Lake Winnibigoshish Dam construction.

Lake Winnibigoshish Dam construction.

Renovations at Lake Winnibigoshish 1898–1899.

Franklin Cook, Minneapolis.

Franklin Cook, Minneapolis.

Franklin Cook circa, 1880.

St. Anthony Falls, Minneapolis

St. Anthony Falls, Minneapolis

St. Anthony Falls following 1869 crisis.

Dam tender's quarters, Pokegama Falls Dam.

Dam tender's quarters, Pokegama Falls Dam.

Dam Tender's residence at Pokegama Falls Dam, 1904.

Lake Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake, and Pokegama Falls Dams

Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake, and Pokegama Falls Dams were built in the Mississippi Headwaters during the late 19th century. These structures preceded the construction of the Headwaters reservoir system and played key roles in flood prevention and river control during the 20th century.

MN90: Inventing the Slider

MN90 producer Marisa Helms describes the life of Charles Albert Bender, born on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota and later inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Includes an interview with Tom Swift, author of Chief Bender's Burden, published by the University of Nebraska Press, 2010.

Minnesota's first two American Indian nurses

Minnesota's first two American Indian nurses

Minnesota's first two American Indian nurses, Elizabeth Sherer and Josephine Parisien, c.1925. The Minnesota Department of Health started a Chippewa Nursing Service in 1923, hiring American Indian nurses to provide public health nursing services on reservations in northern Minnesota.

MN90: Send it by Sled Dog

In the 1850s, mail service on Minnesota's North Shore was notoriously unreliable. That is, until John Beargrease and his team of sled dogs began running mail between Two Harbors and Grand Marais. MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel learns about the man who inspired the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Ojibwe men, possibly at 1857 or 1862 treaty signing

Ojibwe men, possibly at 1857 or 1862 treaty signing

Ojibwe men, possibly at 1857 or 1862 treaty signing in Washington, DC. Photographer: Matthew B. Brady. To make way for the farm, the land first needed to be alienated from native peoples. Treaty negotiations started this process.

Beargrease, John (1858–1910)

The US Congress ordered the beginning of mail service from Superior to Grand Portage, Minnesota, in 1855, but service was spotty. John Beargrease and his brothers came to the rescue. They began covering a regular mail route between Two Harbors and Grand Marais in 1879.

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