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: Honeywell's Hot Little Thermostat

The Honeywell round thermostat design is one of the most user-friendly and underappreciated appliance designs of all time. MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel explains what has made the “T86 Round” so popular and so enduring.

MN90: The Citizens League

What makes Minnesota unique? The lakes, the weather...and the Minnesota Citizen's League. For over 60 years, the Minnesota Citizens League has helped tackle some of the toughest problems in the state. MN90 producer Allison Herrera tells us more about this influential organization.

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.

Black and white photograph of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove, 1887.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Photograph of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove, 1887.

Black and white photograph of a window in the Arnold Nietfield house in Meire Grove.

Window head, Arnold Nietfield house

Photograph of a window in the Arnold Nietfield house in Meire Grove. From the Fred W. Peterson archival collection, Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud.

Black and white photograph of a brick house built by Henry Imdieke in Meire Grove in 1883.

House built by Henry Imdieke

Photograph of a brick house built by Henry Imdieke in Meire Grove in 1883. From the Fred W. Peterson archival collection, Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud.

Black and white photograph  of a brick manufactured at the Imdieke brick yard between 1883 and 1915 in Meire Grove.

Imdieke brick

Photograph of a brick manufactured at the Imdieke brick yard between 1883 and 1915 in Meire Grove.

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