Here's a quick advance on the Dec. 5 Dialogues program -- it'll be a great program:
The commemoration of the Dakota War, which began 150 years ago in
August, will come to an end next month, when the final episode of the
uprising is remembered: the execution on Dec. 26, 1862, of 38 Dakota
prisoners in Mankato.
The Post-Bulletin will publish a special report on that event on Dec. 22, completing our look back at the Dakota uprising and its aftermath. Along with that coverage, the next Post-Bulletin Dialogues meeting will be a conversation about the uprising and how it changed our state and nation.
That event will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the Rochester Public Library auditorium.
Joining P-B Managing Editor Jay Furst will be historians and others who have a deep familiarity with the war and its relevance 150 years later. The panelists include Sandy Geshick, a tribal elder at the Lower Sioux Indian Community, near Morton; state Rep. Dean Urdahl of Grove City, author of historical novels based on the war and an advocate for the repeal of the congressional act that banished the Dakota people from Minnesota in 1863; Secretary of State Mark Ritchie; Olmsted District Judge and historical writer Joe Chase; and Tom Postier, of Rochester, president of the Wood Lake Battlefield Association.
Post-Bulletin Dialogues meetings are free, informal community meetings about issues in the news. The topic of the most recent Dialogues meeting, a discussion in late October on the voter ID constitutional amendment, featured Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, author of the House legislation.
For more details on the December Dialogues, check out the Furst Draft blog at PostBulletin.com.