“Wherever he is! Wherever he is!”: Jim Walsh on the world’s rediscovery of “The Gold Experience” and the funky powerhouse joy that is the New Power Generation

BY JIM WALSH The New Power Generation was on the second encore of its first-ever appearance at First Avenue on September 14, when lead singer MacKenzie and rapper Tony Mosley (a.k.a. Tony M) implored the crowd to pay respects to their fallen leader, Prince. As the crowd and band cheered at the night’s first mention … More “Wherever he is! Wherever he is!”: Jim Walsh on the world’s rediscovery of “The Gold Experience” and the funky powerhouse joy that is the New Power Generation

"History is nothing if not a collection of antecedents, one leading to the next": Michael Schumacher on the 1968 election and the war for America’s soul.

BY MICHAEL SCHUMACHERExcerpt from The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America’s Soul***** A political campaign is a dehumanizing rite. Its only purpose is power, and tends to bring out the worst in men. Repetition, exhaustion, anxiety, and pressure must be endured cheerfully. Instincts have to be disguised. Sleep and privacy are elusive. … More "History is nothing if not a collection of antecedents, one leading to the next": Michael Schumacher on the 1968 election and the war for America’s soul.

Wildflowers Series #5: "All of it magical."

Churchill Greywacke and Mountain Avens at Cape Merryin Churchill, Manitoba. All photography by Kelly Povo. BY PHYLLIS ROOT AND KELLY POVO When we signed up for a class about subarctic wildflowers at the Northern Studies Centre in Churchill, Manitoba, we decided to drive rather than fly to Winnipeg where we would catch the plane to … More Wildflowers Series #5: "All of it magical."

Wildflower Series #3: A day full of prairie

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

Spring abloom: Scouting for wildflowers in Minnesota’s great outdoors (Wildflowers Series #1)

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)

From environmental impact to community saviors, here are seven things you might not know about one of the largest wildfires in Minnesota history.

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.

Uncovering the brave women behind mental-health reform in Minnesota.

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.

Lookin’ to get silly in Hibbing: Toby Thompson on Echo Star Helstrom, the "Girl from the North Country."

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."