Saturday, March 23, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 23

March 23, 1971- The State of Minnesota ratified the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 22

 March 22, 1955 – Linda Stout became the first person at Mayo Clinic, and the second person in the world, to have open-heart surgery with the aid of a heart-lung bypass machine.”

1955 Gibbon Heart-lung Bypass Machine

Thursday, March 21, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 21

March 21, 1971 – Eighteen-year-old Susan Poferl of Cloquet, Minn., was murdered on this date by assailant or assailants still unknown. Her car was found parked near the Cloquet Labor Temple, where she was last seen at around 12:45 Sunday morning dancing and having drinks with friends.1 Her glasses and most of the clothes she had been wearing were found in her car.Her body, however, was not found.

1Duluth News-Tribune; “No Trace Found of Cloquet Girl”; March 23, 1971;
p. 9.
2The Pine Knot; “Army of Searchers Continue Seeking Clues of Missing Girl”; Cloquet, Minn.; March 25, 1971; p. 1.

Body of Susan Poferl discovered; see March 25, 2013 blog

Thomas Joseph Williams indicted for Poferl murder; see April 29, 2013 blog

Thomas J. Williams acquitted of the first degree murder of Suan Poferl; see November24 2013 blog

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 20

March 20, 2001 – “The Mall [of America in Bloomington, Minn.] closes for 10 hours after fugitive Anthony Zappa is spotted on the premises. Zappa [was] wanted in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa for burglary, vehicle theft, flight from law enforcement and being a felon in possession of an automatic weapon. He escapes. He [was] arrested a month later in Montana after kidnapping a 17-year-old girl.”

Tony Zappa

Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 19

March 19, 1977 – After seven seasons, the last episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show was aired on this date. “In the upside world of WJM [Minneapolis TV station], there's a shake-up in the newsroom and everybody but Ted gets fired, including Mary who is left to turn out the lights.”

WJM Group Hug 

Monday, March 18, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 18

March 18, 1858 - Established by an act of the legislature, Becker County was approved on this date. “It was named for Brigadier General George Loomis Becker of St. Paul. In 1857, when Minnesota was a new state, Becker was one of three men elected as members of Congress. Minnesota could only send two, so Becker stayed in Minnesota, and authorities promised him they would name the next county after him. Thus, when the county was formed, it was named Becker after the General.”

Brigadier General George Loomis Becker

Birth: Feb. 4, 1829; Locke, Cayuga County, NY, USA

Death: Jan. 6, 1904; St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., USA

Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1856-1857

Namesake of Becker County, Minn.

Burial: Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., USA

Sunday, March 17, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 17

March 17, 1851 – The first St Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Paul was held on this date. “The celebration was an impromptu event, with 300 participants partaking in flag-raising, speeches and a fired salute.”