On Oct. 11, 1918, Minneapolis schools, along with other public gathering places, were closed. They reopened on Nov. 18, but were forced to close again after a spike in student flu cases two weeks later.
On the evening of Sept. 27, 1887, Ramsey County Sheriff Fred Richter shot and killed Tim Graham in the basement of the county jail in downtown St. Paul.
Whatever the numbers tell us today about infections and fatalities, they almost certainly represent a significant undercount.
Minnesota’s snowmobile industry was born in January 1956, when a mechanic named David Johnson assembled a prototype of a snow-going vehicle in the garage of Polaris Industries, a small machine shop in Roseau.
Minnesotans would do well to remember what happened in our state just over a century ago.
Minnesotans embraced civil defense measures invented during the Cold War as enthusiastically as citizens of any other state.
The monorail debuted in September 1979, giving the “New Zoo” (which opened the year before) a touch of futuristic pizzazz.
On April 29, 1970, Jane Hodgson, a respected St. Paul obstetrician, performed an abortion on a woman who had contracted rubella early in her pregnancy.
The Iron Range town pulled the stunt to try to secure funding for its water system.
It may be hard to imagine from today’s perspective but Twin Cities food cooperatives were once rife with intrigue and occasional violence.
TIME magazine could have chosen to put any number of rural Americans on its November 6, 1978, cover. But in the end, it went with Minnesota’s Pat Benedict.
On October 15, 1971, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld the state’s prohibition of same-sex marriage.