Ever wondered if Minnesota’s state bird is, um, edible? The Minneapolis Tribune offered readers a simple recipe:
HOW TO COOK A LOON.
(From the Fur News.)
Bill Crozer, a guide for 52 years at Charleston lake in Ontario, Canada, has a novel recipe for cooking a loon. Here is the recipe that Bill gave: “Cook the loon in water for 12 hours; at night pour off the water and cook him overnight; in the morning throw in a piece of grindstone and when you can stick a fork in the grindstone the loon is done.”
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The Minnesota State Fair has featured many unusual attractions in its 150-year history: death-defying aerial acts, colliding locomotives, freak shows, live animal births, the Minnesota Iceman and premature babies in incubators. Wait … what? The Minneapolis Morning Tribune was there:
This Minneapolis Tribune story is a mess. But the headline is sublime.
"We're more popular than Jesus now," John Lennon told an British journalist in 1966. A year later, the Monkees' Mike Nesmith, in the Twin Cities for a show at the St. Paul Auditorium, humbly explained his band's place in the cosmic pecking order.
Read it in the voice of Garrison Keillor for the full effect.
A musically inclined vagrant known as Banjo Ben walked the streets of Minneapolis in the city's early days. His weakness for alcohol and penchant for strong language landed him in court with some frequency. In February 1876, for example, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail for spewing obscenities at the St. Paul and Pacific depot. Later that year, he walked into the Tribune newsroom and issued an invitation to witness a spectacular feat at the new suspension bridge under construction nearby.
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