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My North Series

My North: 52 Minnesota Stories

We're counting down to Super Bowl 52 with 52 Minnesota stories. This video series features notable Minnesotans, from artists to athletes to entertainers.

Visit myboldnorth.com to watch the entire series.

My North is a weekly video series created by Mpls St Paul Magazine and presented by Explore Minnesota.

  • The band Low

    Episode 15: Low

    When the co-founders of the rock band Low, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Rogers, look out their front window, they see the endless expanse of one of the most storied lakes in the whole world: Lake Superior. The globally renowned electro rock band set deep roots in Duluth—a location, they say, that drives their creativity. more

  • Genevieve Gorder

    Episode 14: Genevieve Gorder

    Designer Genevieve Gorder bid adieu to Minnesota right after high school and soon found a TV career in Manhattan. And while the HGTV star is now living large in N.Y.C., she still yearns for the humbleness (and lakes!) of her home state. more

  • Alec Soth

    Episode 13: Alec Soth

    Internationally acclaimed photographer Alec Soth is known for his haunting, large-scale photographs of the modern American diaspora. His far-flung travels have given him a newfound perspective and appreciation for the cultural life in Minnesota. more

  • Osmo Vänskä

    Episode 12: Osmo Vänskä

    When Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä isn’t running one of the most celebrated orchestras in the world or watching hockey (he is a native of Finland after all), he’s probably cruising on his motorcycle across the state. more

  • Wild hockey player Mikko Koivu

    Episode 11: Mikko Koivu

    Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu has called the state of hockey home during the season since 2004. The Finland native felt at home right away, both on and off the rink, and he is happy to have found a place where hockey is truly in the blood. more

  • Alan Page

    Episode 10: Alan Page

    When NFL Hall of Famer and former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page isn’t writing children’s books or working with the Page Education Foundation, he’s up at his cabin north of Brainerd communing with his maple trees and making syrup. more

  • Actress Kylie Bunbury

    Episode 9: Kylie Bunbury

    Kylie Bunbury, the star of Pitch on 'Fox,' may be soaking up the Hollywood limelight these days, but she is always itching to come back to Minnesota to visit her family and take in the lakes, fresh air, and, of course, some cheese curds and Sweet Martha’s cookies at the Minnesota State Fair. more

  • Explorer Ann Bancroft

    Episode 8: Ann Bancroft

    Explorer and educator Ann Bancroft has trekked the North and South Poles (and was the first woman to do so!), but she always looks forward to coming home to her quiet farm in Scandia, Minnesota after her journeys. more

  • Marlon James

    Episode 7: Marlon James

    Nearly a decade ago Marlon James moved from Jamaica to Minnesota for a teaching appointment at Macalester College. Today, the 2015 Man Booker Prize-winning author of “A Brief History of Seven Killings” is a bonafide literary superstar but chooses to stay in Minneapolis because the city inspired the sense of openness and potential that allowed him to write his breakout novel in the first place. more

  • Wild hockey player Zach Parise

    Episode 6: Zach Parise

    After growing up in Minnesota, Zach Parise knew he wanted to capitalize on his free agent status in the NHL and return home to play left wing for the Wild. more

  • Nora McInerny

    Episode 5: Nora McInerny

    Native Minnesotan Nora McInerny moved to New York and eventually came back home to "have more space." In this space, she has founded Still Kickin, a non-profit that assists local families through difficult times, hosted American Public Media’s podcast ‘Terrible, Thanks for Asking,' and wrote ‘It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool, Too).’ more

  • Chef Gavin Kaysen

    Episode 4: Gavin Kaysen

    Chef Gavin Kaysen has cooked all over the world at top-notch restaurants. The James Beard Award-winning chef was beckoned back home to open Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis. more

  • Timberwolves player Tyus Jones

    Episode 3: Tyus Jones

    Tyus Jones' standout basketball career at Apple Valley High School led him to play for Duke University. He eventually returned home to play point guard for the his dream team—the Timberwolves. more

  • Polar explorer Will Steger

    Episode 2: Will Steger

    A native Minnesotan, internationally-renowned polar explorer Will Steger traded in the comforts of urban living more than 25 years ago and now lives “off the grid” in the wilderness outside of Ely. He led the first dogsled journey to the North Pole. more

  • Louie Anderson

    Episode 1: Louie Anderson

    Comedian Louie Anderson was born and raised in St. Paul and is an alum of Minneapolis's Brave New Workshop. He currently stars in the Emmy Award-winning role of Christine in FX's 'Baskets.' Despite his big fame, Anderson still enjoys coming home to perform for his fellow Minnesotans. more

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