December 28, 1975 – “The Vikings were upset, 17-14, in the divisional playoffs at Metropolitan Stadium on [this date] when the Dallas Cowboys scored on a last minute 50-yard touchdown pass.”1 “The Rev. Dallas Tarkenton, Sr., father of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton, suffered a heart attack and died while watching the game. Fran Tarkenton left the stadium in Bloomington unaware of his father’s death, [although] word reached him soon afterward.”2 1http://www.vikings.com/team/history/timeline.html 2St. Paul Pioneer Press; “Tarkenton’s father dies watching game”; December 29, 1975; p. 1.
December 27, 1979 – Called the District No. 28 School, this one-room brick schoolhouse was erected in 1892 to serve Anoka County’s growing rural population. The school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on this date. It was originally a schoolhouse, but later became the town hall. The building is one of only a few structures remaining from the beginnings of Ramsey Township.
December 26, 1979 – Built in 1854, the Shaw-Hammons House was owned by Henry Shaw, one of Anoka's first settlers, one of the first traders in the area, and the first of several lumber barons to live there. The home was later occupied by a succession of Anoka land speculators, lumbermen, business leaders, and politicians. It is believed to be the oldest home in Anoka, and originally served as the first store in the region. The house was listed on the National Register of Historical Places on this date. At the same time, it was also listed on Minnesota’s Ten Most Endangered Properties List.1
In 2005, the house was rescued for the foreclosure price of $25,000 by attorney Kurt Glaser and his wife Dawn. The Glaser’s completely restored the home, renovating it with “artifacts found at antique stores and foreclosure sales.”1
http://www.startribune.com/local/north/136160828.html?refer=y 1StarTribune; “This old
house gets new lease on life, but others slip into history”; Minneapolis,
Minn.; pp. A1 & A7.
Shaw-Hammons House, Anoka, Minn.
Photo takenby PamelaJ. Erickson.Released into the public domain December 26, 2012, as long as
December 25, 1993 - Shot entirely in Minnesota, the movie Grumpy Old Men was released on this date.1 While the protagonists played by Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in the movie live in Wabasha, Minn., only a few outdoor scenes were really shot there; “most location shots were actually filmed in other Minnesota communities.”2 For example, Jon Gustafson (Jack Lemmon), Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) and Arriel Truax’s (Ann-Margret) houses are actually located in St. Paul near Lake Phalen.3 1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumpy_Old_Men_(film) 2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabasha,_Minnesota 3http://www.johnweeks.com/tour/gom/index.html
Jon Gustafson's home left (Jack Lemmon) and Max Goldman's house (Walter Matthau) right
Truax’s (Ann-Margret) house
Photos takenby PamelaJ. Erickson.Released
into the public domain Dec. 25, 2012, as long as acknowledgement included.
*December 24, 1896 – “Red Lake County [Minn.] was
formed on [this date] from sections of Polk County. It was named after the Red
Lake River. Red Lake County is also the only county within the state of
Minnesota to not have a single stop light within the entire county.”
December 23, 1957 – “A fire [on this date]
destroyed the old (east) section of Stillwater High School and heavily damaged
the newest section on the west. The cause of the fire was not determined.
According to Supt. Earl Vitalism ‘The loss is fully covered by insurance. There
was $130,000 coverage on the old building and $800,000 on the newer one.’
fire was discovered at 6 pm and was the most spectacular the city has ever seen
and was the largest loss since the Gilbert plant tire of May 16, 1955. ‘By the
time the first pumper reached the scene the old building was an inferno and the
blaze raged furiously for an hour. A brisk northwest wind fanned the fire and
filled the air with blazing embers that floated over the Junior High School and
several frame houses along Pine and Third streets.’
In all it is estimated 90
firemen and volunteers fought the fire. A total of 1,142,250 gallons of water
was poured on the fire. The fire was visible for many miles, as far away as
Willernie and hundreds of people in the surrounding area drove into Stillwater
to view the blaze. The school itself was 87 years old. Graduation records from
the last five years were lost along with 3,000 books from the library burned.”