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Entries about Minnesota history from MNopedia are made available through a partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and with funding from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Each week, MinnPost brings you a highlight of our state's past from MNopedia, an encyclopedia of Minnesota history written by experts and produced by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Arts amendment logoMNopedia is made possible with funding from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

When St. Paul — officially — served as a safe haven for criminals

Criminals had to agree to three conditions: that they checked-in with police upon their arrival; agreed to pay bribes to city officials; and committed no major crimes in the city of St. Paul.