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Did modern Minnesota roads evolve from Native American trails?
Some routes have been providing passage since long before the introduction of paved roads.
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How did the North Loop neighborhood get its name?
Now one of the city's most popular entertainment destinations, its name has surprising transit origins.
Listen: Why does Minnesota test tornado sirens on the first Wednesday of the month?
Curious Minnesota podcast host Eric Roper discusses Civil Defense and the Cold War history of tornado sirens with writer Dave Kenney.
From bankrupt racetrack to aviation hub — what remains from MSP Airport's early days?
Planes have been flying at MSP — formerly Wold-Chamberlain Field — for roughly a century.
Why is there a new cellular pole in my Minneapolis neighborhood?
The transition to 5G wireless technology is having a visible impact on some city streets.
How did Dinkytown in Minneapolis get its name?
The unusual moniker for the commercial district near the University of Minnesota dates to the 1940s.
How much gold is hiding underground in northern Minnesota?
The precious metal has not been mined in Minnesota since the turn of the 20th century.
Listen: Was Minnesota home to nuclear missiles during the Cold War?
Curious Minnesota podcast host Eric Roper discusses the 1950s initiative to install missile sites around the Twin Cities.
Why does Minnesota test tornado sirens on the first Wednesday of the month?
Siren testing began amid fears of a Soviet atomic bomb attack during the Cold War.
Is Minnesota's power grid ready for widespread electric cars?
Electric vehicles are growing in popularity. Keeping them all on the road will require a lot of power.
Was Minnesota once home to U.S. government-sponsored hemp farms?
The controversial crop was at the center of a short-lived program during WWII.
Who is the oldest living person in Minnesota?
The oldest Minnesotan, a supercentenarian, is also one of the oldest living people in the United States.
Listen: Does the Mississippi River really begin at Lake Itasca?
Host Eric Roper digs into the science and history behind the Mighty Mississippi's headwaters.
Where did suburban streetcar lines run and why were they removed?
The expansive Twin Cities streetcar network once reached from Lake Minnetonka to Stillwater.
What are the top five immigrant groups in Minnesota?
The origin countries of Minnesota's foreign-born population has changed significantly in the last three decades.
Is Minnesota cloudier in winter, or does it just seem that way?
Just last year, Minnesota recorded its gloomiest January in 57 years, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
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.
How safe is it, really, to walk on Minnesota's iced-over lakes?
"The standard answer is, really, ice is never 100% safe," said a DNR recreation safety coordinator. And early- and late-season ice is the most unpredictable.
Listen: Why did Minneapolis tear down its biggest train station?
Minneapolis' two primary train stations met very different fates in the 1970s.
Why did Minneapolis tear down its biggest train station?
Minneapolis' two train stations met very different fates in the 1970s.
What happens to the de-icing fluid sprayed on planes at MSP airport?
Due to our cold winters, MSP is one of the busiest airports in the country for de-icing operations. Delta uses more than 1 million gallons of fluid each season.
What does it take to become a police officer in Minnesota?
In light of recent issues with police officer conduct, one reader wanted to know what kind of training law enforcement officers get in the state.
Listen: How Ford made millions of windows from St. Paul sand
For part of the 20th century, Ford Motor Co. relied heavily on sand mined from beneath its plant in St. Paul to make windows for its cars.
Why does I-35E through St. Paul have a 45-mph speed limit?
The lower speed limit on the "35E Parkway" stems from a battle that began decades ago.
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