This Day in Minnesota History

November 5, 2002

Norm Coleman is elected to the United States Senate for Minnesota. He had been elected as the Democratic mayor of St. Paul in 1992; he then then joined the Republican Party in 1996 before being elected as senator. He would go on to lose his Senate reelection campaign in 2008 to Al Franken.

This Day in Minnesota History

November 5, 2002

Republican Tim Pawlenty is elected as the thirty-ninth Governor of Minnesota. He had previously served two terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives and would go on to serve two terms as governor and serve as co-chair of Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

This Day in Minnesota History

October 25, 2002

While running for a third term in office, United States Senator for Minnesota Paul Wellstone dies in a plane crash with his wife and daughter. He was elected to the Senate in 1990 as a liberal Democrat. After his death, his surviving sons and former campaign manager would go on to create The Wellstone Action progressive advocacy organization in their family's honor.

This Day in Minnesota History

September 6, 2002

Lodge Boleslav Jablonsky No. 219 is added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is an example of a fraternal lodge created in Minnesota around the turn of the century by Czech immigrants who had broken from Catholicism to join the free-thought movement. These lodges served their communities' social and cultural needs, including those normally met by churches.

This Day in Minnesota History

August 22, 2002

A drug raid leaves an eleven-year-old boy injured by a policeman's bullet and incites violent protests in North Minneapolis.The protest comes two weeks after another young African-American male was shot by police in the same neighborhood, and protesters accuse the police of targeting African Americans. The press are targets of violence during the protest.

This Day in Minnesota History

June 1, 2002

The University of Minnesota Gophers men's golf team win their first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national championship.

This Day in Minnesota History

May 22, 2002

Governor Jesse Ventura signs a bill to finance a new baseball stadium for the Minnesota Twins. The Twins had previously shared the Metrodome stadium with the Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. The new ballpark would open in 2010.

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May 14, 2002

Minnesota artist Prince releases One Nite Alone..., his twenty-fifth studio album.

This Day in Minnesota History

April 6, 2002

The University of Minnesota Gophers men's ice hockey team win the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national championship tournament. They beat the University of Maine 4-3 in overtime to win their first national title since 1979.

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April 2, 2002

Nellie Stone Johnson dies in Minneapolis at the age of ninety six. Johnson was an African American civil rights activist and union leader who was influential in Minnesota politics from the 1930s through the twentieth century.

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