Roy Wilkins earned his professional chops as a Twin Cities journalist. But it was as an activist and director of the NAACP, says producer Britt Aamodt, that Wilkins helped change history with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Ole Rolvaag thought he was destined to be a fisherman like his father. Britt Aamodt looks at how the opportunity to the immigrate to the United States Midwest not only gave this St. Olaf professor a new career but also the theme for his novel, Giants in the Earth.
Farmers would never forget the 1870s. In this piece, Britt Aamodt looks at the reason why: Locust
Britt Aamodt tells the story of William Maupins, born two years after the Duluth lynchings, who became a leading light in the port city’s fight for civil rights.
In 1865, Theodore Hamm established Hamm’s Beer in St. Paul. This beer became known for its cartoon bear and catchy jingle. But in 1973, Hamm’s sent a film crew to Northern Minnesota. Britt Aamodt relates the history of those commercials, featuring animal trainer Earl Hammond and his Kodiak bear Sasha.
Justine Kerfoot never intended to stay in Minnesota. But the Great Depression led her to the lodge on the Gunflint Trail and the wild spaces that would become her life. Britt Aamodt remembers the Woman of the Boundary Waters.
In 1996, William Lyle was only trying to dig up gravel for his farm’s driveways. Britt Aamodt looks at what he found instead: the bones of a woolly mammoth.