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History Speaks

History Speaks is an exploration and presentation of aspects of our region's past. Through shared stories with familiar voices, we delve into our region's rich history to help foster an appreciation and understanding of the community in which we find ourselves today. This series utilizes archival tape, documents and first-hand interviews to help paint a picture of events, places, and people important in our area's past.

Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.

What's On:

The Blowdown: A Ten Year Remembrance

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The famous storm known as “the blowdown,” swept across northern Minnesota on the Fourth of July, 1999. Straight-line winds blew with category four hurricane force through 477,000 acres of the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. In this special remembrance, you’ll hear the voices of folks who weathered the storm that marks our landscape to this day.


Voices from Mineral Center

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Voices from Mineral Center tells part of the story of an early pioneer settler village in Cook County known as Mineral Center. The story focuses on the community’s one room schoolhouse, the Birchwood School, as remembered by its last teacher, the late Gertrude Linnell, and one of her students, Nona Smith.