Butterfly weed, like other milkweeds, is a host plant for monarch butterflylarvae, who eat the leaves. Unlike other milkweeds, this one has clear sapand flowers that range from pale yellow-orange to vivid orange to deep red. BY PHYLLIS ROOT AND KELLY POVO We’ve been to the big woods to see the springtime flowers, we’ve been … More Wildflower Series #3: A day full of prairie
True to its name, bog rosemary grows only in a bog,where the plant has adapted to the cold, acidic environment. A bog and a book signing BY PHYLLIS ROOT AND KELLY POVO Heading up north to our first bookstore book signing in Park Rapids (last weekend), we detoured to the Lake Bemidji State Park bog … More Wildflowers Series #2: Oh, for Peat’s Sake
If you’re scoping out Minnesota’s woods, chances are good you’ll run intoDutchman’s breeches this time of year. The flower gets its name because theblossoms look like tiny breeches drying upside down on a line. Our new book, Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers, is officially out this month—and we’ve already begun this year’s searching in the bursting … More Spring abloom: Scouting for wildflowers in Minnesota’s great outdoors (Wildflowers Series #1)
BY CARY J. GRIFFITHAuthor of Gunflint Burning Eleven years ago this month, the most destructive wildfire in modern Minnesota history at the time rallied more than one thousand firefighters, consumed 75,000 acres of forest, with firefighting costs around $11 million and structure losses estimated to top $100 million. Writing about the Ham Lake fire was … More From environmental impact to community saviors, here are seven things you might not know about one of the largest wildfires in Minnesota history.
BY SUSAN BARTLETT FOOTEProfessor emerita in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota In the past two years, the Women’s March and the #MeToo movement have given voice to demands for gender equality. These claims are part of a long history—from suffragists marching for the vote to the cry of feminists in … More Uncovering the brave women behind mental-health reform in Minnesota.
Image by Toby Thompson. Image by Echo Helstrom. BY TOBY THOMPSON Echo Star Helmstrom, widely thought to have been the inspiration for Bob Dylan’s song “Girl from the North Country,” died on January 15th. She was 75 and had been my friend for nearly 50 years. She had a combination of vulnerability and toughness that … More Lookin’ to get silly in Hibbing: Toby Thompson on Echo Star Helstrom, the "Girl from the North Country."
BY ARMAND PETERSON Days later, Vikings fans are still talking about it, what some are already calling the “Minneapolis Miracle.” With only ten seconds left in the game and the ball on the Vikings’ 39-yard line, quarterback Case Keenum threw a sideline pass to Stefon Diggs, who made a leaping catch and an improbable run … More Skol Vikings! (But don’t break my heart again.)
We’ve got a lot of new titles to be excited about this year, from the oft-buzzed-about The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen to the beautiful early-1900s photographic northwoods journey of Border Country. These books join our already robust collection of beautiful books about Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, and we’d like to take a moment to … More Reading for the holidays: Churches of Minnesota
Camp scene from 1915 at Lake Vermillion, in the mist. Because there is a difference between the history we know and the stories we keep, the experience of this book is magical. —PETER GEYE, from the Foreword to Border Country: The Northwoods Canoe Journals of Howard Greene, 1906–1916. *** Over the course of ten years, … More Before Sigurd Olson, and before Calvin Rutstrum, there was Howard Greene.
In these three snippets, we meet the childhood and teen-aged friends of F. Scott Fitzgerald in St. Paul, Minnesota. The first piece appears in the book F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota (2017). The final two have not been published previously. BY DAVE PAGE Photograph by Jeff Krueger. 96 VIRGINIA STREETClark residence (1884)In 1908 Charles A. Clark, … More F. Scott Fitzgerald in MN snippets: Thanksgiving, a football captain, and Crocus Hill Pharmacy