Reporter | Minnesota History


Remembering a pilot's 1985 disaster-avoiding heroism

Carl Simmons, who maneuvered a crippled Boeing 727 to safety, died in January after he was hit by a car.


No black sheep in Langsjoen family

The family name became synonymous with achievement in St. Peter.


Architect Cass Gilbert, and a blueprint for love

Passionate courtship letters had lit up the love between the then-emerging architect in St. Paul and his wife-to-be in Milwaukee.


New book alleges Minnesotan might have killed his two wives

When it came to antiquing, Clarence and Jean Larson made a good husband-and-wife team in southwestern Minnesota in 1980. He could fix just about anything…


Former slave, Civil War vet lived final decades in Minneapolis

Grave No. 384 in Section A-3 commemorates one of the more remarkable lives among the 240,000 military people and family members buried at Fort Snelling…


This history buff embraces family's past with gusto

Some history buffs dig into genealogy websites to mine ancestors' records. Some send in saliva for DNA scrutiny. Others comb through photo albums and mildewed…


Mary Gibbs stared down lumbermen in 1903 Itasca clash

It became one of Minnesota's first clashes between conservationists and industry.


Northfield mourns burned Archer hotel that reached back 143 years

"It really was the heart of the community," said Northfield historian Susan Hvistendahl.


Mystery still swirls around fatal hit-and-run crash in 1957

It was Oct. 5, 1957, an idyllic autumn Saturday in Foley, an east-central Minnesota town of 1,100 people, and Roger Vaillancourt, 17, was goofing around…


Lois Gildemeister was the can-do woman of Grand Rapids

Lois Gildemeister played the organ at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Minn., for decades of Sundays starting in the early 1930s. The…