1888: The Children’s Blizzard

This month marks the anniversary of one of the most horrific events in Midwest history, though after 125 years quite a few people don’t remember it at all: the Children’s Blizzard of 1888, which received its name because so many of its 250-500 fatalities were children. Many factors combined to cause that death toll, which…
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1986: William Wulf, The Orphan Pioneer

Ray Crippen here relates the curious history of one William Wulf, a pioneer of Nobles County.

1986: Spring On The Farm

Spring on the farm is still a fine, marvelous thing, as it was in 1986 and long before that. It’s still muddy, and there’s still tons of work to be done, too.

1940: WPA On Parade

A composite picture of WPA activity in Minnesota, circa 1940.

2011: Items Of Historical Interest

Here are a few little snippets of historical things I’ve come across in the past month or so. (Many are from BoingBoing.net.) How the Oregon Trail came to be in 1971. No, not the real-life one, the awesome educational video game kids tried to finish keyboarding early for in order to play. A rail zeppelin…
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