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Wednesdays at 8:10am
This program is supported in part by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Our History Archives: 
Don Boese's segments can be heard weekly on The Give and Take. 
Thank you for attending the Sanford Center Powwow and listening to our live broadcast with KOJB. 

Bemijigamaag Video
Listen to these powow stories by David McDonald.
A new series by historian Don Boese that looks at the early history of mining on the Mesabi Range, based on a collection compiled in the 1960's by Oliver Mining employee, James Steel.

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A  series in the history of Bovey. Don Boese served as the mayor of Bovey during the 1980s.
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Don Boese has an interesting story on the early years in Bovey and the number of grocery stores and saloons.
 Duke Skorich Historian, Don Boese recalls the late Duke Skorich. Duke was a native of Bovey and famous for cookin' up Solvenian Barbeque.
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Historian, Don Boese begins a new series from the writings of long time police chief, Terry Wilkey. He shares true-life reports about crime and punishment on the streets of Bovey.
The story of Ann Shustarich by historian Don Boese. She owned Ann's Sweet Shop in downtown Bovey during the 1930s and 40s.The shop became the center of town life.
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Minnesota Historian Don Boese, begins a new four part series on how the town of Bovey was stripped of its mineral wealth.

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Historian Don Boese, begins a new series on three profiles of Bovey natives, who made their mark on U.S. and MN history.
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  Historian Don Boese, begins a new series on the history of Bovey Village Hall.
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Teachings From Turtle Island: Hour-5
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    The stories of the Anishinaabe People.Produced by Brian Whittemore and Mary Favorite, this series is made possible by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Historian Don Boese, begins a new series on the history of Bovey and photographer, Eric Enstrom and the "Picture Grace", which was taken in his Bovey studio in 1920.
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Local historian, Don Boese talks about Loren D. Lammon. Mr. Lammon wrote about his adventures in the outdoors in the mid 1930s.
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Local historian, Don Boese continues about Loren Lammon and his begining as a journalist during the Bovey Years.
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Local historian, Don Boese talks about Loren D. Lammon and his early years of homesteading in Northern Itasca County.
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The Journey of Chagobay and Brunia
The places near water we treasure now were just as special to the people before us.  Producers Brian Whittemore and John Sumption take us on a ten-part trip along the waterways and portages from Crow Wing to Leech Lake.  The series tells the story of when French geographer, Joseph Nicollet, traveled this route with his Ojibwe guides, Chagobay and Brunia in 1836.
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SoundClip "North Country: The Making of Minnesota" by Mary Lethert Wingerd For a lot of us the history  of Minnesota begins at the time of statehood in 1858, and is a history of progress from then to the present. Historian Mary Lethert Wingerd's new book, focuses on the two hundred years prior to statehood and culminates in the Dakota War of 1862. She calls the Dakota War "Minnesota's Civil War" and says it created the conditions that led to waves of immigration and the writing of a version of our history that is now widely accepted. Mary is Associate Professor of history at St. Cloud State. She recently spoke with Kathy Dodge and Scott Hall about why she decided to write about the two hundred years before statehood.
A new series, "Perspectives on the US/Dakota War" from producers Milt and Jaime Lee.The war was sparked by the murder of the Baker family in Meeker County 151 years ago. The US/Dakota War lasted about six weeks and was one of the nation's bloodiest Indian wars.
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Dan Spock, Director of the Minnesota History Center Museum spoke recently with Scott Hall to talk about a current exhibit detailing the US-Dakota War of 1862.

One Hundred and Fifty years ago, in the Summer of 1862, at the height of the American Civil War,a terrible civil war broke out in Minnesota between the U.S. government and the Dakota Indians. Minnesota had been a state for only four years. But in the 20 years before statehood, the federal government had made many treaties with the Dakota and Ojibwe in the Minnesota territory. And the federal government had failed to live up to manyof its obligations in those treaties. By the summer of 1862, the Dakota people were starving and desperate. In August, war broke out when three Dakota men attackedand murdered white homesteaders. Over the next six weeks, hundreds of Dakota and white settlers and soldiers were killed, and about twenty thousand settlers fled their homes. The Dakota were defeated, prisoners rounded up, and in December, 1862, the largest execution in U.S. history occurred when 38 Dakota were hanged. A new exhibit on the U.S. - Dakota War opens june 30th at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. 


Aila Ivonen talks with Scott Hall about the history of Kaleva Hall, a temperance hall in Virginia built in 1906.


Brenda Child talks with Scott Hall about her new book, Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community. They discuss the pre-European and post-European Ojibwe culture, particularly as it relates to female roles in Ojibwe society.


Leech Lake Native American writer, David Treuer, has a new book, "Rez Life." The author of three novels and one collection of essays, "Rez Life" is his first full length work of non-fiction. In the book, Treuer addresses tough and controversial subjects like treaty rights and relations with non-Indians; and the corruption and shortcomings of tribal governments and leadership. He skillfully weaves valuable historical data into narratives that tie the large historical and legal issues he writes about to the lives of contemporary Indians living in Minnesota. Charlie Pulkrabek has an in depth conversation with Treuer at the Cass Lake Library.


Oliver and Gertie Juntenen and the History of Suomi:  It's not a town or township, but when Finnish-American families moved there 95 years ago it became a vibrant community that exists to this day.  Oliver and Gertie were born and raised there.  They met in grade school and still live on their family's original homestead.

Cary Miller, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, talks with Scott Hall about her book, Ogimaag: Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760 to 1845.  Miller provides a fresh look at Ojibwe leadership, including the role of hereditary, religious and warrior leaders within Ojibwe communities, and how they dealt with the arrival of outsiders.  
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Malcom Moos


Fifty years ago this month, President Dwight Eisenhower gave his farewell speech to the American people. Eisenhower talked about how, for the first time in our history, it was necessary to have a large and prepared military establishment; and, as a result of that, we should guard against "the acquisition of unwarranted influence... by the military-industrial complex." Eisenhower's chief speech writer at the time was a Minnesotan - Malcom Moos, a journalist, political scientist, and future president of the University of Minnesota. After leaving the White House in 1961, Moos built a cabin on Ten Mile Lake north of Hackensack. Last fall, two of Moos' children, Grant and Kathy, found 21 drafts of Ike's farewell address in the boathouse at the lake. The drafts were written by their father during the eight months before Eisenhower gave the speech. The drafts, memos and research materials contain notes from Eisenhower and his staff. The Moos' sent the notes to the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas. Grant Moos says he knew there were documents from his dad's years at the White House, but he didn't know they contained the drafts of the historic speech.



The Assassination of Hole In The Day: Author and Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State, Anton Treuer, talks about his new book about the dynamic and controversial 19th century Ojibwe leader, Bagone-ghiizhig (a.k.a. Hole In The Day the Younger).








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