Saturday, January 25, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 25

January 25, 1983 – “U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago ruled that Minnesota Ojibwe retained the hunting, fishing, and gathering rights guaranteed by 19th century treaties with the federal government.”

Chippewa, Ojibwe or Anishinaabe bands in Minnesota

Friday, January 24, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 24

January 24, 1970 – “Dave Kramer records the first hat trick in [Minnesota State University (MSU)] school history, leading MSU to its first-ever win, a 5-2 victory over UW-Stout.”

Thursday, January 23, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 23

January 23, 1855 – “The Hennepin Avenue Bridge, a suspension bridge that was the first bridge built over the full width of the Mississippi River, was built in 1854 and dedicated on [on this date]. The bridge had a span of 620 feet (189 m), a roadway of 17 feet (5 m), and was built at a cost of $36,000. The toll was five cents for pedestrians and twenty-five cents for horsedrawn wagons.”

The Hennepin Avenue Bridge

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 22

January 22, 1982 – “Robert Hays and Bruce Raeburn, two Mahtomedi firefighters, lose their lives in the Brine's meat market fire in Stillwater, Minn. It is the worst loss of life in a fire in over 75 years.”

Brine's, Downtown Stillwater, Minn.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Jan. 22, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 21

January 21, 1962 – At 2 a.m., the original terminal opened for business at what is now the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. “The first arrival was a 3:30 a.m. Northwest Airlines flight.”

Monday, January 20, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 20

January 20, 1917 – “The M. & I. railway, a subsidiary of the Northern Pacific Railway, is going to see that the Bemidji pilgrims to the St. Paul winter sports carnival are well taken care of and today announced that on the evening of January 31, train No. 34, the regular Twin Cities train, will carry an extra sleeper.”

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; Bemidji, Minn.; January 20, 1917; p. 1. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 19

 January 19, 1988 – Susan Swedell, 19 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen at a gas station about a mile from her home in Lake Elmo. Employed by K-Mart in Oak Park Heights, Swedell had frequently received phone calls at work from a man she referred to as ‘Dale.’ On the night of her disappearance, a snowy evening, she called her mom from K-Mart to let her know she planned on coming home to watch a movie. Before she left work Susan changed into a short skirt, which seemed odd because of the blizzard-like conditions. A short time later she asked a gas station attendant if she could leave her car at the station because she was having car trouble. She then got into another car with a man that was waiting for her. Witnesses describe him as unshaven, tall with shoulder length curly hair, [well-built] and wearing a leather jacket. She has not been heard from or seen since.”

Susan Swedell