This Day in Minnesota History

January 25, 1875

On Thanksgiving Day, the St. James Hotel in Red Wing opens. Conceived by eleven local businessmen who made their fortunes in the grain industry and contributed $60,000 to the cause, the establishment is an impressive expression of community pride and identity. Today it is Minnesota's oldest hotel and meeting facility.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 14, 1860

Telegraph service reaches Minneapolis.

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January 13, 1891

Floyd B. Olson is born in Minneapolis. He would be the first Farmer-Labor governor, serving from 1931 until his death on August 22, 1936. He is remembered for implementing New Deal policies and for his skilled negotiating during the 1933 Hormel strike in Austin and the 1934 teamsters' strike in Minneapolis.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 13, 1833

Charles M. Loring is born in Portland, Maine. As Minneapolis park commissioner from 1883 to 1890, he would be a principal player in the development of the city's system of parks, public grounds, and children's playgrounds. He would be the driving force behind creation of Victory Memorial Drive; Loring Community School is named for him. Central Park would be renamed Loring Park, also in his honor.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 12, 1977

Steve Carter's Eden is the first documented performance at the Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul. Founded in 1976 by Lou Bellamy, the nationally acclaimed theater won a Jujamcyn Award in 1999 and is known for producing all of the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 12, 1892

Walter "Pudge" Heffelfinger becomes the first professional football player in history. The Minneapolis native signs to play with the Allegheny Athletic Association and is paid $500 for his role in the 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.

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January 12, 1889

DeWitt Wallace is born in St. Paul. Wallace would found Reader's Digest in 1922, and his family's fortune has benefited many educational and performing arts associations.

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January 12, 1882

Five craft unions and two Knights of Labor Assemblies form the St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly, the first centralized labor organization in the state.

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January 11, 1865

Little Six and Medicine Bottle, leaders in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, are executed at Fort Snelling. In December of 1863 they had been captured in Canada by Major Edwin A. C. Hatch, who had no authority to retain them, and returned to the United States for trial.

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January 10, 1976

Governor Wendell R. Anderson announces that he will fill newly elected Vice President Walter F. Mondale's U.S. Senate seat. He resigns as governor and is replaced by Lieutenant Governor Rudy Perpich, who then appoints Anderson to complete Mondale's term. The move ends Anderson's political career and makes Perpich's: Anderson would not earn reelection to the Senate in 1978, but Perpich would serve out Anderson's term and be elected governor in 1982.

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