Charles "Billy" Newcomb's family has pitched slicers and dicers at the Minnesota State Fair for generations. Now president of Syndicate Sales Corp. in Hopkins, Newcomb can also be found in the lower level of the grandstand touting food choppers and his famous salsa recipe. These are his words:
My family has been selling items at the State Fair since 1933. One of the original items was the Feemster Slicer. It was a vegetable slicer, and the farm ladies just loved it for their refrigerator pickles. It was very dangerous, and sold for a dollar.
My father was from Chicago. One time he was on the Boardwalk in Jersey, and a fellow was demonstrating items and making a dollar or two, so my father decided to give the business a whirl and it clicked.
Paul Durand's life work unearthed hundreds of American Indian names for area landmarks. The work continues even after his death.
Photo left: Clyde Bellecourt, Dorothy Durand
Long ago, long before Minnesota was a state, the native people were gathering sap and making syrup - just as they still do today.
Built the year after statehood, one modest home has housed two notable Minnesota families.
Some were born here, some just played here. But all were standouts in their field.
Photo left: Bronko Nagurski
Drawing Minnesota's borders
With 10,000 lakes to our credit and still counting, it's little wonder that Minnesotans have embraced the outdoors, no matter the season.
Whether you call it a melting pot or a crazy quilt, our history is the sum of many, many histories.
From Target to Toro, Minnesota's economy has ridden the waves as surely as the tankers that line Duluth's docks.
Francis. Kirby. Lake Placid. Lindsay. You're four-for-four now, right?
For Minnesotans, "Cold enough for ya?" isn't a lame attempt at conversation. We really want to know.
Our politicians have talked (Hubert Humphrey), made feminist history (Walter Mondale), rattled cages (Paul Wellstone), and rocked the world (Jesse Ventura).