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MN90: A Bomb of a Joke

When enterprising Wilford Fawcett came home to Robbinsdale, MN, after World War I, he thought it would be good business to publish the dirty jokes he heard in the trenches overseas. He called his magazine "Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang" and it became a huge success. MN90 producer Marisa Helms tells us Fawcett made a small fortune off of his bawdy humor magazine and went on to build a publishing empire of hobby magazines and comic books, including Captain Marvel.

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: 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.

Watercolor on paper of a Dakota dwelling. Painted between 1846 and 1848 by Seth Eastman.

Dakota dwelling

Watercolor on paper of a Dakota dwelling. Painted between 1846 and 1848 by Seth Eastman.

Watercolor on paper depicting Chief Wabasha’s village on the Mississippi River. Painted c.1845 by Seth Eastman.

Wabasha's village c.1845

Watercolor on paper depicting Chief Wabasha’s village on the Mississippi River. Painted c.1845 by Seth Eastman.

Photograph of Ignatius Donnelly c.1860

Ignatius Donnelly c.1860

Carte-de-visite photograph taken of the "sage of Nininger" (Ignatius Donnelly) c.1860.

Color image of Kenyon's Farmers State Bank and City Hall, c.1910.

Farmers State Bank and City Hall, Kenyon

Kenyon's Farmers State Bank and City Hall, c.1910. Kenyon, in Goodhue County's southwest corner, is located in became a center for Norwegian settlement.

Color image of Album Sleeve (back), Paisley Park Records

Album Sleeve (back), Paisley Park Records

Album sleeve for 45 rpm (7 inch)vinyl record of U Got the Look/Housequake released by Paisley Park Records, 1987.

Color image of Album Sleeve (front), Paisley Park Records

Album Sleeve (front), Paisley Park Records

Album sleeve for 45 rpm (7 inch) vinyl record of U Got the Look/Housequake released by Paisley Park Records, 1987.

Black and white photograph of old farmstead and Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN

Old farmstead and Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN

Photograph taken of part of Chanhassen including Paisley Park, as part of the Suburban Documentation Project, 1991. Photographer: Christopher C. Faust.

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