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Trees of Minnesota Field Guide
Trees of Minnesota Field Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1885061390

Make tree identification in Minnesota even more enjoyable

Now tree identification is simple and productive.

  • 93 species--only Minnesota trees No need to look through dozens of photos of trees that don't grow in Minnesota
  • Fact-filled information and stunning, professional photographs
  • Easy-to-use thumb tabs showing leaf type and attachment and compare feature showing average tree height
  • Stan's Notes, including naturalist information and gee-whiz facts
Month-By-Month Gardening in Minnesota
Month-By-Month Gardening in Minnesota
Paperback      ISBN: 188860896x

Gardening is now the favorite leisure pastime in America. Homeowners are realizing the health benefits derived from gardening and the increase in their home's property value.

Book retailers are well aware that the trend in gardening books is to regional titles that provide credible information on the plants that perform well in specific regions.

"Month-by-Month Gardening in Minnesota" is written for Minnesota gardeners who want to know how to properly care for their gardens and the correct timing for successful results. Each chapter is comprised of monthly plant-specific information. This book covers landscape and vegetable gardens and is appropriate for beginning to intermediate gardeners.

Looking for the Summer
Looking for the Summer
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1559718382

World-renowned photographer Jim Brandenburg uses the hidden world of his beloved northern woods as the setting for a daunting artistic challenge. From June 21st to September 21st, Jim spent each day capturing the spirit of the Northern Minnesota wilderness through his camera. At the end of each day, Jim edited the day's shoot and picked the best shot to represent that day's adventure. The resulting book literally teems with life. It is filled with the colour and action of a pristine natural world during its most energetic season of the year. It features all of Brandenburg's favourite subjects: wildlife and wildflowers, water and wide-open skies. As always, Jim brings the photojournalist's instinct for the critical moment to each photo. His is a style quite unlike any other nature or wildlife photographer. study in human perspective and vision. For, in addition to being a world-class photographer, Jim Brandenburg is a philosopher/poet. As any reader of his work knows, Jim's influences are broad: Native American mythology, classical Japanese culture and Zen Buddhism. Most of all, though, Jim has lived his life as a dedicated student of the natural world - of earth and sky, of water and wind, of plants and creatures. It is in the cyclical rhythms of the natural world that Jim discovers serenity and the meaning of life, and these lessons are conveyed through the images and words married together in this book.

The Dakota War of 1862: Minnesota's Other Civil War
The Dakota War of 1862
Minnesota's Other Civil War
Paperback      ISBN: 0873513924

While the Civil War raged in the East and South, Dakota Indians in Minnesota erupted violently into action against white settlers, igniting the tragic Dakota War of 1862. Hemmed in on a narrow reservation along the upper Minnesota River, the Dakota (Sioux) were frustrated by broken treaties, angered by dishonest agents and traders, and near starvation because of crop failures and late annuity payments.

Led by Little Crow, Dakota warriors attacked the Redwood and Yellow Medicine Indian agencies and all whites living on their former lands in southwestern Minnesota. They killed more than 450 whites and took some 250 white and mixed-blood prisoners during the 38-day conflict. White civilians and military units commanded by Henry H. Sibley defended towns and forts, pursued warriors, and eventually forced the Indians to surrender or flee westward. The penalties imposed by vengeful whites were swift and devastating. The federal government hanged 38 Dakota men in the largest mass execution in U.S. history, 300 were imprisoned, and the Dakota people were banished from the state.

The Quiet Hours: City Photographs
The Quiet Hours
City Photographs
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816643288

A visual tribute to the industrial spaces and commercial interiors of Minnesota's prewar era. A milling district along the Mississippi River. A railroad bridge on Washington Avenue. Jim's Hamburgers in Duluth. A spiral staircase in the Schmidt Brewery. These are the spaces that capture the moods of Minnesota's prewar era. These are the everyday places where ordinary people lived and worked. These are the images that show us the remnants of a city's past. In The Quiet Hours, Mike Melman records a vanishing era of Minnesota's towns and cities through a series of seventy black-and-white photographs taken from 1985 to 2002. Working in the half-light of predawn hours, Melman brings a new perspective to familiar places, one shaped by his training as an architect and his particular affinity for old buildings. Melman's atmospheric photographs give us insight into the bygone life of a city where we had not thought to look for one before. In his essay, Bill Holm compares Melman's work to that of Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg, artists who embrace and celebrate the urban experience. Holm writes, "These photographs take us a long way toward an understanding of that mighty heart of a city. . . . These are very American pictures in their stubbornness, then integrity, and their dogged affection for the working-class life buried inside them." Through his artistic and historic images, Melman exposes the speed at which American cities change and presents a gritty yet contemplative portrait of urban Minnesota.

How to Talk Minnesotan: A Visitor's Guide
How to Talk Minnesotan
A Visitor's Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 0140092846
Frogtown: Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood
Frogtown
Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood
Paperback      ISBN: 0873513363

Frogtown is a discerning portrait of an ethnically mixed neighbourhood that lies within the shadow of the Minnesota State Capital near downtown St. Paul. Wing Young Huie combines 130 compelling black-and-white photographs, some 50 quotes from talks with residents, and his own commentary to produce a powerful depiction of life on Frogtown's streets and front porches, in its kitchens and backyards, shops and churches. The images are documentary in nature, but the perspective is that of an artist who leaves meanings open to interpretation. Drawn to Frogtown by his own abiding curiosity, Huie spent two years photographing and getting to know its people -- working class whites, Southeast Asian immigrants, African Americans, American Indians, and Latinos. These exquisitely rendered images of Frogtown show the multiple realities that make up a dynamic urban neighbourhood. At the same time, they reflect the changing faces of American cities.

Ghost Stories of Minnesota
Ghost Stories of Minnesota
Paperback      ISBN: 1894877071

In Minnesota, much more than the magnificent scenery will take your breath away. Tales of fright-filled folklore span the length and breadth of the North Star State: * Phantom soldiers of the Civil War walk the remains of historic Fort Ripley, near Little Falls * Renovations to the elegant Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul awakened the ghost of Ben, the spirit of a stagehand from the early 1900s * After one of her clients suffers through a series of disturbing ghostly events, a Minneapolis realtor offers ghost-busting services to potential buyers * The Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Center is haunted by the mischievous ghost of renowned Minnesota author Sinclair Lewis * The last prisoner to be hanged in Minnesota is one of many spirits haunting the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul * After the worst mining disaster in state history, the ghost of a miner and the phantom sound of his warning whistle chased new workers away from the Milford Mine * Minnesota's paranormal experts reveal their approaches and some of the ghostly events they've witnessed. * From mischievous manifestations to grisly ghosts of vengeance, eerie apparitions arise in Rochester, Winona, Avon, Camden, Chanhassen, Stillwater, Montevideo, St. Cloud, Le Sueur and more.

Lost Twin Cities
Lost Twin Cities
Paperback      ISBN: 0873512731

"An impressive sampling of the vanished buildings of the Twin Cities, tracing their history and including information on who the owners and architects were, how these structures were used, why they were torn down, and what occupies each site today. Highly recommended." --Library Journal

Lost Twin Cities is an architectural and social history of the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The richly illustrated text emphasizes the growth and development of the two downtowns in the nineteenth century and their subsequent alteration by urban renewal and other forces of change in the twentieth century.

The North Star State: A Minnesota History Reader
The North Star State
A Minnesota History Reader
Paperback      ISBN: 0873514440

Two hundred years of Minnesota history spring to life in this lively and captivating collection of essays. The North Star State encompasses the wide range of Minnesota's unique past--from the Civil War to the World Wars, from frontier life to the age of technological innovation, from Dakota and Ojibwe history to the story of St. Paul's black sleeping-car porters, from lumber workers and truckers' strikes to the women's suffrage movement.

In addition to investigative articles by the state's top historians, editor Anne Aby has assembled captivating first-person accounts from key moments in Minnesota history, including George Nelson's reminiscences of his years in the early nineteenth-century fur trade; the diary of Emily Goodridge Grey, an early African American settler; and Jasper N. Searles's letters home from the Battle of First Bull Run.