Minnesota. Otherwise known as 'Minne-SNOW-ta.' No, it doesn't snow here all of the time. But yes, it gets cold. People actually say 'Uff da,' eat hotdish (not casserole, seriously, don't mess that one up), and kids play 'Duck, Duck, Gray Duck' (not goose). Minnesotans embrace their uniqueness, no matter how quirky it is.That's So Minnesota is a podcast about the culture, the mystery, and stories from The North Star State.KARE 11 Digital Producer Diane Sandberg chats with Minnesotans to find out what makes this state unique, and the mannerisms we love to make fun of.
St. Paul's not-so-saintly past
In the early 1900's, a police chief in St. Paul named John J. O'Connor changed the city for decades with his new ways of policing. We ride along on a tour from the Wabasha Street Caves, learning about the gangsters in Minnesota's capitol city.
In the fall, have you ever driven through St. Paul or Roseville and seen the signs by the road, advertising a booya? Host Diane Sandberg sits down for a ladleful of Minnesota food history on this savory Midwestern soup in this week's episode of That's So Minnesota!
Quick Note from Ellery
A farewell message from your redheaded host Ellery McCardle. But the podcast isn't going anywhere. Hear who's taking over the microphone.
The Famous Twine Ball
Minnesota has a lot of roadside attractions. But there's one that has become truly iconic; the World's Largest Ball of Twine made by one man. For decades, Francis Johnson rolled twine until the ball got so big, he had to move it onto his front lawn.Every year, people from all over the world visit Darwin, Minnesota to see it.Host Ellery McCardle talks with Darwin Mayor Josh Johnson about the life and legacy of Francis Johnson, and how he rolled his creation into the record books.
Race in Minnesota
Ever since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, books about race and racial injustice have been flying off the shelves of stores. One in particular, called "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" has gained renewed attention. It was published in 2016, and in it, 16 Minnesota writers give their raw account of what it's like being a person of color in Minnesota. This week, Host Ellery McCardle and KARE 11 Sunrise Anchor Gia Vang talk with the book's editor Sun Yung Shin about the struggles many people face in Minnesota.
Mall of America During a Pandemic
Every year, some 40 million people visit the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. It's an iconic shopping, dining and entertainment complex that is feeling the brunt of COVID-19. MOA closed for a few months in the spring, and has slowly reopened. So, what's the impact of the pandemic on this international tourist destination? Host Ellery McCardle talks with Jill Renslow, SVP of Marketing and Business Development, about the changes, and what's to come for the so-called "Mega Mall."
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When I first heard about this podcast, I was excited to tune in (proud MN gal), but wary of an anticipated lack of diversity in the stories. Not only did the first episode totally prove me wrong, but it has sucked me in to listen to more. Really, really enjoying this. Great job!
I really like when you dip into the history of all Minnesota and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Especially how things were back in the day. Keep the stories coming. Nice job Ellery!
A Slice of Home in Trying Times
I’ve been tuning in for a while now, and every episode has sparked my interest. It is a quintessential Minnesota show. This morning as I was sitting here in my house in Germany on Day 17 of lockdown orders, the new show on the State Fair popped up. There I was, drinking my coffee in the middle of Europe while being transported in my mind to the simple pleasures of the MN State Fair. And then the waterworks started. In 5 years of living in and traveling extensively in Europe, counting ourselves lucky that we can show our young children the world, I have never been homesick. This show should come with a warning: known to induce incurable bouts of lust for home. Keep it up!