MN90: The controversial life and death of Chief Hole in the Day the Younger

Ojibwe Chief Hole in the Day the Younger (1827-1868) signed almost every land cession treaty between the Minnesota Ojibwe and the U.S. government. MN90 producer Marisa Helms reports that while the Chief was a controversial figure, he was also a very smart and effective negotiator. Still, the Chief had many enemies. On June 27, 1868, as he was traveling to Washington, D.C. to fight the removal of his people to a reservation at White Earth. Hole in the Day was assassinated by Ojibwe men from Leech Lake just a few miles from his home in Crow Wing.

MN90: The Greatest Minnesota Athlete to Run on Four Legs

One of Minnesota's greatest athletes was Dan Patch, a harness horse from the turn of the 20th century who set the world record by pacing a mile in 1:55. When salesman Marion Savage (yes, the town Savage, MN is named after him) bought Dan Patch, he became very rich by turning his horse into a supreme pitchman for all kinds of products, including cars, watches and washing machines. MN90 producer Marisa Helms has the story.

MN90: The Lighthouse Keeper's Mistake

Split Rock Lighthouse has been a fixture of Northern Minnesota for generations. But few know the story behind its shaky beginning. What happens when an overeager new lighthouse keeper jumps the gun?

MN90: The Lure of the Lighthouse

For decades, the majority of functioning lighthouses have operated mechanically, without a resident lighthouse keeper to keep things going. Yet tourists still flock to sites like Split Rock to ponder the lighthouse keeper’s lifestyle. What is it about a lighthouse that keeps us wondering?

MN90: The Mayo Brothers Make Medical History

The Mayo Clinic treats more than half a million people each year in Rochester, Minnesota, and in facilities in Florida and Arizona. MN90 producer Marisa Helms reports that the Mayo family philosophy of team-based patient care was established early on, and continues to be a hallmark of the world-famous hospital.

MN90: The Overachieving Bridge

The Stone Arch Bridge is an iconic part of the Minneapolis landscape. But it hasn't always been just for looks and bicyclists and pedestrians. MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel discovers the hard-working past of this famous Minneapolis landmark. Includes an interview with David Stevens of Mill City Museum.

MN90: Topping the Charts in 3-part Harmony

Known for their tight harmonies and vivacious personalities, the Andrews Sisters of Minneapolis topped the charts from the end of the Great Depression until the 1950s. MN90 producer Marisa Helms tells us that the three sisters, LaVerne, Maxene and Patty, had 15 gold records, 113 charted hits, and sold 100-million records in all, with more top-ten songs than Elvis Presley or the Beatles.

MN90: Tunnels in the Sky

In addition to long underwear and hot dish, Minnesotans have another secret to staying warm in the winter: Skyways. MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel finds out about skyways’ Minnesota debut, and how they continue to shape our city streets.

MN90: Women Strike for Equal Pay

In the late 1970s, eight female employees from the Citizens’ National Bank in Willmar stirred up controversy in their town and across the country when they filed a complaint against the bank for unequal pay and gender discrimination. The Willmar 8, as they were called, formed their own union and went on strike for two years. MN90 producer Marisa Helms tells us the Willmar 8 came to symbolize the uphill climb many American women face when seeking equity in the workplace.

MN90:Fiddler on a Chanhassen Roof

The not-so tiny town of Chanhassen, Minnesota is home to one of the longest running dinner theater's in the country. It began when Herbert and Carolyn Bloomberg, both lovers of Broadway shows, asked themselves, " Wouldn't it be nice to have a little bit of Broadway in Chanhassen?" Now, four decades and over ten million visitors later, the rest is history. Allison Herrera tells us about the Chanhassen Dinner Theater.

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