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The first woman radio voice of the Northwest – Eleanor Nesbitt Poehler


BY KATHLEEN KULLBERG WHAT DO WCCO RADIO and Eleanor Nesbitt Poehler have in common? Wait, you haven’t heard of Eleanor Nesbitt Poehler? Without her, WCCO may not have begun transmitting across Minnesota’s airwaves in 1924. And the popular radio medium might have [...]

The first woman radio voice of the Northwest – Eleanor Nesbitt Poehler2023-05-19T11:56:54-05:00

Minneapolis Mayor Under Fire


May 2, 2023 by Charlie Maguire Returning home from a dinner on February 6, 1947, Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey asked armed police chauffeur Vern Bartholomew to pull to the curb in front of his modest but distinctive looking home in a [...]

Minneapolis Mayor Under Fire2023-05-04T10:44:05-05:00



March 28, 2023 Jumping the tracks, paying the freight by Bill Beyer Several railroads raced west from Minneapolis after the Civil War, slicing through St. Louis Park and Hopkins. In 1867, the northern route became James J. Hills Great Northern (now [...]

OUR BUILT HISTORY2023-05-04T10:45:33-05:00

Grow Your Family Tree


January 31, 2023 A vital source for genealogy research by Susan Weinberg  Vital records are an important resource to a genealogist. That’s a broad catch-all term for birth, marriage, and death records — the vital events in a person’s life. They [...]

Grow Your Family Tree2023-05-04T10:48:04-05:00

Mending Hearts 


November 30, 2022 by Ames Sheldon   Remarkable advances in heart surgery were forged at the Variety Club Heart Hospital at the University of Minnesota during the 1950s. This is the hospital where Drs. F. John Lewis, Richard Varco, C. Walton Lillehei, [...]

Mending Hearts 2023-05-04T10:51:51-05:00

Hennepin History Museum Salutes Longtime Supporter Karen Cooper


September 6, 2022 Karen Cooper has had a prominent place in the recent journey of Hennepin History Museum, contributing to the success and vitality of the Museum through financial support, scholarly contributions, and programming. Understanding that the Museum needs a stronger [...]

Hennepin History Museum Salutes Longtime Supporter Karen Cooper2023-05-04T11:01:17-05:00

The Nicollet Hotel: A Landmark of Minneapolis Cooperation


July 28, 2022 Looking down Washington Avenue across Nicollet and Hennepin in 1886, with the Nicollet House on the left. Image from HHM archives. Though it has long since been demolished, the Nicollet Hotel was once the pride of [...]

The Nicollet Hotel: A Landmark of Minneapolis Cooperation2023-05-04T11:02:18-05:00
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