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Sample Minnesota's rich history, courtesy of a microfilm archive

January 1

Jan. 1, 1889: What does a managing editor do?

More than a century ago, the managing editor at a "great morning paper like the Tribune" had a great many responsibilities. He spent a few hours each day just opening mail, dictating letters, fending off job applicants and pacifying "cranks," all without the aid of an iPad. The Tribune explains:
December 20, 2019

Dec. 21, 1981: Met Stadium's violent goodbye

In a column given prominent play on the front page of the Minneapolis Tribune, Joe Soucheray captured the senseless hooliganism that took hold after the final Vikings' final game at Met Stadium on Dec. 20, 1981.
October 31, 2019

Oct. 31, 1957: No masking their Halloween delight

Let's hope Minneapolis Tribune photographer Earl Seubert had plenty of candy on hand when these cheerful "trick-and-treaters" leaned through his storm door to face his camera.
March 15, 2019

Sept. 11, 1945: Sid Hartman's first column

Hartman's first bylined column, "The Roundup," appeared in the Minneapolis Daily Times, tucked away with the agate type on the bottom of the Daily Times' second sports page. The lead story on the front page that day: "Tojo Shoots Self as U.S. Officers Attempt His Arrest."
February 17, 2019

Feb. 27, 1921: An electrifying infographic

This odd map of the United States may seem at first glance to be a cubist artist's conception of the familiar geographical outlines of our country, but it has a strictly utilitarian purpose. It is known as the map of the "electrical United States" and pictures graphically the number of household users of electricity in each state.
September 19, 2018

May 8, 1984: Kirby Puckett's first day in the majors

Puckett made his major league debut on May 8, 1984, going 4-for-5 in a 5-0 Twins victory over the Angels. His debut would have come a day earlier but for some unexpected delays.
September 2, 2018

Feb. 8, 1948: Meet Minnesota's best family doctor

In 1948, the State Medical Association honored Dr. William Wallace Will as Minnesota's outstanding general practitioner in recognition of his four decades of work caring for the people of Bertha, Minn.
August 2, 2018

Nov. 28, 1956: Frank Lloyd Wright at Southdale

After a tour of Twin Cities landmarks, the 87-year-old champion of American modernist architecture addressed the annual meeting of the Citizens League of Minneapolis and Hennepin County.
July 25, 2018

June 30, 1950: U.S. stuns England 1-0 in World Cup

The U.S. soccer team's shocking 1-0 victory over England in the 1950 World Cup has inspired several books, a movie and scores of anniversary stories. But the upset generated only a few sentences in the Minneapolis papers the next day.
June 29, 2018

June 10, 1871: How mosquitoes bite

The mosquito has a proboscis like an elephant, only not so large. It will, however, look nearly as large under a good microscope.
June 1, 2018

May 3, 1959: Let's go car camping!

A Minneapolis Tribune photographer followed the Donald F. Anderson family into the wilds of northern Minnesota and captured the images below for Picture magazine.
May 8, 2018

Nov. 11, 1909: Man shoots coyote from back porch

Daniel Hoyt telephoned City Clerk Knott yesterday that he had shot a coyote "at 30 rods" from his house, 395 Twenty-third avenue southeast, and that he would appear soon at the city hall to claim a bounty of $7.50.
May 3, 2018
March 1-3, 1951: Mr. Fixit at your service

March 1-3, 1951: Mr. Fixit at your service

Before Fixit, there was Mr. Fixit, a quirky amalgam of Dear Abby, Google and T.D. Mischke. He deftly answered questions about food stains, home repair and city ordinances. But he also offered advice to the lovelorn and offbeat philosophical musings. And if you had a question of an extremely personal nature, he'd send you a response by mail, provided you sent him a stamped, self-addressed envelope. An interactive feature of the first order!
May 3, 2018

Dec. 4, 1928: Car bomb kills St. Paul gang figure

Thanks to Prohibition, criminal gangs plagued the Twin Cities in the 1920s and '30s. A corrupt St. Paul Police Department provided safe haven to gangsters and crooks of the era, as long as they agreed to stay out of trouble while in the city. The task of keeping the bad boys in line fell to "Dapper Dan" Hogan, a speakeasy owner and underworld leader. On December 4, 1928, Hogan, "whose word was known to be law among many criminals," was killed by a car bomb in the garage behind his St. Paul home. Rival gangsters were the likely culprits, but his murder was never officially solved.
April 13, 2018
Bohemian Flats below the Washington Avenue Bridge, Minneapolis, in about 1910.

May 25, 1923: Bohemian Flats women defy eviction notice

"Women of the flats stood guard over their thresholds while police attempted to eject them for failure to pay rent on the grounds on which the dwellings stand. A near-riot was halted when a second court order was served on police, ordering a stay of the ejections."
February 14, 2018

Feb. 14, 1885: Some valentines 'are simply vile and they become worse every year'

"The designs this year," said a dealer in speaking of the trade, "are if anything, prettier than ever; everything runs to flowers, the old style of paper lace with bleeding hearts and dagger accompaniments have almost gone out of date. Some of the more elaborate like this one (holding up a magnificent design of plush) come us high as $20, but a girl has got to be pretty solid to receive as costly a token as this."
February 14, 2018

Feb. 18, 1936: My bloody valentine

In far harder times — the Great Depression — a blood-covered plate teeming with germs was apparently an acceptable valentine.
January 19, 2018

Dec. 14, 1980: Ahmad Rashad's 'miracle catch' at Met Stadium

The Vikings trailed Cleveland by a point, 23-22, and Tommy Kramer had just launched a pass from the Browns' 46-yard line into the right corner of the end zone, with four seconds showing on the scoreboard clock.
January 18, 2018

Jan. 22, 1922: An organ grinder's despair

A Minneapolis sewer worker despondent over the abduction and death of his performing monkey braces himself for a far more painful loss.
January 8, 2018

May 23, 1950: Mother of 10 serves Wonder Bread

A photo of Betty McClellan surrounded by her 10 children was featured in a four-column Wonder Bread ad in the Minneapolis Tribune in May 1950.
January 5, 2018

May 15, 1905: Wonderland amusement park opens

Thousands flocked to 31st and E. Lake Street in May 1905 for a preview of a new 10-acre amusement park called Wonderland. A Tribune reporter in attendance somehow captured the glittery excitement of the day without getting a single quote from the park's owners, visitors or employees.
December 25, 2017

Nov. 14, 1971: Vikings 3, Packers 0

The last time the Vikings shut out the Packers, I was a 12-year-old kid listening to the game on the radio in a living room in Richfield. The game, played at the Met, was not broadcast on local television. Here's the Minneapolis Star account of the fourth-quarter interception that led to Minnesota's winning field goal.
December 23, 2017

Dec. 6, 1910: Good Fellows fill thousands of Christmas stockings

It was a wonderful suggestion from a reader, and the newspaper jumped on it with enthusiasm: Find impoverished children in need of Christmas cheer and match them with generous citizens who want to play Santa Claus.
December 14, 2017
These chaps posing on the banks of Lake Calhoun in about 1890 belonged to the Lurline Boat Club. The rowing attire of the day didn't leave much to the

Dec. 21, 1890: A new name for Lake Calhoun? Not exactly

A Tribune editorial correctly predicted that restoring the original name, "Mendoza," would not stick.
December 14, 2017

Jan. 20, 1947: Ice harvest on Cedar Lake

The Minneapolis Tribune once described it as "the one crop in Minnesota that never fails."