MN90: Rochester History in 90-Seconds

Series produced by KRPR

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a series of short, fun and engaging stories exploring the history of Rochester and the surrounding area.

a series of short, fun and engaging stories exploring the history of Rochester and the surrounding area.


15 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Sara Bisel moved to Rochester with her husband and children in 1963. But it was what she did away from home at archaeological digs that would make ...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30
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The rain started after 5 p.m. on July 5, 1978. Before it ended, the Zumbro River and Bear Creek would flood their banks, five people would die and ...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30
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January 1962, a respected goose authority traveled from Illinois to the banks of Silver Lake in Rochester to investigate at its resident waterfowl....

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30
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November 30, 1960, Ernest Hemingway checked into the Mayo Clinic for electroconvulsive therapy to help with depression. Yet, within a year, the aut...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30
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Frank Lloyd Wright was one of America’s most esteemed architects when he came to Rochester in the late 1940s to design a home for a Mayo doctor. Bu...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30
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During World War II, B-24 pilot Lester Fiegel of Rochester, Minnesota, and co-pilot Tom Watson, Jr., the son of IBM founder Tom Watson, Sr, ferried...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30
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In January 2001, George Gibbs’ widow found two travel journals, which had fallen behind an old chest in the Rochester house the couple had shared f...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30
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In 1938, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in Rochester to honor the Mayo Clinic for its services to veterans of the Great War. But this was ...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:29
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He was Transparent Man, a life-size medical model cased in transparent plastic, designed to educate the public on human anatomy. And his public at ...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30
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In 1899, the Conley Brothers, Kerry and Frederick, organized Conley Camera Company in Spring Valley, Minnesota. Five years later, they had a contra...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30
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When the bank in Dover, Minnesota, was broken into in May 1900, the Omaha Kid, a notorious safe breaker, stood trial in Rochester. But he hadn’t ac...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30
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Taylor Combs was a 34-year-old patient who’d been transferred to Rochester State Hospital, one of Minnesota’s two hospitals for the mentally ill, f...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30
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Rochester’s quarries turned up more than limestone. They turned up evidence of an ancient sea that covered the region 450 million years ago. Britt ...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30
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When Olmsted County got its new courthouse in 1866, there was the question: What to do with the old one? Britt Aamodt looks back at Broadway House’...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30
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In 1862, Henry Schuster arrived in Rochester with his wife and baby son in tow. The ambitious young man set up a blacksmith shop. Britt Aamodt find...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:30