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People who drive by the rural Rice County cemetery are "very rarely aware heroes lay in their midst."
Loraine Teninga Plasman was one of dozens of young women who took a 10-month crash course at the University of Minnesota.
A retired bond trader compiled letters sent to the New Prague Times for a book, published this spring.
Rosemount woman has spent more than 100 hours on online genealogy research to find out more about the 318 signatures.
The former site of the four-block shantytown at the base of Dayton's Bluff on St. Paul's East Side is now part of the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary.
An afternoon of living history was something to relish.
Dayton's rich French-Canadian roots will be the focus of an upcoming presentation.
The indefatigable businessman, politician and Civil War veteran was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
"If she did kill him," the St. Peter Times reported, "she simply put out of existence a notorious thief, for doing which she is entitled to the thanks of all mankind."
Four surviving kids from family wound up raising 26 children, and their family tree now includes more than 1,000 descendants.
Unlike many family histories that simply string together events, Daryl Lawrence weaves in a second layer of research to place Effie Schwartz and her mother, Annie Wendell, in the context of their times.
The house built by Dr. Albert Clark Wedge went on the National Register of Historical Places in 1986.
Fruit orchard manager was active in the women's suffrage movement.
Injuries from the intense twister prompted Franciscan nuns to lobby for a hospital.
A 7-year-old's ghastly discovery one chilly August morning prompted a long search for the truth.
An adventure-loving former sailor and his wife settled far from the sea in Minnesota Territory.
Wheelock Whitney's work with Branch Rickey helped set the stage for major league baseball to expand to Minnesota in 1961.
Mary McGowan "was the real hero," her grandson says.
Andrew Peterson was passionate about growing apple trees and keeping a diary.
Illustrator Ralph Heimdahl does live on at St. Cloud State University, where he studied, graduating in 1930.
He was a "swashbuckling suspect" who didn't like to drink.
Winnie Jourdain and Emily Peake are featured in a new anthology about urban Indians.
Airstreams hired Fran Hall for a 14-month, 31-nation publicity campaign.
Alexander Granovsky pioneered the use of chemicals to control cutworm, grubs and potato bugs.
Boosters will unveil a statue of Ralph Samuelson on July 2.
A German missile sank the British troop ship the HMT Rohna after it left Algeria bound for Egypt, killing 1,138.
The grasshopper plague devastated the state for four years, gobbling up a half-million acres of wheat, corn, oats and barley.
In some ways, her abduction was a story with a happy ending — but also one that left two nagging questions.
Bud Fowler played for more than a dozen minor league teams, ranging from Vermont to the New Mexico Territory.
"My family history was always out there, but didn't feel alive" until a cousin in Minneapolis sent a wedding photo of their great-grandparents, said Wayne Brezinka, whose art show runs through May 15
His family saved the bread he brought home from Germany —his first meal after being released from his captors — almost 80 years ago.
Benjamin Franklin Upton developed thousands of negatives in his custom-equipped, horse-drawn wagon.
Clara Mairs and Clement Haupers lived and traveled together from the 1920s until her death in 1963.
Kellogg Boulevard namesake was a renowned trust-busting lawyer, U.S. senator, Nobel Peace Prize winner and World Court judge.
Conscientious objectors to World War II volunteered for yearlong University of Minnesota study.
An Edina man's mother got the helmet from a boy who had a crush on her; they were among a crowd greeting the famous aviator in 1929.
The story of basketball pioneer "Boots" Watts is sadly filled with questions.
"It was bootlegging and and breadlines in those days."
Amos Abbott and Harriet Walker started two hospitals, Abbott and Northwestern, that would merge decades after their deaths.
Minnesotan was nicknamed "G.I. Jill" during WWII for her upbeat radio programs broadcast to Allied troops.
Albert Jacobson was the first law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Dakota County and still the only one slain in the history of the Hastings police.
His improbable rise from poverty to international diplomacy is the focus of a PBS documentary premiering Feb. 15.
Globetrotting reporter Homer Smith Jr. lived in Moscow and Ethiopia before returning to the U.S.
Martha Nasch's granddaughter and great-granddaughter say her breakdown might have stemmed from intubation during a mysterious surgery.
Star charmed the namesake for her "Golden Girls" character's hometown.
Great-grandson shares memoir by Thomas Charles Barnes.
Horace Greeley Perry became one of Minnesota's first female journalists.
Like other Jewish kids growing up in Germany in the 1930s, Gunter Theodore Mitau was forced to wear a Star of David and attend a…
When 1,200 doctors gathered in the Twin Cities in 1930 for the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association convention, they took a minute to honor an old…
The tours were punctuated with press briefings, demonstrations of cigar-rolling and a telephone, ballet and theater performance, even an aborted assassination attempt.
Our Lady of Peace will commemorate its anniversary with a candle-lighting ceremony Tuesday.
In the research process, a David vs. Goliath clash of Minnesota history buffs emerged — and the underdog won.
"It is an odd chain of events whereby the War of 1812 would have such a Minnesota connection," Curt Bradford writes.
The father of three was the first Minneapolis firefighter in 17 years killed in the line of duty when he died in 1965.
At 97, Harold Haywood Brown is one of just a few surviving Tuskegee Airmen.
Edward Yamazaki owned a north Minneapolis cafe and lived in Linden Hills.
Some say George Hormel put Austin, Minn., on the map when he began processing pork along the Cedar River there in 1891.But more than 30…
All those Finnish whitetails can trace their roots to that first Minnesota gift in 1934, as well as another six fawns flown over from the Iron Range in 1948.
The lynchings made the front page of the New York Times. But no one came forward to identify the vigilantes or push for their arrests.
A new book, "Love, Della," has 193 of the letters from Della Fahley.
KARE-TV reporter Danny Spewak's new book "From the Gridiron to the Battlefield" chronicles the 1941 Gophers.
The Minneapolis Anti-Vaccination League was formed 120 years ago this month, opposing mandated inoculations for schoolchildren.
University of Minnesota dental student Robert Ostergren was so miserable he couldn't sleep. So he wrote another of his countless letters to Esther Eldora Anderson,…
The club is celebrating a COVID-delayed 150th anniversary as the state's oldest athletic organization on Sept. 11 with a day of races and events.
After her mother died in 1938, Leona Evelyn Raymond carved a remarkable career restart.
As he rose from Prohibition-era bootlegger to Minneapolis crime boss, Isadore "Kid Cann" Blumenfeld regularly spun through the revolving doors of justice — and mostly…
She passed that love of music down to her 10 kids.
Laura Kruse's body was found after she took a streetcar home from a party at her beauty school.
His tarnished service record had hurt his hopes for finding a better job.
Gerald Williams recently completed a 10-year project, writing a 241-page memoir for his grandkids. How he ended up marrying twins emerges as the most intriguing subplot.
The hope was that returning Harlan William Melinsky's dog tag to his Minnesota relatives would "give some consolation to the family."
The auction includes vintage hood ornaments, cash registers, a player piano, tin auto signs and old hubcaps.
The colorful, meticulously detailed map is packed with stories of Native American lore, French Canadian explorers and some fun facts and sketches.
As Split Rock Lighthouse's first head keeper from 1910 to 1928, Orren "Pete" Young cautioned countless sailors from his cliff-top perch overlooking Lake Superior, 50…
The brothers died the same day in 1944 when their B-17 crashed. They were among 9,765 Minnesotans killed in World War II.