This Day in Minnesota History

June 12, 2012

A massive storm drops over seven inches of rain on Duluth and surrounding areas; 3,100 homes and businesses are damaged. Total damage estimates are set at $100 million. Floodwaters overwhelm the Duluth Zoo, killing several animals and leading several others to escape. The Swinging Bridge in Jay Cooke State Park is destroyed.

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August 5, 2012

Bobby Tufts is elected mayor of Dorset. At four years old he is the youngest mayor in the country.

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September 1, 2008

The Republican National Convention begins at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. John McCain would be selected as the Republican presidential candidate.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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