Reporter | Minnesota History


Female mapmakers detailed Minnesota's Arrowhead back in 1929

The colorful, meticulously detailed map is packed with stories of Native American lore, French Canadian explorers and some fun facts and sketches.


Dark day at Split Rock: Two keepers drowned in 1910

As Split Rock Lighthouse's first head keeper from 1910 to 1928, Orren "Pete" Young cautioned countless sailors from his cliff-top perch overlooking Lake Superior, 50…


Let's remember the Stark brothers this Memorial Day

The brothers died the same day in 1944 when their B-17 crashed. They were among 9,765 Minnesotans killed in World War II.


Revisiting Hastings' rich Black history, personal toil

On a day in May 1875, a few dozen Black residents of Hastings celebrated passage of a new federal civil rights law allowing African Americans…


Twists and turns for Minnesota's oldest human bones

The discovery dubbed Browns Valley Man was judged to be roughly 10,000-year-old bones, some of the oldest, best-preserved prehistoric human remains ever found in North America.


The larger-than-life story of Finnish immigrant Matt Reed

For more than 30 years, up until his death in 1971 at 79, he barnstormed across the country as a lay preacher.


New book recounts history through Ojibwe missionary's eyes

As winter was about to descend in 1850, about 4,000 Lake Superior Ojibwe were forced to travel to Minnesota Territory to collect money and goods…


Civil rights pioneer left Anoka, Hamline to make her mark

Anna Arnold Hedgeman rubbed elbows with and influenced many of the civil rights movement's greats


Speedskater Robert Fitzgerald penned unparalleled comeback story

Embarrassed by the far-from-the-battlefield nature of the injury while in the Army, he didn't talk about his amazing comeback until later in life.


St. Paul gangster's kidnapping trial came to dramatic end

The defendant stood with his arms behind his back, so the federal judge in St. Paul couldn't see his left hand. But courtroom witnesses caught…