The Annual Chautauqua-French Canadian-Metis Festival at the Old Crossing Treaty Park in Huot, MN will burst with live music, traditional foods and tales of history on Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th! Event coordinator Virgil Benoit shares the details!
At the dawn of disco’s demise in 1980, Minnesota musicians unleashed the disco sensation Funkytown. Thirty years later, the one-hit-wonder is still played worldwide and is used in TV, movies and advertisements. And just where is Funkytown? It doesn’t exist on a map or anywhere else. Funkytown is a state of mind, and a groovy one at that.
Coya Knutson made history as the first woman from Minnesota to serve in Washington. But, as MN90 producer Marisa Helms reports, Knutson’s estranged husband and a coterie of political rivals conspired against her. They wrote the infamous “Coya come home!” letter, which caused Knutson to lose re-election and return to Oklee, Minnesota.
After more than two decades, Minnesota passed a law in 2023 allowing anyone in the state to get a driver’s license no matter their immigration status. A big win for the more than 80,000 undocumented immigrants in the state to finally be able to obtain a legal license to drive. Emilia Avalos Gonzalez, Unidos MN
In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, we look through the lenses of creativity, environment, and sustainability at what to do about vacant businesses around town as Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Melissa Wenzel from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Wenzel recently gave a presentation at Salem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud concerning “Built Environment Sustainability” where she discussed the concepts of reuse and redevelopment as well as guidelines, ideas, and financial assistance opportunities for communities around Minnesota.
And for a look at what reuse and redevelopment can look like in a small community, there’s another Untold Story of Central Minnesota from last year that highlights Farwell, MN, and the very successful development of their arts center, which is made up of a church, a gas station, a creamery, and a schoolhouse, all once abandoned.
The Untold Stories of Central Minnesota is made possible through support from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund and Legacy Amendment of 2008.