Minneapolis newspaper columnist for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune beginning in the 1940s, author, city promoter extraordinaire.
Barbara Flanagan was born in Des Moines, Iowa and attended Drake University from 1942-1945, where she pursued a major in drama.
After a summer at the Minneapolis Times, she left college and began working in the promotion department from 1945 to 1947.
Flanagan was a reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune from 1947-1958.
In 1958 she was named the women's editor for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune and worked in that capacity until 1965 when she was named a columnist for the Star.
wrote about "interesting personalities and colorful events.
also used the column as a "constant and effective crusade for city beautification and for the preservation of historic buildings."
also authored three books: Minneapolis (1973), Ovation: a Partnership Between a Great Orchestra and a Great Audience (1977), and Minneapolis-St
Paul:Linked to the Future(1997).
career also involved significant membership participation in various Twin Cities area clubs and organizations.
Some memberships included: Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts
, Minneapolis Institute of Arts(founding Minnesota Arts Forum), Minneapolis Club
, Minikahda Club
, Kappa Alpha Theta
, Sigma Delta Chi
, American Swedish Institute, and Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library.
continued to work for both papers and retired from the combined Star
Tribune in 1988.
After retirement, Flanagan
continues to write her
"Flanagan Memo" for the Star
Tribune in which she
promotes the city of Minneapolis and its civic treasures.
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