Sunday, November 6, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 6

November 6, 1916 – The U. S. Supreme Court today granted permission to the attorney general of Minnesota to file an original complaint on behalf of the state against Secretary of Interior Lane to prevent the issuance of land patents in the Itasca State Park region to the Immigration Land Co.

The attorney general’s office said $75,000 worth of land was involved.

The case arose over the issuance of land patents by Secretary Lane to the Immigration Land Co. Minnesota claims the right to these lands for state park purposes.

The Supreme Court’s action restrains the land company temporarily from disposing of the property.

Itasca became Minnesota’s first state park, created at the headquarters of the Mississippi River in 1891.

The Immigration Land Co., Little Falls, Minn., includes some of the Weyerhaeuser interests.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Prevent Land Patents in Itasca Park”; November 07, 1916, p. 1.


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