Minnesota History

Summer Plans? Think Historic Forestville!

The time has come to start working those summer plans into our schedules! It's hard to believe now, but green grass and budding trees are just around the corner. An excellent weekend vacation option, for those of us in the Twin Cities, can be found in the southeast corner of our fair state: Historic Forestville. While the usual favorite summer sites are found several hours north of the cities, Forestville can be found two hours south. With trout streams rather than lakes and nearby wineries outnumbering the breweries, it's a whole different kind of Minnesota! My...

Petition to Pardon the 38 Hanged in Mankato

Mankato Execution December 1862

It may have been more than 150 years since the largest mass execution in US history took place in Mankato, but that doesn't appear to be stopping Jack Consadine (a Mankato City Council member). Jack is pushing a petition to pardon the 38 executed Dakota men (plus two others who were hanged later). Minnesota was a freshly minted state when it gave its electoral votes to Abraham Lincoln, whose election, among other things, resulted in tipping off the Civil War. Though the theaters of the war were far from Minnesota, the pull of fighting-age men from the light population,...