This Day in Minnesota History

March 23, 2002

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

This Day in Minnesota History

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.

This Day in Minnesota History

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.

This Day in Minnesota History

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.

This Day in Minnesota History

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.

This Day in Minnesota History

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.

Halloween Blizzard, 1991

On October 30, 1991, no one in Minnesota foresaw a blizzard. Local meteorologists predicted a few inches of snow. The snow began to fall in the early to mid-afternoon of October 31—Halloween Day— and fell steadily for almost three days. When it stopped, snow measured over thirty inches in the eastern part of Minnesota, from Duluth to Dodge Center, breaking a record set in 1882.

Murder of John Hays

The first murder to reach the courts of what would become Minnesota took place during the early infancy of St. Paul, in the late summer of 1839. Though both victim and main suspect were quickly identified, the case was never solved.

Baker v. Nelson

When Jack Baker and Michael McConnell became the first same-sex couple in the United States to apply for a marriage license, in 1970, Hennepin County clerk Gerald R. Nelson rejected their application. They then sued Nelson, claiming a constitutional right to marry in what would become a landmark Supreme Court Case.

IWW Lumber Strike, 1916–1917

In December of 1916, mill workers at the Virginia and Rainy Lake Lumber Company went on strike, and lumberjacks soon followed. The company police and local government tried to crush the strike by running the lumberjacks out of town, but when the strike was called off in February, the company had granted most of the workers’ demands.

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