That’s So Minnesota
Mall of America During a Pandemic

Mall of America During a Pandemic

August 18, 2020
Every year, some 40 million people visit the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. It's an iconic shopping, dining and entertainment complex that is feeling the brunt of COVID-19. MOA closed for a few months in the spring, and has slowly reopened. So, what's the impact of the pandemic on this international tourist destination? Host Ellery McCardle talks with Jill Renslow, SVP of Marketing and Business Development, about the changes, and what's to come for the so-called "Mega Mall."
You Betcha!: The Minnesota Accent

You Betcha!: The Minnesota Accent

August 11, 2020

The Minnesota accent is hard to miss, with our catchy phrases like "You betcha" and "Oh ya." We're often made fun of in pop culture for what we say and how we sound. This week, Host Ellery McCardle talks with Keely Wolter, a Twin Cities voice coach. She talks about why we sound the way we do, and the challenge of teaching actors how to obtain and get rid of the Minnesota accent.

Uff da! The Scandinavian Influence on Minnesota Life

Uff da! The Scandinavian Influence on Minnesota Life

July 28, 2020

We've said it before, Minnesotans have a lot of pride for their state, and a lot of that has to do with their Scandinavian background. From embracing the outdoors, to the interesting food traditions and way they speak. Host Ellery McCardle talks with Ethan Bjelland from Norway House about how these traits became so iconic to Minnesota.

Prince

Prince

July 21, 2020

His songs will live forever, and he is adored by Minnesotans. This week on the show we talk about Prince. From his childhood growing up in Minneapolis, struggling to make it on the local airwaves as a Black musician, to his rise to stardom and sudden death. Host Ellery McCardle talks with Andrea Swensson, of The Current about writing about Prince, meeting him, and continuing to uncover his legacy.

Is Minnesota the Coldest State?

Is Minnesota the Coldest State?

July 14, 2020

When you live in Minnesota, chances are pretty high that someone from out of state will say to you, "Oh, I could never live there, it's too cold!" Yes, it does get very cold here at times, but the summers can get pretty hot, too. But where does Minnesota rank with the rest of the U.S. when it comes to our blustery winters? Host Ellery McCardle talks with longtime KARE 11 Meteorologist Belinda Jensen.

What does ‘Minnesota Nice’ really mean?

What does ‘Minnesota Nice’ really mean?

July 7, 2020

You've probably heard the phrase "Minnesota Nice." Turns out, it can mean very different things. Minnesota natives see it as a representation of being polite and welcoming. People not from Minnesota often don't see it that way, and often have a hard time adapting to life here. Why is that? Host Ellery McCardle talks with Corey Bonnema and Jerilyn Veldof, authors of "Minnesota Nice?: A Transplant's Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Minnesota." They have tips on how to decode Minnesota life (including our passive-aggressive behavior), and be successful while living here.

Mississippi Headwaters

Mississippi Headwaters

June 30, 2020

Where else can you stand at the start of a major river? That's something Connie Cox of the Minnesota DNR asks us all to think about. The Mississippi River begins at Itasca State Park in Minnesota, which also happens to be the state's oldest park. But preserving this land didn't come easy. Host Ellery McCardle talks with Connie about the park's history and how it went from doomed to protected.

Minnesota’s Beautiful State Parks

Minnesota’s Beautiful State Parks

June 23, 2020

Minnesota is known for its abundance of public land, including it's 75 state parks and recreation areas. Each one has its claim to fame, and the park system as a whole has a variety of landscapes from waterfalls to high cliffs to prairies, lakes and more. Host Ellery McCardle talks with DNR Naturalist Connie Cox about the history of Minnesota state parks, and she reveals some hidden gems you need to check out.

How to See the Northern Lights

How to See the Northern Lights

June 16, 2020

The Northern Lights are mystical, magical and hard to find. Yet, they attract people to Northern Minnesota, specifically, to Cook County, which has some of the darkest skies in our nation. So, how can you view them yourself? Host Ellery McCardle gets insight from Visit Cook County's Kjersti Vick. 

Minneapolis vs. St. Paul: Why the Rivalry?

Minneapolis vs. St. Paul: Why the Rivalry?

May 12, 2020

Minneapolis vs. St. Paul. It's a divide that has raged on for more than a century. Today, it's more a lighthearted debate, but back in the day, things got contentious on either side of the Mississippi River. So, how did this rivalry form? Host Ellery McCardle talks with two representatives from the Minnesota Historical Society. Dave Stevens works at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, and Jessica Sutherland is with the James J. Hill House in St. Paul, to square off in a friendly debate, and give some historical insight.

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