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Collaborations with The Minnesota Historian

February 8, 2023

Josh Biber of The Minnesota Historian joins the Matt McNeil Show on AM950. They talked about his recent piece titled, “A Complete Guide to the Ghost Towns of Hennepin County.”


February 2, 2023

Despite its popularity, the roller-coastering toboggan slide didn’t last more than a few winters.

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January 23, 2023

Don't be scared: These g-g-g-g-ghost towns offer few specters but lots of lessons into the past.

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January 12, 2023

Wade into the past of the former lakes and ponds of St. Paul.

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December 12, 2022

The brothers Halsted forged two very different legends on the lake's western shore.

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November 14, 2022

Most Twin Citians are unaware of the short-lived, 16-square-mile county that once wedged itself into the metro.

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November 8, 2022

Cedar Lake is often overshadowed by the rest of the Chain of Lakes, but this lake is just as deserving as the rest to be considered as a crown jewel of Minneapolis.

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September 12, 2022

Meet the falls that eventually became parking lots and warehouses, and learn about the lesser-traveled ones that are diminished, but still remain.

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September 6, 2022

Streetcars served Minneapolis for nearly 75 years before buses took over as the main form of mass transportation. In this article, Biber focuses on the Oak-Harriet and Bryant-Penn lines.

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August 23, 2022

Rediscovering the forgotten lakes, ponds, and marshes that once dotted the City of Lakes.

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August 9, 2022

Years ago, off the south shore of Bde Maka Ska, the summer cottage was the big idea. First planned in the early 1880s, the idea of the Cottage City neighborhood became a reality by 1883.

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August 3, 2022

You've seen Bassett Creek on Google Maps, but the 'truculent little river' was hidden deep below Minneapolis streets over 100 years ago.

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July 20, 2022

In this series, we will explore the many streetcar lines that ran through Southwest Minneapolis. Let's begin with the Como-Harriet Line.

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June 6, 2022

Who the hell is William Penn, and why'd he get his own avenue?

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