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Color image of Minnesota state senator Mee Moua speaks at a rally on October 30, 2008, in support of Barack Obama, Al Franken, and other Democratic candidates.

Mee Moua

Minnesota state senator Mee Moua speaks at a rally on October 30, 2008, in support of Barack Obama, Al Franken, and other Democratic candidates.

Election of Mee Moua to the Minnesota Senate, 2002

In a special state Senate election held in January of 2002, Mee Moua became the first Asian woman chosen to serve in the Minnesota Legislature and the first Hmong American elected to any state legislature. Her win in St. Paul’s District 67 made national news and had lasting political and cultural impacts on the Hmong community.

Black and white photograph of Governor Burnquist with officers of the Minnesota Home guard and Motor Corps, c.1918.

Governor Burnquist with officers of the Minnesota Home Guard and Motor Corps

Governor Burnquist with officers of the Minnesota Home guard and Motor Corps, c.1918.

Minnesota Home Guard

When the Minnesota National Guard was federalized in the spring of 1917, the state was left without any military organization. To defend the state’s resources, the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety (MCPS) created the Minnesota Home Guard. The Home Guard existed for the duration of World War I. Units performed civilian and military duties.

Headline from the Organized Farmer, July 8, 1932.

Inflammatory headline written by Francis Shoemaker

Headline from the Organized Farmer, July 8, 1932.

Headline written by Francis Shoemaker

Headline from the Organized Farmer, July 11, 1930

Black and white portrait of Republican Congressman August H. Andresen, c.1936.

August Andresen

Republican Congressman August H. Andresen, c.1936.

Black and white portrait of John B. Sanborn Jr., c.1925.

John B. Sanborn Jr.

John B. Sanborn Jr., c.1925.

Black and white photograph pf Francis H. Shoemaker, 1934.

Francis H. Shoemaker

Francis H. Shoemaker, 1934. Photograph by International News Photos. Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Shoemaker, Francis H. (1889–1958)

Francis H. Shoemaker’s 1931–1932 journey from a Leavenworth prison cell to a seat in the U.S. Congress ranks among Minnesota’s most bizarre political odysseys. But little about Shoemaker surprised those following the meteoric career of the radical newspaper editor from Red Wing.

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