A retail era spanning two centuries is coming to an end.
FDR had come to the Michael J. Dowling School for Crippled Children on Oct. 9 to dedicate the school’s therapeutic swimming pool, but his whirlwind Minnesota visit had a broader political purpose: his re-election.
Shortly after City Hall’s opening celebrations, investigative journalist Lincoln Steffens wrote “The Shame of Minneapolis,” putting the scandal in the national spotlight.
Hubert Humphrey’s “right-wing” forces managed to outmaneuver their intra-party foes and take firm control of the DFL.
Calling themselves the Minnehaha Free State, protesters occupied a proposed Highway 55 route for months at a time in 1998.
With another presidential election campaign now under way, Sherman’s account of 1968’s Humphrey-McCarthy nomination battles delivers a contemporary message.
When he was elected mayor in 1916, Thomas Van Lear represented a sharp break in the string of mainly wealthy businessmen who preceded him in office.
In 1917, Horace Lowry became embroiled in a strike that convulsed the Twin Cities for months on end, just as the U.S. was rushing troops to the European battlefields.
In 1933 a ripple of bank closures reached Minnesota on March 4, the day Franklin Roosevelt was inaugurated as president in Washington.
In the summer of 1964, a fledgling British band rolled into town for a one-night stand at a suburban dance hall.
Oak Lake was a busy residential neighborhood and an important way station for Minneapolis’ Eastern European immigrant Jewish community.
The soon-to-be-demolished Star Tribune building on Portland and Fifth contains the remnants of a nearly century-old building that occupied the same block.
In 1915, the Minneapolis Park Board pioneered the use of urban renewal when it built Gateway Park, on a triangular two-block site that included the early City Hall.
Now several high-powered real-estate groups are vying to fill the Washington Avenue site with massive towers.
An ambitious 20-year plan gave Minneapolis neighborhoods control over a major city revenue source.
With news of the armistice, “Everyone was brimming over with good humor and a feeling of fellowship for every other man … .”
On the evening of Sept. 22, 1914, an overflow crowd assembled at the Minneapolis Auditorium to demonstrate its support for U.S. neutrality as an escalating military conflict was under way in Europe.
On Dec. 9, 1968, a new 11-mile segment of Interstate 94, linking downtown Minneapolis with downtown St. Paul, opened for the first time.