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Loving ode to bridge poets: The Unknown Bridge
The Month of Bridge Poets The month of dedicating our loving odes to bridge poets continue with another bridge poem that was discovered a few years ago. Unlike the previous post (which featured the...
5/2/13 at 8:55 AM Best Bridge Preservation Example Part 1: Answer to the Pop Quiz 11/19/12 at 10:47 AM
Historic Bridge Conference 2012: Indiana 10/1/12 at 9:41 AM
Historical Snowstorms and Blizzards
I've written about the Children's Blizzard today, but decided to put it into Reprint because of the focus on history. I'm very glad that the blizzard we had over the weekend did not kill 250-500 peop...
1/13/13 at 7:20 PM Halloween Roundup: Witches, Wizards, Superman and Inexplicably, Kale 10/30/12 at 11:16 AM
Happy Ada Lovelace Day! 10/16/12 at 3:17 PM
1888: The Children's Blizzard
This month marks the anniversary of one of the most horrific events in Midwest history, though after 125 years quite a few people don't remember it at all: the Children's Blizzard of 1888, which recei...
1/13/13 at 7:17 PM 1986: William Wulf, the Orphan Pioneer 4/26/11 at 6:00 PM
1986: Spring on the Farm 4/23/11 at 6:00 PM
Every 1,825 Days...Give or Take a Few...
I dressed with care: elastic waistband (for fast removal), cute underwear (I knew Id be seeing a lot of them, so might as well enjoy it), my long hair up and out of the way (not that my hair would be ...
11/27/12 at 8:56 AM
Home Sweet Home: China in Minnesota
All of you who've read my posts are awesome. Thank you for following along. While I'm sad to see this journey end, I'm excited with anticipation because this was just my first try. I'll be writing man...
10/27/12 at 11:31 AM
Free History Center day for Dakota Indian celebration
The Minnesota History Center, near the state Capitol, will host a free-admission day Sept. 29 to honor Dakota Indians. The event will feature Dakota artwork, flute music, a drum and dance expo, a coo...
9/10/12 at 11:11 AM Minnesota history exhibit features dark episode 7/6/12 at 4:50 AM
Civil War's 150th anniversary noted at Minnesota Capitol 5/18/11 at 6:49 PM
A couple of years ago, I splurged and bought a year-long pass to the great state parks of Minnesota. I had visions of visiting every one of them if not throughout the state, at least those right here...
2/7/12 at 9:05 PM
The Elders Among Us
Speak to the elders in your life. Last week I wrote about two conversations I had with each of my Granddads. Both men live vivid and classic lives exemplifying American/Minnesotan culture. It was awe...
11/23/11 at 9:50 AM Stomping-Ground Culture 2: Our Grandparents 11/19/11 at 12:31 AM
Stomping Ground Culture, part 1 11/11/11 at 2:09 PM
Casual Chats With A Murderer
Before the genocide, there were approximately 8 million people living in Rwanda. After, the conditions were strikingly different. One million corpses. Four million people in exile. One million murdere...
11/18/10 at 9:14 AM "If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development." - Aristotle 11/17/10 at 2:49 PM
Sweet Potato Pie Has Deep Roots
My friend, Rose McGee, has a passion for life, a passion for people, and a passion for food, especially sweet potato pie. I met Rose several years ago when I first joined Women Who Really Cook, a Twi...
2/25/10 at 4:08 AM
Paula Byers, who works in our advertising department, stopped me when I was downstairs Tuesday afternoon to show me some old newspapers she had brought in. There were three different editions of the l...
12/8/09 at 11:07 AM All aboard 10/21/09 at 12:07 PM