Raising the Midsommar pole at the American Swedish Institute

Is Minnesota actually more German than Scandinavian?

A reader wants to know: Why do Scandinavians get all the attention when there are more Minnesotans of German descent?
Older than most historic buildings still standing in the Twin Cities, the 136-year-old Stone Arch Bridge bridge has long been Minneapolis' de facto we
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Our new podcast will make you smarter in 15 minutes

January 16
Our new Curious Minnesota podcast answers your questions about "Minnesota Nice," the Stone Arch Bridge and beyond. Tell us what questions you want answered.
Jennifer Schroeder, a St. Paul woman who rebounded from her own addiction to become a licensed drug and alcohol counselor seen at her home Friday, Feb
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Why are felons stripped of voting rights, and what other rights do they lose?

January 10
Minnesota passed disenfranchisement of felons with statehood in 1858, but the practice didn't become commonplace nationally until after the Civil War — when newly emancipated African-Americans gained the right to vote.
Andrew Peterson in 1885, standing by the log cabin he first lived in on his farm in Waconia. In the background stands the later farmhouse that still e
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How did Minnesota's early settlers make it through the dark, cold winters?

January 7
Early Minnesotans had to get creative to stay warm in frigid temperatures.
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Zipper merge vs. northern lights: Your top questions this year answered

December 27, 2019
Minnesotans had a lot of questions about one another – particularly about why everyone seems to hate Edina and zipper merging.
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Podcast: What exactly is 'Minnesota Nice' anyway?

December 16, 2019
Tracing the roots of "Minnesota Nice" is difficult, partly because people don't agree on what the term means.
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Ask a question now: What are you curious about, Minnesota?

August 6, 2019
Help us answer questions that matter to you.
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Why do inland cities like St. Paul have so many seagulls?

December 20, 2019
In the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul — more than a thousand miles from any sea, more than a hundred miles from a Great Lake and a few miles from the Mississippi River — seagulls gather in large numbers.
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Why doesn't Minnesota require vehicle emissions tests any more?

December 13, 2019
In the 1990s, drivers had to pay to have vehicles tested for carbon monoxide and other pollutants before renewing license tabs. A reader wants to know why the program ended.