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Josh Biber

The History of Lake Minnetonka’s Bays, Points, and Islands

Take a deep, deep dive into the history of Minnesota's ninth-largest lake.

March 8, 2023

A Complete Guide to the Ghost Towns of Hennepin County

Don't be scared: These g-g-g-g-ghost towns offer few specters but lots of lessons into the past.

January 23, 2023

The Hermitage: The Fanciful, Tragic Story of the Lake Minnetonka Hermit Brothers

The brothers Halsted forged two very different legends on the lake's western shore.

December 12, 2022

Welcome to Manomin, the Lost Minnesota County

Most Twin Citians are unaware of the short-lived, 16-square-mile county that once wedged itself into the metro.

November 14, 2022

The Lost and Forgotten Waterfalls of the Twin Cities

Meet the falls that eventually became parking lots and warehouses, and learn about the lesser-traveled ones that are diminished, but still remain.

September 12, 2022

The Lost Lakes of Minneapolis

Rediscovering the forgotten lakes, ponds, and marshes that once dotted the City of Lakes.

August 23, 2022

The History of a Hidden, Toxic Creek That Still Flows Beneath North Loop

You've seen Bassett Creek on Google Maps, but the 'truculent little river' was hidden deep below Minneapolis streets over 100 years ago.

August 3, 2022

The History Behind Minneapolis’s Alphabetized Street Names

Who the hell is William Penn, and why'd he get his own avenue?

June 6, 2022