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March of the Governors: Arne Carlson

Paul Nelson and Tom Beer

Arne Carlson, Minnesota’s thirty-seventh governor, was a Swede and a progressive Republican, like several before him, but unlike them, too. He grew up poor in New York City and had no connection to the dominant Harold Stassen political lineage. Carlson came to Minnesota for graduate school—then won election after election:…

Decisions, Destiny, and Dreams: Plympton’s Reserve, St. Paul’s Founding, and Desnoyer’s New Bridge Square

Drew M. Ross

The Desnoyer Halfway House located on the St. Anthony Falls-St. Paul Road attracted soldiers from Fort Snelling, residents from growing villages along the Mississippi, and tourists traveling to the area to glimpse the cascading St. Anthony Falls. Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society. By Drew M. Ross To see this…

Stephen Desnoyer’s Halfway House

Drew M. Ross

By Drew M. Ross Stephen Desnoyer is said to be the first permanent resident in Rose Township. He built a tavern on the thoroughfare of the St. Anthony/St. Paul Road which ran roughly along the route of today’s Interstate 94. The establishment was situated just west of what would become…

A Litigious Man: Select Court Cases of Stephen Desnoyer

Drew M. Ross

By Drew M. Ross Early St. Paulite Stephen Desnoyer slipped through the cracks of history. For years, we knew little about him. Even now, we have yet to find a photograph of him and know of only two descriptions of his appearance: short, rotund, jovial, fat (a total of four…

March of the Governors, Governor #36: Rudy Perpich Part II

Paul Nelson and Anne Field

Part II: Following his gubernatorial defeat in 1978, Rudy Perpich (1928-1995) spent a few years in Vienna, Austria, working as a trade representative for Control Data Corporation, but it wasn’t long before he began planning another run for the state’s highest role. Voters remembered him fondly and ushered him back…

Ramsey County History Winter 2024

Nicole Foss, Linda Kohl, Krista Finstad Hanson, Renoir Gaither, Mary Lethert Wingerd

Volume 59, Number 1: Winter 2024 Link to download PDF of full issue of RCHS Winter 2024 Magazine Articles in this Issue: Architect of St. Paul’s West Side: H. Emil Strassburger Author: Nicole Foss Link to N. Foss article PDF Additional Resources:…

Ramsey County History Winter 2024: H. Emil Strassburger

Nicole Foss

Volume 59, Number 1: Winter 2024 Architect of St. Paul’s West Side: H. Emil Strassburger Author: Nicole Foss Architectural Historian Nicole Foss grew curious about some of the old houses she passed on daily walks in her neighborhood. Curiosity led to research, which evolved into our cover story “Architect…

Ramsey County History Winter 2024: Scoop That Saved St. Paul Landmark

Linda Kohl

Volume 59, Number 1: Winter 2024 Setting the Record Straight: The Scoop that Helped Save a St. Paul Landmark Author: Linda Kohl It is nearly impossible to walk past the majestic Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul for the first time without stopping in wonder to admire the turrets…

Ramsey County History Winter 2024: Community in Hamline Midway Neighborhood

Krista Finstad Hanson

Volume 59, Number 1: Winter 2024 It Takes a Village: Building Community in the Hamline Midway Neighborhood Author: Krista Finstad Hanson What happens when a historian/writer becomes a homeowner? When Krista Finstad Hanson and her husband purchased a bungalow on Englewood Avenue in 1997, she couldn’t help herself. She…