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Minnesota - Stars of the North
"Minnesota isn't all about the lakes, the scenery, and the sports. We're about the people as well. See if you know these folks, some of whom you may see on a daily basis."
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She was born Frances Gumm in the northern town of Grand Rapids. Although best known for wearing ruby slippers, she actually made many movies, held concerts, had a television show, and even appeared at Carnegie Hall. What singer/actress is so 'over the rainbow'?
Continuing with singers, these singing sisters were a hit with the WWII forces. Known as the "Sweethearts of the Armed Forces Radio Service" they epitomized the USO. Who are these "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" beauties?
Von Trapp Family
Bette Midler Swingers
Although technically not a real person, this lady was originally crafted to personalize letters sent in by customers. Cooks around America and the world trust her recipes and products. Over the years the face has changed to represent the times, but the food that has her name remains always delicious. Who is the face of General Mills?
One half of the founding members of the Praise the Lord (PTL) Network, this leading lady of televangelism was best remembered as much for her makeup habits as her preaching. Her personality on the network was more tolerant than many televangelists, including open support of the gay community. While her life was up and down including a sex scandal, bankruptcy, and the collapse of the PTL Network, this lady remained spiritually grounded. Who was this mascara'd lady?
Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner
While not born in Minnesota, this pioneer settled in Walnut Grove for a period. The books she wrote became a beloved escape for many girls, and the television series had millions of girls wanting to be a pioneer. The musical version of this beloved show debuted in MN. Who was this girl in the "Little House"?
Laura Ingalls Wilder
She is an author, a teacher, an adventurer, and her name is very similar to an actress. Known for her treks to the North and South Poles, dogsled runs, and outdoor life in general, she is a outdoor enthusiast. Her Foundation encourages women and girls to achieve their dreams by contributing mini-grants and encouragement. Who is this face of MN adventure?
Anne Morrow Lindberg
Although born in NY, his family moved to MN when he was four years old. Throughout the years he's been a writer, a satirist, and a radio host, before moving into politics. He's won Emmys for his television writing and been on the NY Times best sellers list (three times). When he moved back to MN he followed up his writing and satire by becoming more and more politically active. Who's the "live" Senator from Minnesota?
He was an aviator, author, an inventor, and an explorer. His "Spirit of St. Louis" took him on the first solo trans-Atlantic trip in 1927 and on to world wide fame. Raised in Little Falls, who was this "Lone Eagle"?
Born in Minneapolis, this actor's roles include an improvising secret agent, and a military explorer to far-off (and far-out) lands. The name of one of his characters has come to represent being able to put together anything out of nothing (think bubble gum bombs). Who is this "Legend"?
Richard Dean Anderson
Harry Dean Stanton
Another Minneapolis singer, this one is more colorful than most. He's a Grammy winner, a Golden Globe winner, and an Academy Award winner. This singer's Paisley Park Studios are here, and he helped put the Minneapolis Sound on the national stage. Controversial, powerful, petite - all these and more describe his style of songs and his personality. Who is best known in purple?
From the suburbs comes this Anoka-born writer and radio host. Each week millions tune to American Public Radio to see what is going on in the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, "where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average." Who's the voice of "A Prairie Home Companion"?
MN politicians know how to make it to the national scene. He was the 38th Vice President, ran for President, and was a founder of the MN Democratic-Farm-Labor party. Who was he?
Who filled a Senatorial role vacated by a Minnesotan who had been elected as Vice President, only to ultimately become Vice President himself?
This female politician has made it to the national stage by her vocal disagreements with the US Census, by actively supporting the Tea Party activities, and attacks on the ACORN group. She has been featured on the national stage on such shows as "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", "The Colbert Report", and is a Fox news media darling. Who is this United States Representative from MN?
The 38th Governor of MN prided himself on speaking his mind - to the point that many of his comments offended people in and out of MN. He had practice - prior to being elected Governor, he was a professional wrestler on the WWF circuit, where his comments were meant to incite the audience - and it worked. One popular bumper sticker during his reign was "My Governor Can Beat Up Your Governor". Who is "The Body"?
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