Saturday, June 15, 2013

On this date in Minnesota History: June 15

June 15, 1866 – Established March 8, 1858Douglas County, Minn., was organized on this date. The county was named “in honor of Stephan Arnold Douglas, statesman and leader in the Democratic party, eminent in his patriotic loyalty to the Union at the beginning of the Civil War.” Douglas is probably best known today for the series of debates he had with Abraham Lincoln, his Republican opponent, in Illinois in 1858, during their race for U.S. senator, as well as their competition for the affections of Miss Mary Todd.

Upham, Warren; Minnesota Geographic Names, Their Origin and Historic Significance; Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, Minn., 1969); p. 175.

Stephan Arnold Douglas,

Friday, June 14, 2013

On this date in Minnesota History: June 14

June 14, 1981 - A tornado hits the Roseville, Minn., Sound of Music store (which changed its name to Best Buy in 1983). Sound of Music responds with a "Tornado Sale," and it becomes an annual event.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

On this date in Minnesota History: June 13

June 13, 1902 – 3m’s founders signed papers in Two Harbors, Minn., making Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing a corporation.

3M Headquarters in St. Paul, Minn.

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain June 12, 2013,
as long as acknowledgement included.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On this date in Minnesota History: June 12

June 12, 1981 – “Comedian Tim Allen was paroled on [on this date], after serving 2 years and 4 months in a Federal Correctional Institution in Sandstone, Minnesota. Allen was arrested in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport for possession of over 650 grams (1.4 lb) of cocaine. He subsequently pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges, and provided the names of other dealers in exchange for a sentence of three to seven years rather than a possible life imprisonment.”

Tim Allen mugshot

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

On this date in Minnesota History: June 11

June 11, 1863 – Captain “John Cady, resident of Anoka, commander of Co. A. 8th MN Regiment, was killed [on this date] while pursuing some Dakota who had stolen horses. His funeral was held in Anoka. His body is buried in Moravia NY.”

Captain John Cady

Monday, June 10, 2013

On this date in Minnesota History: June 10

June 10, 1919 – A steam turbine at the Minnesota and Ontario Paper company’s International Falls, Minn., mill exploded, killing the night engineer and seriously injuring the day engineer. “The accident occurred just as the day shift was replacing the night shift.

The force of the explosion was so great that it shattered the building and pieces of the mammoth 
turbine were hurled in all directions. It is one of the [batteries] of machines [that] generate electricity for the paper mill machinery.”

Duluth News-Tribune
; “Turbine Bursts, Kills One Man, Explosion at International Falls Paper Mill Shatters Building”; June 11, 1919.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

On this date in Minnesota History: June 9

June 9, 1967 - Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., better known as singer John Denver, married Ann Marie Martell in the Christ Chapel at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., on this date. Annie was the subject of his hit Annie's Song, which he composed in only ten minutes while on a ski lift in 1974. The couple lived in Edina, Minn., from 1968 to 1971.

John Denver