By Chris Parker
By Jesse Marx
By John Baichtal
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Jesse Marx
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Tatiana Craine
By Judy Keen
THE ANSWERS AND WINNERS
Special thanks to the 130+ overachievers who revved your search engines and racked your brains taking part in the Mn SAT. This one proved to be a tough one for most of you, with scores that wouldn't get you into spring semester at even the most lenient diploma mills. A few Gopher state scholars, however, had over 80 correct answers out of a possible 92, and three of their names can be found in the winner's circle at the bottom of this page.
Match the celebrity with the addiction that prompted him to enter the Hazelden treatment center in Center City:
1. cocaine - d. Aaron Sorkin
2. alcohol - b. Eric Clapton
3. prescription painkillers - a. Matthew Perry
4. crystal meth - c. Rufus Wainwright
"...the citizens of Minneapolis decided, in 1940, to have a party to celebrate water. In that year, and every summer since, Minneapolitans have celebrated the Aquatennial. Highlighted by an evening Torchlight Parade, the Aquatennial also features a milk carton boat race, outdoor concerts, and about 30 other events. For the first Aquatennial, Gene Autry, 'the Singing Cowboy,' was special guest and grand marshal of the parade. Other famous people who have served as grand marshal over the years include Richard Nixon, who at the time (1958) was the nation's vice president."—Minnesota Historical Society
What Twin Cities mayor was publicly lauded for his good sense after police discovered him sleeping off a bender on a major local thoroughfare?
a. Hubert H. Humphrey
b. George A. Vavoulis
c. George Latimer *
d. Norm Coleman
Which was not a scheduled event during the 31st Annual Judy Garland Festival held in Grand Rapids in May 2006?
a. Andy Hardy Talent Show and Dance *
b. screening of The Wizard of Oz
c. children's lunch with the Munchkins
d. Dangers of Prescription Drugs seminar
In a 1946 magazine article, Nation editor Carey McWilliams called Minneapolis the most city in America.
c. anti-Semitic *
d. economically vibrant
Which genre of music did early WCCO executives promise to eliminate, describing it as "a riot of noise, in which the melody is so trivial as to be practically not there at all, and in which the dissonances are the result of nothing more than the desire to make a racket?"
b. rock 'n' roll
c. jazz *
From Twin Cities Album by Dave Kenney, p. 149
Legend has it, "Mr. Jimmy" Hutmaker of Hector, Minnesota, met Mick Jagger in 1964 at Bacon Drug after the Rolling Stones performed at the Excelsior Amusement Park. What pearls of wisdom were uttered by Mr. Hutmaker that supposedly inspired Mr. Jagger?
a. "Get off my cloud"
b. "I'm just waitin' on a friend"
c. "You can't always get what you want" *
d. "Brown sugar, how come you taste so good?"
At which Minneapolis watering hole can daytime tipplers meet the bartender mom of a current member of Guns N' Roses?
a. Yukon Club
b. Uptown Bar *
c. C.C. Club
d. Poodle Club
What band appeared on the cover of the first issue of Sweet Potato, the paper that later became City Pages, in 1979?
a. The Replacements
b. The Suicide Commandos
c. The Cars *
d. The Suburbs
On the drawing boards, the album that became the two-record Sign 'O' the Times started out as a three-record set called what?
a. The Dawn
b. Crystal Ball *
d. The Red Room
Under what alter ego moniker did Prince record a number of 1986 tracks, featuring tweaked-up, high-pitched vocals?
a. Alexa di Paris
c. Camille *
d. Mr. Black
After signing his Warner Bros. record deal, Prince purchased his first house where?
a. in Chanhassen, near Lake Riley
b. in near-north Minneapolis, on Emerson Avenue
c. in Kenwood, on Irving Avenue
d. in Edina, on France Avenue *
What religion has Prince periodically espoused in the past decade?
b. Christian Science
c. Jehovah's Witnesses *
Where was the original late-1980s incarnation of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis's Flyte Tyme Studios?
a. on Lyndale Avenue in north Minneapolis
b. on Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis *
c. on France Avenue in Edina
d. on Highway 5 in Chanhassen
Which Prince song, listened to by Karenna Gore, prompted mother Tipper Gore to found the Parents Music Resource Center in 1985?
a. "Dirty Mind"
b. "Jack U Off"
c. "Let's Pretend We're Married"
d. "Darling Nikki" *
What is the origin of Minneapolis underworld kingpin Isadore "Kid Cann" Blumenfeld's nickname?
a. He always carried a coffee can as a spittoon
b. He hid in the bathroom every time he heard gunfire *
c. He owned a cannery as a front
d. He was the son and gangsta disciple of "Man Cann" Blumenfeld
From Weird Minnesota by Eric Dregni, p. 107
Congressman Andrew Volstead of Granite Falls was responsible for giving the United States what?
a. the 18th Amendment that outlawed liquor *
b. the 40-hour work week
c. the funding to build the Spirit of St. Louis
In 1952, U of M President J. L. Morrill declared, "We stand in the glare of public censure because of the irresponsibilities of some." To what "great harm and hurt" was he referring?
a. Civil Rights marches
b. on-campus drinking and smoking
c. folk singing in coffeehouses
d. panty raids *
From Twin Cities Album by Dave Kenney, p. 199
Minneapolis's first skyway, which opened in 1962, linked which two downtown buildings?
a. The IDS and Midwest Plaza
b. Lutheran Brotherhood and Centre Village
c. The Hilton and the Leamington hotels
d. The Northwest Bank and Cargill buildings *
How many hogs are "processed" each hour at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota, in order to make Spam?
b. 960 *
From Weird Minnesota by Eric Dregni, p. 122
In 1930, a University of Minnesota medical student spent 13 weeks consuming what fast-food product to prove its nutritional value?
a. McDonald's French fries
b. White Castle hamburgers *
c. Kentucky Fried Chicken thighs and wings
d. Dairy Queen banana splits
From Selling 'Em by the Sack: White Castle and the Creation of American Food by David Gerard Hogan, p. 22
What is the Pillsbury Doughboy's given name?
b. Poppin' Fresh *
c. Bun Bun
d. Limp Biscuit
"Giggling his way to spokescharacter superstardom, Poppin' Fresh, the Pillsbury Doughboy, first introduced himself to TV viewers across the nation in 1965. Announcing 'Hi, I'm Poppin' Fresh,' he sang, 'Nothin' says lovin' like something from the oven, and Pillsbury says it best.'"—General Mills
Approximately how many rolls of toilet paper are used during the Minnesota State Fair?
a. 2,200 rolls
b. 22,000 rolls *
c. 220,000 rolls
d. 2.2 million rolls
Courtesy of Brienna Schuette at the Minnesota State Fair
Which Little House book written by Laura Ingalls Wilder is set in Walnut Grove, Minnesota?
a. Little House in the Big Woods
b. Little House on the Prairie
c. On the Banks of Plum Creek *
d. By the Shores of Silver Lake
St. Paul-born novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald's father was a:
a. railroad tycoon
c. writer of reference guides
d. wicker furniture salesman *
Which of the following is not a profession attempted by novelist Louise Erdrich following her tenure at Dartmouth College?
b. poetry teacher at a prison
c. art school model *
d. construction-flag signaler
Local author Diablo Cody used what alias during her stint as a stripper:
a. Busty LaRue
b. Herbal Essence
c. Cherish *
"The Guthrie's three prior 'Hamlets' have featured an array of stars, starting in 1963 with George Grizzard under director Tyrone Guthrie. Grizzard was 35 and had just left the Broadway run of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' when he flew to Minneapolis to play the conflicted Dane. At the Guthrie, he acted opposite theater doyenne Jessica Tandy, then 54, who played his mother, Gertrude... A young Joan van Ark, best known for starring in the soap opera 'Knots Landing,' was in that cast as an extra."—Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, March 9, 2006
Which section of the old Guthrie Theater is a suicidal usher said to haunt?
a. the women's dressing room
b. the will-call booth
c. the storage area beneath the stage
d. Row 18 *
From Weird Minnesota by Eric Dregni, p. 227
Playwright August Wilson said his work was inspired by the "four Bs"—writers Amiri Baraka and Jorge Luis Borges, painter Romare Bearden, and:
a. writer Arna Bontemps
b. the blues *
c. composer Johannes Brahms
d. stepfather David Bedford
"Wilson likes to say his work is inspired by the four Bs: Writers Amiri Baraka and Jorge Luis Borges, painter Romare Bearden, and the blues. But if you press him, you'll find the blues get top billing."—Morning Edition, Minnesota Public Radio, March 1, 2004
Bob Dylan founded numerous bands during his Hibbing High School tenure. Which of the following was not a band formed by the former Robert Zimmerman?
a. Elston Gunn
b. The Shadow Blasters
c. The Satin Tones
d. The Mood Revue *
How much did Hibbing High cost when it was built in 1924?
c. $1 million
d. $4 million *
What kind of business did Dylan's father run in Hibbing?
a. drugstore/soda fountain
b. movie theater
c. shoe store
d. appliance store *
Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watch Tower" is about what Minnesota landmark?
a. Split Rock Lighthouse
b. The Prospect Park water tower *
c. The Foshay Tower
d. The Mounds Park searchlight tower
Which of the following people was not born in Hibbing?
a. Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi
b. NBA Hall of Famer and Wolves Hall of Shamer Kevin McHale
c. Former single-season homerun champ Roger Maris
d. The freewheelin' Bob Dylan *
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota
"'Coya' Knutson, the first Minnesota woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives, was born Cornelia Gjesdahl on a farm in Edmore, North Dakota, in 1912. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead in 1934 with a degree in education. Soon after graduation she traveled to New York where she studied opera at the Juilliard School of Music. She quickly realized she had little chance of success in a music career and moved back to the Midwest."—Minnesota Historical Society
The "Foshay Tower-Washington Memorial March," commissioned by Wilber B. Foshay and composed by John Phillip Sousa, was (until recently) only performed once, at the dedication ceremony for the Foshay Tower. Why?
a. Foshay paid a one-time use fee
b. the original music burned up in a fire on the Sousa estate
c. Foshay's check to Sousa bounced *
d. Sousa was shamed when it was discovered the march was simply "El Capitan" played backward
"In August 1929, Wilbur Foshay spent a little extra money - $116,000 - on a three-day celebration to mark the opening of his tower. The secretary of war came. And there was music. All together, John Phillips Sousa's band played eight different Minneapolis concerts for the Foshay Tower celebration. But then, just two months later, the stock market crashed, and Foshay's $20,000 check to Sousa bounced. Wilbur Foshay's empire had been built on paper profits, and he lost everything in the crash, including his tower."—Mr. Foshay's Legend by Bill Buzenberg, Minnesota Public Radio, February 1, 2000
Rankings: 29. Target, 37. UnitedHealth Group, 76. Best Buy, 85. St. Paul Travelers Cos.
Using numbers from 2005, which country provides Minnesota with its largest market for manufactured goods?
a. China/Hong Kong
d. Canada *
"Canada remained Minnesota's largest market, surpassing the $3 billion mark for the first time ever. Sales increased by 12.4 percent to $3.15 billion in 2005 and accounted for 22.8 percent of the state's total manufactured exports. Transportation equipment and machinery were the main sources of export growth."—Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, News Release, Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Richard Warren Sears, co-founder of Sears, Roebuck & Company, began his retail career selling watches to station agents along the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway from what Minnesota town?
a. Two Harbors
b. Norwood/Young America
d. North Redwood/Redwood Falls *
The first open-heart surgery using the Mayo-Gibbon mechanical pump-oxygenator was conducted in 1955 on a child at which hospital?
a. Saint Mary's Hospital, Rochester
b. University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis
c. Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester *
d. Children's Hospitals and Clinics, St. Paul
"In May 1955, Rochester Methodist Hospital was the first hospital to use the Mayo-Gibbon mechanical pump-oxygenator for an operation inside of a heart. The first patient to benefit from the apparatus was a child with a heart malformation. During the open-heart operation, the Mayo-Gibbon machine functioned as the girl's heart and lungs, directing blood flow through the machine and enabling surgeons to operate in a 'dry field.' Four months later, the Mayo-Gibbon mechanical pump-oxygenator was demonstrated on the first nationally televised broadcast to originate from Rochester, Minn. The Sept. 12, 1955 program, broadcast from a Rochester Methodist Hospital operating room, was viewed by an estimated 6 to 9 million people."—MayoClinic.org
"In a stunning upset, the Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears, 37-13, at Metropolitan Stadium in the Vikings' first NFL regular-season game on September 17, 1961. Kicker Mike Mercer scored the first points in team history with a 12-yard field goal. Bob Schnelker scored the team's first touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton."—Vikings.com
Which two NFL teams called Duluth home in the 1920s?
a. The Kelley Duluths and the Eskimos *
b. The Kelley Duluths and the Maroons
c. The Kelley Duluths and the Vikings
d. The Kelley Duluths and the Blizzards
According to legend, a fortuitous carom off a lily pad helped make golf history for Bobby Jones at this Minneapolis country club in 1930:
a. Interlachen *
c. Golden Valley C.C.
d. Theodore Wirth
"The [1930 U.S. Open] was played during one of the most severe heat waves that area of the country had ever seen. Temperatures soared into the 100's forcing players to contend not only with the golf course and their competitors, but with the almost unbearable heat and humidity. Once again, Jones was involved in a dramatic finish—this time with a couple of bizarre events along the way. During the second round of the tournament, Jones pushed his tee shot to the right on the ninth hole along the bank of a lake. Attempting to go for the green in two, Jones was in the middle of his backswing when two young girls broke from the crowd and ran toward the fairway. Jones, catching a glimpse of them with his peripheral vision, flinched on the shot and topped the ball toward the lake where it struck the water some twenty yards short of the far bank. Amazingly, the ball skipped like a flat stone on the water and came out on the other side just thirty yards short of the green. Jones would chip to within two feet and finish the hole with an unlikely birdie. Although Jones would later refute the notion, spectators swore the ball had struck a lily pad floating in the lake. Forever dubbed the 'lily pad shot,' this strange event merely added to the already larger-than-life legend of Bobby Jones."—BobbyJones.com
Name the only two Minnesota North Stars to have their numbers retired:
a. Mike Modano and Lorne "Gump" Worsley
b. Bill Masterton and Bill Goldsworthy *
c. Neal Broten and Mike Modano
d. Bill Masterton and Dino Ciccarelli
The Twins lost their dome opener 11-7 to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, April 6, 1982. The winning pitcher was Floyd Bannister, the losing pitcher was Pete Redfern. Attendance was 52,279. Sources: Baseball-Reference.com and Baseball-Almanac.com
What is Minnesota's "State Reptile?"
a. common garter snake
b. snapping turtle
c. Blanding's turtle *
d. Carl Pohlad
Match the Minnesota town with the giant animal statue found therein: (matching question)
1. mouse - b. Center City
2. otter - a. Fergus Falls
3. prairie chicken - c. Rothsay
4. rooster - d. Two Harbors
From Weird Minnesota by Eric Dregni
What was the name of Charles M. Schulz's childhood pet dog?
a. Spike *
d. Snoopy, duh!
"[In 1934] the Schulz family was given a black and white dog that was the inspiration for Snoopy; his name was Spike."—SchulzMuseum.org
Which three dates appear on the Minnesota state flag?
a. 1776, 1783, 1858
b. 1783, 1849, 1858
c. 1819, 1858, 1893 *
d. 1776, 1858, 1999
1819 was the year Fort Snelling was established, 1858 was the year Minnesota was admitted to the union as a state, and 1893 was the year the state flag was adopted—Minnesota State University - Mankato
"In 1829, Pierre Parrant (also known as Pig's Eye because he was blind in one eye) originally came to America from Canada as a young voyageur. After brief trouble with the law, he moved north, surfacing in Minnesota in 1832. Parrant was the first person of European descent to live in what is now the city of St. Paul. He was one of the many squatters that lived near Fort Snelling and began selling whiskey to Indians, fellow squatters, and soldiers that lived and trained at the fort."—National Park Service
Name the largest park in Minneapolis.
a. Powderhorn Park
b. Bryn Mawr Park
c. Theodore Wirth Park *
d. Hiawatha Lake Park
By land area, the largest city in Minnesota is:
b. Hibbing *
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 483.1 km² (186.5 mi²). 470.5 km² (181.7 mi²) of it is land and 12.5 km² (4.8 mi²) of it (2.60%) is water. By land area, Hibbing is the largest city in Minnesota.
The two territorial plots that would eventually become Minnesota were acquired by the United States through which two events:
a. The Missouri Compromise and the Louisiana Purchase
b. The Gadsden Purchase and the Louisiana Purchase
c. The Second Treaty of Paris and the Louisiana Purchase *
d. Wrestlemania VIII and a grant from the McKnight Foundation
Where did St. Paul's Cretin Avenue get its name?
a. The explorer Ferdinand Cretin
b. This dopey guy who used to live there
c. The French word for "Christian" *
d. The Croatian word for "river"
The Jeffers Petroglyphs in southwestern Minnesota feature carvings by American Indians dating as far back as 5,000 years. What type of stone was used?
b. quartzite *
Which well-known Minnesota fishing lake was the site of the last armed conflict between Native Americans and the U.S. Military?
a. Mille Lacs
b. Leech Lake *
c. Lake Calhoun
d. Red Lake
What event ignited that conflict?
a. an effort to force a Native American to testify at a bootlegger's trial in Duluth *
b. a dispute over property lost as a consequence of the federal government's allotment policies
c. resentment over a smallpox outbreak caused by tainted blankets supplied by the U.S. government
d. anger over the arrest of a Native American on poaching charges
The muskie's full name, muskellunge, comes from the Ojibwe word maashkinoozhe, meaning:
a. striped pike
b. lake warrior
c. ugly pike *
d. great with lemon and butter
According to folklore, what was the "Ojibwe blackjack" with which Nanabushu struck Paul Bunyan?
a. diamond willow stick
b. smoked whitefish *
c. smoked northern pike
d. petrified bull snake
What was the name given to Babe the Blue Ox's mate?
a. Betty the Blue Ox
b. Bessie the Yaller Cow *
c. Gertie the Green Guernsey
d. Babe never, ever had a girlfriend
"Paul Bunyan has become an old folkloric character in the American psyche. It is said that he and his blue ox, Babe, were so large their footsteps created Minnesota's ten thousand lakes. Babe measured 42 axe handles and a plug of chewing tobacco between his horns. He was found during the winter of the blue snow; his mate was Bessie, the Yaller Cow."—Nodeworks Encyclopedia
The 1960s folk singer Tiny Tim ("Tip-toe Through the Tulips") was buried in Lakewood Cemetery with his ukulele, six tulips, and what?
a. his only Grammy
b. an autographed picture of Ethel Merman
c. a stuffed rabbit *
d. a lock of Judy Garland's hair
From Weird Minnesota by Eric Dregni, p. 241
Which saint is buried in the reliquary chapel of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville?
a. St. Peregrine *
b. St. Ulrich of Augsburg
c. St. Dismas
d. St. Hubertus
"The bodily remains of Saints Aurelian and Peregrine were the priceless possession of Abbot Kilian Kneuer, OSB, who returned with them from Rome to his monastery at Neustadt-am-Main, Germany, in the year 1731. The Blessed Sacrament and these relics were the only objects heroic hands could save when a disastrous fire demolished the church in 1854. While on a visit to Bavaria, his homeland, in 1895, Father Gerard Spielmann, OSB, a monk of Saint John's Abbey, petitioned the Prince of Loewenstein-Wertheim for the relics of St. Peregrine. (Title to the Benedictine abbey at Neustadt, together with all its possessions, including the sacred relics, had been conceded to the Loewenstein family as reimbursement for losses on the Rhine during the Napoleonic wars.) Prince Karl-Heinz, the brother and father of Benedictine nuns, granted the request."—SaintJohnsAbbey.org
THE WINNERS:With an impressive 87 correct answers, Chris Wang and Greg Lundquist are our valedictorians. In the tie-breaker drawing, Chris received the first place prize of a trio of gift cards to Twin Cities restaurants Bellanotte, Naar Grille, and Amore Victoria (total value over $300). Greg received our second place prize of two tickets to see the Minnesota Wild battle the Calgary Flames on January 26, 2007. Molly E. Hermes, our third place finisher with 83 correct answers, will receive Eric Dregni's book, Weird Minnesota for her efforts.