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Capitol Renovation Sparks Debate On Building’s Art

Besides being the seat of state government, the Minnesota Capitol is practically an art gallery, filled with murals of historic scenes and allegorical images of virtues the building’s designers hoped to see in their leaders: wisdom, courage, integrity. But almost 110 years after the Statehouse opened, a massive renovation project has provoked a mild but deeply felt debate about the artwork, with some lawmakers hoping to update a calcified collection and others committed to leaving it unchanged. An impromptu remark by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton helped spark the discussion when he wondered during a renovation-related meeting whether his reception room really needed six paintings of Civil War scenes.

03/16/2014

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Dayton Questions Civil War Murals In His Office

Gov. Mark Dayton is playing art critic as he questions whether a stately meeting room in his office suite at the Capitol still need five separate murals depicting Civil War battle scenes.

01/21/2014

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The Story Behind Those Red Cedars At St. Paul’s Civil War Monument

The six Red Cedar trees surrounding the Civil War Monument in St. Paul are a secret 10 years in the making. Their story is now being told — fittingly — on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

07/02/2013

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Minn. Officials Mark State’s Role At Gettysburg

While the nation is marking the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Minnesota leaders are remembering the role our state played in the Civil War.

06/25/2013

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Minn. Officials Mark State’s Role At Gettysburg

The 150th anniversary of the battle at Gettysburg is giving Minnesota leaders reason to reflect on their state’s role in the Civil War. Gov. Mark Dayton, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and state Rep. Dean Urdahl were among those planning Tuesday to commemorate the key battle.

06/25/2013

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Remote Mich. Village Abuzz Over Shipwreck Search

Commercial fisherman Larry Barbeau’s comings and goings usually don’t create much of a stir in this wind-swept Lake Michigan outpost, but in the past few days, his phone jangles the minute he arrives home.

06/17/2013

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Twin Cities Juneteenth Celebration Turns 25

The 25th annual Twin Cities’ Juneteenth celebration brought thousands to North Mississippi Regional Park Saturday. Juneteenth commemorates the day Union Soldiers told slaves in Texas that the Civil War had ended and they were no longer enslaved. Juneteenth is much more than parades, barbeques and family reunions.

06/15/2013

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Sudanese-Minnesotan Juggles College, Hollywood

As Kuoth Wiel wore her Augsburg College robe, she looked antsy like many grads. Her graduation day emotions may seem typical, but what’s going on in her life right now is not – nor is her past. “Because of the war, we went to Ethiopia,” Wiel said. She was born in the Sudan, and her parents made it out with her from a civil war.

05/25/2013

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New Civil War Exhibit Comes To MN History Center

Before cell phones, twitter and email, people actually wrote letters — and hundreds of them are part of a new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.

03/03/2013

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New Exhibit Explores Minn. Role In Civil War

A new exhibit exploring Minnesota’s role in the Civil War opens Saturday in St. Paul.

03/02/2013

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Good Question: Why Do We Keep Predicting The End?

Have you packed your bags? Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 — some observers around the world think — will be the end of the world.

12/18/2012

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Good Question: Can A State Secede From The Union?

But can a state really secede from the United States?

11/14/2012

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Minn. Soldier’s Civil War Grave To Be Re-Dedicated

The grave of a Minnesota soldier killed in the Civil War will be re-dedicated this weekend. Pvt. Edmund Sampare of St. Paul died in the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 17, 1862.

09/21/2012

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Minn. Event Marks 150 Years Since Civil War Battle

Former Gov. Al Quie is marking the 150th anniversary of a major Civil War battle with a send-off for a contingent of Civil War re-enactors headed to Maryland.

09/05/2012

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Ceremony Marks 150 Years Since Minn. Soldier Death

A Minnesota soldier killed in battle during the Civil War will have a special ceremony in his honor 150 years later. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and members of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force planned to hold a grave rededication ceremony for Lt. David Oakes at a St. Paul cemetery as part of Monday’s Memorial Day observance.

05/27/2012

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