Tuesday, November 19, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 19

November 19, 1920 – Three blocks from the Minnesota state penitentiary, the home of Moses Bernstein in Oak Park was entered at 6:30 p.m. today and $50 in cash and a quantity of jewelry taken. The thieves refused to accept government bonds.

Just as the Bernstein family, consisting of the father, mother and four children, were sitting down to supper, an automobile pulled up in front of their house. Four men stepped out of the car, leaving one man inside. The four men entered their house, covered the occupants with guns and compelled Bernstein to open a safe in the dining room. He brought out a number of government bonds that the men scrutinized, and then handed back. Jewelry valued at $300 and $50 in cash were taken. Two of the men searched the upper floor and took some additional jewelry from the bedrooms. Two sealskin coats were taken from the hall as the men were leaving.

The automobile was driven rapidly away as soon as the robbers got in it. It is supposed that the bandits expected to find a quantity of money in the house, Bernstein being thought to have cash on hand for use in his business as a junk dealer.

Before entering the house, the robbers had cut the telephone wire and when Bernstein tried to turn in an alarm, he found it necessary to go to a neighbor’s house half a block away. By the time the police arrived, the bandits had a good head start.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Bandits Hold Up Family of 6 in Stillwater Home; Gunmen Enter Residence, Rob Occupants Sitting at Supper Table. Trio Passes Up Government Bonds, But Take Cash, Jewelry and Coats.”; Nov. 20, 1920; p. 14.



Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Feb. 28, 2016, 
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Monday, November 18, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 18

November 18, 1942 - Leo M. Mustonen, 22, of Brainerd, Minn., disappeared on this date along with three other airmen: 2nd Lt. William A Gamber, 23, of Fayette, Ohio (pilot) and fellow cadets Ernest Munn, 23, of St. Clairsville, Ohio and John Mortenson, 25, of Moscow, Idaho. Their plane, an AT-7 navigational training plane, left Mather Airfield in Sacramento, Calif., carrying the four airmen and about five hours of fuel. The plane never returned.1 

1http://www.mummytombs.com/mummylocator/featured/airman.wwII.htm

Munson’s body was found in October 2005 by two hikers on the Darwin Glacier in California. “His arms were spread as if in a free fall. The parachute pack on his back read ‘U. S. Army,’ and it was unopened.” He was buried in his hometown.




 Leo M. Mustonen

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/24/national/24frozen.html?pagewanted=all
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Sunday, November 17, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 17

November 17, 1966 – Fifty-three years ago, a horrific event happened in Carlton County that none of us who lived there will ever forget. Kathleen Marie Bodie, 14, was murdered in the Cloquet High School band room. She had been dropped off at school early, around 7:05 a.m., by her father so she could practice her flute. At approximately 7:30 a.m., her nude body was found lying face down in a pool of blood by another student in the band room. Bodie had been stabbed more than 20 times in the chest and throat. 

Duluth News Tribune
; “Teenager Sought In Slaying of Girl”; November 18, 1966, p.1.



In 1966, this was Cloquet's High School. Today, it has been turned into condos.

https://www.pinejournal.com/news/3672153-past-stories-cloquet-middle-school-issues-referendum-plans


Suspect arrested; see 
Nov. 23, 2012 blog

Complaint issued; see 
Feb. 20, 2013 blog

Indictment; see 
March 7, 2013 blog

Savage pleads guilty; see 
March 14, 2013 blog

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

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 13

November 13, 1891 – Minn. Governor Floyd B. Olson was born on the north side of Minneapolis on this date, the only child of a Norwegian father and a Swedish mother.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floyd_B._Olson




Statue of Gov. Floyd B. Olson on the north side of Minneapolis

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain 6-29-2012, 
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 12

November 12, 1889 – U. S. magazine publisher, Dewitt Wallace, was born in St. Paul on this date. He co-founded Reader's Digest with his wife Lila Wallace and published the first issue in 1922. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeWitt_Wallace



Reader's Digest first issue

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reader%27s_Digest
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Monday, November 11, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 11

November 11, 1913 – “With two wives living a few blocks from each other [in Minneapolis], neither one knowing that they are living with the same husband, Arthur D. Carter, aged 39 years, today confessed to Chief Martinson, it is said, that he is guilty of bigamy. Carter is a son-in-law of Hon. F. M. Nye, former congressman from Minnesota.”

Red Wing Daily Republican
; “Nye’s Son-in-Law Alleged Bigamist, Arthur D. Carter Confesses to Police That He Has Two Wives”; November 11, 1913;
p. 1.




Representative Frank M. Nye

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Nye#/media/File:FrankNye.jpg
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Thursday, November 7, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 7

 November 7, 1991 – Former Boston Celtic basketball player Kevin McHale, who grew up in Hibbing, Minn., appeared on Season 10, Episode 8 of Cheers. “The gang feels responsible when the Celtics' Kevin McHale goes into a slump after becoming obsessed with the number of bolts in the floor of Boston Garden.”

http://www.tv.com/shows/cheers/where-have-all-the-floorboards-gone-14301/



Kevin McHale

http://www.basketballphoto.com/NBA_Basketball_Photographs.htm
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 6


November 6, 1962 – The 1962 Minn. state election was not only the first four-year- term election for Minnesota governor, it was also one of the closest statewide races in Minnesota history. The election was held on this date, but the results were not known until March 21, 1963. After recounts and court challenges, it was determined that then-Lieutenant Governor Karl Rolvaag-DFL, had defeated Governor Elmer L. Andersen-GOP by 91 votes out of nearly 1.3 million cast. Rolvaag collected 619,842 votes to Andersen's 619,751. At that time Minn. governors and Lt. governors were elected on separate ballots, which explains why the incumbent Governor was a Republican while the Lt. Governor was a Democrat. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_gubernatorial_election,_1962




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Minnesota.svg

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Monday, November 4, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 4


November 4, 1913Born Byron Elsworth Barr in St. Cloud, Minn., on this date, actor “Gig Young won an Academy Award for his performance as a slimy dance-marathon emcee in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?”1  He took the name ‘Gig Young’ from the character he played in ‘The Gay Sisters.’ His films include ‘Game of Death,’ ‘Young at Heart,’ ‘The Hindenburg,’ ‘The Elite Killer,’ and [‘The Desk Set’ with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy]. His work on television includes ‘The Rogues.’ He shot and killed his fifth wife, German actress Kim Schmidt, after 3 weeks of marriage, then committed suicide.”

1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gig_Young

2
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6120



 
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gig_Young_in_
Old_Acquaintance_trailer.jpg

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 3

November 3, 1959 - The Wilson & Company packinghouse strike begins in Albert Lea, Minn. The conflict “between Wilson & Co. and the United Packinghouse Workers Local 6 began as a dispute about mandatory overtime hours scheduled by the company. It escalated after the workers’ contract expired between the two entities Sept. 1, 1959, and then on Nov. 3, 1959, the union officially called strike. The strike lasted through Feb. 23, 1960, when the two entities agreed to arbitration, though many workers were not called back for months.” 

http://www.albertleatribune.com/2010/02/24/the-big-strike-ends/



Strikers march down South Broadway in Albert Lea, MN (1960)

http://www.albertleasucks.com/2013/07/the-strike.html
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Friday, November 1, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 1


November 1, 1986 – The heart and lungs of a 21-year-old cheerleader from North Dakota State University–Fargo were transplanted into a 33-year-old woman from Moorhead, Minn. at the University of Minnesota Hospital. It was the state’s second heart-lung transplant. The recipient, Delores Selidan, “was born with Eisenmenger’s syndrome, a severe heart defect that allows oxygen-poor blue blood to bypass the lungs, reducing the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body.” The donor, Janis Thompson, lost her balance and fell during a dismount from the top of a pyramid during cheerleading practice and landed on her head. She was declared brain dead on Friday, October 31.   

Minneapolis Star and Tribune; “One women’s death helps another to live”; November 4, 1986; pp. 1A & 7A.




https://www.westfargopioneer.com/community/4510710-moorhead-water-tower-tank-year

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 31

October 31 - November 2, 1958 – The grand opening of the Lindstrom Phillips 66 gas station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Cloquet, Minn., was held on these dates. It is the only gas station that Wright designed.

“The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 11, 1985, for its architectural significance.”1
 
The Pine Knot; Cloquet, Minn.; October 28, 1958; p. 1

1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._W._Lindholm_Service_Station



Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Oct. 31, 2014, as long as acknowledgement included.  
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 29


October 29, 2014 – The 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree, an 88-foot white spruce, was cut down in Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest today. “Approximately 500 attendees, including 170 local school children, gathered to witness the once in a generation event.”

“The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will make more than 30 stops as it travels through local communities, Minnesota and the Midwest on its way to Washington, D.C. The tree lighting ceremony will be held on Dec. 2.”

http://www.capitolchristmastree.com/2014-u-s-capitol-christmas-tree-successfully-cut/



2014 Capitol Christmas Tree 

Photo by Malinda Morawetz Ganther; used with permission.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 28

October 28, 1991 — “Two weeks before the gubernatorial election, popular [Independent-Republican] candidate Jon Grunseth quits the race after accusations surface that he swam nude with teenage girls.”  

http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2008/07/part-3-150-minnesota-moments-wed-just-soon-forget



Jon Grunseth

http://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html?CandidateID=17786&WhenStart=2012-05-08+08%3A49%3A48
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Saturday, October 26, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 26

October 26, 1958 – “Officials broke ground on a 600,000 square foot terminal” for what is now the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. 

http://www.mspairport.com/social-media/fun-facts.aspx



MSP Runways

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MSPrunways.jpg
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