Curious Minnesota

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

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

What percentage of Minnesotans spend their entire lives here?

We have a relatively high number of Minnesota-born residents living in the state, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau Bureau analysis.
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

Minnesota has never produced a U.S. president. Here's why.

March 8
Minnesota has never had a successful presidential candidate, despite producing two vice presidents, three Supreme Court justices and multiple cabinet members. Curious Minnesota investigates.
Good vs. bad: Which reader question should we answer next?

Good vs. bad: Which reader question should we answer next?

March 13
We're talking about how Minnesota ranks among states: Help us pick the next Curious Minnesota question.

How did Minnesota's indigenous people survive the extreme winters?

March 4
American Indians used a variety of approaches to stay warm, including wearing animal skins and heating rocks in fire pits to warm the floors.

What do you wonder about our state and the people who live here?

February 21
We're asking readers from all over the state to take part in Curious Minnesota, a community-driven reporting project that invites you to join the newsroom, letting us know what questions you want answered by us.

Ask a question now: What are you curious about, Minnesota?

March 13
Help us answer questions that matter to you.

Why do airplanes sound louder during the polar vortex?

February 15
We asked Star Tribune readers to send us their cold weather questions. Here's what we found out.

How did Minnesota's Northwest Angle come to be?

January 12
William Lass, who literally wrote the book, says origin is complex.

Why does Google Earth show a plane at the bottom of Lake Harriet?

February 24, 2016
Zoom in on the Google satellite map and you can make out the plane's tail and the passenger windows. There's one in Lake Nokomis too.