This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: July 27

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Alexander Ramsey, who had served as governor during the Civil War, sets the cornerstone of the present state capitol building. Designed by Cass Gilbert, the capitol is a memorial to Minnesota's Civil War soldiers.


Virginia Piper, wife of investment banker Harry C. Piper, Jr., is kidnapped. The Minneapolis woman is released near Duluth after a ransom of one million dollars is paid, at the time the highest such payment ever made.