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New opera posits a Mozart visit to America

Feb 3, 2005

While Europe is the birthplace of classical music, several great European composers were influenced by time spent in America. Antonin Dvorak, Kurt Weill and Igor Stravinsky all composed music inspired by their visits. So what if Mozart had travelled to America?

Minnesotans less tolerant of immigrants

Dec 13, 2004

Minnesotans attitudes about the role of government, community and immigration are changing for the worse, say the authors of a report due to be released tomorrow. The Minnesota Community Project, a group founded by former vice president Walter Mondale, commissioned the study.

Children's book tells tragic story of Finnish-Americans recruited to Stalin's Russia, The Darkest Evening by William Durbin

Dec 7, 2004

In the early 1930s, Soviet recruiters persuaded thousands of Finnish-Americans from northern Minnesota to move to Stalin's Russia. They thought they were going to build a utopia, but many ended up as Stalin's victims.

Author writes book from dog's perspective

Dec 6, 2004

Interview with Terry Bain, Spokane writer and author most recently of "You Are a Dog."


Nov 27, 2004

There's a big party going on right now at River Centre in St. Paul. It's the Hmong New Year...and for the Hmong a New Year's Eve Party means traditional costumes, dancing, singing and most importantly family.

Hermann is upright again

Nov 9, 2004

A southern Minnesota landmark returned to its lofty pedestal today in New Ulm. A crane lifted Hermann the German, all 32 feet of him, into place. The copper statue was taken down about a year and a half ago to repair more than one hundred years of wear. Mainstreet Radio's Mark Steil reports.

Play about jewish immigration to Minnesota

Oct 15, 2004

Jews in Minnesota are celebrating a double anniversary. It's the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the first Jews in America and the 150th anniversary of the first to arrive in Minnesota. Minnesota playwright Joe Vass chronicles the experience of the immigrants in his latest work.

Duluth author, Lise Lunge-Larsen, writes about fairies and elves.

Sep 24, 2004

Lise Lunge-Larsen grew up in Norway. Her parents and grandparents filled her life with stories of elves, dwarves, and fairies. Now she shares those stories with children, and the adults who read to them.

MN author says politics are in control of "New Elite"

Sep 21, 2004

David Lebedoff is the author books such as "Cleaning Up," the story of the Exxon Valdez case, and "The Uncivil War: How a New Elite Is Destroying Our Democracy." Lebedoff is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.