Northfield Bank Raid

When the James–Younger gang rode into Northfield on September 7, 1876, with the intention of robbing the First National Bank, they did not expect any trouble from the local citizens. Unbeknownst to them, the townspeople would soon be nationally applauded for defending their town from some of the period’s most notorious outlaws.

Twin Cities Streetcar Strike, 1917

When the Twin City Rapid Transit Company (TCRTC) refused to recognize the newly formed streetcar men's union, employees took to the streets of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the fall of 1917 to fight for their civil liberties. The labor dispute challenged state jurisdiction and reached the White House before finding settlement the following year.

Twin Cities Streetcar Strike, 1889

Wage cuts to employees of the Minneapolis and St. Paul streetcar companies in 1889 prompted a fifteen-day strike that disrupted business and escalated into violence before its resolution. In spite of public support for the strikers, the streetcar companies succeeded in breaking the strike with few concessions.

New Ulm Military Draft Meeting, 1917

The World War I draft rally held in New Ulm on July 25, 1917, was an exciting event; it featured a parade, music, a giant crowd, and compelling speakers. The speakers urged compliance with law, but challenged the justice of the war and the government’s authority to send draftees into combat overseas. In the end, people obeyed the draft law, while the state punished dissent. Three of the speakers lost their jobs; the fourth was charged with criminal sedition.

Civil Unrest on Plymouth Avenue, Minneapolis, 1967

On the night of July 19, 1967, racial tension in North Minneapolis erupted along Plymouth Avenue in a series of acts of arson, assaults, and vandalism. The violence, which lasted for three nights, is often linked with other race-related demonstrations in cities across the nation during 1967’s “long hot summer.”

This Day in Minnesota History

August 1, 2007

The Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapses during the evening rush hour. Thirteen people are killed and 145 are injured.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 18, 2014

Demolition of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome begins.

This Day in Minnesota History

July 1, 2005

Some state government agencies and departments are shut down because of an impasse between Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) and the DFL controlled Senate. Almost 8,900 state employees are furloughed for nine days until a compromise is reached.

This Day in Minnesota History

June 14, 2014

Light rail service between the Minneapolis and St. Paul downtowns begins. Called the Green Line, the eleven mile line passes through the University of Minnesota campus and along University Avenue.

This Day in Minnesota History

June 26, 2004

Light rail service on the Blue Line, between downtown Minneapolis and Fort Snelling, begins. Full service to MSP Airport and the Mall of America begins on December 4, 2004. Through the end of 2013, there are 90.5 million rides on the Blue Line.


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