Three years after the I-35W bridge collapse, and still three questions not (yet) answered.

Today’s post is by Patrick Nunnally, coordinator of the River Life Program in the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. Nunnally is editor of the forthcoming collection The City, the River, the Bridge: Before and after the Minneapolis Bridge Collapse, which will be available in January 2011. Three years ago this Sunday, … More Three years after the I-35W bridge collapse, and still three questions not (yet) answered.

Mary Lethert Wingerd unlocks the complex origins of the state of Minnesota on MPR

Historian Mary Lethert Wingerd, associate professor of history at St. Cloud State University and author of North Country: The Making of Minnesota, appeared on MPR’s Midday today to talk about the complex origins of Minnesota and the relationships between indigenous peoples and European settlers. Wingerd answers questions and helps unlock truths about Minnesota’s formative years, … More Mary Lethert Wingerd unlocks the complex origins of the state of Minnesota on MPR

Then and Now: The Guthrie — A Tale of Two Theaters

“Then and Now” is a monthlong series by Alan K. Lathrop, curator of the Manuscripts Division at the University of Minnesota Libraries from 1970 to 2008. He is author of Minnesota Architects and Churches of Minnesota. ——- Sir Tyrone Guthrie brought Broadway-caliber theater to the Twin Cities, and for that a host of theater lovers, … More Then and Now: The Guthrie — A Tale of Two Theaters

In The New Yorker — this image look familiar?

The New Yorker’s Frames from Fiction blog this week features a brief slideshow on the publication’s research of recent work in photography in relation to Karen Russell’s fiction story, “The Dredgeman’s Revelation.” Of the 8 photos featured and discussed, one—the second—is the photo that appears on the cover of What Is Posthumanism? by Cary Wolfe, … More In The New Yorker — this image look familiar?

Same as it Ever Was: Rebranding the YMCA

Today’s post is by architectural historian Paula Lupkin, who is in the American Culture Studies department at Washington University in St. Louis. Lupkin is author of Manhood Factories: YMCA Architecture and the Making of Modern Urban Culture. ——- It isn’t often that conservative Christians and the Village People find themselves in agreement, but marketing strategies … More Same as it Ever Was: Rebranding the YMCA

Then and Now: The Metropolitan Building

Today we begin a monthlong series about popular Minnesota landmarks, their architectural histories, little-known details, and their present situations. Each anecdote will be published on Mondays throughout the next few weeks. This series is written by Alan K. Lathrop, curator of the Manuscripts Division at the University of Minnesota Libraries from 1970 to 2008. You … More Then and Now: The Metropolitan Building

MN Senate Recount (aka Indecision 2008?): Controversy over felon votes shows GOP to be fast and loose with facts.

Today’s post is by Jay Weiner, who reported on the 2008 U.S. Senate recount and election contest for MinnPost.com. For his coverage, he received Minnesota’s prestigious Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award. ——- I have watched from afar — and with lots of bemusement — the recent dustup over the alleged number of supposed felons … More MN Senate Recount (aka Indecision 2008?): Controversy over felon votes shows GOP to be fast and loose with facts.