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  Cover Art: Minnesota 101 Minnesota 101
Whether you're a lifelong resident or a first-time visitor to the Gopher State, there is no more complete book about Minnesota. If you love Minnesota, you'll love Minnesota 101.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: This Much I Can Tell You : Stories of Courage and Hope from Refugees in Minnesota This Much I Can Tell You : Stories of Courage and Hope from Refugees in Minnesota
Eighteen new Minnesotans, refugees and asylees from nine different countries, share stories of fear, courage, sorrow, and hope for enriched futures in the United States.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Wishing for a Snow Day : Growing Up in Minnesota Wishing for a Snow Day : Growing Up in Minnesota
In this new collection, Peg Meier explores the themes of childhood—the bitter and the sweet. Thanks to Minnesotans who took the time to write, whether as children in the moment or as adults looking back, Meier unearthed a wealth of material on the subject, ranging from diary entries to reminiscences to newspaper columns, along with plenty of photographs.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Minnesota State Parks Arthur, Anne
Minnesota State Parks
This comprehensive guide to all 75 state parks and state recreation areas will help you find that great picnic spot or the perfect campsite - everything you need to know is at your fingertips.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Fore! Gone : Minnesota's Lost Golf Courses 1897-1999 Bissen, Joe
Fore! Gone : Minnesota's Lost Golf Courses 1897-1999
A golf course in a swamp? On a prison grounds? Next to a sewage disposal plant? Yes, yes and yes--and joined by courses built by millionaires, played by champions and designed by experts.
2014
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Famous Crimes of Minnesota Burgan, Michael
Famous Crimes of Minnesota
Robberies, murders, kidnappings - Minnesota has been home to several notorious crimes. Some were committed by infamous lawbreakers: the James-Younger gang, John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde and others. But not all misdeeds have been done by career criminals. Take a closer look at more than two dozen unlawful acts that rocked Minnesota and often grabbed headlines across the country.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Dakota Prisoner of War Letters Canku, Clifford
The Dakota Prisoner of War Letters
Fifty extraordinary letters written by Dakota men imprisoned after the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862 give direct witness to a harsh and painful history shared by Minnesotans today.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Royal C. Moore : the Man Who Built the Streetcar Boats Cherland-McCune, Lori
Royal C. Moore : the Man Who Built the Streetcar Boats
"Tragedy buried the life story of Royal C. Moore, an early Minnesota business giant, until the relatively recent raising and restoration of the Minnehaha, a 1906 Moore-designed and constructed streetcar boat. For lovers of vintage wooden boats, Royal C. Moore: The Man Who Built the Streetcar Boats rings to the forefront one of the Midwest's most prolific wooden-boat builders. For lovers of lakes and boats of all stripes, the volume reveals a deeper layer of understanding of the US heartland's nautical history. The book provides never before seen photographs, and narratives of people, life, and business on the shores of Lake Minnetonka in the half century between 1879 and 1930.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Tales from the Minnesota Gophers : a Collection of the Greatest Gopher Stories Ever Told Christensen, Ray
Tales from the Minnesota Gophers : a Collection of the Greatest Gopher Stories Ever Told
Ray Christensen tells nearly 200 tales from all 11 men's sports at the University of Minnesota. The emphasis is largely on the last half of the 20th century, during which time Christensen did the radio play-by-play of Golden Gopher football for 50 consecutive seasons, 510 games, and U of M basketball for 45 straight seasons, 1,309 games. Christensen, a broadcasting award member of the College Football Hall of Fame, tells stories ranging from dramatic victories to more lighthearted, humorous events that combine to form a Big Ten tapestry, with the University of Minnesota at its core.
2014
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Walking Twin Cities Day, Holly
Walking Twin Cities
Contains 35 walks of varying levels of difficulty, built around the natural, architectural, and historical attractions of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The downtown areas of both cities are explored in depth, as well as many of the neighborhoods, scenic parks, and lakes that are scattered through the area.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Making Marriage : Husbands Wives and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country Denial, Catherine J
Making Marriage : Husbands Wives and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country
The debate over the meaning of marriage in the United States and specifically in Minnesota is not a recent development. From 1820 to 1845, when the first significant numbers of Americans arrived in the region now called Minnesota, they carried very specific ideas about the roles of men and women should play in marriage. However, the Dakota, Ojibwe, and mixed-race communities resisted the new version of marriage, forcing many Americans to compromise their own beliefs so that they could put down roots.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Lost Duluth Dierckins, Tony
Lost Duluth
With over 400 photographs and sketches of now-gone homes, buildings, landmarks, industries and residential neighborhoods, Lost Duluth acts as a journey through the city's past.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: St. Paul Union Depot Diers, John W.
St. Paul Union Depot
St. Paul Union Depot brings to life the sights and sounds and the behind-the-scenes inner workings of what was the most important rail passenger station west of Chicago.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Turn Here Sweet Corn : Organic Farming Works Diffley, Atina
Turn Here Sweet Corn : Organic Farming Works
A master class in organic farming, a lesson in entrepreneurship, a love story, and a legal thriller.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Non-stop : a Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines El-Hai, Jack
Non-stop : a Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines
From its earliest flights in 1926, carrying mail and occasionally a solo passenger to Chicago, to its acquisition by Delta in 2010, Northwest Airlines soared to the heights of technological achievement and business innovation--and sunk to the depths of employee discord, passenger dissatisfaction, and financial bankruptcy. Jack El-Hai follows Northwest from its humble beginnings to its triumph as the envy of the airline industry and then ultimately to its decline into what aggrieved passengers and employees called "Northworst."
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Stand Up! : the Story of Minnesota's Protest Tradition Gilman, Rhoda
Stand Up! : the Story of Minnesota's Protest Tradition
When the senatorial election of 2008 between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman stretched on for a contentious six months, people throughout the country wondered about Minnesota's offbeat politics. But Minnesota has been and is now a seedbed for cultural and political movements that have changed the country, and its history weaves a pattern of wide opposition between left and right.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Joined at the Hip : a History of Jazz in the Twin Cities Goetting, Jay
Joined at the Hip : a History of Jazz in the Twin Cities
From the early days through Prohibition and the swing era, then to bebop and beyond, this is the story of jazz music, musicians, and venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Legendary Homes of Lake Minnetonka Hammel, Bette Jones
Legendary Homes of Lake Minnetonka
Hundreds of cottages and cabins, mansions and houses line the shores of Lake Minnetonka, one of Minnesota's most beautiful lakes and site of some of the state's most coveted properties. Legendary Homes of Lake Minnetonka invites readers into thirty of these dwellings - built by families like the Washburns, the Pillsburys, and the Daytons.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Dad's Eye View : 52 Family Adventures in the Twin Cities Hartford, Michael
Dad's Eye View : 52 Family Adventures in the Twin Cities
In Dad’s Eye View, Hartford describes fi fty-two of his family’s favorite Twin Cities spots—one for each week of the year—and dares other dads (and moms) to explore them with gusto.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Tales from the Minnesota Twins Dugout Hrbek, Kent
Tales from the Minnesota Twins Dugout
In Tales from the Minnesota Twins Dugout, this fan favorite looks back at his playing career in Minnesota. Many stories revolve around the championship seasons of 1987 and 1991. Hrbek also shares his memories of the late Kirby Puckett and of his close friendship with third baseman Gary Gaetti. Kent Hrbek's Tales from the Minnesota Twins Dugout is a humorous, insightful, and at times heartbreaking story of one of the most memorable eras in team history, from one of Minnesota's very own.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
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