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Just kilt me: Minneapolis Mayor Hodges honored for Scottish roots

Hodges dances with Andy McCracken at the Minnesota
Tartan Day celebration

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges was Guest of Honor Saturday at Saturday’s Tartan Day event, which recognizes Scottish history and culture.

She was a sash of her clan’s Modern Red Morrison tartan for the event, held at the state Capitol.

In a Facebook post, Hodges said she has lots of Scottish blood:

I was so touched to be the honored guest at Minnesota Tartan Day. I have Scottish heritage from both sides of my family, Clan Morrison on my father Morrison Hodges‘ side and Clan Nicholson on my mother Aj Hodges‘ side. I think I first knew I was Scottish when the bagpipers played Amazing Grace at my grandfather’s funeral. The second time was when I went to Scotland and for the first time in my Minnesota-raised life I was around a bunch of people who kinda sorta looked like me.

Organizers said Minneapolis’ first mayor, Dorilus Morrison (served 1867-68, and then 1869-70), was also from Clan Morrison.

Fourteen Minnesota Scottish organizations sponsored the event, which has been held annually since 1999 at the Capitol.

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