This Day in Minnesota History

August 15, 2011

President Barack Obama starts a three day bus tour with a town-hall meeting in Cannon Falls. After the meeting his motorcade travels down Highway 52 through Zumbro, Rochester, Chatfield, Fountain, Preston, and Harmony on it's way to the Seed Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.

This Day in Minnesota History

July 1, 2011

A shutdown of the state government begins and lasts twenty days. During the shutdown all non-critical state services are closed and an estimated 19,000 employees are laid off.

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August 7, 2015

After reaching the mandatory retirement age of seventy, Alan Page retires from the Minnesota Supreme Court. Page served on the court for twenty-two years.

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May 22, 2011

A tornado hits North Minneapolis killing one and injuring thirty. The storm causes an estimated 80 million dollars worth of damages.

This Day in Minnesota History

October 11, 2011

The Minnesota Lynx win their first WNBA Championship beating the Atlanta Dream in three games. This is the first championship won by a professional sports team in Minnesota since 1991.

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November 5, 2002

Norm Coleman is elected U.S. Senator, defeating Walter Mondale by 2 percentage points. Mondale is a replacement candidate for Paul Wellstone who was killed in a plane crash on October 25, 2002.

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October 25, 2002

Paul Wellstone and seven others are killed in plane crash near Eveleth MN.

Hmong New Year, St. Paul

The Hmong New Year in St. Paul is a unique annual event encapsulated into a weekend celebration held at the end of November. Since 1977, Hmong people have gathered in the city to meet, eat, celebrate the harvest, and enjoy cultural performances. Though the event is rooted in the agricultural history of the Hmong people and their religious traditions, it has found a new expression in St. Paul—the home of one of the largest communities of Hmong outside Southeast Asia.

Mesabi Iron Range Strike, 1916

During the summer of 1916, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) coordinated a strike of iron ore miners on the Mesabi Iron Range. The strikers fought for higher wages, an eight-hour workday, and workplace reform. Although the strike failed, it was one of the largest labor conflicts in Minnesota history.

Minnesota State Fair, 1917

Since its founding in 1859, the Minnesota State Fair had been an essential yearly tradition in the agricultural state. However, after the United States entered World War I in 1917, the fair took on an entirely new significance. Organizers reframed the event as a “Food Training Camp” that showed Minnesotans how to produce and conserve resources vital to the Allied war effort.

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