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To Write Is to Cope – Especially During a Pandemic

Good morning. Tuesday, September 22 was the fall equinox - our first official day of fall. We can all say a fond or fierce...

Junauda Petrus-Nasah Creates a World of Radical Whimsy in Her Art

For Junauda Petrus-Nasah, our world is at a critical creative moment. Though Junauda’s work has long revolved around her vision for racial equity, she...

King Kong, Minnesota. Population: Mario.

  Can Minnesota lay claim to the giant beast AND the Nintendo icon? Yes, but only in the most indirect and Minnesotan of ways. Buckle...

Children Should Be Our Language Committee

  Listen to children. They're the only ones making sense. ________________________________________________________________________ It turns out, Almanac’s David Gillette often has his pencils in tow – and he’s created some very...

The Historic Minnesota Love Letters Almost Lost to Time

  There’s an important Minnesota love story of the Victorian era that almost never saw the light of day. A collection of more than 100...

Children’s Author Kate DiCamillo Talks Toast, Opera and Books

  Kate DiCamillo is one of just six people to win two Newbery Medals, a yearly honor bestowed upon the author of "the most distinguished...

Kevin Kling and a One-Way Ticket to the MN State Fair

  Kevin Kling and TPT go WAY back. Kevin first appeared on Almanac as a young performer in the summer of 1985. For the past...

Donte Collins Gets to Be Braver in a Poem

"Poetry allows me to move beyond what would otherwise weigh me down. I get to be braver in a poem." From a young age, Donte...

30-Second Minnesota: Sinclair Lewis

  Learn more about Sinclair Lewis, the Nobel prize winner who described Minneapolis as "so ugly." Discover more bite-sized state history stories by checking out our 30-Second...

A Yemeni, an African American and an Iranian Jew walk into...

"If you go to any state, there will be two separate scenes: There's going to be an urban comedy scene and then there'll be...