Minnesota History

Minnesota: Minneapolis - St. Paul

Historical Events

  • 1679-07-02 Europeans first visit Minnesota and see headwaters of Mississippi in an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth.
  • 1830-07-15 Indian tribes, Sioux, Sauk & Fox, sign fourth Treaty of Prairie du Chien giving the US most of Minnesota, Iowa & Missouri
  • 1844-09-05 Iron ore discovered in Minnesota's Mesabi Mountains
  • 1849-03-03 Territory of Minnesota organizes
  • 1855-01-23 The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge.
  • 1858-05-11 Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state
  • 1862-08-18 Sioux Indians begin uprising in Minnesota (it is later crushed)
  • 1862-12-26 38 Santee Sioux Indians hanged in Mankato Minnesota, due to their uprising
  • 1867-12-04 Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange).

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1872-03-02 Louis Riel goes into voluntary exile in St. Paul, Minnesota

Politician Louis Riel
Louis Riel

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1876-09-07 Frank James and his gang are involved in a disastrous raid in Northfield, Minnesota, results in the death or capture of multiple gang members (Cole/Bob/Jim Younger arrested)

Outlaw Frank James
Frank James
  • 1879-01-22 James Shields (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois & Minnesota
  • 1886-01-19 Aurora Ski Club, 1st in US, founded in Minnesota
  • 1894-09-02 Forest fires destroy Hinckley Minnesota: about 600 die
  • 1898-11-02 Cheerleading is started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team.
  • 1903-02-16 -59°F (-51°C), Pokegama Dam, Minnesota (state record)
  • 1914-05-21 Greyhound Bus Co begins in Minnesota
  • 1914-08-13 Carl Wickman begins Greyhound, the 1st US bus line, in Minnesota
  • 1920-06-15 Duluth lynchings in Minnesota.
  • 1933-11-13 1st modern sit-down strike by Hormel meat packers in Austin, Minnesota
  • 1936-07-06 114°F (46°C), Moorhead, Minnesota (state record)
  • 1941-03-16 Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60
  • 1941-12-09 7th Heisman Trophy Award: Bruce Smith, Minnesota (HB)
  • 1958-08-27 Clark Griffith says Senators will probably accept offer to move to Minnesota
  • 1959-06-05 Bob Dylan graduates from Hibbing High School in Minnesota
  • 1961-01-02 47th Rose Bowl: #6 Washington beats #1 Minnesota, 17-7
  • 1962-01-01 48th Rose Bowl: #6 Minnesota beats #16 UCLA, 21-3
  • 1965-09-26 Minnesota gains its 1st AL pennant by defeating Washington, 2-1
  • 1969-09-28 Joe Kapp (Minnesota Vikings) passes for 7 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (52-14)
  • 1969-09-28 Minnesota vs Baltimore, gains 530 yards passing!
  • 1969-11-12 Minnesota's Harmon Killebrew is voted AL MVP
  • 1970-01-11 Super Bowl IV: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • 1972-01-25 25th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 3-2 at Minnesota
  • 1972-01-25 7' Ohio State center Luke Witte is stomped in face during a brawl in a game with Minnesota
  • 1972-07-21 27.5 cm rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota (state record)
  • 1973-12-30 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys 27-10
  • 1974-01-13 Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Houston Super Bowl MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB
  • 1974-10-12 1st time Wash Caps are shutout as they are beat 6-0 by Minnesota
  • 1974-12-29 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams 14-10
  • 1975-01-12 Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB
  • 1975-12-28 "The Hail Mary", with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a desperate 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the "Hail Mary" play is born
  • 1976-12-26 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams 24-13
  • 1977-01-09 Super Bowl XI: Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings, 32-14 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland, WR
  • 1978-01-01 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Minnesota Vikings 23-6
  • 1978-06-20 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton
  • 1979-08-11 28°F in Embarrass Minnesota
  • 1979-11-20 US's 1st artificial blood transfusion occurs at University of Minnesota Hospital
  • 1980-12-14 Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
  • 1981-05-21 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 1
  • 1983-11-06 Tampa Bay Buccaneer James Wilder rushes for 219 yards vs Minnesota Vikings
  • 1983-12-04 NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota Detroit Red Wings 6-0
  • 1984-01-04 Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game
  • 1984-05-01 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 0
  • 1984-06-20 Amber Kvanli, of Minnesota, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1987-02-19 Minnesota sheriff's office arrest FBI's most wanted, Thomas G. Harrelson
  • 1987-10-17 1st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome)
  • 1988-01-17 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings 17-10

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1989-03-07 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Minnesota North Stars to the Washington Capitals

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1991-05-10 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Minnesota North Stars beat Edmonton Oilers, 4 games to 1
  • 1997-07-07 Tower, Minnesota temperature dips to 24°F
  • 1998-01-22 NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild
  • 1998-08-02 30th Curtis Cup: US wins 10-8 at The Minikahda Club (Minneapolis, Minnesota, US)
  • 1999-01-04 Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as Governor of Minnesota
  • 1999-01-17 "The Miss", NFC Championship Game; Minnesota Viking Gary Anderson misses field goal fourth quarter allowing Atlanta Falcons to tie and eventually win in overtime, despite becoming 1st kicker to finish the regular season without missing
  • 1999-01-17 NFC Championship Game: Atlanta Falcons beat Minnesota Vikings 30-27 (OT)
  • 2001-01-14 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Minnesota Vikings 41-0
  • 2003-05-16 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota Wild, 4 games to 0
  • 2004-02-08 54th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 6-4 at St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 2007-08-01 The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.
  • 2010-01-24 NFC Championship Game: New Orleans Saints beat Minnesota Vikings 31-28 (OT)
  • 2014-07-15 85th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Target Field, Minnesota
  • 2016-07-06 African American Philando Castile is shot by police in St Paul, Minnesota after being pulled over for a broken rear light, killing is filmed
  • 2016-10-02 41st Ryder Cup: US wins 17-11 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1861-06-29 William James Mayo, surgeon/co-founder Mayo clinic in Minnesota
  • 1887-01-27 Carl Blegen, archaeologist (excavator at Troy, Pylos), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1887-06-18 Blanche Yurka, actress (Taxi, Tale of 2 Cities), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1889-11-12 DeWitt Wallace, publisher, founded Readers Digest (1921), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

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1891-08-21 [George] Bugs Moran, American gangster, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1957)

Gangster Bugs Moran
Bugs Moran
  • 1892-02-27 William Demarest, actor (Uncle Charlie-My 3 Sons), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1892-07-01 James M Cain, novelist (Postman Always Rings Twice), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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1892-12-15 J. Paul Getty, oil magnate (Getty Oil), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1976)

Industrialist J. Paul Getty
J. Paul Getty
  • 1892-12-29 Emory Parnell, actress (Rocket Man, County Fair), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1893-05-03 Hope Landin, American actress (I Remember Mama, Sugarfoot), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1973)
  • 1893-07-18 Richard Dix, actor (10 Commandments, Cimarron), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1896-04-10 Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1971)

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1896-09-24 F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author (Great Gatsby, Zelda), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1940)

  • 1897-01-01 Walter Greaza, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1898-05-10 Herbert Elwell, composer (Happy Hypocrite), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1898-06-06 Walter Abel, actor (Suspicion, Dream Girl), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1903-02-19 Kay Boyle, St. Paul, Minnesota, American novelist (Plagued by Nightingales)
  • 1906-06-14 Gil Lamb, actor (Hit Parade of 1947, Riding High), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1906-12-23 Ross Lee Finney, Wells Minnesota, composer (Landscapes Remembered)
  • 1907-04-13 Harold Stassen, W (Gov-R-Minn) perennial presidential candidate, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1907-06-29 Joan Davis, actress (I Married Joan), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1908-03-22 Maurice Stans, politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, born in Shakopee, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1909-06-17 Elmer Lee Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (d. 2004)
  • 1909-06-22 Mike Todd, [Avrom Goldbogen], US theatre and film director ("Around the World in 80 Days"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1958)
  • 1910-01-11 Izler Solomon, conductor, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1910-06-18 E G Marshall, American actor (The Defenders), born in Owatonna Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1911-07-06 Laverne Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), born in Mound, Minnesota (d. 1967)
  • 1913-01-19 "Minnesota Fats", American billiards player (d. 1996)
  • 1913-11-04 Gig Young, St. Cloud Minnesota, American actor (They Shoot Horses Don't They)
  • 1914-01-28 Nelson Olmsted [or Olmstead], American voice actor (Sleep No More), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1992)
  • 1914-11-08 Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley winemaker (Charles Krug), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1915-09-16 Cy Walter, pianist (3's Company), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1915-09-24 Larry Gates, actor (Guiding Light, Body Snatchers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

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1916-03-29 Eugene McCarthy, American politician (Sen-D-Minn) and presidential candidate, born in Watkins, Minnesota (d. 2005)

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy
  • 1917-02-24 William Fairbank, physicist (superconductivity), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1918-02-16 Patty Andrews, American vocalist (Andrews Sisters), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1918-05-09 Orville Freeman, (Sen-D-Mn)/Sec of Agriculture (1961-69), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1919-12-02 Robin Lee, American figure skater, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1997)
  • 1920-11-21 Ralph Meeker, actor (Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1920-11-25 Noel Neill, American actress (Adventures of Superman), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1921-05-09 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)

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1921-07-17 Toni Stone [Marcenia Lyle Alberga], American baseball player (first woman to play in a men's league), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1996)

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone

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1922-06-10 Judy Garland, [Frances Gumm], American actress/singer (Wizard of Oz), born in Minnesota (d. 1969)

Actress Judy Garland
Judy Garland

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1922-11-26 Charles M. Schulz, cartoonist (Peanuts), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2000)

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Charles M. Schulz
  • 1923-05-26 James Arness, actor (Matt Dillon-Gunsmoke, Thing), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1924-08-11 Arlene Dahl, American actress and TV panelist (Ambush), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1925-03-18 Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (James Phelps-Mission Impossible), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1926-05-04 Milt Thompson, American astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), NASA test pilot and chief-engineer, born in Crookston, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • 1927-07-25 Midge Decter, anti woman's lib (Liberated Woman...), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1928-06-07 James Jude, American thoracic surgeon (developed CPR), born in Maple Lake, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • 1928-10-16 Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1928-10-25 Jeanne Cooper, actress (Kay-Young & Restless), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • 1930-01-19 Tippi Hedren, New Ulm, Minnesota, American actress (The Birds, Marnie)
  • 1930-03-13 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), born in Roseau, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1934-08-18 Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney/author (Helter-Skelter), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • 1934-09-10 James L Oberstar, American politician (Rep-D-Minnesota, 1975-2011), born in Chisholm, Minnesota, (d. 2014)

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1934-09-10 Roger Maris, American baseball player and HR champion (61 in 1961, AL MVP 1960, 1961), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 1985)

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1934-09-14 Kate Millett, feminist/author (Sexual Politics), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1934-12-29 Ed Flanders, actor (Dr Westphall-St Elsewhere), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1935-08-05 John McCartan, ice hockey player (Oly-gold-60), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

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1937-08-05 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (Olympic Gold Medal 1980), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • 1938-02-23 Sylvia Chase, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1939-02-06 Mike Farrell, actor (BJ Honeycutt-M*A*S*H, Battered), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1940-10-07 Bruce F Vento, (Rep-D-Minnesota, 1977- )
  • 1940-11-22 Terry Gilliam, comedy author-animator (Monty Python), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1941-02-03 Bridget Hanley, actress (Here Come the Brides), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1941-03-28 Alf Clausen, orchestra leader (Mary, Simpsons), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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1941-05-24 Bob Dylan [Robert Zimmerman], American singer-songwriter (Blowin' in Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin') and cultural icon, born in Duluth, Minnesota

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 1942-03-19 David Minge, (Rep-D-Minnesota)
  • 1944-06-29 Collin Peterson, (Rep-D-Minnesota)
  • 1944-07-21 Paul Wellstone, (Sen-D-Minnesota)
  • 1946-05-06 Jim Ramstad, (Rep-R-Minnesota)
  • 1946-07-28 Linda Kelsey, actress (Billie-Lou Grant, Kate-Day by Day), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1946-08-05 Loni Anderson, American actress (Jennifer-WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1947-04-18 Dorothy Lyman, (All my Children, Naomi-Mama's Family), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1947-07-19 Bernie Leadon, guitarist/vocalist (Eagles-Take it Easy), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1947-09-25 Cheryl Tiegs, Minnesota, model (Sports Illustrated)
  • 1948-02-04 Rod Grams, (Rep-R-Minnesota), (d. 2013)
  • 1949-01-23 Robert Cabana, Mjr USMC/astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, sk:88), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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1949-01-30 Peter Agre, American biologist and Nobel laureate, born in Northfield, Minnesota

Molecular biologist Peter Agre
Molecular biologist
Peter Agre

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1949-04-20 Jessica Lange, American actress (King Kong, Tootsie), born in Cloquet, Minnesota

Actress Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
  • 1950-01-23 Richard Dean Anderson, actor (MacGyver, Emerald Pt NAS), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1950-03-05 Harvey Jacob Alperin, actor (Cocktail), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1950-03-26 Tony Papenfuss, American actor (Daryl-Newhart), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1950-12-02 Merrill Ashley, ballerina (NYC Ballet), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1951-05-21 Al Franken, US politician (Senate-D-Minnesota 2009-) comedian/writer/actor (SNL), born in New York City
  • 1951-06-27 Julia Duffy [Julia Margaret Hinds], American actress (Newhart, Baby Talk), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1951-07-15 Jesse Ventura, [James Janos], wrestler, actor and politician (Governor of Minnesota 1999-2003), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1951-08-14 Carl Lumbly, American actor (Cagney & Lacey, Alias), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1953-06-23 Roberta Leighton, actress (Ginger-Days of Our Lives), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1953-11-15 Alexander O'Neal, rocker (James Hearsky Harris III), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1954-11-29 Joel Coen, filmmaker (Fargo, No Country for Old Men), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • 1955-02-22 Tim Young, Scarborough, Ontario, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars)
  • 1955-05-16 Jack Morris, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

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1955-05-30 Brian Kobilka, American Nobel Prize winning chemistry professor (G protein-coupled receptors), born in Little Falls, Minnesota

Professor Brian Kobilka
Brian Kobilka
  • 1956-04-18 John James, actor (Jeff Colby-Dynasty), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1956-08-22 Paul Molitor, infielder (Mn Twins, 1993 World Series MVP), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1956-09-08 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • 1957-04-30 Duane G Carey, major USAF/astronaut, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1957-07-30 Mark Tymchyshyn, actor (Gavin-As The World Turns), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1936-12-28 Football player Bronko Nagurski (28) weds childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane in International Falls, Minnesota

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

HeartWedding of Interest

1967-06-06 Country singer John Denver (23) weds psychotherapist Annie Martell at the Christ Chapel in St. Peter, Minnesota

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 2006-05-06 Former WWF Women's Champion Sable (38) weds IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (28) in Medina, Minnesota
  • 2007-08-11 U.S. Women's Olympic ice hockey team member Krissy Wendell (25) weds NHL player John Pohl (28) at the Rose Hill Alliance Church in West Roseville, Minnesota
  • 2012-12-17 Minnesota Vikings football quarterback Christian Ponder (25) weds ESPN reporter Samantha Steele (27) in Hudson, Wisconsin

Famous Deaths

  • 1896-01-08 William Rainey Marshall, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1825)
  • 1901-01-01 Ignatius Donnelly, US attorney/lt-governor (Minnesota), dies at 69
  • 1968-01-13 Bill Masterson, NHL player for the Minnesota Northstars checked into the boards, dies two days later
  • 1991-12-17 John Blatnik, (Rep-Minnesota, 1947-75), dies at 80
  • 1996-01-18 Minnesota Fats, [Rudolf Wanderone Jr], billiard hustler, dies at 82
  • 2003-02-10 Clark MacGregor, United States Congressman from Minnesota (b. 1922)
  • 2004-11-15 Elmer L. Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1909)