Black and white photograph of police destroying an illegal alcohol still during Prohibition, 1925. Photographed by the St. Paul Daily News.

Police destroying an illegal still

Police destroy an illegal alcohol still during Prohibition, 1925. Photographed by the St. Paul Daily News.

Black and white photograph of a group of people dismantling a still at Pillsbury and Charles Streets in St. Paul, c.1925.

Dismantling a still, Pillsbury and Charles Street, St. Paul

A group of people dismantling a still at Pillsbury and Charles Streets in St. Paul, c.1925.

National Prohibition Act (Volstead Act)

Writers of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution took a little more than one hundred words to prohibit the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages. It fell to Minnesota Congressman Andrew Volstead to write the regulations and rules for enforcement. The twelve-thousand-word Volstead Act remained in effect for thirteen years, from 1920 until Prohibition was repealed in December 1933.

Color image of a pin-back button created to memorialize Paul Wellstone’s death in 2002.

Paul Wellstone memorial button

Pin-back button created to memorialize Paul Wellstone’s death in 2002.

Senator Paul Wellstone

Senator Paul Wellstone at a meeting with the Hospital Board of Directors from Abbott Northwestern Hospital, 1991. Photographed by Jeffrey Grosscup.

Paul Wellstone campaign poster, c.1990.

Paul Wellstone campaign poster

Paul Wellstone campaign poster, c.1990.

Paul Wellstone’s official U.S. Senate portrait, taken c.1996.

Paul Wellstone

Paul Wellstone’s official U.S. Senate portrait, c.1996.

MN90: Remembering Paul Wellstone

When Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila, their daughter Marcia, and five others died in a plane crash on the Iron Range on October 25, 2002, then-Senator Wellstone was in a difficult race for re-election to a third term in the US Senate. MN90 producer Marisa Helms takes a look at Wellstone before he was a famous politician and what has become of his legacy. Includes an interview with Bill Hillsman.

Wellstone, Paul (1944–2002)

Paul Wellstone once described himself by saying, “I’m short, I’m Jewish, and I’m a liberal.” He was also a Southerner, a college professor, and a rural community organizer who became a two-term U.S. senator from Minnesota. He inspired a passionate following, in Minnesota and among liberals nationwide. Wellstone died in a plane crash while running for a third term.

Black and white photograph of a Anti-pornography protest on Lake Street, 1984.

Anti-pornography protest on Lake Street

The Minneapolis mayor's veto of the ordinance amendment in January, 1983, did little to quell debate on this subject. Protests in the Lake Street pornography district intensified during 1984 as the city's Task Force on Pornography deliberated. Feminists organized regular actions against the Rialto Theater, which was located at Chicago Avenue and Lake Street. They staged a "porn dump" on the steps of City Hall and establish the Pornography Resource Center on Lake Street. A photographer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Liz Hafalia, documented one of these protests. Forty women picketed the street and tried to intimidate would-be customers from entering bookstores and movie theaters. This image was published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on November 10, 1984. Source: Minneapolis and St Paul newspaper negatives collection, Minnesota Historical Society.

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