Red Lake County Courthouse Fire, 1909

An effort to move the Red Lake County seat from Red Lake Falls to Thief River Falls in 1909 divided the citizens of the county. A suspicious courthouse fire on April 23 of that year brought the situation to a head.

Minnesota Governor’s Residence

Minnesota’s governors did not have an official residence until 1965, when the daughters of lumber magnate Horace Irvine donated their family home to the state. Over the years, the house on Summit Avenue has provided Minnesota’s First Families with a comfortable home and has served as a ceremonial building for visiting dignitaries and the public alike, though not without controversy.

Governor Karl Rolvaag with St. Paul Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows Jean Williams and Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes Karen Erlandson, riding a Polaris Colt on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol, 1967. From box 3 of the Karl F. Rolvaag papers (Government Records Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul).

Governor Karl Rolvaag, Jean Williams, and Karen Erlandson

Governor Karl Rolvaag with St. Paul Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows Jean Williams and Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes Karen Erlandson, riding a Polaris Colt on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol, 1967. From box 3 of the Karl F. Rolvaag papers (Government Records Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul).

: Attorney General Miles Lord (left) and Minnesota Governor Orville Freeman (right), 1958.

Attorney General Miles Lord and Governor Orville Freeman

: Attorney General Miles Lord (left) and Minnesota Governor Orville Freeman (right), 1958.

A view of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial Garden, looking northeast, 2019. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

View of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial Garden

A view of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial Garden, looking northeast, 2019. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

Detail of a steel tablet featuring an image of the memorial trellis and a poem from suffragist Clara Hampson Ueland’s scrapbook. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

Component of the Woman Suffrage Memorial

Detail of a steel tablet featuring an image of the memorial trellis and a poem from suffragist Clara Hampson Ueland’s scrapbook. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

Steel tablet showing the civil and social rights ladder women had to climb to achieve suffrage. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

Component of the Woman Suffrage Memorial

Steel tablet showing the civil and social rights ladder women had to climb to achieve suffrage. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

Steel tablet with the memorial dedication, 2019. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

Dedication inside the Woman Suffrage Memorial

Steel tablet with the memorial dedication, 2019. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

The memorial features a steel trellis inscribed with the names of twenty-five prominent Minnesota suffragists, including Alice Ames Winter, Marguerite Milton Wells, and Myrtle Cain. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

Trellis in the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial

The memorial features a steel trellis inscribed with the names of twenty-five prominent Minnesota suffragists, including Alice Ames Winter, Marguerite Milton Wells, and Myrtle Cain. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

Architect’s rendering of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial Garden, from the memorial dedication booklet, 2000. LOOM Studio.

Drawing of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial Garden

Architect’s rendering of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial Garden, from the memorial dedication booklet, 2000. LOOM Studio.

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