This Day in Minnesota History

November 16, 2009

The first commuter rail train in Minnesota carries passengers from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis. The Northstar Rail Line cost $320 million and is funded by the federal and state governments, the regional rail authorities for Anoka, Hennepin, and Sherburne counties, the Metropolitan Council, and the Minnesota Twins.

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January 6, 2014

Governor Mark Dayton orders all schools in the state closed due to the cold weather predictions. This will be the first of many cold related closures winter leading districts to develop cold weather closure policies. The 2013–2014 winter is the coldest since 1978–1979.

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August 18, 2007

Flash flooding kills seven and causes $67 million in damages in Dodge, Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona counties. People are evacuated from Rushford, Stockton, Houston, Elba, Minnesota City, and portions of Winona.

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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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