Curious Minnesota

Curious Minnesota is a community-driven project that puts readers' inquiries at the center of our reporting.

A pedestrian crossed 3rd Ave. S. early Tuesday evening. ] JEFF WHEELER • Falling snow slowed pedestrian and vehicular t
Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune
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How much are electric vehicles affected by Minnesota's extreme cold?

Electric vehicles perform at their peak in temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees. Just how much does cold weather affect them?
July 12, 1970: Nicollet Island, as seen in an aerial photo that was published in the Star Tribune's Picture Magazine.
Star Tribune file photo, .
July 12, 1970 Nicollet Island - 1970 Picture Magazine; Minneapolis Su...
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How did Nicollet Island become parkland with private housing on it?

The sliver of land in the Mississippi River is home to a secluded enclave of historic homes sitting atop public parkland. But that's just one of the oddities of this place, an often-overlooked landmark of early Minneapolis that looks radically different today than it did half a century ago.
Minnesota welcomes you sign at the state border
Star Tribune file photo
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What are the origins of Minnesota Nice? Here are 3 theories.

Isle Royale, a national park in Lake Superior, is a remote island famed for its moose population and intrepid adventurers. Photo by Melanie Radzicki M
Melanie Radzicki McManus, Special to the Star Tribune
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Why does Isle Royale belong to Michigan and not Minnesota?

Social Security card and money.
Dreamstime, Tribune News Service
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Why does Minnesota tax Social Security benefits?

The old facade and marquee of the Uptown Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota, before remodeling. Liebenberg and Kaplan, Architects (1919-1969), were noted
Liebenberg and Kaplan, University of Minnesota Archives
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Why is Uptown south of downtown in Minneapolis?

Motorists travelled the I-94 freeway between St. Paul and Maplewood past visible scarring left behind by ongoing construction. ] (AARON LAVINSKY/STAR
Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune
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Why can't Minnesotans figure out how to zipper merge?

The skyways in downtown Minneapolis, Minn., on Friday, May 8, 2015. ] RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ¥
Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune
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Were Minneapolis' skyways first created to combat the cold – or something else?

The Minnesota State Fair opened Thursday, August 22, 2013 on a perfect day, weather-wise. Ravem Noguerraza of Coon Rapids didn't even win the giant st
Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune
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What percentage of Minnesotans spend their entire lives here?

Sen. Amy Klobuchar was joined by her daughter Abigail and husband John as she shook hands after her speech. She made her announcement to run for presi
Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune
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Minnesota has never produced a U.S. president. Here's why.