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October 13
A 2017 view of the St. Anthony Falls spillway, also known as the apron.

Listen: The mysterious wall that holds St. Anthony Falls in place

The Curious Minnesota podcast explores the questions being raised about a 145-year-old wall located deep beneath the Mississippi River.
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October 8
A rock carving at the Jeffers Petroglyphs site in southwestern Minnesota. It is one of the most extensive petroglyph sites in the world.

Which Indigenous tribes first called Minnesota home?

Archeologists and historians believe Native Americans have lived in Minnesota since the glaciers receded 13,000 years ago.
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October 1
People walking in front of a destroyed school building after the fires of 1918.

Historic wildfires once destroyed entire cities in northern Minnesota. Could it happen again?

More than a century after the deadly blazes of 1894 and 1918 killed hundreds of people, wildfires continue to threaten the North Woods.
September 27
A sign advertising the Early Vote Center in downtown Minneapolis in 2018.

What do you want to know about the 2021 election?

Star Tribune reporters will be answering reader questions about the 2021 election on a future episode of the Curious Minnesota podcast. Let us know…
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September 24
A C-130 aircraft carries service members back to Minnesota after a deployment in the Middle East in March 2020. These planes often fly over the Twin C

Why do military cargo planes regularly fly in pairs over the Twin Cities?

The large aircraft with four propellers are easy to distinguish from passenger air traffic.
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September 17
Antennas are affixed to a new cellular pole in south Minneapolis.

Listen: Why are there so many new 5G cell antennas in some neighborhoods?

The Curious Minnesota podcast explores the evolution of cellular technology and the reason for all the new antennas.
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September 17
After days of high winds, thousands of plastic bags from the Waste Management landfill in Elk River were trapped on the landfill’s perimeter fence i

Twin Cities area is recycling more than ever. Why hasn't landfilling declined?

Nearly half of the metro area's waste is recycled. But a significant share continues to be buried.
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September 10
The first capitol building in Minnesota was this structure erected in 1853 at what is now the corner of Tenth and Wabasha streets. First occupied on J

Did political shenanigans derail an effort to move Minnesota's capital?

The well-known tale about an 1850s proposal to move the capital to St. Peter has been passed down for generations.
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September 3
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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.
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September 3
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.
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August 27
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.
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August 26
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.
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August 20
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.
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August 13
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.
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August 6
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.
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July 30
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.
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July 23
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.
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July 16
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.
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July 9
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.
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July 8
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.
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July 2
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.
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June 26
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.
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June 18
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.
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June 11
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.
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June 9
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