Finding Minnesota: Capturing 'Old Minneapolis'Do you remember a time when downtown Minneapolis had very few skyways, no stadiums and lots of department stores? That’s how the city looked in the early 1970s. And now, thanks to one man’s newly-discovered treasure trove, you can catch a glimpse online, in a local museum and <a href="http://www.mnhs.org/mnhspress/books/downtown" target="_blank">in a brand new book</a>.
Finding Minnesota: The Woodworking NunThe sawing and chipping sounds coming from a wood shop in Mankato mean another work of art is in progress. Detailed wooden sculptures come out of the shop, many with religious symbolism. The surprising part, though, is who's making them.
Finding Minnesota: Redneck HolidazzleWhile other communities offer fancy, politically correct versions of holiday parades and festivals, the people of Vergas are happy to be a little rough around the edges.
Finding Minnesota: Victory Memorial DriveEach year, we celebrate Veterans Day on the 11th day of the 11th month. And at precisely 11:11 in the morning that day, something special happens in a Minneapolis park.
Finding Minnesota: Deputy's UFO Encounter Every now and then, someone calls 911 about mysterious objects in the sky. Most can be explained away as atmospheric conditions or aircraft -- or sometimes just too much whiskey.
Finding Minnesota: North Shore's 'Witch Tree'A twisted, gnarly old cedar tree has inspired centuries of wonder and mystery in far northeastern Minnesota. The solitary tree, which locals nicknamed, "The Witch Tree," has long been growing out of a rock on tribal land along the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior.
Finding Minnesota: Scarecrow Festival At Emma Krumbee'sScarecrows might not always be effective at keeping birds away, but for one Minnesota business, they've been effective at drawing humans in.
Finding Minnesota: Fitness Trail At An Old DumpOur state has thousands of miles of outdoor trails for walking, running, biking and cross-country skiing. Now, though, you can also do upper body exercises along a path in Brainerd, in what used to be one of the trashiest parts of town.
Finding Minnesota: Fall Leaf Cruises On The St. CroixNow that it is cooling off, we are starting to see more bursts of red, yellow and orange outside. While many people hop in the car to check out the colors along the roads and highways, there is another vantage point from a national scenic riverway that draws thousands of people each fall.
Finding Minnesota: Honesty On The FarmEven with the reputation of being friendly and honest, most Minnesotans are still a little cautious in terms of how much they trust people. That is why a well-stocked indoor farmers market near Sauk Centre seems unusual in 2015. It is virtually unsupervised, unlocked and unprotected, 24 hours a day.
Finding Minnesota: Mysteries In A CornfieldFor the tenth straight year, the Miron family of Chisago County has a large field carved up for adventure. It’s the Shafer Corn Maze, a 12-acre puzzle that can feel like a trap.
Finding Minnesota: Mankato's Sculpture WalkVisit the heart of Mankato this year and you will likely encounter a farmer and his dog, a pony -- and even Godzilla. But most of those characters will be gone after a year, to be replaced by new ones. They are part of the community's efforts to revitalize the area's City Center by placing sizable artworks along some of the busiest streets.