Wednesday, August 10, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 10

August 10, 1920 – What is believed to be the largest still ever confiscated in the state was taken today near Hibbing by Game Warden Wood and United States Revenue Officer Arthur Coen.

Following a gun battle with four moonshiners in a swamp near Dupont Road, the policemen arrested Pete Godenivich. Three others made their escape through the woods.

In a cabin in the woods the officers found two copper ranges with fireplaces, two complete copper stills in full operation, more than 700 gallons of corn mash, raisins and figs in process of cooking and a quantity of moonshine whiskey.

Remains of deer and partridge evidently shot out of season also were found.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Police Raid Huge Still Near Hibbing”; Aug. 10, 1920; p. 1.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Feb. 7, 2015,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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