Minnesota Public School Fund

In 1854, the United States took the mineral-rich lands of northeastern Minnesota Territory from the Ojibwe Nation after the signing of the Treaty of La Pointe. Four years later, it granted to the new state of Minnesota sections 16 and 36 of every one of its townships, either to be held in trust or leased to support state schools. Close to three million acres were dedicated to a public school trust fund, and the iron ore and forest lands of the Ojibwe generated over 85 percent of its value. In 2017, it is worth over a billion dollars.

Survey of the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers at Point Douglas in Survey of Upper Mississippi River (page 16).

Survey of the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers

Survey of the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers at Point Douglas in Survey of Upper Mississippi River (page 16).

Survey of the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers at Fort Snelling at Bdóte in Survey of Upper Mississippi River (page 14).

Survey of the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers

Survey of the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers at Fort Snelling at Bdóte in Survey of Upper Mississippi River (page 14).

Plan and section of St. Anthony Falls in Survey of Upper Mississippi River (page 29).

Plan and section of St. Anthony Falls

Plan and section of St. Anthony Falls in Survey of Upper Mississippi River (page 29).

Black and white photograph of Major General Gouverneur K. Warren, ca. 1863–1865. Photographed by Matthew Brady.

Gouverneur K. Warren

Major General Gouverneur K. Warren, ca. 1863–1865. Photographed by Matthew Brady.

Black and white photograph of Major General Gouverneur Kemble Warren, United States Army, ca. 1863.

Major General Gouverneur Kemble Warren

Major General Gouverneur Kemble Warren, United States Army, ca. 1863.

Warren, Gouverneur Kemble (1830–1883)

Gouverneur Kemble Warren, topographer, Civil War veteran, and accomplished engineer, served his entire career with the U.S. Army. During his service, he mapped the tributaries of the Mississippi River and transcontinental railroad routes. As the first district engineer in St. Paul, he worked to preserve St. Anthony Falls and designed the nation’s first reservoir system. Glacial River Warren, which carved the Pleistocene channel now followed by the Minnesota River, is named for him.

Color image of a Soybean aphid on a soybean leaf with pointy trichomes, 2009. Photographed by Claudio Gratton, University of Wisconsin.

Soybean aphid

Soybean aphid on a soybean leaf with pointy trichomes, 2009. Photographed by Claudio Gratton, University of Wisconsin.

Color image of a corn root worm inside the tassel of a corn plant. U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2003.

Western corn rootworm

A corn root worm inside the tassel of a corn plant. U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2003.

Diagram of a grasshopper hatching. Published in University of Minnesota Extension Bulletin 194, revised June 1940.

Diagram of grasshopper hatching

Diagram of a grasshopper hatching. Published in University of Minnesota Extension Bulletin 194, revised June 1940.

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