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That's So Minnesota
20 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Dorothy Molter, Minnesota's famous Root Beer lady
She was living with her family in Chicago when a trip to Minnesota's north country captured her imagination. First moving to Winton, Minnesota and then taking over the Isle of Pines resort in the early 1980's, Dorothy Molter starting brewing root beer to serve her guests. Thousands of bottles later, The Root Beer lady poured herself, and her homebrewed soda, into the hearts of thousands of Minnesotans. Join host Diane Sandberg as we learn more about this historical figure from the North's past, on "That's So Minnesota!"
18 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Toni Stone, Minnesota's legendary ballplayer
Toni Stone lived in Saint Paul in the 1930's, and while she didn't stay long, she certainly left her mark on baseball. She started playing with the boys on a team for local Catholic church, and ended up playing professionally in the Negro Leagues. Join host Diane Sandberg as we learn about what it took for this woman to to earn her place at the plate, on 'That's So Minnesota.'
19 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Sigurd F. Olson and finding your true self
Sigurd F. Olson was an author and a passionate environmentalist, credited with helping to preserve the wild places in northern Minnesota. Join host Diane Sandberg in a conversation with Sig's biographer David Backes about the love of the wild and our responsibility to become our true selves.
16 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
The Quietest Place on Earth
There's a place in Minneapolis that is making a lot of noise, but you still might not have heard of them: Orfield Laboratories. Join host Diane Sandberg in a conversation with the founder of the labs still making [sound]waves with two World Records and a new induction into the National Register of Historic Places.
14 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Foraging in Minnesota
Join host Diane Sandberg for a walk in the Minnesota woods. Three local experts talk mushrooms, the native tree headed for extinction and the importance of spending time in nature.
15 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
St. Paul's not-so-saintly past
In the early 1900's, a police chief in St. Paul named John J. O'Connor changed the city for decades with his new ways of policing. We ride along on a tour from the Wabasha Street Caves, learning about the gangsters in Minnesota's capitol city.
15 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
In the fall, have you ever driven through St. Paul or Roseville and seen the signs by the road, advertising a booya? Host Diane Sandberg sits down for a ladleful of Minnesota food history on this savory Midwestern soup in this week's episode of That's So Minnesota!
1 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Quick Note from Ellery
A farewell message from your redheaded host Ellery McCardle. But the podcast isn't going anywhere. Hear who's taking over the microphone.
23 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
The Famous Twine Ball
Minnesota has a lot of roadside attractions. But there's one that has become truly iconic; the World's Largest Ball of Twine made by one man. For decades, Francis Johnson rolled twine until the ball got so big, he had to move it onto his front lawn. Every year, people from all over the world visit Darwin, Minnesota to see it. Host Ellery McCardle talks with Darwin Mayor Josh Johnson about the life and legacy of Francis Johnson, and how he rolled his creation into the record books.
25 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
Race in Minnesota
Ever since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, books about race and racial injustice have been flying off the shelves of stores. One in particular, called "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" has gained renewed attention. It was published in 2016, and in it, 16 Minnesota writers give their raw account of what it's like being a person of color in Minnesota. This week, Host Ellery McCardle and KARE 11 Sunrise Anchor Gia Vang talk with the book's editor Sun Yung Shin about the struggles many people face in Minnesota.
24 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
Mall of America During a Pandemic
Every year, some 40 million people visit the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. It's an iconic shopping, dining and entertainment complex that is feeling the brunt of COVID-19. MOA closed for a few months in the spring, and has slowly reopened. So, what's the impact of the pandemic on this international tourist destination? Host Ellery McCardle talks with Jill Renslow, SVP of Marketing and Business Development, about the changes, and what's to come for the so-called "Mega Mall."
23 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
You Betcha!: The Minnesota Accent
The Minnesota accent is hard to miss, with our catchy phrases like "You betcha" and "Oh ya." We're often made fun of in pop culture for what we say and how we sound. This week, Host Ellery McCardle talks with Keely Wolter, a Twin Cities voice coach. She talks about why we sound the way we do, and the challenge of teaching actors how to obtain and get rid of the Minnesota accent.
23 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Uff da! The Scandinavian Influence on Minnesota Life
We've said it before, Minnesotans have a lot of pride for their state, and a lot of that has to do with their Scandinavian background. From embracing the outdoors, to the interesting food traditions and way they speak. Host Ellery McCardle talks with Ethan Bjelland from Norway House about how these traits became so iconic to Minnesota.
35 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
His songs will live forever, and he is adored by Minnesotans. This week on the show we talk about Prince. From his childhood growing up in Minneapolis, struggling to make it on the local airwaves as a Black musician, to his rise to stardom and sudden death. Host Ellery McCardle talks with Andrea Swensson, of The Current about writing about Prince, meeting him, and continuing to uncover his legacy.
16 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Is Minnesota the Coldest State?
When you live in Minnesota, chances are pretty high that someone from out of state will say to you, "Oh, I could never live there, it's too cold!" Yes, it does get very cold here at times, but the summers can get pretty hot, too. But where does Minnesota rank with the rest of the U.S. when it comes to our blustery winters? Host Ellery McCardle talks with longtime KARE 11 Meteorologist Belinda Jensen.
34 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
What does 'Minnesota Nice' really mean?
You've probably heard the phrase "Minnesota Nice." Turns out, it can mean very different things. Minnesota natives see it as a representation of being polite and welcoming. People not from Minnesota often don't see it that way, and often have a hard time adapting to life here. Why is that? Host Ellery McCardle talks with Corey Bonnema and Jerilyn Veldof, authors of "Minnesota Nice?: A Transplant's Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Minnesota." They have tips on how to decode Minnesota life (including our passive-aggressive behavior), and be successful while living here.
17 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Where else can you stand at the start of a major river? That's something Connie Cox of the Minnesota DNR asks us all to think about. The Mississippi River begins at Itasca State Park in Minnesota, which also happens to be the state's oldest park. But preserving this land didn't come easy. Host Ellery McCardle talks with Connie about the park's history and how it went from doomed to protected.
23 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Minnesota's Beautiful State Parks
Minnesota is known for its abundance of public land, including it's 75 state parks and recreation areas. Each one has its claim to fame, and the park system as a whole has a variety of landscapes from waterfalls to high cliffs to prairies, lakes and more. Host Ellery McCardle talks with DNR Naturalist Connie Cox about the history of Minnesota state parks, and she reveals some hidden gems you need to check out.
22 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
How to See the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are mystical, magical and hard to find. Yet, they attract people to Northern Minnesota, specifically, to Cook County, which has some of the darkest skies in our nation. So, how can you view them yourself? Host Ellery McCardle gets insight from Visit Cook County's Kjersti Vick.
23 minutes | May 12, 2020
Minneapolis vs. St. Paul: Why the Rivalry?
Minneapolis vs. St. Paul. It's a divide that has raged on for more than a century. Today, it's more a lighthearted debate, but back in the day, things got contentious on either side of the Mississippi River. So, how did this rivalry form? Host Ellery McCardle talks with two representatives from the Minnesota Historical Society. Dave Stevens works at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, and Jessica Sutherland is with the James J. Hill House in St. Paul, to square off in a friendly debate, and give some historical insight.
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