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.

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June 1, 2002

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

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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

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 wins the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national championship tournament. It beats the University of Maine 4-3 in overtime to win its 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 a law designating the image known as "Grace" 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 2 percent bio-diesel from animal or vegetable fats. The law also projects future increases in this percentage, up to 20 percent.

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