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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…

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…

March of the Governors: Al Quie

Paul Nelson and Tom O'Connell

Albert H. Quie (1923-2023) left a safe seat in Congress after twenty years to run for governor in 1978. In that, his timing was good. He rode around the “Minnesota Massacre” and into office as the state’s thirty-fifth governor along with fellow Republicans Dave Durenberger and Rudy Boschwitz, who were…

March of the Governors: Rudy Perpich

Paul Nelson and Anne Field

March of the Governors, Governor #34 Rudy Perpich (Series Podcast #37) Rudy Perpich (1928-1995) served as Minnesota’s thirty-fourth governor in the years 1977 and 1978. He got there by succession when Wendell Anderson resigned. Perpich then appointed Anderson to the US…

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: 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…

March of the Governors: Wendell Anderson

Ken Peterson and Paul Nelson

March of the Governors, Governor #33 Wendell Anderson (Series Podcast #36) Before an ignominious electoral end, Wendell “Wendy” Anderson was one of Minnesota’s most significant and popular governors. Born and raised on St. Paul’s East Side, he had been an Olympic hockey…

Prairie Imperialists: The Indian Country Origins of American Empire

Reviewed by Renoir Gaither

Prairie Imperialists: The Indian Country Origins of American Empire Katharine Bjork Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019 352 pages; hard cover, 13 b&w photos, 5 maps, $64.95   Hamline University professor Katharine Bjork’s book, Prairie Imperialists:  The Indian Country Origins of…

History Revealed: Indian Wars Everywhere

Stefan Aune

Indian Wars Everywhere Stefan Aune, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies, Williams College History Revealed Series Program Date: Thursday, January 18, 2024 Video on YouTube In partnership with the East Side Freedom Library & Roseville…