Three developments in the mid-twentieth century converged to bring about the greatest changes in the policing of St. Paul during this period.
In April 1965, the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers crested at record levels, flooding cities and towns across the Upper Midwest. The disaster was especially evident in Chaska and Carver.
Two weeks prior, Black residents had celebrated the 15th anniversary of “having a place of their own.”
While providing entertainment during wartime and highlighting women’s athleticism on a national scale, the female players struggled against press perceptions and male competition.
Though most of the breakouts ended in their recapture within a few days, their fourth escape, in 1949, led to eight months of freedom.
Helmed by psychiatrist Donald W. Hastings and surgeon Colin Markland, the project sought to alleviate the gender dysphoria of its patients through hormone treatment, psychotherapy, and surgery.
After a police officer arrested Gonzaga, assigned a male at birth, for wearing women’s clothes, the officer took her into custody and questioned her at the Ramsey County Courthouse.
Despite its short and oft-forgotten existence, the enclave was home to several generations of Irish working-class families and later immigrant groups.
In 1887, “the Black Pearl” won a fight staged on the banks of the Mississippi that made him one of the most famous boxers of the period.
Both the Northwest Ordinance and the Missouri Compromise prohibited slavery in the area, but slavery existed there even so.
Francis pressed the limits of what an African American woman was permitted to achieve in early 20th century Minnesota.
Raised in a large Catholic family in north Minneapolis, Simms became a national celebrity for her leading role in the first all-Black performance of the Broadway show “Anna Lucasta.”
On Feb. 13, 1906, William Williams was the last person legally executed by the state of Minnesota.
Minnesota enacted its first major human rights law in 1967. That statute made it unlawful to discriminate against people based on race, color, creed, and national origin in unions, employment, education, public services, and public accommodations.
Beatlemania was in full throat that night at Metropolitan Stadium, where the screaming fans drowned out the group’s half-hour set.
Motivated by his desire for a reliable cafeteria breakfast where he worked, Charles P. Strite designed a pop-up toaster in 1919.
The winter of 1887–1888 was ferocious and unrelenting. But nothing prepared southwestern Minnesota for the January storm that came to be known as the Children’s Blizzard.
The stockaded structure, supervised by veteran trader John Sayer, was a place where employees of the North West Fur Company came together with Ojibwe and Metis hunters and trappers.
The festival in Walker began in 1980 as a way to bring tourists to northern Minnesota during the long winter months.
Established by fur trader and politician Henry Hastings Sibley, it sits on a bluff on the south side of the Minnesota river, just east of Historic Fort Snelling.