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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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Minnesota - Wikipedia
Minnesota is the second northernmost U.S. state (after Alaska). Its isolated Northwest Angle in Lake of the Woods county is the only part of the 48 contiguous states ...

Explore Minnesota - Official Site
Travel information on Minnesota, including lodging, attractions, events, free brochures and more. The Explore Minnesota Web site is the best resource to find ...

Minnesota 2016: Best of Minnesota Tourism - TripAdvisor
Minnesota Tourism: TripAdvisor has 542,423 reviews of Minnesota Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Minnesota resource.

Minnesota travel guide - Wikitravel
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  • Totally Bamboo

    Totally Bamboo State Cutting & Serving Board, Minnesota, 100% Bamboo Board for Cooking and Entertaining

    Kitchen (Totally Bamboo)
    List Price: $21.99

    Easy on knife blades, bamboo is a natural alternative to wood, it is substantially stronger than hard woods and easier on the environment
    Bamboo is one of the most renewable resources in the world; Made of Moso bamboo which is known for its strength, density and high quality
    Minnesota shaped bamboo cutting and serving board, measures 13.25 x 11.75-inch
    Hand wash with warm water and mild detergent; occasionally treat with Totally Bamboo's Revitalizing Mineral Oil to protect and extend the life and beauty of your board
    Ideal for food prep, serving and entertaining; display to show your state pride; makes a great gift

  • Penguin Books

    How to Talk Minnesotan: Revised for the 21st Century

    Book (Penguin Books)
    List Price: $16.00

  • Cybrtrayd

    R&M Minnesota State Cookie Cutter in Durable, Economical, Tinplated Steel

    Kitchen (Cybrtrayd)

    Look for other CybrTrayd-R and M cookie cutters on Amazon
    Durable, heavy duty tinplate steel
    Cleanup with warm, soapy water, towel dry
    Not Dishwasher safe
    Great for cutting cookie dough, craft clay, soft fruits

  • Pro Specialties Group

    NFL Minnesota Vikings Apron Hats Set , BARBEQUE Tailgate Apron

    BISS (Pro Specialties Group)

    Men; Apron and Chef's hat set
    100% Polyester
    Machine Washable
    One Size; Fit Adult up to 260 LBS.
    Each set comes in team colors, Chef hat is adjustable

  • '47

    NFL Minnesota Vikings '47 Clean Up Adjustable Hat, Purple, One Size

    Apparel ('47)
    List Price: $22.00
    Price: $16.94
    You Save: $5.06 (23%)

    High quality raised embroidered team logo on front
    Adjustable back with cotton strap and metal snap
    Relax Fit
    Garment washed for softer look & feel
    One size fits all
    Check out all new '47 caps, knits, t-shirts, hoodies, pullovers, socks, scarves and more -- available for all your favorite teams!
    100% cotton
    Team logo embroidered at front
    Adjustable strap closure - one size fits all
    Made from 100% Cotton Twill; Relaxed Fit

  • Fiuoleiw

    Minnesota Home State Throw Pillow

    Home (Fiuoleiw)

    Accent your home with custom pillows from us. Made of a high quality, these pillows are soft and wrinkle free. The heavy weight stretch material provides great color definition for your designs, text, monogram, and photos. The perfect complement to your couch, custom pillows will make you the envy of the neighborhood
    Nature style soft and durable cushion cover. Perfect for home living room sofa and couch accent pillows decor for a refresh atmosphere or best gifts choice for friends
    Material: Canvas (We recommend to put some salt into the water for the first time hand washing, which can help to keep the item colour fresh.)
    This cushion cover has an invisible zipper. And the printing pattern is only on one side
    Size: 18 * 18 inches (45 * 45 cm), perfect fit standard 18 inch accent pillows. The item not include the FILLER, just the cover only

  • LA Rocks

    Sterling Silver Stationed Mini State Minnesota Pendant Necklace, 16"+2" Extender

    Jewelry (LA Rocks)
    List Price: $40.00
    Price: $19.00
    You Save: $21.00 (52%)

  • Univ Of Minnesota Press

    Goodnight Loon

    Book (Univ Of Minnesota Press)
    List Price: $9.95

  • ExpressDecor

    State Name Minnesota Keypad Computer Laptop Symbol Decal Family Love Car Truck Sticker Window (Black)

    Automotive Parts and Accessories (ExpressDecor)

    Every order comes with free mustache decal
    High quality ORACAL vinyl
    Size 3x2.6 inches

  • Skyline Workshop

    All 50 States Beer Cap Map - Minnesota Beer Cap Map MN - Glossy Wood - Skyline Workshop

    Kitchen (Skyline Workshop)
    List Price: $49.99
    Price: $34.99
    You Save: $15.00 (30%)

    UV Resistant Glossy Wood Grain Finish - Beautiful and durable
    MOUNTING NAILS INCLUDED FREE to easily mount your map on the wall so you can remove it and add caps
    Holds all types of beer caps from import, domestic, and craft beer bottles. Also holds twistoffs!
    MN Beer Cap Map holds 68 bottle caps that EASILY SNAP IN from the back
    Approximate Size: 20"x17" and ¼" thick - comes with PREDRILLED HOLES for mounting


Gift Ideas

USA, Minnesota, Sandstone, Minnesota Wildlife 16 Postcard

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Jaynes Gallery / USA, North America, Minnesota
Price: $$1.00

Greetings from Minnesota Postcard

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Greetings from Minnesota - snowed bikes: a typical Minnesota landscape
Price: $$1.00

Where Is Minnesota? Postcard

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Inspired by telephone conversations where we are asked "Where is Saipan" We came up with a design asking it and showing a map of it's location, we then expanded the idea to include Guam and the 50 states.
Price: $$1.00

Skyline at dusk, Minneapolis, Minnesota Postcard

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The view includes the tallest buildings in Minnesota. Photo by Carol Highsmith HTM Images
Price: $$1.05