Reporter | Minnesota History


Émigré overcame heartache with prayer, song

She passed that love of music down to her 10 kids.


Strangled Minneapolis woman's death remains unsolved 84 years later

Laura Kruse's body was found after she took a streetcar home from a party at her beauty school.


Minneapolis shoeshiner Dorsie Willis waited 66 years for Army apology

His tarnished service record had hurt his hopes for finding a better job.


At 94, retired engineer 'blessed' to have wed identical twins

Gerald Williams recently completed a 10-year project, writing a 241-page memoir for his grandkids. How he ended up marrying twins emerges as the most intriguing subplot.


Dog tag found in Italy returned to Minnesota family 77 years after soldier vanished

The hope was that returning Harlan William Melinsky's dog tag to his Minnesota relatives would "give some consolation to the family."


Towing mogul's rare car collection hits auction block

The auction includes vintage hood ornaments, cash registers, a player piano, tin auto signs and old hubcaps.


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…