Black and white photograph of Red River Carts loading supplies at a trading house in St. Paul, 1854.

Red River carts loading at trading house, St. Paul

Red River Carts loading supplies at a trading house in St. Paul, 1854.

Color image of British percussion double barrel shotgun used by Rolette, c.1850–1871.

Joseph Rolette's British percussion double barrel shotgun

British percussion double barrel shotgun used by Rolette, c.1850–1871.

Black and white portrait of Joseph Rolette as a young businessman and trader, c.1841.

Joseph Rolette

Joseph Rolette as a young businessman and trader, c.1841.

Black and white portrait of Joseph Rolette in the garb of a fur trader, c.1860.

Joseph Rolette

Joseph Rolette in the garb of a fur trader, c.1860.

Rolette, Joseph (1820–1871)

Joseph Rolette was a fur trader and politician during Minnesota's territorial period. A colorful character in his time, Rolette is remembered for the drastic action he took to assure that St. Paul would become Minnesota's state capital.

Black and white image of a pinback button created to support Rosalie Wahl's first campaign for election to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1978.

Rosalie Wahl Supreme Court campaign button

Pinback button created to support Rosalie Wahl's first campaign for election to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1978.

Black and white photograph of Rosalie Wahl (left) and Mary Peek (right),1977.

Rosalie Wahl and Mary Peek

Photograph of Rosalie Wahl (left) and Mary Peek (right),1977.

Black and white photograph of Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Rosalie Wahl, 1978. Photograph by Kathy Drazen.

Rosalie E. Wahl, Associate Justice Minnesota Supreme Court

Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Rosalie Wahl, 1978. Photograph by Kathy Drazen.

Wahl, Rosalie (1924–2013)

Rosalie Wahl was a pioneering figure in Minnesota law during the second half of the twentieth century. She became the state's first female Supreme Court justice at a time when there were no women on the U.S. Supreme Court.

MN90: A Hero for Hard Times

Minnesotans elected Floyd B. Olson as the state’s first Farmer-Labor party governor in 1930, during the height of the Great Depression. During this tough time, thousands of people across the country were out of work, dealing with bread lines, and losing their farms to foreclosure. MN90 producer Marisa Helms introduces us to Floyd B. Olson, who became the hero Minnesotans were hoping for.

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