February 15, 1870 – “A groundbreaking ceremony was held [on this date] for the Northern Pacific Railroad
line at Northern Pacific Junction, later called Carlton. The line to the
Pacific Ocean was completed September 8, 1883, with the same spike used to
begin construction in Minnesota. It was the first single-company
February 14, 1929 – The St. Valentine’s Day
Massacre, which left seven dead in Chicago’s North Clark Street warehouse, is
believed to have been the result of an ongoing battle for power between two
major gangs – The South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone and the North Side
Irish gang led by [St. Paul, Minn.-native] George “Bugs Moran.”
February 13, 1918 - American professional
golfer Patty Berg was born in Minneapolis on this date. “A founding member and
then leading player on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour
during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s,” Berg’s “15 major title wins remains the
all-time record for most major wins by a female golfer. She is a member of the
World Golf Hall of Fame.”
February 12, 1993 – Untamed Heart, a film shot in Minneapolis staring Christian Slater, Marisa Tomei, Rosie Perez and Willie Nelson, was released on this date.
"Principal photography on the film began in March 1992 amidst cold temperatures. However, several scenes in winter were shot in May and fake snow had to be created to maintain the illusion. One scene was shot at the Met Center, the home of the Minnesota North Stars at the time."
February 11, 1982 – Built in 1901, The
Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre, Minn., was placed on the National Register
of Historic Places on this date.
This first class hotel replaced the
old Sauk Centre House, the town's first hotel, which burned to the ground on
June 26, 1900. Modern for its day, The Palmer House
was the first building in Sauk Centre with electricity. Salesmen traveling by
rail regularly used the hotel for business meetings and relaxation. The hotel
soon became the cornerstone of Sauk Centre's downtown area and served as a
gathering place for the now-content locals.1 Sinclair Lewis was a night
clerk at the hotel,2 which is
now believed to be haunted.
- Regularly having to rearrange the rolled silverware settings in the dining room.
- Water turning on and off in various sinks while no one is around.
- Hanging stemware shooting out of their racks across several feet.
- Candle holders sliding across a table in the pub when no one was near.
- Floor lamps in the lobby turning on and off.
- TV in the pub turning on VERY loudly and only night clerk in the lobby.
- Glasses not simply falling off of shelves, but seemingly “thrown” down.
- Temperature dropping late at night in the lobby for 20 minutes or so.
- Hearing people up in the hotel at night when we didn’t have any guests.
- Following a “guest” upstairs only to have them simply NOT be there.
- Children asking me who that little boy is sitting on the steps. I don’t see him.
February 10, 1971 – The Minnesota Supreme Court
once again denied T. Eugene Thompson’s attempts to collect the more than $1
million in death benefits carried by his wife Carol, upholding their previous
ruling. Thompson was convicted of murdering
his wife and sentenced to life-imprisonment in Stillwater Prison in 1963.
The Minneapolis Tribune; “Convicted
Slayer Denied Insurance Benefits”; February 13, 1971; p. 2A.
Blood-stainedtrousers believed to have been worn by Carol Thompson’s murderer
found; see May 9, 2013 blog Suspect in Carol Thompson’s murder confesses,
implicates T. Eugene Thompson; see June 20, 2013 blog
February 9, 1966 – “On March 11, 1965, NHL
President Clarence Campbell announced that the league would expand to twelve
teams from six through the creation of a new six-team division for the 1967–68 season.
In response to Campbell's announcement, a partnership of nine men, led by
Walter Bush, Jr. and John Driscoll, was formed to seek a franchise for the Twin
Cities area of Minnesota. Their efforts were successful, as the NHL awarded one
of its six expansion franchises to Minnesota on [this date].”