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, truths that have often been ignored in favor of legend and a far more benign narrative of immigration, settlement, and cultural exchange.


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