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6200BC The glacial lake
Agassiz-Ojibway, body of water so vast that it covered parts of
Manitoba, Saskatchewan, North Dakota, Ontario and Minnesota,
massively drained, sending a flow of water into the Hudson Strait
and the Labrador Sea. The sudden flood of fresh water diluted the
saltiness of the Gulf Stream weakening its flow.
(Econ, 9/9/06, Survey p.6)(AFP, 2/24/08)
1362-1363 A 202-pound stone with runic
inscriptions, found in 1888 by Olaf and Edward Ohman, Swedish
immigrant farmers in Kensington, Minn., seemed to describe how a
party of Vikings had returned there after an exploratory survey, and
found ten men left behind "red with blood and dead." Ever since the
discovery, scholars have debated the stone’s authenticity.
(SFEM, 11/15/98, p.25)(HNQ, 6/4/01)
1766 Jonathan Carver, an
American-born British army officer, set out to cross the American
continent, but was stopped in Minnesota by a war between the
Sioux and Chippewa.
(SFC, 1/31/04, p.D12)
1767 British explorer Jonathan
Carver described petroglyph images of snakes and buffalo near a cave
at bluffs in Minnesota called Wakan Tipi by the Dakota people.
(LP, Spring 2006, p.23)
1815 Sep 8, Alexander Ramsey
(d.1903), territorial governor of Minnesota (1849-1853), was
born near Harrisburg, Pa.
1823 May 10, The 1st steamboat
to navigate the Mississippi River arrived at Ft. Snelling (between
St. Paul and Minneapolis).
1830 Jul 15, 3 Indian tribes,
Sioux, Sauk & Fox, signed a treaty giving the US most of
Minnesota, Iowa & Missouri.
1832 Jul 13, Henry Schoolcraft
discovered the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota.
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft came upon the lake where the Mississippi
starts and intended to call it Veritas Caput, the Latin for “true
head." The name was too long and got shortened at both ends to
(SFC, 10/5/96, p.E3)(HN, 7/13/98)
1837 A treaty with the Chippewa
Indians in Minnesota guaranteed their right to hunt and fish
and gather wild rice on territory relinquished to the federal
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A8)
1844 Sep 5, Iron ore was
discovered in Minnesota's Mesabi Range.
1849 Mar 3, US Congress created
the Minnesota Territory.
1851 In Minnesota Chief
Shakopee and the Dakota Indians were pressured into selling 24
million acres for pennies an acre. Food and money from the federal
government was to be distributed to the Indians as part of the
(WSJ, 2/5/98, p.A1,6)
1854 St. Paul, Minn., was
(USAT, 3/5/04, p.9A)
1856 In Minnesota
Benedictine monks arrived in St. Cloud and established a priory. In
1865 they moved to the shores of Lake Sagatagan and the following
year the priory was raised to the status of Abbey. In 1913 they
established St. John’s University.
1858 May 11, Minnesota
became the 32nd state of the Union.
1861 Jun 29, William James
Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, was born.
1862 Aug 8, Minnesota’s
5th Infantry fought the Sioux Indians in Redwood, Minn., and 24
soldiers were killed.
(SFC, 2/7/03, p.A23)
1862 Aug 17, The Sioux
Uprising, which resulted in more than 800 white settlers dead and 38
Sioux Indians condemned and hanged, took place in Minnesota.
The Sioux, or Minnesota, Uprising began when four young Sioux
murdered five white settlers at Acton. The Santee Sioux, who lived
on a long, narrow reservation on the south side of the
Minnesota River, were reacting to broken government promises and
corrupt Indian agents. a military court sentenced 303 Sioux to die,
but President Abraham Lincoln reduced the list. The 38 hangings took
place on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minn.
1862 Aug 22, Santee Sioux
attacked Fort Ridgely, Minn.
1862 Sep 21, 300 Indians were
sentenced to hang in Mankato, Minnesota.
1862 Dec 6, President Lincoln
ordered the hanging of 39 of the 303 convicted Indians who
participated in the Sioux Uprising in Minnesota. They were to
be hanged on Dec. 26. The Dakota Indians were going hungry when food
and money from the federal government was not distributed as
promised. They led a massacre that left over 400 white people dead.
The uprising was put down and 300 Indians were sentenced to death.
Pres. Lincoln reduced the number to 39, who were hanged. The
government then nullified the 1851 treaty.
(WSJ, 2/5/98, p.A6)(HN, 12/6/98)
1862 Dec 26, In Minnesota
38 Santee Sioux were hanged in Mankato for their part in the Sioux
Uprising. This marked the end of the US-Dakota War. In 2012 a
memorial was unveiled for the 38 hanged men, the largest mass
execution in US history.
(HN, 12/26/98)(SFC, 12/27/12, p.A8)
1885 Feb 7, Sinclair Lewis
(d.1951), American novelist of satire and realism, was born in Sauk
Centre, Minnesota. His books include "Arrowsmith" and "Elmer
Gantry." "There are two insults which no human will endure: the
assertion that he hasn’t a sense of humor, and the doubly
impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble." "Winter is
not a season, it's an occupation."
(AP, 6/26/98)(AP, 12/22/99)(HNQ, 5/18/98)(HN,
1870 Feb 15, Ground was broken
for Northern Pacific Railway near Duluth, Minn.
(440 Int’l., 2/15/99)
1876 Sep 7, The James and
Younger gang botched an attempt to rob the First National Bank of
Northfield, Minn. Joseph Heywood, the bank teller, was shot and
killed when he refused to open the safe. The 3 Younger brothers,
Cole, Bob and Jim, were captured 2 weeks later in a swamp near
Madelia. 3 others were killed. Photos of all 6 were taken at the
time and identified by Cole Younger, who wrote the names on the
pictures. The pictures sold at auction in 1999 for $39,100. The raid
was reenacted in 1948 and became a regular event in 1970.
(HN, 9/7/98)(WSJ, 10/29/99, p.W16)(WSJ, 9/6/01,
p.A20)(MT, Summer 02, p.22)
1880-1920 Over 2 billion board feet of white pine
were shipped out of northern Minnesota to build the towns and
cities of a growing America. In 2004 Jeff Forester authored “The
Forest for the Trees: How Humans shaped the North Woods."
(NH, 10/1/04, p.70)
1883 The Minneapolis Institute
of Arts, originally the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, was
established. The museum building, designed by the firm of McKim,
Mead and White, opened its doors in 1915. In 1974, the
Japanese architect Kenzo Tange was commissioned to design needed
additions to McKim, Mead and White’s neoclassical structure. Now in
the 1990s, with finds from the Institute’s New Beginnings Campaign,
the museum building is being renovated, the collections reinstalled,
and state-of-the-art technology introduces to help visitors and
members interpret the works of art.
(MIA, www, 1999)
1885 Feb 7, Sinclair Lewis,
novelist of satire and realism, was born in Sauk Centre,
Minnesota. His books include "Arrowsmith" and "Elmer Gantry."
(HNQ, 5/18/98)(HN, 2/7/99)
1886 The St. Paul Winter
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.T6)
1886 Richard W. Sears began
selling watches in North Redwood, Minn. In 1887 he opened a Chicago
headquarters after hiring watchmaker Alvah C. Roebuck. In 1888 the
1st Sears catalog sold watches and jewelry. [see 1893]
(SFC, 11/18/04, p.B1)
1887 Feb 8, Aurora Ski Club of
Red Wing, Minn., became the 1st US ski club.
1888 Olaf and Edward Ohman, a
Swedish immigrant farmer, while digging up tree stumps in
Kensington, came upon a 202-pound stone with runic inscriptions.
Dated to 1363 (1362) the inscriptions seemed to describe how a party
of Vikings had returned to this spot after an exploratory survey,
and found ten men left behind “red with blood and dead." Ever since
the discovery, scholars have debated the stone’s authenticity.
(SFEM, 11/15/98, p.25)(HNQ, 6/4/01)
1889 Sep 16, Robert Younger,
in Minnesota's Stillwater Penitentiary for life, died of
tuberculosis. Brothers Cole and Bob remained in that prison.
1889 Nov 12, DeWitt Wallace,
founder of Reader’s Digest (1921), was born in St. Paul, Minn.
(HN, 11/12/00)(MC, 11/12/01)
1891 George A. Hormel, son of
German immigrants, opened a small retail meat shop in Austin, Minn.
Within months he opened a packinghouse. His son Jay became president
in 1929. Their canned ham product, developed in 1926, was named Spam
on Jan 1, 1937, and registered as a trademark on May 11, 1937.
(SFEM, 6/16/96, BR p.26)(WSJ, 4/29/04,
1892 Jun 10, The Republican
National Convention in Minneapolis nominated President Harrison for
re-election and Whitelaw Reid for vice president. (Harrison,
however, lost the election to former President Cleveland.)
1882 The Globe Files Co. was
founded in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1898 it introduced a vertical filing
(SFC, 8/9/06, p.G3)
1893 Otto H.L. Wernicke founded
the Wernicke Furniture Co. in Minneapolis, Minn., to manufacture his
patented elastic bookcases, later known as stackable bookcases. In
1897 he moved the business to Grand Rapids, Mich.
(SFC, 8/9/06, p.G3)
1894 Sep 1, The Great Hinckley
Fire destroyed Hinckley, Minn., and five other communities and
killed over 400 people.
(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(AP, 9/1/08)
1896 Sep 24, American author F.
Scott Fitzgerald (d.1940) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He
wrote about the "Jazz Age" between World War I and World War II. He
published his first novel in 1920, "This Side of Paradise," and
gained instant acclaim and celebrity, marrying Zelda Sayre shortly
afterward. In 1924, Fitzgerald wrote what has become his best-known
novel, "The Great Gatsby." Although it was not especially popular at
the time, as more readers began to appreciate the novel for its
perspective of how materialism drives people, it became an American
classic. As years passed, Fitzgerald battled alcoholism and his wife
sought treatment for her mental illness. He died in Hollywood at age
45 in 1940. "If you're strong enough, there are no precedents."
(HFA, ‘96, p.38)(AP, 9/24/97)(HNPD, 9/24/98)(HN,
1896 The Minneapolis Millers
won the Western League baseball pennant. All the stars of the team
were soon drafted by the National League and the following year it
became one of the worst teams in the Western League.
(ON, 6/09, p.10)
1900 Charles Comiskey, manager
of the National League’s Cincinnati Reds, bought the Western
League’s St. Paul team and moved it to Chicago as the White
(ON, 6/09, p.11)
1901 Sep. 2, Vice President
Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big
stick," in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
1902 Feb 4, Charles Lindbergh
(d.1974), the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic (1927), was
born in Detroit and grew up in Minnesota.
1902 George Draper Dayton
started a dry goods store in Minneapolis that grew to become the
Dayton Hudson chain. It was renamed Target in 1999. Kenneth Macke
(1938-2008) led Dayton Hudson from 1983 to 1994.
(SFC, 7/2/08, p.B7)
1903 Feb 16, At Pokegama,
Minnesota, temperatures fell to a record state low of 59 degrees
(SFC, 2/16/09, p.D10)
1906 The Red Wing Union
Stoneware Co. began operating in Red Wing, Minnesota. In 1936
it became Red Wing Potteries, which closed in 1967.
(SFC, 1/2/08, p.G3)
1907 Apr 13, Harold E. Stassen
(d.2001), later 3-term governor, was born on a truck farm in W. St.
(SFC, 3/5/01, p.A24)(MC, 4/13/02)
1907 Sep 17, Warren Earl
Burger, the 15th chief justice of the United States (1969-86), was
born in St. Paul, Minn.
1909 Mar 1, 1st US university
school of nursing established, University of Minnesota.
1909-1993 The 1997 novel “Deluge" by Albertine
Strong follows the destinies of the Dibikamig clan of the Chippewa
(SFEC,10/26/97, BR p.3)
1910 Nov 22, Amy Elizabeth
Thorpe, a Minnesota-born British spy known as "Cynthia" was
born in Minneapolis. She has been described as World War II's "Mata
Hari." Family and friends called her Betty. William Stephenson, who
ran Great Britain’s World War II intelligence activities in the
Western Hemisphere, would one day give her a code name--"Cynthia."
She reputedly was one of the most successful spies in history.
1912 Eric B. Savage
incorporated his M.W. Savage Factories in Minneapolis. His was one
of the first mail-order furniture houses.
(SFC, 5/9/07, p.G7)
1913 Jun 18, Robert Mondavi was
born in the mining town of Virginia, Minn. The family moved to
California in 1921 and went into the grape business in Lodi.
(SFC, 6/18/03, p.A16)
1913 Nov 4, Gig Young, actor
(They Shoot Horses Don't They), was born in St. Cloud, Minn.
1913 Industrialist Charles
Gates introduced the 1st residential air-conditioning in his
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R37)
1914 Aug 13, Carl Wickman began
Greyhound, the 1st US bus line, in Minnesota.
1915 Jan 6, John Cunningham
Lilly (d.2001), was born in Saint Paul. He later became a medical
doctor and dolphin and counter culture researcher
(SFC, 10/6/01, p.A18)
1916 Mar 29, Eugene McCarthy,
U.S. senator and 1968 presidential candidate, was born in Watkins,
(HN, 3/29/01)(MC, 3/29/02)
1918 May 9, Orville Freeman,
(Gov-D-Minn.), Sec of Agriculture (1961-69), was born in
1918 Sep 25, John Ireland,
Irish and US archbishop of St Paul, died at 80.
1918 Oct 12, The Cloquet Fire
erupted in Minnesota. 453 lives were lost and 52,000 people
were injured or displaced, 38 communities were destroyed, 250,000
acres (1,000 km2) were burned. In 1990 Francis M. Carroll authored
“Fires of Autumn: The Cloquet-Moose Lake Disaster of 1918."
1919 May 29, Charles P. Strite
of Minnesota filed for a patent for a pop-up toaster. His US
patent: 1,394,450 was issued October 18, 1921.
1919 Nov 10, The American
Legion held its first national convention, in Minneapolis.
1920 Feb 1, 1st commercial
armored car was introduced in St. Paul, Minn.
1920 Feb 16, Patty Andrews,
vocalist (Andrews Sisters), was born in Minneapolis.
1920 Jun 15, Three African
Americans were lynched in Duluth, Minnesota, by a white mob of
5,000. Max Mason, who was in Duluth with a traveling circus, was one
of several black men accused of raping a white woman in the city.
Three men -- Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson and Elias Clayton -- were
lynched as a result. Mason was the only one convicted and sentenced
to 30 years in prison. However, the doctor who examined the accuser
never found evidence of rape. He was released from prison in 1925 on
the condition that he not return to Minnesota for the next 16
(HN, 6/15/98)(CBS News, 6/12/20)
1921 May 21, In Minnesota a
woman found an unconscious man, Joseph Beraldi, with a bullet hole
near his right breast and a head wound believed to be from a
double-edged axe. Police and deputy sheriffs then uncovered the
charred bones of Dominic Pappero, a "Shacker" near Hibbing. St.
Louis County property assessor James Owens, who owned the shack, was
quickly arrested. Pappero and Beraldi had been making moonshine.
Owens was later acquitted of both assault and murder.
(Tribune Publ., 6/1/21)
1921 Jun 21, Jane Russell
(d.2011), film star, was born in Bemidji, Minn.
(SFC, 3/1/11, p.A7)
1921 The Minneapolis-based
Washburn Crosby (later General Mills), purveyors of Gold Medal
Flour, invented Betty Crocker to serve as a public image food
expert. In 2005 Susan Marks authored “Finding Betty Crocker."
(WSJ, 12/30/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/25/05, p.W10)
1922 Jun 10, Judy Garland,
singer-actress was born as Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minn.
She starred in The Wizard of Oz and Easter Parade.
(AP, 6/10/97)(HN, 6/10/99)
1922 Jul 31, Ralph Samuelson
(18) rode the world's 1st water skis in Minn.
1923 May 26, James Arness,
actor (Gunsmoke), was born in Minneapolis, MN.
(HN, 5/26/01)(MC, 5/26/02)
1924 In Le Sueur, Minn., The
Green Giant was conceived to promote a new European variety of peas
called "Prince of Wales" for the Minnesota Valley Canning Co.
Sales of Green Giants began in 1925.
(SFC, 8/10/99, p.C4)
1928 Jan 5, Walter Mondale,
42nd Vice President (1977-1981) of the U.S., was born. He was the
Democratic presidential nominee who lost to Ronald Reagan in 1984,
and Ambassador to Japan.
1928 Alfred W. Erickson (d.1997
at 90) opened a general store in western Wisconsin that grew to
become one of the largest private companies in Minnesota,
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.A17)
1930 Dec 29, Fred P. Newton
completed the longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam the
Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minn, to New Orleans.
1930 US Congress passed the
first federal wilderness preservation law and set aside over 1
million acres in northern Minnesota as the Superior Primitive
(SFEC, 8/29/99, Z1 p.6)
1933 Nov 13, The 1st modern
sit-down strike began with Hormel meat packers in Austin, Minn.
1933 The Minnesota
Mortgage Moratorium Law of 1933 was enacted to help farmers hold on
to their property during the Depression.
(WSJ, 5/1/08, p.A15)
1934 Aug 18, Vincent Bugliosi,
attorney, author (Helter-Skelter), was born in Hibbing, Minn.
1934 The US Supreme Court
decided in Home Building & Loan Association v. Blaisdell to back
the home owner as opposed to the lender in a mortgage payment
dispute. The Minnesota state court had earlier ruled
that Minnesota law protected the home owners from foreclosure
for 2 years.
(WSJ, 5/1/08, p.A15)
1935 Reporter Howard Guilford
was shotgunned to death. The state had indicted him 19 times under
false charges of which he was acquitted.
(SFEC, 8/16/98, BR p.10)
1936 Feb 24, Reporter Walter W.
Liggett (b.1886) was murdered in front of his wife and daughter. He
had opposed Gov. Floyd Olson, who had been elected to control the
Farmer-Labor party. In 1998 his daughter, Marda Liggett Woodbury,
published “Stopping the Presses: The Murder of Walter W. Liggett."
(SFEC, 8/16/98, BR p.4,10)
1937 Jan 1, At a party at the
Hormel Mansion in Minnesota, a guest won $100 for naming a new
canned meat-Spam. SPAM was originally called Hormel Spiced Ham in
1936 without much success.
1937 May 11, Spam, a canned ham
by Hormel, was registered as a trademark. It was introduced to the
public as Spam on July 5, 1937.
(WSJ, 4/29/04, p.D10)(http://tinyurl.com/3soounh)
1937 Jul 5, SPAM was unveiled
by Hormel Foods. It was precooked pork and ham in a can, with a
little potato starch, salt, and sugar. Sodium nitrate was added to
keep it pink; without it, pork tends to turn gray. At 10 cents a can
it was a big hit.
1938 Harold E. Stassen (31)
defeated Gov. Elmer A Benson and became the youngest governor ever
elected in any US state.
(SFC, 3/5/01, p.A24)
1938 Curtis L. Carlson (d.1999
at 84) borrowed $55 and created the Gold Bond Stamp Co. which made
trading stamps for grocery stores to attract customers. He parlayed
the operation into large real estate holdings that included the
Radisson Hotel which he expanded to a 350-hotel chain.
(SFC, 2/23/99, p.A22)
1940 Nov 22, Terry Gilliam,
comedy author-animator (Monty Python), was born in Minneapolis.
1941 Mar 15, A blizzard in
North Dakota killed 151. [see Mar 16]
1941 Mar 16, A blizzard hit
North Dakota and Minnesota killing 60. [see Mar 15]
1941 May 24, Robert Allen
Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan), singer and songwriter, was born in
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.E3)(HN, 5/24/98)
1941 The US Army asked Prof.
Ancel Keys (1904-2004) of the Univ. of Minnesota to help
develop an army ration that soldiers could carry in combat. His
package was called the K ration.
(SFC, 11/24/04, p.B6)
1942 Mar 7, Tamara Faye
LaValley (d.2007) was born in International Falls, Minn. She later
married fellow bible college student Jim Bakker. Together they
established a Christian talk variety show, the PTL Club, which
collapsed in 1987 amid a sex and money scandal.
(SSFC, 7/22/07, p.B7)
1943 Apr, Gov. Harold Stassen
resigned and joined the Navy. He served as assistant chief of staff
to Adm. William Halsey. Pres. Roosevelt later appointed him to the
US delegation to the meeting that drafted the UN charter.
(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.A5)
1944 Jul 21, Paul Wellstone,
(Sen-D- Minnesota), was born.
1946 Jul 28, Linda Kelsey,
actress (Kate-Day by Day), was born in Minneapolis, Minn.
1949 Earl Bakken (b.1924)
founded Medtronic in Minneapolis, Minn.
(Econ, 3/14/09, SR
1950 Jun 27, Julia Duffy,
actress (Stephanie-Newhart, Baby Talk), was born in Minneapolis,
1951 Mar 16, Hastened by short
winter, all spring flowers opened in Minneapolis.
1952 Jul 15, Jesse Ventura,
[James Janos], wrestler, actor, politician (MN Governor), was born.
1952 Marvin Schwan began
a home-delivery business in Marshall, Minnesota. In 2018 the
food distributor sold an 80 percent stake to a South Korean firm for
1953 Jul 22, The Theodore Hamm
Brewing Co. of St. Paul, Minn., purchased the Rainier Brewing Co. at
1550 Bryant St., SF, for $1,809,937. The trade name had already been
sold to Sick Brewery Enterprises of Seattle.
(SFC, 7/18/03, p.E5)
1955 Mar 22, Linda Stout became
the first person at Mayo Clinic, and the second person in the world,
to have open-heart surgery with the aid of a heart-lung bypass
1956 A new shopping mall in
Edina, Minn., the 1st enclosed shopping mall, was designed as a
center of community by Victor Gruen (1903-1980). In 2004 Paco
Underhill authored "Call of the Mall," an account of the decline of
the shopping mall.
(WSJ, 12/24/03, p.D7)(WSJ, 1/30/04, p.W9)(Econ,
1957 Aug 19, The first balloon
flight to exceed 100,000 feet took off from Crosby, Minnesota.
US Major David Simons reached 30,933 m. in a balloon.
(HN, 8/19/00)(MC, 8/19/02)
1957 A group of teachers near
Lake Minnetonka created a toy dump truck named Tonka trucks in honor
of the nearby lake.
(SFC, 7/3/99, p.B3)
1958 Feb 19, Hail the size of
baseballs was reported with flash lightning over parts of
1958 Jun 7, Prince Rogers
Nelson, rock star later known as Prince, was born in Minneapolis,
(WSJ, 3/30/04, p.B1)
1958 Oct 4, In Minnesota
a single engine military Cessna L-19 crashed into Green Lake and
took the life of Captain Richard P. Carey, 36, who was returning to
the Willmar airfield from Rochester. The pane was recovered in 2005.
1959 Feb 4, In Fargo, N.D.,
Bobby Vee (15), aka Robert Veline, and the Shadows performed in
public for the first time. The audience had come to see Buddy Holly
and the Crickets. Rock-n-roll stars, including Dion and the
Belmonts, traveled by bus from Iowa to Fargo in order to perform in
nearby Moorhead, Minn.
(SFEC, 1/31/99, p.A24)(WSJ, 2/25/99, p.A16)
1960 George Leonard Herter
(1911-1994), Minnesota-born catalogue writer, published his
“Bull Cook and Authentic Historical Recipes and Practices." Herter
was later considered the prince of fantasy food historians.
1960 The Washington Senators, a
baseball team in the American League, moved from Washington, D.C.,
to Minnesota at the end of 1960 and became the Minnesota
1961 Calvin Griffith moved his
baseball team to Minnesota from Washington D.C. In 1978, in a
speech to a Waseca Lions club, he said he decided to do so “when I
found out you only had 15,000 blacks here." In 2020 the
Minnesota Twins removed the statue of ex-owner Calvin Griffith.
1961 Elmer L. Anderson
(1909-2005), liberal Republican, began serving a 2-year term as
governor of Minnesota.
(SFC, 11/17/04, p.B8)
1963 May, The Guthrie Theater
opened next door to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. It was
designed by Ralph Rapson and led by Tyrone Guthrie. Plans in 2002
called for it to be razed for a 4-acre sculpture garden.
(WSJ, 7/9/02, p.D6)
1965 Apr 17, A stretch of the
Mississippi River near Minneapolis crested at a record high.
Flooding caused $100 million in damages and left 12 people dead.
(SFC, 4/17/09, p.D8)
1966 In St. Paul, Minn. Richard
M. Schulze and business partner James Wheeler opened Sound of Music,
an audio specialty store. The business was renamed Best Buy in 1983.
Schulze seved as CEO until 2002. He resigned as chairman in 2012
after it was disclosed that he was aware of of the CEO’s affair with
an employee and did not disclose it to the board.
p.D3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_Buy)(SFC, 5/15/12, p.D3)
1967 Feb 10, The 25th Amendment
to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and
succession, went into effect as Minnesota and Nevada adopted
(HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 2/10/08)
1968 May 28, Minnesota
Senator Eugene McCarthy beat Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in the
Democratic primary in Oregon.
1968 Dennis Banks (b.1937), an
Anishinabe Indian from Minnesota, co-founded the American Indian
Movement (AIM) along with Clyde Bellecourt (1936-2022), George
Mitchell, Charles Deegan and others. Vernon Bellecourt (1932-2007),
an Ojibwe Indian from Minnesota, also helped found the movement.
10/15/07, p.B6)(SSFC, 1/16/22, p.F9)
1968 James Patrick Shannon
(d.2003), auxiliary bishop of St. Paul, Minn., resigned following
reprimands over his views over birth control and the Vietnam War. In
1999 he authored "Reluctant Dissenter."
(SSFC, 9/14/03, p.A27)
1969 Aug 2, Bob Dylan made a
surprise appearance at the Minn. Hibbing High School 10-year
1969 Mdewakanton Dakota Indians
were granted 248 acres of their ancestral lands.
(WSJ, 2/5/98, p.A6)
1969 The first hip replacement
in the US was performed at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
(SFC, 7/5/96, PM, p.5)
1970 Sep 19, “The Mary Tyler
Moore Show" with Ed Asner debuted on CBS TV and ran to 1977. Mary
Richards threw her hat at 7th St. and Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis
for the opening credits. In 2001 the city planned a $150,000 statue
of Mary to be made by Gwendolyn Gillen of Wisconsin.
(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.39)(AP, 9/19/00)(WSJ,
1971 The Walker Art Center in
Minneapolis, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes (1915-2004), was
(SFC, 9/24/04, p.B7)
1972 Jan, Poet John Berryman
(b.1914) leaped to his death from a bridge above the Mississippi
River. He was teaching a graduate course at the Univ. of
Minnesota on America’s character as revealed by its poets. Carl
Rakosi took over the class.
(SFEC, 4/23/00, BR p.1)
1974 Jul 6, Garrison Keillor
made his 1st live broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion" from
Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. In 2003 the show drew some 3.9
million listeners weekly. The show ended in 1987 and resumed in New
York in 1989. It returned to Minnesota in 1993.
(SFEC, 8/16/98, DB p.13)(SFC, 12/20/00,
p.E5)(SFC, 9/4/03, p.E12)
1974 Dec, Allan Spear
(1937-2008), Minnesota state senator, announced that he was
gay, becoming only one of two openly gay legislators in the country.
(SFC, 10/14/08, p.B5)
1976 Aug, James Byron Haakenson
(16), who had run away from his home in St. Paul, Minnesota,
disappeared in Chicago. In 1978 police found his body and 26 others
in the crawl space beneath the home of John Wayne Gacy, in Norwood
Park Township. In 2017 Illinois investigators used DNA evidence to
identify Haakenson’s body.
(SFC, 7/27/17, p.A6)
1976 Sep 16, The Episcopal
Church, at its General Convention in Minneapolis, formally approved
the ordination of women as priests and bishops.
1977 Aug 28, Ralph Samuelson
(b.1904), the acknowledged father of water skiing, died on Pine
(ON, 8/12, p.12)(
1978 Jan 13, Former Vice
President Hubert H. Humphrey died in Waverly, Minn., at age 66.
1978 Feb 6, Muriel Humphrey
took the oath of office as a US senator from Minnesota,
filling the seat of her late husband, former Vice President Hubert
1979 Oct 23, Billy Martin
(1928-1989), NY Yankee baseball manager, was involved in a barroom
altercation when he sucker punched Joseph Cooper, a Minnesota
marshmallow salesman. Cooper required 15 stitches. Martin was fired.
1979 Nov 20, The first US
artificial blood transfusion occurred at Univ. of Minn. Hospital.
The patient was a Jehovah's Witness, who had refused a transfusion
of real blood because of his religious beliefs.
1980-1993 Donald M. Fraser served as mayor of
Minneapolis, Minn. He had served in the US House of Representatives
from 1963-1979. His wife Arvonne was active in women's issues.
(SSFC, 8/12/18, p.C10)
1982 In Minneapolis,
Minn., the new $88.5 million, enclosed Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
opened. It replaced the Metropolitan Stadium over which the 1992
Mall of America was built.
(WSJ, 1/7/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/8/03, p.D8)
1982 The Duluth Herald merged
with the Duluth News.
(SFC, 10/11/02, p.A24)
1984 In Bemidji, Minn., the
first low-power TV station began operating under special FCC
(WSJ, 6/5/98, p.A1)
1985 Aug 17, More than 1,400
meatpackers walked off the job at the Geo. A. Hormel and Co.'s main
plant in Austin, Minn., in a bitter strike that lasted just over a
1985 Dec 19, In
Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mary Lund became the first woman to
receive a Jarvik VII artificial heart. Lund received a human heart
transplant 45 days later; she died October 14, 1986.
1985 The St. Paul Pioneer Press
merged with the St. Paul Dispatch.
(SFC, 10/11/02, p.A24)
1987 Jun 13, The last regularly
scheduled episode of "A Prairie Home Companion," starring humorist
Garrison Keillor, was broadcast from the old World Theater in St.
1987 Jun 30, In Minnesota Anita
Ann Carlson (22), a recent Bemidji State University graduate,
disappeared while working a night shift at the Pete's Place South
convenience store in Bemidji. Carlson's body was found on July 5
just two miles northwest of Pete's Place South. The search for
Carlson's killer remained underway 34 years later.
(Tribune Publ., 3/30/21)
1987 Oct 17, The 1st indoor
World Series game took place at the Minnesota Metrodome.
1988 Sep 10, Gretchen Elizabeth
Carlson of Minnesota was crowned Miss America.
1989 Oct 22, Jacob Erwin
Wetterling (b.1978) was abducted in St. Joseph, Minnesota.
Neither he or his abductor have been found. In 1994, the Jacob
Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender
Registration Act, more simply known as the Jacob Wetterling Act, was
passed in his honor.
1989 Steve Shussler of
Minneapolis founded the Rainforest Café. It grew to 30 US locations
(SFC, 6/23/00, p.C1)
1990 Jun 3, President Bush and
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev concluded their Washington
summit with a joint news conference at the White House. Gorbachev
and his delegation then flew to Minnesota for a whirlwind tour
of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
1990 Jul 25, The US Senate
formally denounced Senator Dave Durenberger (Republican,
Minnesota) for financial improprieties.
1991 Oct 4, Leonard C. Odell
died at age 83. He and his older brother Allan (d.1994) wrote some
7,000 Burma Shave poems beginning in 1925 in rural Minnesota.
The Burma-Shave phenomenon faded in 1963, when Phillip Morris bought
Burma-Vita and the signs began to come down.
1991 Oct 13, The
Minnesota Twins won the American League pennant, defeating the
Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 at SkyDome.
1991 Oct 27, The
Minnesota Twins won the World Series, beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0
in the bottom of the 10th inning in the seventh and deciding game.
1991 Paul Wellstone
(d.2002), Minnesota college professor, was elected as a US
Senator over Rep. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz. In 2001 He authored “The
Conscience of a Liberal."
(WSJ, 5/15/01, p.A24)(SFC, 10/26/02, p.A8)
1991 Minnesota became the
first state to pass a law allowing charter schools.
(WSJ, 12/24/96, p.A1)
1992 Aug 11, The Mall of
America, the biggest shopping mall in the country, opened in
1992 The Mdewakanton Dakota
Indians, a tribe of 270 people, opened their Mystic Lake casino
complex on their 248 acres of tribal land.
(WSJ, 2/5/98, p.A1,6)
1992 Members of the militia
group called the Minnesota Patriots Council plotted to kill
law enforcement officials with ricin, a lethal toxin extracted from
the castor bean. Two men were arrested in the plot.
(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A9)
1993 Dec 1, Eighteen people
were killed when a Northwest Airlink commuter plane crashed in
1993 Minnesota’s National
Hockey League team was spirited out of St. Paul.
(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.T6)
1993 Minnesota passed a
law requiring cemeteries to bury the dead all winter as long as
families were willing to pay the extra cost.
(WSJ, 5/7/99, p.A1)
1994 Jan 17, Allan Odell died
at age 90. He and his younger brother Leonard (d.1991) wrote some
7,000 Burma Shave poems beginning in 1925 in rural Minnesota.
The Burma-Shave phenomenon faded in 1963, when Phillip Morris bought
Burma-Vita and the signs began to come down.
1994 Mar, Minnesota
officials issued an arrest warrant for Shawn Sullivan on charges of
molesting 2 girls (11) and raping another (14). He escaped to
Ireland as prosecutors prepared to file charges, and while staying
there was convicted of sexually assaulting two 12-year-old girls. In
2010 he was arrested in London. In 2012 Britain's High Court blocked
a US government bid to extradite him to Minnesota, saying the
state's restrictive treatment program for sex offenders was far too
1994 Jun 4, Gregory Scarpa,
nicknamed The Grim Reaper, died in a Minnesota prison. He was
a soldier for the Colombo crime family and an informant for the FBI.
1994 At the Mayo Clinic
in Minnesota the 1st successful heart-lung transplant was
(SFC, 7/5/96, PM,
1995 Jan 12, Qubilah Shabazz,
the daughter of Malcolm X, was arrested in Minneapolis on charges
that she had tried to hire a hitman to kill Nation of Islam leader
Louis Farrakhan; the charges were later dropped.
schoolchildren discovered gross deformities in frogs during a field
trip with their teacher. In 1999 researchers reported that a
parasitic flatworm trematode was responsible for many from
deformities. Cercariae cysts dissolved in the digestive tracts of
birds supply worm eggs that incubate in aquatic snails and are
released to attack frogs.
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.A4,5)
1997 A concept called "circle
sentencing" began on the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation. It involved
community-imposed sentences for nonviolent misdemeanors. The program
was fashioned after practices by the First Nation Indians in the
(SFC, 2/15/99, p.A3)
1998 Feb 20, UN Ambassador Bill
Richardson was shouted down by protestors against the invasion of
Iraq at the Univ. of Minnesota. He abandoned his speech.
(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A8)
1998 Mar 29, Twisters from St.
Peter to Comfrey damaged an estimated 819 homes and left 2 people
(SFC, 3/31/98, p.A3)
1998 May 8, The tobacco
industry agreed to pay $6.6 billion to settle a suit with the state
of Minnesota as the state's lawsuit was about to go to a jury.
The settlement included restrictions on sales and marketing with
payments spread over 25 years. Minnesota became the fourth
state to settle with the tobacco industry over the costs of treating
(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A3)(AP, 5/8/99)
1998 Sep 3, In St. Paul Khoua
Her (24), a Hmong refugee from Laos, reported that she had strangled
her 6 children ages 5-11. Police took her into custody after finding
the 6 bodies. During the course of the investigation, police learned
that Her had her first child at age 13 in a Thai refugee camp. In a
plea deal, Khoua Her received 50 years in prison on six counts of
(SFC, 9/5/98, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/r6pje)
1998 Nov 3, In Minnesota
Jesse “The Body" Ventura, a former wrestler, was elected governor.
(SFC, 11/4/98, p.A3)
1998 Nov 10, A heavy snow storm
hit the northern Midwest. Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas
suffered loss of power, heavy snow and violent winds.
(SFC, 11/11/98, p.A3)
1998 Dec 11, A natural gas
explosion in St. Cloud killed 4 people after construction workers
hit a gas line.
(SFC, 12/12/98, p.A12)
1999 Jan 4, Jesse Ventura took
the oath of office as the 38th governor.
(SFC, 1/5/99, p.A3)
1999 Jun 16, Kathleen Ann
Soliah, a fugitive member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, was
captured in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she had made a new life
under the name Sara Jane Olson.
1999 Mar, The US Supreme Court
ruled to uphold an 1837 treaty with the Chippewa Indians for hunting
and fishing on 13 million acres of public land in Minnesota.
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A8)
1999 May 13, Jesse Ventura
published his autobiography: I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Reworking
the Body Politic From the Bottom Up."
(SFC, 5/14/99, p.A3)
1999 May 17, The Legislature
overrode a veto by Gov. Ventura and passed a bill to allow accident
victims to sue over defective seat belts.
(SFC, 5/18/99, p.A3)
1999 Jun 30, Farrah Slad of
Brainerd, Minn., (21) won the $150 million Powerball lottery. She
chose to receive a lump sum of $50.4 million after taxes.
(SFC, 7/2/99, p.A3)
1999 Jul 3, A power boat
collision on the St. Croix River left as many as 8 people dead.
(SFC, 7/5/99, p.A7)
1999 Sep, Percy Ross (83)
published his final syndicated "Thanks a Million" column, which he
used to share his fortune with people who wrote in good sob stories.
He was reported to have given out $20-30 million over the last 17
(SFC, 9/29/99, p.A3)
2000 Feb 11, Gov. Jesse Ventura
cut his ties to the Reform Party.
(SFC, 2/12/00, p.A3)
2000 Apr 4, It was reported
that the Hmong population reached an estimated 60,000, the largest
concentration of Hmong outside Southeast Asia.
(WSJ, 4/4/00, p.B1)
2000 Jun 25, The US Green party
nominated Ralph Nader as its presidential candidate with running
mate Winona LaDuke, an Ojibwe activist from Minnesota.
(SFC, 6/26/00, p.A3)
2000 Jul 24, In Minneapolis,
Minn., 80 people were arrested as demonstrators protested against a
meeting of the Int’l. Society for Animal Genetics.
(SFC, 7/25/00, p.A4)
2000 Oct 10, Rep. Bruce Vento,
a 12-term liberal Democrat, died at age 60. He championed
environmental and homeless causes. The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary
in St. Paul was named in his honor.
(SFC, 10/12/00, p.C2)(LP, Spring 2006, p.25)
2000 The XCel Energy Center was
completed in St. Paul at a cost of $130 mil.
(SFC, 5/21/01, p.A3)
2000 Garth Willis of St. Paul,
Minn., founded the Alpine Fund to train local Kyrgyzstan children as
(SSFC, 11/24/02, p.F5)
2001 Jan 31, Gordon Dickson,
Science-fiction author of over 80 books, died at age 77 in
Richfield, Minn. His “Lost Dorsai" series spanned from 1400-2400AD.
(SFC, 2/3/01, p.A16)
2001 Mar 4, Harold E. Stassen
(93), former Minnesota 3-term Gov. and perennial presidential
candidate, died in Bloomington, Minn. In 2013 Alec Kirby, David G.
Dalin and Jon F. Rothmann authored “Harold E. Stassen: The Life and
Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican."
(SFC, 3/5/01, p.A24)(AP, 3/4/02)(SSFC, 6/9/13,
2001 Aug 16, Zacarias Moussaoui
(33), a French citizen of Moroccan descent, was arrested in
Eagan, Minnesota, on immigration charges. He was taking
lessons on flying Boeing jets with no interest in taking off or
landing. He was later suspected as a 5th member of one of the Sep 11
WTC attack teams. In Nov the FBI reported that Moussaoui wanted to
learn how to take off and land but not to fly. Mueller also said
Ramzi Omar of Yemen, aka Ramsi Binalshibh, may have been the 20th
hijacker. The local FBI contacted the CIA for action on Moussaoui
when FBI managers failed to take action. Agent Coleen Rowley later
charged that senior officials fumbled an opportunity to possibly
prevent the Sep 11 terrorist attacks.
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A7)(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A12)(WSJ,
2/4/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/24/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/25/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/02,
2001 Oct 1, Some 28,000 state
workers went on strike over wage disputes.
(SFC, 10/2/01, p.A9)
2001 Oct 14, Unions in
Minnesota reached a deal with the state to end a walkout by some
23,000 government workers.
(SFC, 10/15/01, p.E3)
2001 Oct 24, A blizzard hit
North Dakota and Minnesota. The 10 inches of snow broke a 1926
(WSJ, 10/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 11-16, In St. Cloud,
Minn., three healthy men died following knee surgeries from
infections of Clostridium sordellii.
(SFC, 11/28/01, p.A5)
2002 Feb 23, Penn State pole
vaulter Kevin Dare died after landing on his head during the Big Ten
indoor championships in Minneapolis.
2002 Feb 24, Dr. Donna Anderson
of Minnesota arrived at the home of her former husband in
Burlingame and stabbed to death her son (13). Anderson attempted to
plead guilty and said she was the target of a ring of child
pornographers. A judge halted criminal proceedings and called for an
evaluation of mental competency.
(SFC, 2/25/02, p.B1)(SFC, 3/2/02, p.A19)
2002 May 7, Lucas John Helder
(21) of Pine Island, Minn., was arrested following a car chase near
Lovelock, Nevada, and charged for the recent series of mailbox pipe
bombs. Helder said he was trying to make a "smiley face" pattern on
the map of his bombings. His series of rural mailbox bombings left
six people wounded in Illinois and Iowa. Helder has since been found
incompetent to stand trial.
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/02, p.A3)(AP,
2002 Jun 18, Minnesota
Gov. Jesse Ventura announced he would not seek a second term.
(AP, 6/18/03)(SFC, 6/19/02, p.A2)
2002 Jun, The Spam Museum
opened in Astin, Minn.
(WSJ, 4/29/04, p.D10)
2002 Oct 10, Bernard Ridder Jr.
(85), former St. Paul, Minn., newspaper executive, died in
California. He was the head or Ridder Publications when it merged
with the Knight group in 1974.
(SFC, 10/11/02, p.A24)
2002 Oct 25, In Minnesota
a small plane crash killed Sen. Paul Wellstone (58), his wife,
daughter and 5 others. His re-election race was seen as critical to
the balance of power in the Senate, where the Democrats held a
2002 Oct 29, A Minneapolis
memorial service for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone turned into a
virtual political rally as friends and relatives urged
Minnesotans to honor his memory by putting a Democrat in his seat.
2002 Oct 30, In Minnesota
Walter Mondale took the ballot place of the late Sen. Wellstone.
Mondale ended up losing to Republican Norm Coleman.
(WSJ, 10/31/02, p.A1)(AP, 10/30/03)
2002 Nov 4, In Minnesota
Gov. Ventura named his aide, Independent Dean Barkley, to serve out
the term of the late Sen. Wellstone.
(SFC, 11/5/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 5, In Minnesota
Tim Pawlenty, Republican, was elected governor. He captured 30 of
the 38 counties that Gov. Ventura had won. Republican Norm Coleman
defeated Walter Mondale for the US Senate.
(Econ, 5/22/04, p.29)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.38)
2002 Nov 22, In Minnesota
Tyesha Edward (11) was killed by a stray bullet. In a 2003 trial
Myon Burrell (16) was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Testimony of one teen rival had offered conflicting stories when
identifying the triggerman, who was standing 120 feet away, mostly
behind a wall. Co-defendants were not allowed to take the stand.
Both later said Burrell was not even on the scene. One of them, Ike
Tyson, later admitted to being the shooter. In 2020 Sen. Amy
Klobuchar asked a top Minnesota prosecutor to initiate an
independent investigation into the case.
2002 John P. Rogers (b.1966), a
failing entrepreneur from Minnesota, founded Pay By Touch in
San Francisco, a firm seeking to use biometric authentication to
transform how America pays its bills. Rogers had a record of cocaine
abuse that went back to his time in Minnesota. By 2007 the
firm failed following investments of some $340 million.
(SSFC, 12/7/08, p.A1)
2003 Jan 6, Timothy James
Pawlenty raised his hand shortly after noon, repeated binding words
of duty and became Minnesota's 38th governor.
2003 Feb 20, Orville L.
Freeman (1919-2003) former governor of Minnesota (1955-1960)
and US agriculture secretary under Pres. Kennedy and Johnson, died
at age 84.
(SFC, 2/22/03, A16)
2003 Aug 29, Jeffrey Lee
Parson (18), suspected of writing a variant of the "Blaster," a
virus-like computer worm, was arrested in his hometown, the
Minneapolis suburb of Hopkins. He was charged with one count of
intentionally causing or attempting to cause damage to a computer
and faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if
convicted. Parson pleaded guilty in August 2004 and was subsequently
sentenced on January 28, 2005 to 18 months in prison followed by a
three-year supervised release program, and was required to do 225
hours of community service. He was ordered to pay restitution of
$497,546.55 to Microsoft Corporation and $1,056 to specific
individuals to have their computer hard drives cleaned.
(SFC, 8/29/03, p.A1)(SFC, 8/30/03,
2003 Sep 24, In Cold Spring,
Minn., Jason McLaughlin (15), a high school freshman, shot and
killed senior Aaron Rollins (17) and wounded Seth Bartell (14)
before surrendering. Bartell died from his wounds on Oct 10. On
August 30, 2005, McLaughlin was sentenced to life in prison, with no
possibility for parole until he’s well over 50. He was convicted of
first degree murder in the shooting death of Bartell and
second-degree murder for killing Rollins.
2003 Nov 22, North Dakota
student Dru Sjodin (22) was last seen at the Grand Forks, ND, mall,
where she worked. Her body was found the following April near
Crookston, Minn. Suspect Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., released from prison
6-months before the murder, pleaded innocent to kidnapping resulting
in Sjodin's death. In 2006 Rodriguez (53) was found guilty of
kidnapping and killing Sjodin.
(SSFC, 4/18/04, p.A13)(AP, 11/22/04)(SFC,
2003 Dec 1, Alfonso Rodriguez
Jr. (50), described by authorities as a predatory sex offender was
arrested in Crookston, Minn. He was charged with kidnapping in the
disappearance of Dru Sjodin, a North Dakota college student,
abducted Nov 22, while talking on her cell phone.
2003 Jerome Pohlen authored
"Oddball Minnesota: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places.
(SSFC, 11/9/03, p.C9)
2004 Feb 2, Officials planned
to present final proposals to Gov. Pawlenty for the replacement of
the 20-year-old Minneapolis Metrodome.
(USAT, 1/20/04, p.12A)
2004 Apr 6, It was reported
that some 15,000 Hmong refugees were expected to arrive from
Thailand into St. Paul, Minn., and other US communities in the
(SFC, 4/6/04, p.F1)
2004 Apr 17, The body of
University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin (22) was found in a
ravine northwest of Crookston, Minn. She was last seen Nov 22 at the
Grand Forks, ND, mall, where she worked. Alfonso Rodriquez was
arrested in Dec. and investigators matched DNA in blood in his car
(AP, 4/18/04)(SSFC, 4/18/04, p.A13)
2004 Jul 29, Target Corp. of
Minneapolis announced it would sell Mervyn’s to Sun Capital Partners
in Boca Raton, Fla., for $1.65 billion.
(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.J1)
2004 Nov 15, Elmer L. Anderson,
former Minnesota Republican governor (1961-1963), died.
(SFC, 11/17/04, p.B8)
2005 Mar 21, In northern
Minnesota Jeff Weise (17) gunned down five students, a teacher and a
guard at Red Lake High School. The teen's grandfather and his
grandfather's wife also were found dead, and the boy killed himself.
2005 May 21, The Bruce Vento
Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul, Minnesota, was dedicated. It was
named after Minnesota’s Rep. Bruce Vento (d.2000).
2005 May, Feds in
Minnesota shut down the flagship company, Xpress Pharmacy Direct, of
Christopher Smith (25) and seized $1.8 million in luxury cars, two
homes and $1.3 million in cash held by Smith and associates. The
Spamhaus Project, an anti-spam group, considered him one of the
world's worst offenders.
2005 Jul 1, In St. Paul some
state offices closed and about 9,000 state employees were jobless
after parts of Minnesota's government shut down for the first
time in state history, leaving most rest stops closed for the
Independence Day weekend. Lawmakers failed to pass even a stopgap
plan to keep the government up and running while negotiators keep
2005 Jul 9, Minnesota
Gov. Jim Pawlenty signed a temporary spending plan and lawmakers
agreed on the outline of a 2-year budget.
(SSFC, 7/10/05, p.A3)
2005 Aug 19, Some 4,430
mechanics at Northwest Airlines, based in Eagan, Minnesota,
went on strike at midnight as a 30-day cooling off period expired.
The airline called for $176 million in concessions including 2,000
(SFC, 8/20/05, p.A4)(SFC, 8/26/05, p.C3)
2005 Oct 16, Gordon Lee
(b.1933), child actor who played Porky in the “Our Gang" shorts
(Little Rascals), died in Minneapolis, Min. Porky was the little
brother of Spanky McFarland.
(SFC, 10/22/05, p.B5)
2005 Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a
single mother from Minnesota, was accused of sharing 24 songs
using KaZaA. In 2007 a jury ruled against her and awarded record
companies almost $10,000 per song in statutory damages. She was
found guilty again in a 2nd trial in 2009 in which the jury awarded
damages of $80,000 per song.
(Econ, 9/5/09, TQ p.4)
2006 Feb 11, It was reported
that the town of Hull was one of many in central Iowa whose
groundwater has been contaminated by farm chemicals. It pinned hopes
for its future water supply on the new Lewis and Clark Rural Water
System, due to open in 2018. The system planned to pump Missouri
River water across South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.
(Econ, 2/11/06, p.33)
2006 Mar 12-2006 Mar 13, Swarms
of tornadoes killed at least 10 people across the Midwest states of
Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Dakota, Minnesota
and Wisconsin. It caused so much damage in Springfield, Ill., that
the mayor compared it to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
2006 May 2, In Minnesota
a small, spiral-shaped snail that clones itself and is native to New
Zealand has been discovered in Duluth-Superior Harbor and the St.
Louis River estuary, raising concerns about the impact of another
2006 Jun 10, In Minnesota
a car crash left 3 people dead and two seriously injured. In 2015 a
federal judge ordered Toyota to pay nearly $11 million to the
victims after a ruling that design flaw in the 1996 Camry was
partially to blame. Jurors said Camry driver Koua Fong Lee was 40%
(www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/287920781.html)(SFC, 2/4/15, p.A8)
2006 Aug 24, Deadly storms
swept across the northern Plains, bringing tornadoes that ripped
roofs off houses and hail that smashed car windshields. One man was
killed when a tornado hit his home in Minnesota, and in
Wisconsin, lightning apparently killed a dozen cows and struck a
woman as she left a supermarket.
2006 Sep 8, In Minneapolis
ground was broken for the new Masjid An-Nur mosque, the 1st mosque
(Econ, 9/23/06, p.32)
2006 Sep 27, Republicans
announced they would hold their 2008 presidential convention in the
Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
(Econ, 1/13/07, p.30)(AP, 9/27/07)
2006 Nov 7, Keith Ellison, a
Democratic state lawmaker from Minnesota, became the first
Muslim elected to Congress.
2006 Nov 16, Minnesota
Twins ace Johan Santana won the AL Cy Young Award.
2006 Dec 5, An annual US report
put Minnesota at the top of its health rankings for the fourth
straight year, while concluding that the nation's health improved
2006 Dec 13, Jeffrey Skilling
reported to a low-security prison in Minnesota to begin
serving a 24-year sentence for his crimes as a top executive at
(SFC, 12/14/06, p.A11)
2006 Jalue Dorje of Columbus
Heights, Minn., was born. He was soon recognized as a reincarnated
lama by Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, a master of Tibetan Buddhism and
leader of the Nyingma lineage. Two years later the Dalai Lama
recognized him as the guru's reincarnation.
2007 Jan 4, The 110th Congress
convened with Democrats in control of both the House and Senate for
the first time in a dozen years. "Today we make history. Today we
change the direction of our country," exulted Rep. Nancy Pelosi,
poised to become the first woman speaker in history. The House of
Representatives, after installing its new Democratic leadership,
voted to ban lawmakers from flying on corporate jets and accepting
gifts and meals from lobbyists. Keith Ellison of Minnesota's
5th District became the first Muslim member of Congress.
(AP, 1/4/07)(AP, 1/4/08)
2007 Apr 16, The board
overseeing operations at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International
Airport ruled that taxi drivers who refuse service to travelers
carrying alcohol face tougher penalties despite protests from Muslim
cabbies who sought a compromise for religious reasons.
2007 Jun 24, Charles W.
Lindberg (86), one of the U.S. Marines who raised the first American
flag over Iwo Jima during World War II, died in Edina, Minn.
2007 Jul 6, Kathleen E.
Woodiwiss (b.1939), author of steamy genre novels, died in
Princeton, Minn. She was widely credited with having founded the
historical romance in its modern carnal incarnation. “The Flame and
the Flower" (1972) was the 1st of her 13 novels.
(SFC, 7/13/07, p.B8)
2007 Aug 1, A major bridge on
I-35W over the Mississippi River collapsed in Minneapolis, Minn., at
rush hour. Initial reports said at least 5 people were killed. The
bridge dated to 1967. On Aug 9 Navy divers recovered two more
bodies, including one identified as a former missionary who had been
reported missing. Divers recovered an 8th victim on Aug 10 and a 9th
on Aug 12. Two more victims were found on Aug 16. A 12th victim was
found Aug 19. The 13th and last victim was found Aug 20. In 2008
Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a $38 million package to compensate victims
of the collapse. In 2010 URS Corp., which had a contract to evaluate
the bridge’s structural integrity, reached $5 million settlement
with Minnesota. In August URS later agreed to pay over $52
million to settle claims by victims.
(AP, 8/2/07)(SFC, 8/1/07, p.A5)(AP, 8/10/07)(SFC,
8/11/07, p.A5)(SFC, 8/13/07, p.A5)(WSJ, 8/17/07, p.A1)(SFC, 8/20/07,
p.A3)(AP, 8/21/07)(WSJ, 5/9/08, p.A1)(SFC, 3/20/10, p.A5)(SFC,
2007 Aug 4, President Bush
toured the site of a collapsed highway bridge in Minneapolis,
pledging to cut red tape that could delay rebuilding.
2007 Aug 19, Fierce storms from
the upper Mississippi to Texas since last week left 22 people dead.
Six people died in floodwaters across Oklahoma after heavy rains
from the remains of Tropical Storm Erin drenched the state. As much
as 9 inches of rain fell across a wide swath of Oklahoma, leaving
roadways under 5 feet of water. 8 people were reported dead in Texas
and 6 dead in Minnesota.
(Reuters, 8/20/07)(SFC, 8/21/07, p.A6)(AP,
2007 Aug 20, In Minnesota
divers discovered the body of Gregory Jolstad, a 45-year-old
construction worker who was part of the crew resurfacing the
Interstate 35W bridge when it fell Aug. 1 during the evening rush
hour. The discovery brought the official death toll to 13. Gov. Tim
Pawlenty said the emergency response costs alone would be more than
2007 Aug 23, University
of Minnesota astronomers announced that they have stumbled
upon a tremendous hole in the universe. The cosmic blank spot has no
stray stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even
mysterious dark matter. The 1 billion light years across of nothing
represented an expanse of nearly 6 billion trillion miles of
2007 Oct 4, The recording
industry won a major fight in its effort to stop illegal music
downloading with a US jury decision to impose $222,000 damages
against a Minnesota woman who used a Web service to share
2007 Oct 20, Max McGee (75),
former Green Bay Packers receiver, died in Deephaven, Minn.
2007 Nov 28, In Minnesota
a fire at a pipeline from Canada that feeds oil to the US killed 2
people. The pipeline that leaked and four others were shut down,
though it wasn't clear for how long, sending oil prices up the next
2007 Dec 23, High wind and ice
coated power lines blacked out tens of thousands of people in the
Midwest. The storm was blamed for at least 22 deaths. At least 8
people in Minnesota, 5 in Wisconsin, 3 each in Indiana and
Wyoming and one each in Michigan, Texas and Kansas were killed in
(AP, 12/23/07)(WSJ, 12/24/07, p.A1)(SFC,
2008 Feb 19, In
southwestern Minnesota a driving a van crashed into a school
bus, killing four students. Olga Marino Franco del Cid (24) of
Minneota, was later charged in state court with four counts of
criminal vehicular homicide. Federal prosecutors later filed
identity theft charges against the woman, who had identified herself
as Alianiss Nunez-Morales. Immigration investigators said they found
the real Nunez-Morales in Connecticut.
2008 May 25, Powerful storms
packing large hail, heavy rain and tornadoes made for a deadly
Memorial Day weekend across the nation's midsection, killing at
least seven people in Iowa and a 2-year-old child in
Minnesota. 222 homes were destroyed in Iowa.
(AP, 5/26/08)(SFC, 5/28/08, p.A2)
2008 May 31, FDIC bank
regulators took over the First Integrity Bank in Staples,
Minnesota. This was the 4th FDIC-insured bank to fail this year.
(WSJ, 6/5/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 12, In Minnesota
Katricia Daniels (36) and her son, Robert Shepard (10), were found
murdered. Daniels was stabbed and cut more than 100 times and her
son had a television smashed over his head. On June 18 Stafon Edward
Thompson (17) and Brian Lee Flowers (16), both of Minneapolis, were
charged as adults with first-degree murder.
2008 Jun 24, Leonid Hurwicz,
Nobel Prize co-winner in economics (2007), died in Minnesota.
(SFC, 6/26/08, p.B5)
2008 Jul 31, A small jet
crashed while preparing to land at Degner Regional Airport in
Minnesota killing 8 people including several casino and construction
(WSJ, 7/31/08, p.A2)
2008 Sep 1, The GOP convention
opened at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., in an
abbreviated session due to Hurricane Gustav. Alaska’s Gov. Palin,
GOP candidate for the vice-presidency, disclosed that her daughter,
Bristol (17), is 5 months pregnant. An antiwar march drew som 10,000
people. Over 250 demonstrators were arrested as splinter groups
smashed department store and police car windows.
(SFC, 9/2/08, p.A1,5)(WSJ, 9/2/08, p.A4)(WSJ,
2008 Sep 2, Pres. Bush
delivered a 6-minute televised speech to GOP delegates in St. Paul,
Minn., as the convention returned to its pre-hurricane schedule.
(WSJ, 9/3/08, p.A5)
2008 Sep 3, In St. Paul, Minn.,
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back
little as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and
flattering praise on her credentials. Palin seduced many on
television who had spent days doubting her VP candidacy.
2008 Sep 4, In St. Paul, Minn.,
John McCain claimed the GOP presidential nomination portraying
himself as a maverick warrior and agent of change.
(AP, 9/5/08)(SFC, 9/5/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 18, In Minnesota
the new Interstate 35W bridge opened. The old span over the
Mississippi River had collapsed on August 1, 2007. The new St.
Anthony Falls Bridge was embedded with an early warning system
consisting of hundreds of sensors.
(SFC, 9/18/08, p.A8)(Econ, 9/5/09, TQ p.6)
2008 Oct 3, The Great Lakes
Governors (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin) applauded President George W. Bush
for signing a joint resolution of Congress providing consent to the
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.
It barred new diversions beyond the Great Lakes Basin.
2008 Oct 3, Thomas Petters
(51), founder of Petters Co., was arrested in Minnesota on
charges of mail and wire fraud, money laundering and obstruction of
justice. Over 20 investors and investment groups were thought to
have been bilked of over $100 million and losses claimed by funds
could top $2 billion.
(WSJ, 10/4/08, p.B7)
2008 Dec 9, Wal-Mart Stores
Inc. said it will pay up to $54.25 million to settle a class-action
lawsuit that alleged the discount giant cut workers' break time and
didn't prevent employees from working off the clock in
2008 Dec 17, In Minnesota
two freight trains collided sending an engineer and some cars into
the Mississippi River.
(WSJ, 12/18/08, p.A1)
2009 Jan 5, A Minnesota
board certified results showing Democrat Al Franken winning the
state’s US Senate recount by 225 votes over Republican Norm Coleman,
whose lawyer promised a legal challenge.
(SFC, 1/6/09, p.A2)(WSJ, 1/6/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 12, Minnesota
officials said lab tests had confirmed salmonella bacteria in a five
pound container of King Nut brand peanut butter. King Nut of Solon,
Ohio, had recalled the product on January 10. At least 6 people had
been killed and over 470 sickened nationwide in 43 states.
(WSJ, 1/13/09, p.A2)(SFC, 1/20/09, p.A12)
2009 Apr 8, US federal agents
searched three money-transfer businesses in Minneapolis, carrying
away boxes of documents and copying computer hard drives for details
of transactions between the US and several African nations,
including Somalia, Eritrea, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti and the
United Arab Emirates.
2009 Apr 13, In
Minnesota’s Senate race a unanimous three-judge panel ruled in favor
of Democrat Al Franken, but former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman
swiftly announced he would take his fight to the state Supreme
Court. After a statewide recount and seven-week trial, Franken stood
312 votes ahead.
2009 Apr 27, Five members of
the US Congress were arrested while protesting the expulsion of aid
groups from Darfur in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington,
DC. The included Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota,
Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, John Lewis of Georgia, Donna Edwards
of Maryland and Lynn Woolsey of California.
2009 May 4, Wolves in parts of
the northern Rockies and the Great Lakes region come off the
endangered species list, opening them to public hunts in some states
for the first time in decades. States such as Idaho and Montana
planned to resume hunting the animals this fall, but no hunting has
been proposed in the Great Lakes region. About 300 wolves in Wyoming
will remain on the list because the US Fish and Wildlife Service
rejected the state's plan for a "predator zone" where wolves could
be shot on sight. An estimated 4,000 wolves lived in Michigan,
Wisconsin and Minnesota.
2009 May 15, A Minnesota
couple who refused chemotherapy for Daniel Hauser, their 13-year-old
son, was ordered to have the boy re-evaluated to see if he would
still benefit from cancer treatment for his Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or
if it may already be too late. On May 18 Colleen Hauser and her son,
Daniel, who has Hodgkin's lymphoma, apparently left their home
sometime after a doctor's appointment and court-ordered X-ray showed
his tumor had grown. Hauser and her son returned on May 25 and
agreed to medical treatment.
(AP, 5/15/09)(SFC, 5/16/09, p.A5)(AP,
5/20/09)(AP, 5/26/09)(SFC, 5/27/09, p.A4)
2009 Jun 18, In a replay of the
nation's only file-sharing case to go to trial a federal jury ruled
that Jammie Thomas-Rasset (32) of Minnesota willfully violated
the copyrights on 24 songs, and awarded recording companies $1.92
million, or $80,000 per song. The new trial was ordered after the
judge in the case decided he had erred in giving jury instructions.
Thomas-Rasset's second trial actually turned out worse for her. When
a different federal jury heard her case in 2007, it hit
Thomas-Rasset with a $222,000 judgment.
2009 Jun 30, Minnesota’s
state Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Democrat Al Franken
should be certified the winner. Republican Norm Coleman pulled the
plug on a bitter election that was decided by 312 votes out of
almost 2.9 million cast. Franken's victory gave Democrats 60 Senate
seats, the critical number needed to overcome Republican
2009 Aug 8, Continental Express
Flight 2816, en route with 47 passengers to Minneapolis from
Houston, was stranded overnight at Rochester, Minn., after being
forced to land due to storms. On Nov 24 the Dept. of Transportation
levied $175,000 in fines against Continental, ExpressJet and Mesaba
Airlines for keeping the plane on the tarmac.
(SFC, 11/25/09, p.A6)
2009 Aug 16, Y.E. Yang (37) of
South Korea won the PGA Championship at Chaska, Minnesota,
with a 2-under par 70 beating Tiger Woods who shot a 5 over par 75.
2009 Oct 3, In Minnesota
Somali Pres. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed visited Minneapolis and St.
Paul and urged expatriates to help find solutions to the violence in
their homeland. The area is home to the largest Somali population in
(SSFC, 10/4/09, p.A10)
2009 Oct 22, The
Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that bong water can count as an
illegal drug. A person could be prosecuted for a first-degree drug
crime for 25 grams or more of bong water that tests positive for a
(SFC, 10/23/09, p.A7)
2009 Oct 21, Northwest Airlines
Flight 188 overflew its Minneapolis destination by 150 miles.
Air traffic controllers and pilots tried for more than an hour night
to contact pilot Richard Cole (54) of Salem, Oregon, and the
flight's captain, Timothy B. Cheney (53), of Gig Harbor, Wash.,
using radio, cell phone and data messages. The pilots said they had
been having a heated discussion about airline policy. On Oct 27 the
FAA revoked the licenses of the two pilots saying they had been out
of radio contact for 91 minutes.
(AP, 10/24/09)(SFC, 10/28/09, p.A6)
2009 Oct 23, US regulators shut
down 3 small banks in Florida and one each in Georgia,
Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin bringing the total for the
year of failed US banks to 106.
(SFC, 10/24/09, p.A6)
2009 Nov 1, Mohamud Said Omar
(43) was arrested at the request of US authorities in an asylum
seeker's center in Dronten, Netherlands. US authorities suspected
Omar of bankrolling the purchase of weapons for Islamic extremists
and helping other Somalis travel to Somalia in 2007 and 2008. He had
a US green card and was also suspected of recruiting youth in
Minneapolis for Islamic terrorism in Somalia.
2009 San Francisco investment
manager Steve Burrill traveled to Minnesota promising to raise
a $1 billion venture fund to back a biotech park, named Elk Run, in
rural Pine Island. About this same time he also began to siphon off
money from his investors for personal use. Minnesota later
spent $36 million in state funds to build a highway interchange
directly to the Elk Run site. In 2016 Burrill admitted to embezzling
$31 million from the venture funds he managed. The biotech park was
(SSFC, 5/8/16, p.D3)
2010 Apr 2, In Minnesota
a fire swept through a 2-story building that housed several
apartments and an Irish pub killing 6 people including 3 children in
(SFC, 4/3/10, p.A5)
2010 Apr 25, In Minnesota
a car crashed into an SUV near Cambridge killing 6 people including
3 teenagers. The smell of alcohol was detected in a car driven by a
girl (16), who had obtained her license less than 3 weeks ago.
(SFC, 4/26/10, p.A3)
2010 May 1, In Minnesota
a suburban St. Paul police officer was killed during an ambush,
setting off a massive manhunt that ended with one suspect dead and
another in custody.
2010 Jun 3, A federal jury in
Minneapolis found vendors Russell and Abby Cole guilty of using an
online auction to defraud Best Buy of $41.6 million between
2003-2007. The vendors had the help of Robert Bossany, a Best Buy
(SFC, 6/14/10, p.E3)
2010 Jun 17, In Minnesota
tornadoes ripped through Wadena, part of a turbulent system that
fueled twisters across the state and killed at least three people.
2010 Jul 19, Despite being
rebuffed twice by the US Supreme Court, five states (Michigan,
Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania) filed suit with a
lower court demanding tougher federal and municipal action to
prevent Asian carp from overrunning the Great Lakes and decimating
their fishing industry.
2010 Aug 5, US federal
indictments were unsealed in Alabama, California and Minnesota
charging 14 people with terrorism offenses for allegedly aiding the
radical Islamist al-Shaba organization in Somalia.
(SFC, 8/6/10, p.A8)
2010 Oct 25, In Wyoming a
single-engine plane disappeared after takeoff from the Jackson
airport. The plane’s wreckage was found Nov 1. Luke Bucklin (40) of
Minneapolis and his 3 sons were killed. Bucklin was co-founder of
Sierra Bravo Corp., a web development company.
(SFC, 11/1/10, p.A6)(SFC, 11/3/10, p.A5)
2010 Nov 8, An indictment was
unsealed that charged 29 people in a sex trafficking ring in which
Somali gangs in Minneapolis and St. Paul allegedly forced girls
under age 14 into prostitution. 17 people were arrested in
Minnesota, 9 in Tennessee and 3 remained at large.
(SFC, 11/9/10, p.A6)
2010 Dec 12, A storm that
spanned parts of eight states continued to dump heavy snow in the
upper Midwest, collapsing the Metrodome in Minneapolis and forcing
numerous road closures.
2011 Mar 15, Minnesota
nurse William Melchert-Dinkel (b.1962) was convicted of two counts
of encouraging suicide while he watched voyeuristically on a webcam.
A judge found that he had intentionally advised two people to take
their own lives. In 2014 the Minnesota Supreme Court struck
down a section of the state’s assisted suicide law that makes it a
crime to encourage someone to commit suicide. It remained a crime to
assist in someone’s suicide.
2011 Mar 17, In Minneapolis,
Min., one teen died and teenagers and young adults were hospitalized
following an apparent overdose on a designer hallucinogen, 2C-E (aka
Europa), which they had ordered legally over the Internet for a
spring break party.
(SFC, 3/18/11, p.A4)
2011 Jul 1, Minnesota's
state government began a broad shut down going into the July 4
holiday after Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Republican
legislative leaders failed to reach a budget deal.
2011 Jul 14, Minnesota
Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republican struck a deal to end a budget
impasse with the Democratic governor giving up on raising taxes.
(SFC, 7/15/11, p.A9)
2011 Jul 20, Minnesota
ended a state government shutdown after 20 days, millions in lost
revenue and frustration on the part of residents and lawmakers.
(SFC, 7/21/11, p.A6)
2011 Aug 13, In the Iowa
Republican straw poll Minnesota congresswoman Michelle
Bachmann won with 4,823 votes, Texas Rep. Ron Paul got 4,671.
Former Minnesota Gov. Rick Pawlenty received 2,293. His 3rd
place finish led him to drop out of the race.
2011 Dec 29, Minnesota
based Sunrise Community Banks apologized for shutting the accounts
of money transfer shops handling Somalia-related business. It called
for unspecified government remedies to allow them to continue the
business. The association of three banks, announced in early
December that it would close the accounts of a dozen or so money
transfer shops serving an estimated 30,000 Somalis in the region.
2012 Feb 3, A Minnesota
food company said it is recalling more than a million hard-cooked
eggs distributed to 34 states after testing revealed some may be
contaminated with listeria.
2012 Feb 7, Rick Santorum won 3
victories in the race for the Republican presidential nomination by
winning caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a primary in
Missouri. Mit Romney came in 3rd in Minnesota with 17% of the
(SFC, 2/8/12, p.A6)(Econ, 2/11/12, p.32)
2012 Mar 30, The US government
agreed with Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and
Pennsylvania to cut red tape and speed up consideration for wind
farms in the Great Lakes.
(SFC, 3/31/12, p.A5)
2012 May 14, Minnesota’s
Gov. Mark Dayton approved a $975 million stadium for the
Minneapolis-based Vikings football team. Minneapolis and the state
will pay $498 million and the team $477 million.
(Econ, 5/19/12, p.36)
2012 Jun 20, Duluth,
Minnesota, Mayor Don Ness declared a state of emergency after a
deluge of up to 9 inches of rain forced residents to evacuate their
homes and animals to escape their pens at the city zoo.
(SFC, 6/21/12, p.A8)
2012 Aug 22, Minnesota
Democrat state Rep. Kerry Gauthier (56) dropped his re-election bid
following reports of his sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy.
(SFC, 8/23/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 27, In Minnesota
Andrew Engeldinger (38) killed 5 people before shooting himself at
Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, where he had recently been
(SFC, 9/29/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 22, In Minnesota
homeowner Byron David Smith (64) shot and killed two unarmed
teenagers during a Thanksgiving Day break-in. On Nov 26 Smith was
charged two counts of 2nd degree murder. On April 25, 2013,
prosecutors announced that Smith has been indicted on two counts of
first-degree murder. On April 29, 2014, Smith was convicted of
(SFC, 11/27/12, p.A6)(SFC, 4/26/13, p.A6)(AP,
2012 David Treuer authored “Rez
Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life." The book
centers on the Leech Lake Reservation of Minnesota.
(SSFC, 2/5/12, p.F1)
2013 Mar 28, Canadian Pacific
Railway Ltd reopened a rail line in western Minnesota, a day
after a mile-long train hauling crude oil from Alberta, Canada,
derailed in the area, spilling up to 30,000 gallons of oil.
2013 May 3, In Minnesota
Buford Rogers (24) of Montevideo, was arrested and charged with one
count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. His mobile home
contained Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms.
2013 May 14, Minnesota
Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill allowing gay couples to marry. This
made Minnesota the 12th US state to permit same-sex marriages.
(SFC, 5/14/13, p.A5)
2013 Jun 10, A rare copy of the
comic book featuring Superman's first 1938 appearance sold for
$175,000. It went undiscovered for over 70 years in the insulation
of a Minnesota house.
2013 Aug 1, US gay couples
exchanged vows in Minnesota and Rhode Island as the number of
states allowing same sex marriages grew to 13 plus Washington DC.
(SFC, 8/2/13, p.A6)
2013 Aug 8, Paul White (45)
of Minnesota claimed his third of a $448 million Powerball
jackpot. 16 workers from a county garage in New Jersey shared a 2nd
ticket. A 3rd winner, also from New Jersey, had not yet come
(SFC, 8/9/13, p.A5)(SFC, 8/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 18, A German probe
into the July 23, 1944, reprisal attack at Chlaniow, Poland,
implicated Michael Karkoc (94), a retired Minnesota carpenter,
as commander of the Nazi SS-led unit in the attack. In 2014
Germany’s highest court ruled that Germany has jurisdiction in the
11/18/13)(SFC, 5/23/14, p.A2)
2013 Nov 21, In Minnesota
Marion Guerrido (23) veered off a suburban Minneapolis highway ramp.
She escaped the car but 5 children were trapped and submerged in a
pond. The children were soon freed, but two died and three others
(SFC, 11/23/13, p.A10)
2013 Dec 11, In Minnesota
Keith Michael Novak (25) was put under federal custody following
fraud charges in connection with the ID theft of some 400 members of
his former Army unit in Fort Bragg, NC.
(SFC, 12/13/13, p.A17)
2014 Apr 22, The FBI asked the
public’s help to identify at least 90 potential victims of William
James Vahey (64), a suspected child predator. Vahey had worked at 10
American and other int’l. schools abroad for over four decades. He
committed suicide last month in Minnesota.
(SFC, 4/23/14, p.A7)
2014 Jul 29, Former
Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million in his two-year fight
to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author
who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing
the Navy SEALs. "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle was killed last
year at a gun range in Texas. On June 13, 2016, a federal appeals
court threw out the damages award and sent a portion of the case
back to the district court for a new trial.
(AP, 7/30/14)(SFC, 6/14/16, p.A4)
2014 Aug 8, In Canada a small
plane crashed on Chappie Lake, south of Kenora, Ontario. 3 people on
a fishing trip from Grand Rapids, Minnesota, were killed.
(SSFC, 8/10/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 26, A US official said
Douglas McAuthur McCain, of the Minneapolis area, was suspected of
fighting alongside militants who were trying to carve out their own
state in Iraq and Syria, and that he had died there.
2014 Aug 27, White House Press
Sec. Josh Earnest confirmed that Douglas McAuthur McCain, of the
Minneapolis area, was fighting alongside militants who were trying
to carve out their own state in Iraq and Syria, and that he had died
(Reuters, 8/27/14)(SFC, 8/28/14, p.A3)
2014 Dec 8, Jewel thieves
pulled off a $500,000 heist at a rest stop in Marion Township, Minn.
Investigators believed they trailed a diamond dealer and employees
returning from a trade show in Chicago.
(SFC, 12/9/14, p.A6)
2014 Dec 31, A Minnesota
judge ordered Norway to pay Ellen Ewald $170,594, double her lost
wages, plus $100,000 for emotional distress, for violating equal-pay
laws. She had been paid $30,000 less than a male counterpart. Norway
has had a diplomatic presence in Minnesota since 1906. The
state is home to nearly 900,000 people of Norwegian descent.
2015 Jan 6, Shareholders of
medical device maker Medtronic, based in Minneapolis, Minn.,
approved the acquisition of Ireland-based surgical supplier Covidien
PLC in a corporate deal valued at about $48 billion. The acquisition
moves the legal headquarters of the combined company to Ireland.
2015 Jan, Minnesota
showed a $1 billion budget surplus. Gov. Mark Dayton during his
first four years in office (2011-2015) raised the state income tax
from 7.85 to 9.85 percent on individuals earning over $150,000, and
on couples earning over $250,000 when filing jointly. He also agreed
to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2018, and
passed a state law guaranteeing equal pay for women.
2015 Feb 27, Brazilian
authorities arrested Victor Arden Barnard (53), a self-professed
minister put on a US most-wanted list for allegedly molesting two
girls in a "Maidens Group" at his religious fellowship in
2015 Apr 11, US federal
officials confirmed that the H5N2 strain of avian bird flu was found
among 38,000 turkeys at a commercial farm in Minnesota. A day
earlier bird flu was confirmed at two farms in South Dakota.
(SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A10)
2015 Jun 15, The Vatican said
Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and papal ambassador to the
Dominican Republic, will stand trial on criminal charges of paying
for sex with minors and possessing child pornography. Pope Francis
also accepted the resignation Archbishop John Nienstedt and
Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche of St. Paul and Minneapolis after
prosecutors there charged the archdiocese with having failed to
protect children from unspeakable harm from a pedophile priest who
was later convicted of molesting two boys.
(Reuters, 6/15/15)(AP, 6/15/15)
2015 Aug 8, Finland detained a
Russian citizen, Maxim Senakh, at the request of US federal
authorities on computer fraud charges. Senakh was accused in the
state of Minnesota of infecting computer servers with malware,
resulting in criminal gains worth millions of dollars. Russia later
called the move illegal.
2015 Sep 10, In Minnesota
a family of 5 was found shot dead. Investigators believed that Brian
Short, the founder of a networking service for nurses, used a
shotgun to kill his wife Karen and 3 teenage children at their
lakeside home in Greenwood, a suburb of Minneapolis.
(SFC, 9/12/15, p.A5)(SSFC, 9/13/15, p.A12)
2015 Nov 16, In Minnesota
Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man, died after he was shot by
Minneapolis police a day earlier. Community activists said he was
unarmed, handcuffed and shot in the head. The officers were later
identified as Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze. On March 30,
2016, it was announced that the police officers would not be
(SFC, 11/18/15, p.A8)(YahooNews, 11/18/15)(SFC,
11/19/15, p.A8)(CSM, 3/31/16)
2015 Nov 23, In Minnesota
five people were wounded, though none gravely, when gunmen opened
fire at the Minneapolis protest over the Nov 15 fatal police
shooting of Jamar Clark. Two suspects were arrested the next day.
(AFP, 11/24/15)(SFC, 11/25/15, p.A7)
2015 Dec 3, In Minnesota
Scott Weiland (b.1967) former frontman for rock bands Stone Temple
Pilots and Velvet Revolver, was found dead on his tour bus while on
tour with his band the Wildabouts. A medical examiner later said he
died of a toxic mix of drugs that included cocaine.
(SFC, 12/4/15, p.A16)(SFC, 12/19/15, p.E2)
2016 Mar, In Minnesota
Seth Johnson (7), the adopted son of Timothy and Sarah Johnson,
died. Criminal complaints said he had an inflamed pancreas, possible
infections and bruises on his body when he died. In 2017 the
Johnsons missed their first court appearance and were said to have
absconded to New Zealand.
2016 Apr 21, Prince Rogers
Nelson (57), singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist, died
at his home in Minnesota. His records sold more than 100
million copies and earned him Grammys and an Academy Award.
2016 Jul 6, Minnesota
police Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile (32), a black
man, at a traffic stop in St. Paul. Castile, an elementary school
cafeteria worker, soon died in a hospital. Protesters gathered
peacefully at the scene of the incident and at the state governor's
residence, chanting anti-police slogans and demanding action from
the governor. On June 16, 2017, Yanez was acquitted of 2nd degree
murder charges. In November the St. Anthony City Council voted to
pay $775,000 to Diamond Reynolds, Castile’s girlfriend, and her
daughter. Reynolds was in the car and streamed the shooting’s
aftermath live on Facebook.
(CSM, 7/7/16)(SFC, 5/31/17, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/18/17,
p.A8)(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2016 Aug 1, A new law came into
effect for freshmen students at the Univ. of Minnesota
requiring them to be given training on campus sexual assaults within
the first ten days of the school year.
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.30)
2016 Aug 26, Minnesota's
Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the broadest restrictions yet in a US state
on the use of agricultural pesticides that have been blamed for
hurting bees, fueling concerns that farmers there will not be able
to protect crops from insects.
2017 Jan 3, In Minnesota
a federal appeals court ruled that a program for keeping sex
offenders confined after they complete their prison sentences is
(SFC, 1/4/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 13, A prosecutor said
Poland will seek the arrest and extradition of Michael Karkoc (98)
from Minneapolis, Minnesota, after confirming he was a Nazi
unit commander suspected of ordering the killing of 44 Poles during
World War II.
2017 May 12, A federal jury in
Minneapolis awarded a Twin Cities woman nearly $1 million in her
civil lawsuit against a Minnesota man she says sexually
assaulted her when she was 14 and living in Laos.
2017 Jun 17, In Minnesota
18 people were arrested early today in protests that followed the
acquittal of police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the July 6, 2016,
shooting death of Philando Castile.
(SSFC, 6/18/17, p.A8)
2017 Jun 26, In Minnesota
a settlement was announced with the city of Minneapolis paying the
mother of Philando Castile $2.995 million to avoid a wrongful death
suit in the July 6, 2016, traffic stop that led to his death.
(SFC, 6/27/17, p.A6)
2017 Jun 26, In Minnesota
Pedro Ruiz (22) died after he was shot by his girlfriend in a
recorded stunt to see if a bullet would go through a hardcover
encyclopedia held against his chest. In 2018 Monalisa Perez was
sentenced to 180 days in jail and prohibited from profiting from her
(SFC, 3/16/18, p.A5)
2017 Jul 15, In Minnesota
Justine Ruszczyk Damond, an Australian woman who called 911 to
report what she believed to be an active sexual assault, was shot
and killed by a Minneapolis police Officer Mohamed Noor. The case
was later handed to prosecutors for possible charges. On March 20,
2018, Officer Noor was charged with murder and manslaughter. Nor was
convicted of 3rd degree murder and 2nd degree manslaughter and
sentenced to 12.5 years. In 2021 the 3rd degree murder verdict was
reversed and the case went back to court.
(AP, 7/18/17)(SFC, 9/13/17 p.A6)(AP,
3/21/18)(SFC, 9/16/21, p.A8)
2017 Jul 21, Minneapolis police
Chief Janee Harteau resigned at the request of the mayor, who said
she lost confidence in the chief after last weekend's fatal police
shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911.
2017 Jul 22, A Minnesota
mink farm said 15,000 mink have died after unknown culprits released
them from cages last week. Some 38,000 mink were released and 14,000
were unaccounted for.
(SSFC, 7/23/17, p.A6)
2017 Aug 2, In Minnesota
a 2nd body was found in the rubble of an explosion at the Minnehaha
Academy in Minneapolis.
(SFC, 8/3/17, p.A5)
2017 Aug 24, In Minnesota
Lili Huang (36) was sentenced to 12 months and one day in jail. She
was accused of beating and starving a woman she brought from China
to work as a nanny will be deported after she spends a year in jail.
Her 58-year-old nanny was found wandering in the street in July
2016, battered and malnourished.
2017 Oct 29, Dennis Banks, a
co-founder of the American Indian Movement, died in Minnesota.
Banks was also a leader of the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation.
(SFC, 10/31/17, p.C3)
2017 Nov 12, In Minnesota
brothers Alexander Sanchez (19) and John Sanchez (25) were knifed
while shopping at the Mall of America. Both suffered serious
injuries. In January Mahad Abdirahman (20), a Somali refugee,
pleaded guilty to the attack saying he was inspired by the Islamic
2017 Dec 7, US Sen. Al Franken,
D-Minn., announced that he would resign in the coming weeks
following charges of sexual harassment and indiscretions. On Dec. 13
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to fill
(SFC, 12/8/17, p.A4)(SFC, 12/14/17, p.A6)
2018 Feb 16, In Minnesota
Mahad Abdirahman (20) was sentenced after pleading guilty earlier to
two counts of first-degree assault for the November knife attack on
two brothers at the Bloomington Mall of America.
2018 Mar 15, Polish prosecutors
say American authorities are moving ahead with their request to
extradite Michael Karkoc (99) of Minnesota man to be tried on
allegations he was involved in a World War II massacre of civilians.
2018 Mar 17, In Minnesota
a man (53) was arrested for fatally stabbing two men at a Salvation
Army apartment building in Rochester.
(SFC, 3/20/18, p.A6)
2018 Mar 23, Minnesota
police found the body of David Reiss (54) at his home in Bloomberg
Prairie. He was reportedly killed by his wife, Lois Reiss (56). On
April 5 a video showed Reiss talking to Pamela Hutchinson (59) at a
bar in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. On April 9 Hutchinson was found
dead. Police believed Riess killed Hutchinson to steal her identity,
because the two women looked alike. On April 19 Texas police
arrested Reiss on South Padre Island.
(SFC, 4/17/18, p.A5)(SFC, 4/21/18, p.A7)
2018 Apr 12, In Minnesota
sheriff's Deputy Brian Krook shot and killed Benjamin Evans (23), a
suicidal man who held a gun to his own head during a 40 minute
standoff with police. In 2020 Krook was acquitted of second-degree
(SFC, 3/20/20, p.A4)
2018 May 31, An attorney said
the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has reached a settlement
in its bankruptcy case with more than 400 sexual abuse victims.
(SFC, 6/1/18, p.A5)
2018 Jun 23, Police in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, shot and klled Thurmon Blevins (31), a
black man, following calls that said a man was firing a handgun into
the air and the ground. Witnesses disputed the police account saying
the man did not have a gun. Prosecutors later said no charges would
be filed against the police officers involved.
(SFC, 6/25/18, p.A6)(SFC, 7/31/18, p.A4)
2018 Jul 9, In Minnesota
Karen Christiansen (67) and her daughter Jena Christiansen (32) were
killed in suburban St. Paul when an 800-pound boulder fell from a
truck driven by Joseph Czeck (33), who was soon arrested on
suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.
(SFC, 7/14/18, p.A6)
2018 Aug 7, Arvonne Fraser
(92), a leading voice on women's issues in Minnesota,
nationally and abroad, died in Hudson, Wis.
(SSFC, 8/12/18, p.C10)
2018 Aug 8, A large US federal
law enforcement operation targeted businesses in Minnesota and
Nebraska that knowingly hired and mistreated illegal immigrants. 17
business owners and managers were indicted for fraud, wire fraud and
(SFC, 8/9/18, p.A6)
2018 Aug 10, It was reported
that Minnesota-based Calyxt Inc, an eight-year-old firm
co-founded by a genetics professor, has altered the genes of a
soybean plant to produce healthier oil using the cutting-edge
editing technique rather than conventional genetic modification.
Relatively unknown firms including Calyxt, Cibus, and Benson Hill
Biosystems are already advancing their own gene-edited projects in a
race against Big Ag for dominance of the potentially
2018 Sep 1, In Minnesota
the founder and chief executive of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com
Inc, Richard Liu (45), was released after being arrested on a charge
of criminal sexual conduct. The charge against Liu was made the
previous evening just before midnight local time.
2018 Oct 10, Father Louis
Brouillard (97) died in Minnesota. He was removed from public
ministry in 1985, but continued to receive a stipend from the
church. In 2016 he signed a sworn statement admitting to sexually
abusing at least 20 children in Guam. In 2019 more than 220 former
altar boys, students and Boy Scouts were suing the US territory's
Catholic archdiocese over sexual assaults by 35 clergy, teachers and
2018 Nov 15, It was reported
that a Minnesota-based food distributor has been sold to South
Korea's largest food company. CJ CheilJedang will pay $1.8 billion
for an 80 percent stake in Schwan's and gain control of its
businesses that serve restaurants, grocery stores and other
2018 Dec 21, Minnesota
prosecutors said Chinese billionaire Richard Liu will not face
charges over an Aug. 31 rape accusation by a Chinese woman studying
in Minnesota because they could not prove his guilt beyond a
2019 Mar 15, In Minnesota
the body of a child was found inside a blanket along a highway near
Austin. Dariaz Higgins, the father of Noelani Robinson (2), was
accused of killing her mother, Sierra Robinson (24), in Milwaukee
(SSFC, 3/17/19, p.A8)
2019 Apr 11, In the US heavy
snow and strong winds hit Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota
and began moving into the Great Lakes region a day after pummeling
(SFC, 4/12/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 12, In Minnesota
Emmanuel Aranda of Minneapolis threw a boy (5) from a 3rd floor
balcony at the Mall of America. On May 14 Aranda pleaded guilty to
attempted premeditated 1st degree murder. The child survived head
trauma and multiple broken bones.
(SFC, 5/15/19, p.A4)
2019 Apr 30, Minneapolis police
officer Mohamed Noor (33) was convicted of 3rd-degree murder and
manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a
40-year-old dual citizen of the US and Australia whose death
bewildered and angered people in both countries. Three days later
city Mayor Jacob Frey and the City Council detailed a $20 million
settlement to Damond’s family.
(AP, 5/1/19)(SFC, 5/1/19, p.A6)(SFC, 5/4/19,
2019 Jun 7, Former Minneapolis
police officer Mohamed Noor (33), who shot and killed an unarmed
woman who had called 911, said he "knew in an instant that I was
wrong" and apologized to her family, just moments before a judge
brushed off a defense request for leniency and ordered him to prison
for 12½ years.
2019 Jun 28, In Minnesota
a medical helicopter crashed early today at Brainerd Lakes Regional
Airport killing a nurse and pilot.
(SFC, 6/29/19, p.A5)
2019 Jul 30, A federal judge
in Minnesota ruled that Farass Adnan Ali (35), an Iraqi man
who has been in immigration custody for more than two years. must be
released while he awaits a final order for removal from the US.
2019 Aug 9, In Minnesota
Negar Ghodskani (40), an Iranian woman, pleaded guilty to conspiring
to facilitate the illegal export of communications technology from
the US to her home country. She was indicted in 2015 in
Minnesota and arrested in Australia in 2017, where she became the
subject of a long extradition fight. A co-defendant, Alireza Jalali,
pleaded guilty in November 2017. The judge sentenced him in March
2018 to 15 months in prison. Prosecutors said Ghodskani, Jalali and
others had established Green Wave Telecommunication in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, as a front for buying restricted equipment and unlawfully
reshipping it to Fana Moj in Tehran.
2019 Aug 21, In Minnesota
former NFL player Barry Bennett (63) and his wife Carol Bennett (63)
were found dead in their rural Long Prairie. Days later police in
Mexico arrested their son Dylan John Bennett (22) as a suspect in
the killings, believed to have taken place on Aug. 19.
(ABC News, 8/24/19)
2019 Sep 1, Minnesota
woman Catherine Sweatt-Mueller (62) was killed by a black bear on
Red Pine Island in Rainy Lake, which straddles the US-Canada border.
The bear was shot and killed.
(http://tinyurl.com/y4zhumrf)(SFC, 9/6/19, p.A2)
2019 Sep 7, In Minnesota
police near Minneapolis shot and killed a driver late today
following a chase after he apparently emerged from his car holding a
knife and refused their commands to drop it. Brian J. Quinones had
streamed himself live on Facebook during the chase.
2019 Sep 9, In Minnesota
a homeless man started a fire that destroyed the 117-yeal-old Adas
Israel Synagogue in Duluth. In October Matthew Amiot (36) pleaded
guilty and was sentenced to three months in jail.
(SFC, 10/28/19, p.A4)
2019 Sep 11, The Roman Catholic
archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis said he has opened an
investigation under a new Vatican protocol into allegations that the
bishop of Crookston interfered with investigations into clerical
2019 Sep 15, A Minnesota
police officer fatally shot a man after the man rear-ended the
officer's marked SUV, then got out of his car and started fighting
with the officer in St. Paul.
2019 Sep 18, The
Minnesota Court of Appeals handed environmental groups a victory by
suspending two key permits for a planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine
ahead of a hearing next month.
2019 Oct 24, Edward Adams (56),
a University of Minnesota law professor accused of stealing
millions of dollars from his father-in-law's company, pleaded guilty
in an agreement with prosecutors. Adams was indicted in 2017 and
accused of stealing more than $4 million from investors in a
diamond-growing company, Apollo Diamond, between 2006 and 2013.
2019 Nov 27, In Minnesota
a fire swept through a Minneapolis high-rise apartment building
early today, killing five people and sending three others to the
hospital with injuries.
2019 Dec 5, Three
Minnesota National Guard crew members were killed when their Black
Hawk helicopter crashed south of St. Cloud.
(SFC, 12/6/19, p.A7)
2020 Mar 9, In Minnesota
Issam Hamade pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of
conspiracy to violate US export laws. He was charged with conspiring
to export drone parts and technology from the US to Iranian-backed
Hezbollah militia in Lebanon.
2020 Mar 19, In Minnesota
Pakistani Dr. Muhammad Masood (28), a former Mayo Clinic research
coordinator, was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International
Airport on a terrorism charge, after prosecutors say he told paid
FBI informants that he had pledged his allegiance to the Islamic
State group and wanted to carry out lone wolf attacks in the US.
2020 Mar 25, Minnesota
Gov. Tim Walz ordered state residents in nonessential jobs to stay
at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
(SFC, 3/26/20, p.A5)
2020 Apr 3, The US Food and
Drug Administration announced an "expanded access" program for
convalescent plasma, coordinated by the Mayo Clinic in
Rochester, Minnesota, aimed at making it easier for hospitals
across the country to collect and use plasma. Convalescent plasma
was successfully used during the 1918 flu pandemic. In one trial in
China, levels of the virus in five seriously ill COVID-19 patients
were undetectable after plasma transfusions.
2020 Apr 16, Governors in seven
US Midwest states said they will work in close coordination to
reopen the economy in their regions. The governors for Michigan,
Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky
have formed a partnership to work together on restarting the
economies in their states, they said in a statement.
2020 Apr 25, In Minnesota
a Hormel Foods subsidiary said it is halting production at a pair of
turkey processing facilities in Willmar after 14 employees tested
positive for the coronavirus at the plants.
(SSFC, 4/26/20, p.A5)
2020 May 18, In Minnesota
Usama Hamade (55), a Lebanese man, pleaded guilty in federal court
to conspiring to export drone parts and technology from the US to
Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon. His brother, Issam
Hamade, pleaded guilty in March.
2020 May 22, Minnesota
reported an increase of 847 positive coronavirus cases, the highest
daily total. There have been 19,845 positive cases in the state thus
(Good Morning America, 5/24/20)
2020 May 25, In Minnesota
George Floyd (46) died after appearing to yell "I can't breathe" as
a Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground and put his
knee on the man's neck for about eight minutes, prompting the FBI
and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to step in and
investigate. Four police officers involved were fired the following
(NBC News, 5/26/20)(AP, 5/26/20)(Econ., 7/6/20,
2020 May 26, It was announced
that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud in Minnesota
will pay sexual abuse victims $22.5 million and file for bankruptcy.
Some 70 people say they were abused by 41 priests in cases that date
back to the 1950s.
2020 May 27, In Minneapolis a
second night of protests erupted around a police station, one person
died after being shot by a store owner amid looting. Rioters ignited
fires and looted stores all over the city over the police killing of
2020 May 28, President Trump,
who has long considered racial conflict to be politically helpful to
him, sent two tweets about the situation in Minneapolis. One taunted
the mayor for not having control of the situation, while the second
used the racially charged word “thugs" (in all capital letters) and
added, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
(NY Times, 5/29/20)
2020 May 28, Protesters in
Minneapolis broke into the city’s Third Precinct, on the city’s
south side, just after 10 p.m. and smashed equipment, set off
fireworks and lit fires. Dozens of fires were also set in nearby St.
Paul, where nearly 200 businesses were damaged or looted.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz deployed 500 National Guard troops to
restore order after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey declared a state of
emergency and requested assistance. Arson suspect Dylan Shakespeare
Robinson (22) of Brainerd, Minnesota, was located by federal
investigators in the Denver area on June 12 and was captured two
days later in Breckenridge, Colorado.
(AP, 5/28/20)(NY Times, 5/29/20)(NBC News,
5/29/20)(Good Morning America, 6/17/20)
2020 May 29, In Minnesota
fires burned unchecked and thousands protesting the police killing
of George Floyd ignored a curfew as unrest overwhelmed authorities
for another night in Minneapolis. Earlier today former police
officer Derek Chauvin (44) was charged with third-degree murder and
second-degree manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd.
2020 May 30, Minnesota
Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged that he didn't have enough manpower to
contain the chaos in Minneapolis. Walz said he was moving quickly to
mobilize more than 1,000 more Guard members, for a total of 1,700,
and was considering the potential offer of federal military police.
Police, state troopers and National Guard members moved in soon
after an 8 p.m. curfew took effect to break up demonstrations.
2020 May 31, Gov. Tim Walz
of Minnesota activated thousands of National Guard troops — up
to 13,200 — to control protesters in Minneapolis who turned out in
droves for the fifth night in a row. He declined the Army’s offer of
(NY Times, 5/31/20)
2020 Jun 3, Minnesota
charged three officers with aiding and abetting murder in the death
of George Floyd. The state also upgraded to second-degree murder the
charge against Derek Chauvin, who pinned his knee on Floyd’s neck.
The tougher charge requires prosecutors to prove Chauvin intended to
kill Floyd or that he did so while committing another felony.
Protests across the country were still big, but largely peaceful,
and most police forces kept a mainly hands-off policy, even after
curfews took effect.
(NY Times, 6/4/20)(AP, 6/4/20)
2020 Jun 5, Minneapolis agreed
to ban chokeholds and neck restraints by police and to require
officers to try to stop any other officers they see using improper
force, in the first concrete steps to remake the city's police force
since George Floyd's death.
2020 Jun 7, Nine of twelve
members of the Minneapolis City Council said they support disbanding
the city's police department, an aggressive stance that comes just
as the state has launched a civil rights investigation after George
2020 Jun 10, Thomas Lane, one
of the four Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of
George Floyd, was been released from jail on $750,000 conditional
(ABC News, 6/10/20)
2020 Jun 12, The
Minnesota Board of Pardons granted the state's first posthumous
pardon to a man convicted over a white woman's false rape claim that
led to lynchings in 1920. Max Mason, who was in Duluth with a
traveling circus. He was one of several black men accused of raping
a white woman in the city. Three men -- Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson
and Elias Clayton -- were lynched as a result. Mason was the only
one convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison. However, the
doctor who examined the accuser never found evidence of rape. He was
released from prison in 1925 on the condition that he not return
to Minnesota for the next 16 years.
(CBS News, 6/12/20)
2020 Jun 21, A shooting in a
popular Minneapolis nightlife area early today left one man dead and
11 people wounded in a chaotic scene that sent people ducking into
restaurants and other businesses for cover. No one was in custody.
2020 Jun 24, Minnesota AG
Keith Ellison filed a lawsuit against the American Petroleum
Institute, Exxon Mobil and Koch Industries for violating state laws
barring consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices and false
2020 Jun 26, The Minneapolis
City Council voted on a proposal to change the city charter to allow
elimination of the city's police department, a radical move
supported by a majority of the council after George Floyd's death
but far from assured.
2020 Jul 8, Two powerful
tornadoes damaged farms, left one person dead and at least one other
injured in western Minnesota as severe storms moved across
parts of the Midwest.
2020 Jul 10, It was reported
that more than 150 Minneapolis police officers are filing
work-related disability claims after the death of George Floyd and
ensuing unrest, with about three-quarters citing post-traumatic
stress disorder as the reason for their planned departures.
2020 Jul 20, In Minnesota
the charred body of a man who has not yet been identified was found
in Max It Pawn, nearly two months after it was set alight on 28 May,
following three days of Black Lives Matter protests.
(The Independent, 7/21/20)
2020 Jul 22, In Minnesota
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput announced that Derek Chauvin
and his estranged wife, Kellie Chauvin, have been accused of
fraudulently filing tax returns from 2014 to 2019 and not filing
individual income tax returns on time from 2016 to 2019. On May 25,
Chauvin was filmed with his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine
minutes, as Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe.
(The Week, 7/22/20)
2020 Jul 23, Minnesota
Gov. Tim Walz signed a police accountability bill into law that
included a ban on neck restraints, choke holds and so-called
(SFC, 7/24/20, p.A5)
2020 Jul 26, Minnesota
reported its largest one-day rise in coronavirus cases with more
than 860 cases.
(SFC, 7/29/20, p.A5)
2020 Jul 28, Minneapolis police
say they've identified the man who helped spark weeks of violence
after the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis Star Tribune
reports — and protesting racism and police brutality was not his
intent. Police said this man was a member of the Hell's Angels biker
gang intent on sparking this sort of violence.
(The Week, 7/28/20)
2020 Aug 21, In South Dakota
the city of Sturgis began testing all city employees along with some
first responders following the massive annual Sturgis Motorcycle
Rally. At least 15 cases in Minnesota have been linked to the
(Good Morning America, 8/22/20)
2020 Aug 26, A chaotic night in
Minneapolis began in the afternoon when police responded to a fatal
shooting and began searching for a man and a woman suspected of
being involved in the homicide and fled the scene on foot. A male
suspect was spotted by officers outside the Nicollet Mall in
downtown Minneapolis. As officers approached the suspect, he
produced a handgun and shot himself in the head. Unrest followed and
people broke windows and stole merchandise. At least 33 people were
arrested as Gov. Tim Walz mobilized the National Guard at the
request of Mayor Jacob Frey.
(ABC News, 8/27/20)(SFC, 8/28/20, p.A4)
2020 Aug 26, Former
Minnesota college student Tnuza Jamal Hassan (22), pleaded guilty in
US District Court to attempting to provide material support to a
designated foreign terrorist organization. Hassan tried to travel to
Afghanistan on Sept. 19, 2017, making it as far as Dubai, United
Arab Emirates, before she was stopped because she lacked a visa.
2020 Sep 26, Minnesota,
Montana, South Dakota, and Wisconsin all reported record one-day
increases in coronavirus cases, as COVID-19 infections continued to
surge in the Midwest and rose nationally for the second straight
(The Week, 9/27/20)
2020 Oct 5, In Minnesota
three people died early today when a stolen vehicle in which they
were riding crashed while being chased by police in Minneapolis.
(SFC, 10/6/20, p.A5)
2020 Oct 11, Minnesota
reported 1,450 new coronavirus infections and 10 deaths. Statewide
totals reached 112,268 cases and 2,141 deaths.
(SFC, 10/12/20, p.A4)
2020 Oct 11, A federal judge
ruled that Minnesota balots postmarked by Nov. 3 can be
counted even if they are received up to a week after election
(SFC, 10/13/20, p.A4)
2020 Oct 15, In Minnesota
Seyed Sajjad Shahidian (33), the founder and CEO of an Iranian
financial services firm accused of conspiring to violate US
sanctions against Iran, was sentenced to nearly two years in federal
prison. He was arrested in London in November 2018 but wasn't
extradited to the US until this past May.
2020 Oct 21, A Minnesota
judge dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against Derek
Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee
against George Floyd's neck, but the more serious second-degree
murder charge remains.
2020 Oct 23, Ivan Harrison
Hunter (26), a Texas member of the Boogaloo Bois," was charged with
spraying 13 rounds from a kalashnikov rifle toward the Minneapolis
Police Dept.'s Third Precinct building on May 28.
(SFC, 10/24/20, p.B1)
2020 Oct 29, A federal appeals
court ruled that election officials in Minnesota have to set
aside ballots that arrive after 8 p.m. on Election Day, reversing
the state’s seven-day grace period that had been in place for
ballots postmarked by Election Day.
(NY Times, 10/30/20)
2020 Nov 18, Governor Tim Walz
of Minnesota ordered all restaurants, bars, fitness centers
and entertainment venues closed, and all youth sports canceled, for
2020 Nov 18, Former Army Green
Beret Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins (45) of Gainesville, Virginia,
pleaded guilty to a charge under the federal Espionage Act at a
hearing in US District Court in Alexandria. Debbins, a
Minnesota native, had a 15-year relationship with Russian
intelligence, dating back to 1996 when he was an ROTC student at the
University of Minnesota.
2020 Dec 4, Courts in Arizona,
Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, and Wisconsin ruled
against President Trump and his allies in several lawsuits seeking
to overturn the results of the presidential election.
(The Week, 12/5/20)
2020 Dec 10, It was reported
that the Minneapolis City Council has voted (7-6) to defund its
police department by $7.77 million. The city’s 2021 budget will
redirect those funds to other programs.
2020 Minnesota saw the highest
number of murders on record this year, as well the most assaults
against police officers in the line of duty ever recorded within a
one-year period, according to an annual uniform crime report
released in 2021 by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
(Fox News, 7/28/21)
2021 Jan 3, In Minnesota
hundreds of protesters marched in Minneapolis to demand justice in
the fatal police shooting of a 23-year-old man, the city’s first
police-involved death since George Floyd died after being restrained
by officers in May. Dolal Idd was killed on Dec. 30 during an
attempted felony traffic stop.
2021 Jan 6,
Minnesota-based UnitedHealth said that it will spend $8 billion to
add Change Healthcare to its OptumInsight segment and boost its
ability to provide data analytics and revenue cycle management
support, among other offerings.
2021 Jan 13, In Minnesota
Abdelhamid Al-Madioum (24) pleaded guilty in US District Court to
one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to
a foreign terrorist organization. He had traveled to Syria and Iraq
where prosecutors say he became a soldier for the Islamic State
2021 Jan 25, Minnesota
confirmed that a new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus (Brazil
P.1) was recently identified in a person who returned home to the
Twin Cities area and became ill the first week of January.
2021 Feb 9, In Minnesota
Gregory Paul Ulrich (67), unhappy with the health care he'd
received, opened fire at a clinic, killing one person and wounding
four others before being arrested. Bomb technicians were
investigating a suspicious device left there and others at a motel
where he was staying.
2021 Feb 10, The Diocese of
Winona-Rochester in Minnesota said it has reached a $21.5 million
settlement with 145 individuals who were sexually abused by its
2021 Feb 17, In Minnesota
Isaiah L. Goodman (33) pleaded guilty in US District Court in
Minneapolis to mail fraud in connection with the alleged scheme that
stretched for roughly three years until November. He reportedly
stole more than $2.25 million from nearly two dozen clients, then
using the money to feed his lavish lifestyle.
(Tribune Publ., 2/18/21)
2021 Feb 28, Irv Cross (81), a
Pro Bowl defensive back with two N.F.L. teams who later made history
as the first Black full-time television analyst for a network
television sports show, died in a hospice in North Oaks, Minn.
(NY Times, 3/1/21)
2021 Mar 11, In Minnesota
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill reinstated a
third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin, the former
Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd on may
2021 Mar 12, The Minneapolis
City Council unanimously approved a $27 million settlement with the
family of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in the custody
of Minneapolis police last May.
(The Independent, 3/13/21)
2021 Mar 16, Public health
experts in several states warned that coronavirus cases were rising
in several new hot spots after weeks of declining coronavirus
infections, deaths, and hospitalizations. Numbers have risen in
Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, and New Jersey. New coronavirus cases
have stopped falling in New York City and neighboring counties
despite ramped up vaccination efforts.
(The Week, 3/17/21)
2021 Mar 22, Minnesota health
officials reported no new deaths due to COVID-19 for the first time
in nearly a year.
(SFC, 3/23/21, p.A4)
2021 Mar 29, In Minnesota the
former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd
went on trial, with prosecutors showing the jury video of Derek
Chauvin pressing his knee on the Black man's neck for several
minutes as onlookers yelled at him repeatedly to get off and Floyd
gasped that he couldn't breathe.
2021 Apr 11, In Minnesota
Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, died after a police officer
shot him during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb. Hundreds of
people took to the streets to protest. Police later said Officer Kim
Potter fired her gun by accident, thinking it was her Taser.
(AP, 4/12/21)(NY Times, 4/13/21)
2021 Apr 13, In Minnesota Kim
Potter, the officer who shot Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center,
resigned, as has the city’s police chief.
(NY Times, 4/13/21)
2021 Apr 14, Minnesota police
Pfficer Kim Potter was arrested and charged with second-degree
manslaughter following three nights of protests over the killing.
(NY Times, 4/14/21)
2021 Apr 19, Walter Mondale
(93), a Minnesota minister’s son who became a senator and Jimmy
Carter’s vice president before losing the 1984 presidential election
to Ronald Reagan, died at his home in Minneapolis.
(NY Times, 4/20/21)
2021 Apr 20, Yet a jury in
Minneapolis convicted Derek Chauvin (45) of second-degree murder (as
well as two other charges) for killing George Floyd last May.
(NY Times, 4/21/21)
2021 Apr 21, US Attorney
General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department is launching a
civil investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department to
determine whether it "engages in a pattern or practice of
unconstitutional or unlawful policing".
(NY Times, 4/21/21)
2021 May 7, Four former
Minneapolis police officers faced federal civil rights charges for
their role in the arrest and murder of George Floyd, according to
court documents unsealed today, showing the Justice Department's
tougher stance in such cases.
2021 May 7, Spencer Silver
(80), research chemist at 3M and the inventor of Post-it Notes, died
at his home in St. Paul, Minn. He patented the adhesive (technically
called acrylate copolymer microspheres) in 1972.
2021 May 15, Elected officials
in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, where a police officer
fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in April, approved
a resolution that puts the city on track to major changes to its
policing practices. Adopting the resolution commits the city to
change, though it is not a final action.
2021 Jun 3, In Minnesota
Winston Smith (32) was shot by deputies from Ramsey and Hennepin
counties on the top floor of a parking garage in Minneapolis as US
marshals were attempting to arrest him on a warrant for a felony
firearms violation. Protests soon followed.
2021 Jun 7, In Minnesota police
made mass arrests as hundreds of protesters chanting "Stop Line 3!"
and "Water is life!" gathered at the headwaters of the Mississippi
vowing to stop Canada-based Enbridge Energy's plan to rebuilt the
Line 3 pipeline that carries oil from Alberta to Wisconsin.
(SFC, 6/8/21, p.A4)
2021 Jun 11, The NY Times won a
Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. The
Star Tribune of Minneapolis won the award for its “authoritative and
nuanced" coverage of the murder of George Floyd. A special citation
went to Darnella Frazier, the young woman who took out her cellphone
to record the killing of George Floyd. She was recognized for the
video that spurred a global reckoning with police brutality.
(NY Times, 6/11/21)
2021 Jun 13, In Minnesota a
woman was killed and three others injured after a car was driven
into a crowd of anti-police brutality protesters in Minneapolis.
Several people intervened, pulling the suspect from the car and
restraining him until police arrested him.
(The Guardian, 6/14/21)
2021 Jun 14, The Minnesota
Court of Appeals affirmed a state regulator's decision that there is
sufficient need for Enbridge Inc to replace its Line 3 pipeline.
2021 Jun 20, Richard A. Balsimo
(34) of St. Paul, was reported missing by his family. On Aug. 16
Jacob C. Johnson (35) of Superior, Wis., was charged in Cook County
District Court with second-degree intentional murder in connection
with the death of Balsimo. Johnson was charged with firing the
gunshots that killed Balsimo, whose body was then dismembered and
dropped into the waters of Lake Superior off the northernmost
reaches of Minnesota's shoreline.
(Minneapolis Star Tribune, 8/17/21)
2021 Jun 25, In Minnesota
former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to
22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd. With good
behavior, Chauvin could get out on parole after serving two-thirds
of his sentence, or about 15 years.
2021 Jun 26, Minnesota’s top
Democratic and Republican lawmakers reached agreement on the
highlights of a public safety bill that includes police
2021 Jul 1, A judge ordered
Minneapolis to hire more police officers after residents banned
together and sued the city in August 2020.
(Washington Examiner, 7/2/21)
2021 Aug 7, In southeastern
Minnesota, a single-engine plane crashed into a vacant lot and burst
into flames, igniting a fire at a nearby house. No one on board
2021 Aug 15, In northeastern
Minnesota lightning started the Greenwood Lake fire. It soon grew to
7.4 square miles (19 square km).
2021 Aug 21, The US Forest
Service closed the popular Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in
northeastern Minnesota as the largest active wildfire in the state
threatens the 1-million-acre property.
2021 Aug 26, In northeastern
Minnesota dozens of homes, cabins and outbuildings have been
destroyed or damaged as the Greenwood Lake fire, the state's largest
wildfire, continues burning uncontained.
2021 Sep 13, In Minnesota Emily
Claire Hari (50), an Illinois militia group leader, was sentenced to
53 years in prison. He was already convicted of the 2017 bombing of
a mosque outside of Minneapolis that "terrorized" the local
community of Somali immigrants. Hari and co-defendants Michael
McWhorter and Joe Morris had driven in a rented pickup truck from
Illinois to Bloomington on Aug. 4 and 5, 2017 to bomb the Dar
al-Farooq Islamic Center.
2021 Oct 21, A Minnesota judge
sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor to 57
months in prison, the maximum penalty possible, for fatally shooting
an Australian woman after she called police to report a possible
sexual assault in 2017.
2021 Nov 2, Voters in
Minneapolis, Minn., rejected a ballot measure that would have
replaced the city’s police department with a Department of Public
(NY Times, 11/3/21)
2021 Nov 21, Robert Bly (94),
the Minnesota poet, author and translator, died at his home in
Minneapolis. He articulated the solitude of landscapes, galvanized
protests against the Vietnam War and started a controversial men’s
movement with a best seller that called for a restoration of primal
male audacity. His work included more than books of poetry.
(NY Times, 11/22/21)(SSFC, 11/28/21, p.F6)
2021 Nov 22, Minnesota set
another record for COVID-19 patients receiving hospital care. The
statewide total for fatalities reached 9,229.
(SFC, 11/25/21, p.A9)
2021 Dec 2, The US state's
health department said a case of the Omicron coronavirus variant has
been identified in Minnesota.
2021 Dec 15, Former Minneapolis
police officer Derek Chauvin (45) pleaded guilty in a federal court
to charges he violated George Floyd's civil rights, likely extending
his prison sentence after his earlier conviction for the Black man's
2021 Dec 15, Minnesota reported
54 more COVID-19 deaths raising the state's total to 10,018.
(SFC, 12/17/21, p.A6)
2021 Dec 18, In Minnesota seven
people were found dead inside a home in Moorhead. The victims
included four adults and three children. Blood samples showed a
lethal level of carbon monoxide in the immigrant family from
(AP, 12/20/21)(SFC, 12/21/21, p.A3)(Fox News,
2021 Dec 20, Minnesota Gov. Tim
Walz tested positive for COVID-19, along with his wife and teenage
son. All three had been vaccinated.
2021 Dec 23, A Minnesota jury
found Kimberly Potter (49), a former police officer, guilty of
manslaughter in the April 11 fatal shooting of Daunte Wright (20).
(NY Times, 12/23/21)
2022 Jan 11, Clyde Bellecourt
(85), a co-founder of the American Indian Movement (1968), died at
his home in Minneapolis, Minn.
(SSFC, 1/16/22, p.F9)
2022 Jan 26, The Biden
administration said that it had canceled two mining leases that
would have allowed a copper mine to be built near an area of
pristine wilderness in Minnesota.
(NY Times, 1/26/22)
2022 Feb 1, In Minnesota two
suspects were arrested after a shooting in which one student was
killed and one badly wounded outside a school devoted to
special-needs youth in suburban Minneapolis. A handgun was also
2022 Feb 2, In Minnesota A
22-year-old armed Black man was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police
SWAT team during a serving a no-knock warrant raid on his apartment.
Amir Locke had no criminal history and legally possessed a firearm
at the time of his death. On April 6 prosecutors announced that the
police officer who shot Locke will not face criminal charges.
(Reuters, 2/4/22)(NY Times, 4/6/22)
2022 Feb 3, It was reported
that Minnesota saw more than 275,000 new coronavirus cases in
January, its highest monthly total.
(SFC, 2/3/22, p.A4)
2022 Feb 4, Minneapolis Mayor
Jacob Frey announced a moratorium on no-knock warrants after police
fatally shot a 22-year-old Black man during a Feb. 2 raid on an
2022 Feb 5, In Minnesota
hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown Minneapolis
demanding justice in the fatal police shooting of a young Black man,
Amir Locke, during a "no-knock" raid on his apartment earlier this
2022 Feb 18, A Minnesota judge
sentenced former police officer Kimberly Potter (49) to two years in
the fatal shooting of Black motorist Daunte Wright during a traffic
stop last April, a lighter sentence than the roughly seven years in
prison sought by prosecutors.
2022 Feb 24, Three former
Minneapolis police officers were found guilty of federal crimes for
failing to intervene as another officer killed George Floyd by
pressing his knee on his neck for more than nine minutes.
(NY Times, 2/25/22)
2022 Mar 7, In Minnesota a
teachers’ strike was averted in St. Paul,after the union, the Saint
Paul Federation of Educators, and Saint Paul Public Schools reached
a tentative agreement late today.
(NY Times, 3/8/22)
2022 Mar 8, In Minnesota 3,300
teachers in Minneapolis went on strike, shuttering classrooms for
about 30,000 public school students.
(https://tinyurl.com/w4kc4vxp)(SFC, 3/9/22, p.A3)
2022 Mar 23, In California
thousands of teachers and other school workers in Sacramento walked
off the job as the state capital became the second big US school
district this month to see a work stoppage over pay and staffing
shortages as a teachers strike in Minneapolis entered its third
2022 Mar 25, Minneapolis
teachers reached a tentative deal to end a strike over pay, class
sizes and other issues that has kept some 30,000 students out of
classes for more than two weeks.
2022 Apr 27, A report by the
Minnesota Dept. of Human Rights, launched after the 2020 killing of
George Floyd, said the Minneapolis Police Dept. has engaged in a
pattern of race discrimination for at least a decade.
(SFC, 4/28/22, p.A4)
2022 May 12, Hurricane-force
winds tore across the US upper Midwest late today, sending walls of
dust across cities and rural towns, causing widespread property
damage and killing at least two people in Minnesota and South
Dakota. The most severe damage hit parts of Nebraska, South Dakota,
Iowa and Minnesota.
Subject = Minnesota
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