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Janet Jackson, Rhythm Nation

Illustration by Miles Donovan

Thirty years ago, Janet Jackson spent the winter in the Twin Cities, making snow angels in Edina and hanging out at Calhoun Square. The result of her artistic residency? One of the greatest pop albums ever recorded in Minnesota. Read more

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Photos courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society (St. Anthony Falls, Snelling, Grimm, Mill City, Grasshoppers, Jolly Green Giant, Northrup King, Pillsbury, Blue Ribbon); Niday Picture Library/Alamy Stock Photo (Little Crow); Duane Braley/Star Tribune via Getty Images (seed art); Conner Flecks/Alamy Stock Photo (Borlaug); Kristoffer Tripplaar/Alamy Stock Photo (Cargill)

Sample a bumper crop of locally raised agricultural history. Read more

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From the archives, we've dug up our August 1980 State Fair cover story. How much has truly changed? (Not the fashion, of course.) Read more

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The Granada Theater

Rendering courtesy of the Granada Theater

The historic, Spanish-inspired venue in Uptown will reopen its doors this fall under new ownership. Read more

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Turtleman Triatholon

Photo by Per Breiehagen/getty images

Minnesota's long, storied triathlon tradition now includes a yoga-and-meditation tri. Read more

Health & Fitness

Historic Calumet Inn in Pipestone, MN

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

We sent Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl to spend a night at the Historic Calumet Inn, a spectacular hotel in Pipestone with a cursed history. Read more

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Aquatennial: The Ultimate Summer Block Party

Photos courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society (parade, skipper pin, Bloody Friday, Autry, Aqua Follies, canoe, parade); ClassicStock/Alamy (boys); Everett Collection Inc/Alamy (king and queen); Gino Santa Maria/Shutterstock (TV), Paolo Gallo/Shutterstock (sand castle); Alex Coan/Shutterstock (tie); Archive PL/Alamy Stock Photo (Jefferson Airplane); HomeArt/Shutterstock (skateboard); mike/Shutterstock (boat)

As the Aquatennial celebrates its 80th year this week, read up on what led to the official party of the summer in Minneapolis. Read more

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Rose and Melvin Smith

Photograph by Bergen Flom

The artists Rose and Melvin Smith have been married and creating for over half a century. Together they have built one of the most prolific creative partnerships in the Twin Cities. Read more

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Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

What’s it like to bang a sacred drum with $8,000 on the line—and a Native nation watching? Read more

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Main collage

Photos courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society (Brower, Ruttgers, Ruttgers Sign, Canoe Portager, Highway 61, Babe The Blue Ox, Canoe Country Outfitters, Sigurd Olson, Canoe Paddle, Gunflint Lodge); Jacob Boomsma / Shuttesrtock (superior national forest); Susan Rydberg / Shutterstock (Split Rock Lighthouse); Smileus / Shutterstock (Canoe), Lynn Friedman / Shutterstock (Willie The Walleye)

It's time to head Up North for warm-weather weekends–but first, brush up on your Minnesota resort history. Read more

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Photos courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society (Windom, Donnelly, House, Stassen Buttons, Humphrey family, McCarthy, Pawlenty, Mondale); Bettmann/Getty Images (Humphrey Convention); PhotoStockImage/ shutterstock.com (button); Ellis/Alamy Stock Photo (Bachman); Zuma Press, Inc./Alamy Stock Photo (Klobuchar)

Does rooting for the Vikings make you feel like a no-hope, flyover-country rube? Try following hometown presidential politics. Read more

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Dyani White Hawk, Dakota Hoska, and Jill Ahlberg Yohe

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

For centuries, Native American women’s art has been misappropriated, misinterpreted, and, generally, missing in action. A blockbuster, once-in-a-generation exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art promises to rewrite that history. Read more

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Robert Koehler, "Rainy Evening on Hennepin Avenue"

Courtesy of the Minneapolis Institute of Art

The Minneapolis Institute of Art explores “The Art of High Style” at the turn of the 20th century. Read more

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The Hot Roast Beef Sandwich at Milda's

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

The other Juicy Lucy, Minnesota's signature sandwich that you never heard of. Read more

Eat & Drink

First Avenue

Photograph by David Bowman.

How do you earn a spot on Minneapolis’s Walk of Fame? None of your business. Read more

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From the Mary Tyler Moore Show to the birthplace of the local stand-up scene at Mickey Finn's, here's a brief history of comedy in Minnesota. Read more

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Prince

Photograph by Greg Helgeson

From Minnesota Historical Society Press, writer Martin Keller and photographer Greg Helgeson preserve their scenester stories in 'Hijinx and Hearsay.' Read more

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Hennepin History Museum, Inventions & Innovations

Courtesy of Hennepin History Museum

From the Bundt pan, to the pop-up toaster, to the "damper flapper," learn what inventions were made in Minnesota. Read more

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St. Cloud Prison

Photo courtesy of Department of Corrections

The state possesses one of the mightiest walls ever built by human hands at the Minnesota Correctional Facility–St. Cloud. We took a tour. It’s not a cheerful place. Read more

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