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U.S.-Dakota War documentary set to air

Monday, December 16, 2013



ST. PAUL – A documentary examining the U.S.-Dakota War will air statewide on public TV starting Dec. 26.


The two-hour production is entitled, “The Past Is Alive Within US: The U.S.-Dakota Conflict.” It was created through legislation Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, authored as chairman of the House Legacy Division in 2011.


“The program combines historical information and contemporary stories,” Urdahl said. “The goals are to provide a better understanding of the events which took place, explain how Minnesotans are still impacted today and to spur critical thinking. Footage from a ceremony at Ness Church in rural Litchfield is included.”


Twin Cities Public Television – Channel 2 in most cases – will first air the film 8 p.m. Dec. 26, with repeat showings also available. Check local listings or visit for more information.