Say the word, “cemetery” and you think of creepy, dark places – haunted spaces that are the burial grounds for countless dead souls, their mortal bodies mouldering underground. Almanac’s Cathy Wurzer holds a different view. She thinks cemeteries are fascinating windows into history, filled with interesting people and their unique stories. In other words, she views cemeteries as untapped classrooms.

In her new series, “Stories Under the Stones,” Cathy will explore a handful of our region’s cemeteries. The first stop is Red Wing’s historic Oakwood Cemetery. That’s where Red Wing Pottery historian, Steven Brown, introduced Cathy to Lou McGrew, a potter who created countless crocks, vases and other stoneware in his long career, and the one rare gem that’s a part of that river city’s rich history.

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Ceramic artist Juliane Shibata aims to “create an environment that makes people feel like their body chemistry changes.” And you have to see her work to understand why.

Follow Minnesota curving Highway 61 and you’re exposed to some of the state’s most storied landscapes – but the history of the highway, and the people who built businesses along the route, is also steeped in the appropriation of Native American culture. Discover the “Tales of a Complicated Road.”