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205 pages

The Minnesota Book of Skills, Your Guide to Smoking Whitefish, Sauna Etiquette, Tick Extraction, and More

Creator: Chris Niskanen | Social Science - 2012-01-01

This playful yet practical guide--outlining skills from building a campfire to identifying urban wildlife to carving a duck decoy--will fully prepare Minnesota natives and newcomers alike for life in the North Star State.

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society

About this book
Minnesotans are a highly skilled bunch, whether pursuing traditional activities like wild ricing and pickling, or tastefully displaying taxidermy, or selecting the right fishing bait. Skills particularly appropriate to Minnesota-- such as creating seed art or baking a Bundt cake--may be fully on display at the state fair, a prime opportunity to join with neighbors in celebrating our many talents. Best of all, Minnesotans are eager to share their skills with newcomers or the newly inspired, and for "The Minnesota Book of Skills" many freely offered their expertise in conversations with author Chris Niskanen. Get the inside scoop from Joe Hautman, who has won four federal duck stamp contests. Learn to sing like a voyageur from Francois Fouquerel, dean of the French Voyageur program at the Concordia Language Village. Grow and harvest your own wheat with Dave and Florence Minar. "The Minnesota Book of Skills" brings to life the basic know-how that makes us uniquely Minnesotan. Seasonal tips like how to gracefully exit a ski lift mingle with skills your grandparents knew well, such as what to forage for while on a hike. How soon is too soon to bring a child to the Boundary Waters or set her up on hockey skates? The answers are here. Maybe you'll never carve an ice sculpture or build your own coffin--but isn't it comforting to know that one handy book offers just the guidance you'll need? Chris Niskanen is communications director for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and former longtime outdoors reporter for the "St. Paul Pioneer Press." He is the author of "Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota's State Parks."



284 pages

A Popular History of Minnesota

Creator: Norman K. Risjord | History - 2005

This highly readable volume details everything from the glacial formation of the land to the arrival of the Dakota and the Ojibwe people, from Minnesota's contributions to the Northern cause during the Civil War to the key players in reform ...

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society

About this book
What do Paul Bunyan, Charles Lindbergh, and Jesse Ventura have in common--Minnesota, of course! In A Popular History of Minnesota, historian Norman K. Risjord offers a grand tour of the state's remarkable history, taking readers through the centuries and into the lives of those colorful characters who populate Minnesota's past. This highly readable volume details everything from the glacial formation of the land to the arrival of the Dakota and the Ojibwe people, from Minnesota's contributions to the Northern cause during the Civil War to the key players in reform politics who helped sculpt the identity of the state today. A Popular History of Minnesota highlights the historical significance of Minnesota's natural resources--the bountiful north woods, the treasured iron ranges, the impressive Mississippi waterfall on which the Mill City was built. It details the powerful marks left on the state by such luminous figures as Oliver H. Kelley, founder of the national Grange movement, Hubert H. Humphrey, champion of civil rights, and Betty Crocker, aid to homemakers everywhere. Lively sidebars outline noteworthy subjects, from the Kensington runestone to the devastating forest fires of the 1890s and 1910s, from the rise of the Mayo Clinic to the preservation of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Handy Traveler's Guides highlight historic destinations for readers who enjoy seeing where history happened. Fast-paced and informative, with generous illustrations, A Popular History of Minnesota is a must-read for newcomers and established Minnesotans alike.



449 pages

North Country, The Making of Minnesota

Creator: Mary Lethert Wingerd | History - 2010

In North Country: The Making of Minnesota, Mary Lethert Wingerd unlocks the complex origins of the state--origins that have often been ignored in favor of legend and a far more benign narrative of immigration, settlement, and cultural ...

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

About this book
In 1862, four years after Minnesota was ratified as the thirty-second state in the Union, simmering tensions between indigenous Dakota and white settlers culminated in the violent, six-week-long U.S.-Dakota War. Hundreds of lives were lost on both sides, and the war ended with the execution of thirty-eight Dakotas on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota--the largest mass execution in American history. The following April, after suffering a long internment at Fort Snelling, the Dakota and Winnebago peoples were forcefully removed to South Dakota, precipitating the near destruction of the area's native communities while simultaneously laying the foundation for what we know and recognize today as Minnesota.   In North Country: The Making of Minnesota, Mary Lethert Wingerd unlocks the complex origins of the state--origins that have often been ignored in favor of legend and a far more benign narrative of immigration, settlement, and cultural exchange. Moving from the earliest years of contact between Europeans and the indigenous peoples of the western Great Lakes region to the era of French and British influence during the fur trade and beyond, Wingerd charts how for two centuries prior to official statehood Native people and Europeans in the region maintained a hesitant, largely cobeneficial relationship. Founded on intermarriage, kinship, and trade between the two parties, this racially hybridized society was a meeting point for cultural and economic exchange until the western expansion of American capitalism and violation of treaties by the U.S. government during the 1850s wore sharply at this tremulous bond, ultimately leading to what Wingerd calls Minnesota's Civil War.   A cornerstone text in the chronicle of Minnesota's history, Wingerd's narrative is augmented by more than 170 illustrations chosen and described by Kirsten Delegard in comprehensive captions that depict the fascinating, often haunting representations of the region and its inhabitants over two and a half centuries. North Country is the unflinching account of how the land the Dakota named Mini Sota Makoce became the State of Minnesota and of the people who have called it, at one time or another, home.


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    5/5 MacDaddyMommy1 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Totally Bamboo State Cutting & Serving Board, Wisconsin, 100% Bamboo Board for Cooking and Entertaining (Kitchen) I bought this for my sister in law and her husband who are in their late 30's with no kids and seem to have everything! They are proud of their relocation to Wisconsin and seem to embrace the lifestyle that being a "Cheese Head" embodies. I thought this would be a great serving platter for cheese and sausage with a good Wisconsin beer. It was more expensive looking than I imagined and had beautiful coloring. I'd highly recommend this to anyone looking for a unique and quality gift. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 7, 2015
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    Minnesota 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Minnesota and Were Going to Ask Anyway

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    Rating (9 reviews):
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    Bought as a gift...kept for myself...

    5/5 Lizzie Lizard - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Minnesota 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Minnesota and Were Going to Ask Anyway (Paperback) I actually bought this book to go in "Minnesota Gift Basket" I was making. I wanted to include this book because the basket was going to someone out of state. Well when I got the book I started going through it and couldn't stop! It is written in such a fun way. There are so many new and interesting things I learned about the state that I was born and raised in. I decided I couldn't part with the book, so I had to buy a new copy to put in the gift basket. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about their home state of MN, anyone who is moving/just moved to MN and wants to learn about this great state and anyone who is outside of MN, so they can learn we are not just a boring fly-over state. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 23, 2012

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    5/5 Maega (MN) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Minnesota 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Minnesota and Were Going to Ask Anyway (Paperback) This book is great for anyone! Minnesotan or not. I am from MN and didn't know half of the facts and stories in this book. The writing is excellent. It is a must for anyone visiting, or living here in the good ole Minne-snow-ta! Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 31, 2011

    Lofs of fun information

    5/5 Juliene (Minnesota) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Minnesota 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Minnesota and Were Going to Ask Anyway (Paperback) Good for new person to Minnesota or just some interesting facts I never heard of...like ghosts...things to do and see....very fun! Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 1, 2014
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    Four Stars

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