Of walls and robots: The future of immigration

BY CURTIS MAREZProfessor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego Even before Donald Trump promised to build one, U.S. popular culture was preoccupied with walls—most famously the Wall in Game of Thrones that protects the Seven Kingdoms from the wildlings. Contemporary depictions of zombies are set amid fences and fortifications that recall … More Of walls and robots: The future of immigration

Ann Treacy: Fiction is woven of fact, history, and hard work.

Ann Treacy holds her family’s past close, and features this image in her house.Her grandmother, whose story figures into Treacy’s latest fiction, is pictured dressed in white.  Enter a drawing to win a copy of The Search for the Homestead Treasure here.BY ANN TREACY The Search for the Homestead Treasure is a middle-grade novel about a … More Ann Treacy: Fiction is woven of fact, history, and hard work.

Minnesota boxing legend Scott LeDoux stepped into the ring with Muhammad Ali

Scott LeDoux, also known as Minnesota’s Rocky, stares down Muhammad Alibefore their five-round exhibition in December 1977.Image courtesy of the family of Scott LeDoux. BY PAUL LEVY Scott LeDoux loved talking about Muhammad Ali. He fought the champ in a five-round exhibition in Chicago in 1977. LeDoux and his manager visited Ali at his California … More Minnesota boxing legend Scott LeDoux stepped into the ring with Muhammad Ali

Carelessness and fate: One man’s survival on the open sea

Built to haul enormous cargo tonnage to ports all around the Great Lakes, the Morrellwas one of only a handful of 600-foot freighters at the time of her launching in 1906. An excerpt (modified from the Prologue) from the forthcoming book Torn in Two: The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and One Man’s Survival … More Carelessness and fate: One man’s survival on the open sea

In 1920s Minnesota, Prohibition created moral dilemmas, violence—and opportunity.

To be alive is to take risks every single second of every single day. —from Mary Casanova’s Ice-Out ——- The University of Minnesota Press is giving away advance copies of Ice-Out. Sign up for a chance to win here! Deadline for entry is June 30, 2016. ——-BEHIND THE FORTHCOMING BOOK ICE-OUTWITH MARY CASANOVA As with my earlier novel Frozen, the inspiration … More In 1920s Minnesota, Prohibition created moral dilemmas, violence—and opportunity.