated discussion group at

For those who need a little extra help telling their story, please see our tips on how to tell your story. For an idea of what we're looking for, watch videos gathered from around the state.

View the arrival stories we've alredy collected on a map for geographic representation, or a timeline for a linear perspective. The MPR newsroom contributed stories from the archive about events or arrival stories that have had an affect on the state's history. Post your story at — or just give us the quick version — and we'll add it here too.

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  • This 1940s-era photo shows Red Lake tribal members celebrating and giving thanks during a traditional powwow. While Ojibwe language has faded, the powwow tradition remains strong. American Indians prefer to reflect on their own history
    Minnesota marks 150 years of statehood this year, but not everyone is celebrating. American Indian tribes in Minnesota were here long before the state was. For many Indians, the history they remember is one of repression, broken promises and loss of culture.
  • Young's General Store once carried farmers on credit for a year. The store still extends credit to customers. A taste of yesterday
    In the early days of Minnesota, the general store was where people shopped and socialized. The general store is mostly a memory now, replaced by supermarkets and big box retailers. But in one small Minnesota town, there's a general store that's been run by the same family for 100 years.
  • The driveway to the farmhouse and an oak tree remain the same in every picture of the house which was built in 1900. 151 years of Olson family history
    The land attracted many settlers to Minnesota even before it was a state. The land is what has kept six generations of Olsons on a family farm hear Albert Lea.
  • The wagon train made a pit stop at the College of St. Catherines before it continued down Summit Avenue to the Capitol. 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 of 20 carts and prairie schooners drove 100 miles from Cannon Falls to St. Paul, where it arrived for the official opening ceremony on the Capitol grounds.
  • In the treetops: Kao Kalia Yang with her father in Thailand. 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."
  • St. Paul was already a bustling community when Minnesota became a state. Minnesota as it was
    St. Paul was already a bustling community when Minnesota became a state.
  • Carl Larson (right) is 94 years old, his brother Bill(left) is 97. They farmed with horses, and remember when a gallon of diesel fuel cost just nine cents. Living history on a Minnesota farm
    When Minnesota was a new state, thousands of immigrants claimed a piece of the landscape and tried to eke out a living. The wild land and harsh climate defeated many, but others prospered through hard work and a bit of luck. Two brothers have watched nearly a century of state history from their northern Minnesota farm.
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  • Ann Reed Ann Reed: Song for Minnesota

    Reed, a prolific singer-songwriter and frequent guest on The Morning Show, has been selected as the Minnesota Public Radio Troubadour. She'll be touring greater Minnesota, performing at six MPR-produced and sesquicentennial-sanctioned concerts from January to May. In the tour's grand finale at the Fitzgerald Theater, Reed will debut her new song about Minnesota.

    Not only will it be a Song for Minnesota, it will be a Song of Minnesota because it will be a Song written with Minnesota.

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