One doesn’t have to go to Appalachia to see the poverty and ghost towns from failed and abandoned mining. One need only take a relatively short drive from Minnesota to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where copper mining isn’t what it once was. Read more →
An exhibit last fall illuminated a racist past at the University of Minnesota, forcing leaders to confront its own history. Now, a student government group is urging a building honoring a segregationist be renamed. Read more →
Northwest Airlines has been relegated to the ash heap of history, but it made a bit of a proud return to the nation’s consciousness on Sunday when Norman Lyle Prouse told his story to CBS’ Sunday Morning. Read more →
NPR’s Story Lab project Inter(Nation)al traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the National Congress of American Indians to talk with tribal leaders, scholars and people in the legal field about these foundational, living documents. Read more →
Generations are growing up now, having no idea of the glue that people like Erickson and his long-time radio partner Charlie Boone, provided to make a community a community. But generations of people, also declining in number, did. At one point, half of all radios in Minnesota were tuned to WCCO. Read more →
At best, perhaps, there might be an argument that changing the name of Lake Calhoun could be inconvenient for people who are simply used to the name. But this barely registers a blip on the inconvenience scale from zero to the Trail of Tears. Read more →
A Prairie Home Companion and its various guests and stars would’ve been mere marooned nobodies without Russ Ringsak; he drove the truck, known to hard-core APHC fans as ‘Hank’. He was one of the original members of the troupe, and in many ways the only thing that distinguished his talent from Garrison Keillor’s was a CDL.
Ringsak died today, Prairie Home Productions confirmed. Read more →