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Special Collections

These collections have been curated to reflect important events in Minnesota history. Content for these collections, and the collections themselves, have been created with the help of the MPR Newsroom, reference librarians at the Minnesota Historical Society and the MPR Archives Team.

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Minnesota Politicians

887 stories

Minnesota has been host to a cast of famous politicians. From the honored Walter Mondale, to the infamous Jesse Ventura, Minnesota has made its mark on the national political scene.

Immigration & Diversity

692 stories

When Minnesota was a new state, thousands of settlers arrived, many of them from Europe. But in recent decades, the state has attracted large numbers of Hmong and Somali refugees.

Minnesota Weather

702 stories

Climate change, industry, parks, air and water quality are issues that are debated in congress, compete for funding and enpassion many Minnesotans.

35W Bridge Collapse

267 stories

On Aug. 1, 2007, the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour, killing 13 people and injuring more than 140. 

Future Tech Past Tense

226 stories

In 1996 MPR News saw big changes coming to the world of digital technology, and figured listeners could use a daily guide to the new, rapidly changing landscape.


214 stories

Midday was a daily two-hour news program broadcasting a variety of public affairs programming covering politics, education, business, world affairs, and sports.

Hmong in Minnesota

177 stories

2015 year marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong arrival in Minnesota. Take a tour through the MPR archives to look back at the story of Hmong resettlement in the state.

Gary Eichten

172 stories

Gary Eichten has spent more than 40 years with MPR, serving in a variety of roles including station manager, news director and his current role as host of Midday.

Civil Rights in Minnesota

154 stories

Minnesota has one of the most comprehensive non-discrimination laws in the nation, but it hasn't always been the case.

Jesse Ventura

115 stories

James George Janos, better known as Jesse Ventura, is an American politician, actor, author, and former professional wrestler who served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. Ventura served as a Navy UDT member during the Vietnam War.

Minnesota Twins

111 stories

In 1961, Minnesota gained its first professional sports team when the Washington Senators moved to Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington and became the Minnesota Twins.The team enjoyed relatively quick success, winning the American League pennant in 1965 behind the hitting of Tony Oliva and Harmon

Classical Interviews

101 stories

Since MPR was founded in 1967, our studios have been a regular stop for the world's master musicians, composers, and conductors.  Here is a sampling from our collection of unique interviews.


93 stories

Clergy Sex Abuse

83 stories

In October of 2013, MPR News Reporters began an investigation into Clergy sex abuse in the Twin Cities Archdiocese.

Walter Mondale

70 stories

Walter Mondale was the 42nd vice president of the United States. Born and raised in Minnesota, Mondale’s political success has made him one of the most notable Minnesotans.

Pine Ridge Reservation

60 stories

Pine Ridge Reservation, located in South Dakota, is home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The reservation covers 2 million acres, with an estimated population of close to 40,000. The needs of the reservation are immense as a result of grinding poverty.

Minnesota State Fair

43 stories

The Great Minnesota Get-Together, as the fair is also known, has been held every year with a few exceptions since 1859, the year after Minnesota became a state.

Hubert Humphrey

41 stories

Hubert H. Humphrey served as the 38th vice president of the United States and as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota.

Copper-Nickel Mining

37 stories

This collection follows on recent reporting by MPR on a possible PolyMet mine near Hoyt Lakes Minnesota as well as years of Iron Range mining coverage. 

Greg Barron Collection

29 stories

Greg Barron is a Peabody award winning reporter who worked in the MPR newsroom in the early 1970s.

Women in the 1970s

28 stories

Women in the United States made major headway in the 1970s as more and more women entered the workforce, enrolled in colleges and took the spotlight in some professional sports.  Major events during the 1970s include:

Tim Pawlenty

27 stories

Tim Pawlenty served as the 39th governor of Minnesota. Pawlenty was first elected governor in 2002, after serving 10 years in the state House of Representatives, and re-elected as governor in 2006.

Michele Bachmann

21 stories

Michele Marie Bachmann is a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing 

Voices of Minnesota

13 stories

An MPR interview series with the most prominent voices in Minnesota politics, business and the arts.

Judge Miles Lord

8 stories

Miles Welton Lord (born November 6, 1919) is a former federal judge, appointed to the