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10 June 2015

The Legacy of Lake Minnetonka

For the week of June 14, 2015

Eric Dregni, Associate Professor of English, Concordia University and author, “By the Waters of Minnetonka,” discusses his up-coming Continuing Education class at the University of Minnesota on the history of Lake Minnetonka.

  • Part 1

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    (1:12) Minnetonka’s reputation beyond its shores (2:08) Wealth and opulence on the lake; (2:53) The geography of the lake; (3:40) The Dakota on Minnetonka; (5:02) Slavery on the lake and the ginseng trade; (6:40) James J. Hill and his influence on the lake; (7:58) The streetcar line that connected the Twin Cities to Lake Minnetonka; (9:23) Cottages on the lake; (10:23) How Minnetonka became less of a vacation destination; (11:21) The Excelsior amusement park; (12:35) Frank Lloyd Wright’s house on Minnetonka and historical preservation

  • Part 2

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    (:25) Some of the wildest stories from the lake; (2:45) Ghosts and sea serpents of the lake; (3:50) The Andrew Sisters, The Rolling Stones and lake entertainment; (5:40) Scene from “Purple Rain;” (6:50) The transition from public attractions to private properties; (8:38) How the lake has changed in recent years; (9:40) Continuing Ed class and the lake’s renovated steam boat
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