This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: December 4

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1855

During Alexander Ramsey's term as mayor, the city council establishes St. Paul's first professional fire department, which succeeds a volunteer hook and ladder company and inherits its equipment, including an engine, ladders, ropes, hooks, and axes, as well as a church bell donated by the Reverend Edward D. Neill.

1860

The local telegraph office opens in St. Anthony (now southeast Minneapolis), following the St. Paul and Minneapolis offices in linking Minnesota cities to the rest of the world by means of electric wire strung on poles.

1928

A car bomb kills "Dapper Dan" Hogan, owner of St. Paul's notorious Green Lantern speakeasy and longtime boss of the city's underworld.