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November 27
President of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Paul Kvistad presented a 16-pound turkey hen in the Governor's Reception Room, Wednesday, Novemb

Why doesn't Minnesota's governor pardon the ceremonial turkey?

Iowa pardons a turkey. So does North Dakota. And President Trump pardoned two, named Bread and Butter. But Minnesota's ceremonial turkey is destined for a needy family's table.
Curious Minnesota
November 22
The Lindstrom water tower is shaped as a coffee pot in the Chisago Lakes Area, Minn., on Friday June 19, 2015. The Chisago Lakes Area is made up of Ch

Why are there so many water towers in Minnesota — and what do they do?

Some cities — usually large ones — don't use water towers, but they are an unmistakable part of the Minnesota landscape. What do they do and why do we have so many of them?
Curious Minnesota
November 15
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warmed up on the field prior to Thursday night's game. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribun

Who are all those people hanging out on sidelines during Vikings games?

Accounting for the full perimeter of the field during a Vikings' home game, there are roughly 300 people with their feet on the turf. But who are they all?
Curious Minnesota
November 8
The Wild's Marcus Foligno threw a punch at New York Rangers' Brendan Lemieux during a game last March in St. Paul.

Why isn't it a crime to punch someone if you're playing pro hockey?

Players have been charged for NHL fights, including one notorious Minnesota incident in 1975, but those cases are the exception. Why aren't hockey fights considered assault?
Curious Minnesota
November 2
The Stone Arch bridge, Minneapolis, MN ] twallace@startribune.com this is a test_2013 • someplace in time we will fix this problem_tom wallace/s

Why does the Stone Arch Bridge cross the Mississippi at such an odd angle?

Older than most historic buildings still standing in the Twin Cities, the 136-year-old bridge has long been Minneapolis' de facto welcome mat. But why was it built the way it was, with such a long angle?
Curious Minnesota
October 25
The Minnesota Golden Gophers mascot, Goldy, dances for the fans during a break in the first half of a quarter-final game in the 2018 NCAA Big Ten Wome

How did Minnesota become the Gopher State?

It appears Minnesotans have been misled about their beloved gophers. We try to unravel the gopher mystery.
Curious Minnesota
October 19
KYNDELL HARKNESS • kharkness@startribune.com] Traffic moved through the roundabout on 66th Street near Hwy 77 in Richfield.

Are roundabouts really safer than traditional intersections?

With only about 5,000 roundabouts on the nation's roads — making them still somewhat uncommon — it's natural for drivers to initially be confused.
Curious Minnesota
October 11
IN THIS PHOTO: Minneapolis,MN., Tuesday, 6/5/2001. (far lower left) The old Washburn A mill, on the river in downtown Minneapolis, the proposed site o

Why do so many Fortune 500 companies call Minnesota home?

The country's 16th largest metro doesn't dominate the Fortune 500 list because of its size.
Curious Minnesota
October 4
Jack Weber drove his wheat combine on his field. The wheat doesn't bring much cash but it does improve the health of his soil.
] GLEN STUBBE ¥ glen.s

Is Minnesota part of the Midwest? Should it be?

Sure, it's roughly in the middle of the country, but some think of the Midwest as more than a location.
Curious Minnesota
September 27
Honeycrisp apples begin the process of being cleaned, sorted and boxed for shipment to high-end retailers at the Pepin Heights facility in Lake City,

Why are Honeycrisp apples still so expensive?

One of the University of Minnesota's most profitable inventions continues to be a best-seller despite its top-priced status.
Curious Minnesota
September 20
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson took to the mound during the first inning as the Twins took on the Tigers at Target Field, Wednesday, May

Playing favorites: What's the story behind the Twins' game jersey picks?

Pitchers generally pick the game jerseys worn for home games, but each one goes about the selection process differently.
Curious Minnesota
September 13
New University students cheered before the Convocation, the official welcome ceremony for incoming freshmen, at Mariucci Arena, Thursday, August 29, 2

Why is it so much harder for U students to graduate debt free compared to the '60s?

Fall college tuition bills are coming due, and if the number behind that dollar sign seems high, well, it is.
Curious Minnesota
September 6
Single family home construction is booming at the Kingston Fields development in Cottage Grove. ] Shari L. Gross ¥ shari.gross@startribune.com Over t

How did Minnesota become one of the most racially inequitable states?

By almost any measurement, Minnesota is plagued by racial disparities — in unemployment, in poverty, in homeownership. Readers want to know what's behind the inequities.
Duluth
September 3
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What's the best place, time to see the northern lights in Minnesota?

Although the lights can be seen any time of year, spring and fall, especially September and March, are the best chances to see the northern lights in Minnesota.
Curious Minnesota
August 23
Lorraine Robitaille, right, handed Margarita Nunez a large stuffed dog as they hung prizes at their game stand in the Midway the day before opening da

Nearly $60M flowed into State Fair coffers last year. Where did it go?

We asked what State Fair facts you were curious about, and several readers have done the math and want to know what happens to all that dough.
Curious Minnesota
August 17
A Chinese ban on accepting American recyclables is having a ripple effect in Minnesota, where the price of recycled goods has imploded. The economics

How much of what we think we're recycling is actually getting recycled?

One reader wants to know what percent of Twin Cities sorted recyclables are actually recycled. Another wondered whether most of it is just sent to the dump. We get to the bottom of both questions.
Curious Minnesota
August 12
What makes a manhole cover go airborne during storms?

What makes a manhole cover go airborne during storms?

Urban "geysers" are rare. But they do happen. We get to the bottom of what makes manhole covers dance, levitate and, sometimes, explode off storm drains.
Curious Minnesota
August 12
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews wears a Cheesehead during media day for NFL football Super Bowl XLV Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP P

We call Wisconsinites cheeseheads. What do they call us?

There have been some mostly halfhearted attempts to label Minnesotans over the years, mostly in reference to its sports teams.
Curious Minnesota
August 7
Riders on the Equinox got a thrill during the last day of the Minnesota State Fair Monday, Sept. 3, 3018, in Falcon Heights, MN.

What do you want to know about the Minn. State Fair?

We're asking readers to tell us what they want to know about the people, history and culture of the State Fair. Your question could be our next Curious Minnesota story.
Curious Minnesota
August 6
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Ask a question now: What are you curious about, Minnesota?

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Curious Minnesota
August 2
Miguel Fidler (12) of Edina celebrated after scoring a goal in the third period. Edina beat Duluth East by a final score of 3-2. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ cgo

Why does everyone love to hate Edina?

The "cake eaters" of Edina have been a target for generations. Why all the hate? Curious Minnesota tackles this reader question.
Curious Minnesota
July 26
Has Minnesota ever had a major earthquake?

Has Minnesota ever had a major earthquake?

Residents of the North Star State will persevere through the toughest blizzards, of course, and kids are drilled to take shelter away from windows during tornadoes. But earthquakes?
Curious Minnesota
July 19
How did these 11 Minnesota towns get their unusual names?

How did these 11 Minnesota towns get their unusual names?

From Climax to Nimrod, Embarrass to Nowthen, we get to the root of some of Minnesota's most unusual place names.
Curious Minnesota
July 13
GLEN STUBBE ¥ gstubbe@startribune.com ÐÐÊTuesday, October 19, 2010 -- Minneapolis, MN --

Why is 'southeast' Mpls. actually northeast of downtown?

The area considered southeast Minneapolis actually sits, from a bird's eye view, in the top-right quadrant of the city and north of I-94, which many consider the city's unofficial north-south divider.
Curious Minnesota
July 5
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Sorry, but why do Minnesotans say 'ope' all the time?

Have you ever bumped into someone and uttered this phrase? Chances are you're from the Midwest.