Who the Heck was Veda Ponikvar?

Veda Ponikvar was born in Chisholm in 1919 to Slovenian immigrants who worked in the mines that dotted the Iron Range. Ponikvar didn't learn English until she started school, but soon became a star pupil in her Chisholm school. By the time she was 11 years old, she'd made up her mind about her future--she wanted to run a newspaper. The idea likely came from watching

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The Adolph Biermann House in Rochester

The Adolph Biermann house in Rochester is the oldest documented structure in the Mayowood Historic District and one of the oldest in Olmsted County. The property was settled in 1854 and the house was built in the mid-1860s by John Harmon, a farmer from New York who moved west to acquire a large tract of land where he planned to grow wheat. His venture was unsuccessful and

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Asle Sorbel's Ride

Two weeks after the James–Younger Gang raided Northfield the gang appeared at the farm of Ole Sorbel on Lake Linden near Hanska. Ole spoke to the men briefly and his wife, Guri, provided the men with bread and butter for breakfast. The gang told the family that they were hunting in the area, but 17-year-old Asle Sorbel didn’t believe them. He had a hunch they were

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The Minnesota Home School for Girls in Sauk Centre

The Minnesota Home School for Girls was established by the state legislature in 1907 as a residential facility that would provide for the care, training, and education of girls who had been declared delinquent and committed by the courts. A preliminary budget of $25,000 was allocated for the purchase of land and initial construction costs. The state required the site to be at least

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A Dash of History: German Potato Salad Recipe from Grandma's in Duluth

When Grandma’s Saloon and Deli opened at the foot of the Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth’s Canal Park area was far from an ideal location to open a new restaurant. It was a virtual wasteland of junkyards and crumbling warehouses. But owners Mick Paulucci and Andy Borg saw potential in opening their new restaurant near the lake and picked a spot just steps away

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Robbinsdale Library

The Robbinsdale Library opened its doors for the first time on January 4, 1926, thanks to the efforts of the Robbinsdale Library Club. The club not only secured the funds to build the library, but they also purchased the initial library materials like books, periodicals, tables and chairs, and helped secure a professional librarian. The library was part of the Hennepin County Library

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The Duluth Homesteads Project

The Duluth Homestead Project, also known as the Jackson Project, began under the United States Resettlement Administration (USRA) in 1936. The purpose of the program was to relieve the shortage of sustainably affordable housing for families in Duluth. Qualified families in the Duluth area could receive a house on five

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Ripley Memorial Maternity Hospital in Minneapolis

The Martha G. Ripley Hospital for Women was a pioneering institution in the history of Minnesota. After its incorporation in 1887, the hospital was housed in a 20-room building at 2529 Fourth Avenue South. When it moved to its location in north Minneapolis in 1896, the hospital had gained a reputation for its compassionate treatment of unwed and/or low-income mothers.

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