Retracing the war that shaped Minnesota

  • Article by: CURT BROWN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 25, 2012 - 10:49 AM

Important sites help tell the tale of the bloody U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 that helped define early Minnesota.

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davehougAug. 25, 12 7:00 PM

If you want to know about relations between whites and Native Americans and you DON'T understand this time, you will never fully understand.

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BroonieAug. 25, 1210:22 PM

My great-grandparents emigrated from Sweden in the late 1800s, well after the Dakota War. They settled near Sacred Heart and instructed all of their descendants that farmhouses are to be built with their kitchen windows facing the fields so that the women could keep an eye on the men - just in case of an attack by the natives.

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kkjerAug. 26, 12 6:09 PM

The biggest problem I have with this is that my family didn't come to the US until 1885 and they didn't come to MN. So don't try to lay the guilt on Minnesotans who live here today. We didn''t have anything to do with it and probably wouldn't have approved of it.

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