That's So Minnesota
That's So Minnesota
Minnesotans embrace their uniqueness, no matter how quirky it is. That's So Minnesota is a podcast about the culture, the mystery, and stories from The North Star State.Host and KARE 11 Digital Producer Diane Sandberg chats with Minnesotans to find out what makes this state unique, and the mannerisms we love to make fun of.
Dorothy Molter, Minnesota's famous Root Beer lady
She was living with her family in Chicago when a trip to Minnesota's north country captured her imagination. First moving to Winton, Minnesota and then taking over the Isle of Pines resort in the early 1980's, Dorothy Molter starting brewing root beer to serve her guests. Thousands of bottles later, The Root Beer lady poured herself, and her homebrewed soda, into the hearts of thousands of Minnesotans. Join host Diane Sandberg as we learn more about this historical figure from the North's past, on "That's So Minnesota!"
Jan 11
19 min
Toni Stone, Minnesota's legendary ballplayer
Toni Stone lived in Saint Paul in the 1930's, and while she didn't stay long, she certainly left her mark on baseball. She started playing with the boys on a team for local Catholic church, and ended up playing professionally in the Negro Leagues.  Join host Diane Sandberg as we learn about what it took for this woman to to earn her place at the plate, on 'That's So Minnesota.'
Jan 4
18 min
Sigurd F. Olson and finding your true self
Sigurd F. Olson was an author and a passionate environmentalist, credited with helping to preserve the wild places in northern Minnesota. Join host Diane Sandberg in a conversation with Sig's biographer David Backes about the love of the wild and our responsibility to become our true selves.
Dec 14, 2020
18 min
The Quietest Place on Earth
There's a place in Minneapolis that is making a lot of noise, but you still might not have heard of them: Orfield Laboratories.Join host Diane Sandberg in a conversation with the founder of the labs still making [sound]waves with two World Records and a new induction into the National Register of Historic Places.
Dec 7, 2020
14 min
Foraging in Minnesota
Join host Diane Sandberg for a walk in the Minnesota woods. Three local experts talk mushrooms, the native tree headed for extinction and the importance of spending time in nature.
Nov 30, 2020
13 min
St. Paul's not-so-saintly past
In the early 1900's, a police chief in St. Paul named John J. O'Connor changed the city for decades with his new ways of policing. We ride along on a tour from the Wabasha Street Caves, learning about the gangsters in Minnesota's capitol city.
Nov 23, 2020
15 min
In the fall, have you ever driven through St. Paul or Roseville and seen the signs by the road, advertising a booya? Host Diane Sandberg sits down for a ladleful of Minnesota food history on this savory Midwestern soup in this week's episode of That's So Minnesota!
Nov 16, 2020
14 min
Quick Note from Ellery
A farewell message from your redheaded host Ellery McCardle. But the podcast isn't going anywhere. Hear who's taking over the microphone.
Sep 28, 2020
1 min
The Famous Twine Ball
Minnesota has a lot of roadside attractions. But there's one that has become truly iconic; the World's Largest Ball of Twine made by one man. For decades, Francis Johnson rolled twine until the ball got so big, he had to move it onto his front lawn.Every year, people from all over the world visit Darwin, Minnesota to see it.Host Ellery McCardle talks with Darwin Mayor Josh Johnson about the life and legacy of Francis Johnson, and how he rolled his creation into the record books.
Aug 31, 2020
21 min
Race in Minnesota
Ever since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, books about race and racial injustice have been flying off the shelves of stores. One in particular, called "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" has gained renewed attention. It was published in 2016, and in it, 16 Minnesota writers give their raw account of what it's like being a person of color in Minnesota. This week, Host Ellery McCardle and KARE 11 Sunrise Anchor Gia Vang talk with the book's editor Sun Yung Shin about the struggles many people face in Minnesota.
Aug 24, 2020
24 min
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