That’s So Minnesota
The Massive Minnesota State Fair

The Massive Minnesota State Fair

March 31, 2020

Every summer, millions of people go to the Minnesota State Fair, also known as "The Great Minnesota Get-Together." The fair is massive with a seemingly endless amount of food, music and events. So, how did this annual festival that started in the 1800's become a world-renown 12-day affair? Host Ellery McCardle talks with General Manager Jerry Hammer about how the State Fair became a staple of the summer, a big change at the gates starting this year, and he talks about the biggest food flop.

How Minnesotans are Dealing with Coronavirus

How Minnesotans are Dealing with Coronavirus

March 24, 2020

News about COVID-19 is constantly changing. The number of patients infected in the U.S. is rising every day. There's a lot of uncertainty in this world right now, and we're all finding ways to cope. This week, we take a break for our regular show to talk about how Minnesotans are staying positive through it all. We want you to join our campaign of positivity. Tell us the good that's happening in your community by using the hashtag #SendTheLove.

Glensheen Mansion: Past and Present

Glensheen Mansion: Past and Present

March 17, 2020

Glensheen Mansion is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. The 39-bedroom estate sits on the shore of Lake Superior in Duluth, and was built more than 100 years ago by a wealthy mining family. Host Ellery McCardle talks with Director Dan Hartman about how his team has transformed the way people view the home, some of the odd things they're still finding today, and yes, he talks about the infamous murders.

Why Hollywood Left Minnesota

Why Hollywood Left Minnesota

March 10, 2020

In the 1980s and 1990s, Minnesota was one of the top off-site filming locations in America. Big films such as "Purple Rain," "Grumpy Old Men," "Mallrats" and other cult classics were filmed here. But then all of a sudden, these big projects stopped coming to Minnesota, and work hasn't picked up ever since. So what happened? Host Ellery McCardle talks with MN Film & TV's Melodie Bahan who says the story starts with Canada.

Minnesota Could Lose a U.S. House Seat

Minnesota Could Lose a U.S. House Seat

March 3, 2020
This tax season, add another form to your list to fill out because it's a Census year. And in Minnesota, there's a lot on the line this time around because the state could lose a U.S. House seat, depending on the final count. The last time Minnesota lost a Congressional seat was in 1960. In a time of deep political divisions, what does this mean for voters and their political voices on the national level? Host and KARE 11 Sunrise Reporter Ellery McCardle talks with Susan Brower, who is Minnesota's State Demographer.
Voyageurs Wolf Project

Voyageurs Wolf Project

March 3, 2020

Minnesota is home to Voyageurs National Park, which boasts a wolf population that has remained largely the same for decades. Researchers are studying the wolves at the park to understand what they do during the summer, and how that differs from their travels and eating habits during the winter. Host Ellery McCardle talks with researcher Thomas Gable from the University of Minnesota.

Minnesota’s Diverse Food Scene

Minnesota’s Diverse Food Scene

March 3, 2020

Minnesota has so many chefs from so many cultures. Not just good chefs, but great and world renowned ones. So how did the Twin Cities get to be a hub of culinary magnificence? Host Ellery McCardle gets insight from Hmong chef Yia Vang. He's making a name for himself in the culinary world, on the heels of his new restaurant Vinai. Yang talks about being born in a refugee camp in Thailand, moving to Minnesota and the struggles of embracing his Hmong culture.

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