Shoppers walked throughout the West Market end of Mall of America in 2016.

Why was the Mall of America built in Minnesota?

The "fantasyland" proposal for the former Met Stadium site almost didn't materialize.
Executives of Control Data Corp. marked completion of the company’s 1000th computer system in 1965. This Control Data 3200 was assembled at the comp
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Minnesota companies once dominated the supercomputer industry. What happened?

November 25
Control Data, Univac and Cray Research designed some of the world's fastest computers. But their success didn't last.
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Ask a question now: What are you curious about, Minnesota?

June 9, 2021
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The bluffs along Lake Pepin in southeast Minnesota.
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How were the bluffs of southeast Minnesota formed?

November 18
In a region known for its flat topography, one area diverges from the norm.
A cornfield south of Belle Plaine, photographed in 2012.
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Minnesota is a top corn producer. But how much of it is eaten by humans?

November 11
The state's plentiful corn harvest is destined for much more than grocery stores and summer barbecues.
A statue of Father Louis Hennepin outside the Basilica of Saint Mary on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis.
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Listen: Who was Hennepin and why did Minnesota name so many things after him?

October 28
The Curious Minnesota podcast discusses the 17th century Catholic priest whose name is prevalent in the Twin Cities.
The view of St. Paul looking east from Wabasha Street in 1857, 16 years after the city’s namesake chapel was constructed. A county jail is being bui
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Why is St. Paul located where it is? Hint: It involves liquor

November 4
Religion and rebels feature prominently in the tale, which begins at Fort Snelling.
Curious Minnesota

Was Duluth once home to more millionaires per capita than any other U.S. city?

October 28
The claim was popular in Duluth's industrial heyday and is still dished to visitors today.
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Listen: Does Minnesota really have the 'World's Oldest Rock'?

October 28
The Curious Minnesota podcast discusses the 3.5 billion-year-old history of Minnesota's most ancient artifact.

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