Minnesota wrestles with memory of 'state's greatest tragedy'

Dozens of commemorative events this year will recognize the U.S.-Dakota War that erupted in the Minnesota River valley 150 years ago and ended in a mass execution. But just how to commemorate what many call the darkest period in Minnesota history is a complicated and contentious question. And, as the Star Tribune reports, that question reflects a larger debate going on around the country over how to recognize historical events that have left wounds that still linger today.
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Dozens of commemorative events this year will recognize the U.S.-Dakota War that erupted in the Minnesota River valley 150 years ago and ended in a mass execution. But just how to commemorate what many call the darkest period in Minnesota history is a complicated and contentious question. And, as the Star Tribune reports, that question reflects a larger debate going on around the country over how to recognize historical events that have left wounds that still linger today.

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