More than four decades ago Dr. Yvonne Condell and her husband James became supporters of MPR. Over the years they helped the classical and news service grow to become an integral part of the community.
Minnesota Public Radio's first live broadcast of the Minnesota orchestra, hosted by Arthur Hoehn. The orchestra was conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and performed The Flying Dutchman, as well as William Schuman's Symphony No. 3.
In 1985, the Triple Five Corporation pitched building the Minnesota International Center, a 10-million-square-foot complex that would include the world's largest indoor lake. A smaller version of the idea became the Mall of America.