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This week in state history


January 17, 2020

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this coming week.

Jan. 17

1934 Banker Edward G. Bremer is kidnapped at the corner of Goodrich Avenue and Lexington Parkway in St. Paul. On Feb. 7, after his family pays a $200,000 ransom, Bremer is freed in Rochester. Bremer's remarkable memory leads investigators to the kidnappers, the Barker-Karpis gang, the members of which would all be caught or killed by 1936.

Jan. 18

1849 Stephen A. Douglas, senator from Illinois, introduces a bill to organize Minnesota Territory.

1892 Frank Hibbing arrives at the Mesabi Range to test for a mine at the s...

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