This summer on the MinneCulture Podcast, it’s all about Minnesota history.
Polka dancing was once a staple of small-town Minnesota, enjoyed by German, Polish, and Scandinavian immigrants who settled in farming communities. It was a popular activity in ballrooms throughout the Midwest in the 20th century. Today, polka dancing and ballrooms have mostly disappeared. But, for the residents of rural Sibley County, the legacy of one legendary polka venue still looms large. Producer James Napoli has the story.
Support for the MinneCulture Podcast on KFAI comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Support also comes from the Hennepin History Museum. Images: polka band members perform during Polka Days at the Gibbon Ballroom in Gibbon, Minnesota, circa 1975. (Flip Schulke / U.S. National Archives)