My Ears Are Buzzing

Mailed from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Miss Florence Fitzgerald of Edinboro, Pennsylvania on July 27, 1907: Arrived here at eleven o’clock last night. Will spend a few days here. Had a fine journey and were not as tired as we expected. Are spending the morning writing and this afternoon are going out with some friends we…

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Marlborough Hotel Fire – January 3, 1940

On the incredibly cold morning of January 3, 1940, just before dawn, a fire caused by a lit cigarette thrown down a garbage chute ravaged the Marlborough Apartment Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The cigarette has probably been smoldering for hours before finally catching fire and eventually blew out of the garbage chute, causing a heat explosion…

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Paul Bunyan Center – Brainerd, Minnesota

MINNESOTA’S ANIMATED PAUL BUNYAN Located at Brainerd, Minn., Paul is 36 feet tall and weighs 5,000 lbs. He talks, tells stories and sings lumberjack style. His size 44 cap shades his 16″ moveable eyes. His broad shoulders and 18 ft. arms are protected by a size 73 shirt, which consists of 60 yards of wool-plaid…

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The Tyler Cyclone – August 21, 1918

CITY IN RUINS WHAT: Storm (Cyclone/Tornado) WHEN: August 21, 1918 at approximately 9:20 p.m. WHERE: Tyler, Minnesota FATALITIES: 36 (with over 200 injured) Late in the evening on August 21, 1918, an F-4 tornado with reported winds of 225-250 miles per hour tore through the small Southeastern Minnesota town of Tyler. The storm started at around 9:20 p.m. and lasted…

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