Saturday, November 24, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 24

November 24, 1883 – The Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis was opened and crossed for the first time. It cost $650,000 and weighed 100,000 tons.

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain November 24, 2012, as long as acknowledgement included.  

Friday, November 23, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 23

November 23, 1966 – James M. Savage, a 15-year-old Cloquet Junior-Senior High School sophomore, was taken into custody for the Nov. 17 murder of Kathleen Bodie in the school band room. He “was placed in the St. Louis County jail in Duluth to await arraignment.” Because he was a juvenile, his name was not released at the time.

Duluth News-Tribune; “15-Year-Old Boy Arrested In Slaying of Cloquet Girl”; November 24, 1966; p. 1.

Murder of Kathleen Bodie; see Nov. 17, 2012 blog

Complaint issued; see Feb. 20, 2013 blog

Indictment; see March 7, 2013 blog

Savage pleads guilty, sentenced; see March 14, 2013 blog

Death of James M. Savage; see July 10, 2013 blog

Thursday, November 22, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 22

November 22, 2003 – “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.”

Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 21

November 21, 1861 – The 1st Minnesota Light Artillery Battery was an artillery battery that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The battery was mustered in at Fort Snelling, Minn. on [this date].”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 20

November 20, 1979 – “A spokesman for the University of Minnesota Hospital announced on [this date], that one of its doctors, Dr. Robert Anderson, had been the first in the country to give a patient a transfusion of artificial blood. The patient suffered a severe loss of blood after having undergone surgery for vascular disease. As a Jehovah's Witness, he refused on religious grounds to receive a transfusion of real blood, so the doctor injected a milky blood substitute called Fluosol, which was developed and tested in Japan.”

Monday, November 19, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 19

November 19, 1959 - Rocky and His Friends made its ABC debut on [this date]. Audiences loved Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle Moose and their adventures in Frostbite Falls, Minn. “In its first season, Rocky and His Friends topped the Nielsen ratings for daytime shows. In 1961, it joined NBC’s evening lineup. Renamed The Bullwinkle Show, the primetime version was produced in color. New characters were added to the cast, including the lovable, but bumbling Dudley Do-Right of the Canadian Mounties and his nemesis, Snidely Whiplash.” 

Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle Moose


Sunday, November 18, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 18

November 18, 1876 - Cole, Jim and Bob Younger pleaded guilty to attempting to rob a bank in Northfield, Minn., to avoid being hanged. On this date, they were sentenced to life in prison at the Stillwater Prison in Stillwater, Minn.