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Built deep within a wooded area on the outskirts of Duluth, the topography of the area was thought to be optimal for housing — and hiding away — patients who had contracted tuberculosis.
History is a huge part of the identity of the Dodge County seat of Mantorville, but even long-time locals are intrigued by the hidden past just off Main Street.
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, formed as male ball players were being drafted into the military for World War II efforts, allowed more than 600 female players a chance to shine and get a paycheck to play their game on a national stage. It was immortalized in popular culture by the movie "A League of Their Own" and a new streaming show by the same name.
As Minnesota's territorial population exploded in the mid-1800s, workers began organizing and unionizing to fight for their rights, though it sometimes turned deadly.

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James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok was undoubtedly carrying at least one sidearm in the gold mining town of Deadwood in what was then Dakota Territory. So what happened to Hickok's gun?
Joel Lovelien, 38, was beaten to death outside of the Broken Drum Bar in Grand Forks the weekend before Halloween on Oct. 27, 2007, while in costume as a hockey player.
"It was a lot to take in as a 6-year-old. The concept of dangerous air was, at that stage, terrifying — and, for that reason, cemented a memory in my brain that still hangs on today. ... Certainly, I’m not the only one with memories of June 30, 1992, when up to 50,000 residents of the Superior and Duluth area were evacuated due to a dangerous toxic cloud stemming from a train derailment less than 10 miles south of the area."
The chemical cocktail created an orange colored vapor cloud measuring 20 miles long and 5 miles wide — and it parked itself over the populated area of Superior, Wisconsin, and neighboring Duluth, Minnesota, prompting a mass evacuation of more than 50,000 people.
The pyramid and surrounding buildings near Nekoma, North Dakota were created to defend the country’s nuclear weapons during the Cold War. They've been empty for decades. But soon the facility will be a cryptocurrency mine, whose heat will warm an on-site greenhouse.
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In the latest episode of the Dakota Spotlight podcast, host James Wolner tracks down and speaks with Tony Hulm about Michele 'Shelly' Julson, her life and her mysterious disappearance. Hulm provides details that illuminate further what Shelly was doing around the time she disappeared.

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Radar tracks experienced pilot Michael Bratlie past Two Harbors. Then the flight path ends.
Where did an infamous mobster go when he needed a little rest and relaxation? Residents of the North Shore and Iron Range have long boasted their backyard as the bootlegger’s land of leisure.
Robert Leroy Anderson's crimes shocked and terrorized the state and earned him a death sentence.

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