This Day in Minnesota History

May 14, 2002

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

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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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March 24, 2002

The UMD Bulldogs Women's Ice Hockey team win their second consecutive national championship.

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March 23, 2002

The University of Minnesota Gophers wrestling team win their second consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) National Championship.

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March 22, 2002

Governor Ventura signs the law designating the image known as "Grace," as the official state photograph. The photograph was taken by Swedish-American photographer Eric Enstrom in 1918. It depicts an elderly man bowing his head and giving thanks.

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March 15, 2002

The Minnesota State Legislature passes a law requiring that diesel fuel sold in Minnesota must contain at least two percent bio-diesel from animal or vegetable fats. The law also projects future increases in this percentage, up to twenty percent.

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February 5, 2002

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community purchases the Lone Pine Golf Course, allowing it to host the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association's annual golf tournament and the SMSC tournament that year. The course would later be renamed The Meadows at Mystic Lake.

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January 29, 2002

In a special election, Laos-born St. Paul lawyer Mee Moua is elected to the Minnesota State Senate. She is the first Asian woman elected to the Minnesota Legislature and the first Hmong American elected to any state legislature.

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January 2, 2002

The FDA approves Medtronic's CareLink Network, the first system that allows doctors to remotely monitor implanted medical devices via the internet.

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