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Curious Minnesota
September 3, 2021
A fox crosses a Minneapolis street, in front of a woman on a walk with her dog Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN.]

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Are more wild animals moving into Minnesota's cities?

Drought conditions may embolden animals looking for food in the urban core.
Curious Minnesota
September 3, 2021
A selection of questions received from fairgoers on August 28.

Listen: What do State Fair attendees want to know about Minnesota?

Fairgoers spoke to the Curious Minnesota podcast about what questions they would like to see us answer.
Curious Minnesota
August 27, 2021
A pivot irrigation system sprayed water onto a soybean crop just south of Park Rapids in 2016.

Why don't farms water their crops at night?

Keeping fields properly watered is a complex challenge for Minnesota farmers — especially during this year's drought.
Curious Minnesota
August 26, 2021
A nurse measured a dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine at a test clinic in Brooklyn Center in January.

Listen: What is the future of COVID-19 and the delta variant?

Reporters Jeremy Olson and Glenn Howatt join the Curious Minnesota podcast to answer reader questions about the latest phase of the pandemic.
Curious Minnesota
August 20, 2021
The Hull-Rust-Mahoning taconite mine has left an otherworldly impression on the landscape around Hibbing.

What did the topography of the Iron Range look like before it was mined?

The extraction of ancient iron deposits in northern Minnesota has left its mark on the region.
Curious Minnesota
August 13, 2021
Minnesota Power and Xcel Energy have proposed gas-fired power plants that will last 40 years, despite pledges from both utilities to produce all carbo

Where does Twin Cities electricity come from and how is it delivered to homes?

A sophisticated network of power plants, transmission lines and regional grid operators ensures power is available when we need it.
Curious Minnesota
August 6, 2021
A group of friends swimming in the Minnesota River in Bloomington in 2020.

Is it safe to swim in Twin Cities rivers, or are they all too polluted?

Swimmers should take precautions when taking a dip in rivers and creeks that are considered impaired for recreation.
Curious Minnesota
July 30, 2021
South Tower of Target’s Corporate headquarters and the IDS building were lit purple to mark the one-year anniversary of Prince’s passing on April

Who controls the colorful lights in Minneapolis' night skyline?

Colorful lighting displays on downtown buildings often commemorate major holidays and events.
Curious Minnesota
July 23, 2021
A shrine to St. Cloud, the patron saint of the Diocese of St. Cloud, inside St. Mary’s Cathedral in downtown St. Cloud. The statue is a replica of t

How did St. Cloud get its name? It's a strange story

An inside joke in the 1850s had a lasting impact on central Minnesota's hub.
Curious Minnesota
July 16, 2021
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame building in Eveleth. It opened in 1973.

Why is the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame located in tiny Eveleth, Minnesota?

The Iron Range attraction is one of two hockey halls of fame in North America.
Curious Minnesota
July 9, 2021
A split in the roadway on Interstate 94 between Albertville and Monticello is where the MnROAD testing area begins.

Why a slice of I-94 west of the Twin Cities is a 'candyland for researchers'

Freeway traffic near Albertville helps engineers across the country design roads that last.
Curious Minnesota
July 8, 2021
The former racetrack oval was still visible at the budding airport in 1928.

Listen: How did MSP Airport evolve from a bankrupt racetrack to an aviation hub?

Curious Minnesota podcast host Eric Roper discusses the long history of the region's airport with transportation reporter Janet Moore.
Curious Minnesota
July 2, 2021
Workers making repairs to the stadium in early June.

Why is U.S. Bank Stadium in a constant state of repair?

Ongoing construction on the building includes replacing 35,000 zinc panels.
Curious Minnesota
June 26, 2021
The truth behind St. Paul's legacy as a safe haven for Prohibition gangsters

The truth behind St. Paul's legacy as a safe haven for Prohibition gangsters

A strategy to control crime in the capital city grew into a police scandal involving some of the country's most-wanted criminals.
Curious Minnesota
June 18, 2021
Mushroom shelves are still visible in this old Mushroom Valley cave, which is now part of the Wabasha Street Caves.

Who dug the sandstone caves along St. Paul's riverfront?

The city's extensive underground spaces have been home to sand mines, mushroom farms and even nightclubs.
Curious Minnesota
June 11, 2021
The Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota, officially Cook County Road 12, began as a series of portages created by Native American people.

Did modern Minnesota roads evolve from Native American trails?

Some routes have been providing passage since long before the introduction of paved roads.
Curious Minnesota
June 9, 2021
Ask a question now: What are you curious about, Minnesota?

Ask a question now: What are you curious about, Minnesota?

Help us answer questions that matter to you.
Curious Minnesota
June 4, 2021
The intersection of N. Washington and N. 2nd avenues in the North Loop neighborhood.

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.
Curious Minnesota
June 2, 2021
Howard O. Kelly of Minneapolis’ Civilian Defense Council inspects the 5,500-pound siren atop the Northwestern National Bank in 1943. This siren prec

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.
Curious Minnesota
May 28, 2021
Crowds gathered at Wold-Chamberlain Field in September 1930 for the arrival of famous French pilots. The welcome coincided with a dedication of the ai

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.
Curious Minnesota
May 21, 2021
Why is there a new cellular pole in my Minneapolis neighborhood?

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.
Curious Minnesota
May 14, 2021
The Grodnik Building, which now houses Loring Pasta Bar, on the corner of 4th Street and 14th Avenue SE in 1963. To its left is Dinky Town Dime variet

How did Dinkytown in Minneapolis get its name?

The unusual moniker for the commercial district near the University of Minnesota dates to the 1940s.
Curious Minnesota
May 7, 2021
Flecks of ore containing copper, nickel, cobalt, palladium, platinum and gold seen in core samples taken from around PolyMet property.

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.
Curious Minnesota
May 6, 2021
Two technicians at the St. Bonifacius site check a Nike-Hercules missile in 1962.

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.
Curious Minnesota
April 30, 2021
Howard O. Kelly of Minneapolis’ Civilian Defense Council inspects the 5,500-pound siren atop the Northwestern National Bank in 1943. This siren prec

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.