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.
Dorothy Molter, Minnesota's famous Root Beer lady
She was living with her family in Chicago when a trip to Minnesota's north country captured her imagination. First moving to Winton, Minnesota and then taking over the Isle of Pines resort in the early 1980's, Dorothy Molter starting brewing root beer to serve her guests. Thousands of bottles later, The Root Beer lady poured herself, and her homebrewed soda, into the hearts of thousands of Minnesotans.
Join host Diane Sandberg as we learn more about this historical figure from the North's past, on "That's So Minnesota!"
Toni Stone, Minnesota's legendary ballplayer
Toni Stone lived in Saint Paul in the 1930's, and while she didn't stay long, she certainly left her mark on baseball. She started playing with the boys on a team for local Catholic church, and ended up playing professionally in the Negro Leagues.
Join host Diane Sandberg as we learn about what it took for this woman to to earn her place at the plate, on 'That's So Minnesota.'
Sigurd F. Olson and finding your true self
Sigurd F. Olson was an author and a passionate environmentalist, credited with helping to preserve the wild places in northern Minnesota. Join host Diane Sandberg in a conversation with Sig's biographer David Backes about the love of the wild and our responsibility to become our true selves.
The Quietest Place on Earth
There's a place in Minneapolis that is making a lot of noise, but you still might not have heard of them: Orfield Laboratories.
Join host Diane Sandberg in a conversation with the founder of the labs still making [sound]waves with two World Records and a new induction into the National Register of Historic Places.
Foraging in Minnesota
Join host Diane Sandberg for a walk in the Minnesota woods. Three local experts talk mushrooms, the native tree headed for extinction and the importance of spending time in nature.
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.
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!