This week in state history


June 5, 2020

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week.

June 5

1885 The Western Appeal (later the Appeal), the first Minnesota-published African American newspaper to gain national readership, premieres, edited by Frederick D. Parker.

June 6

1945 Just after 5 a.m. a fire was discovered at a farm home near Mahtowa. Vivian Doan, aged 28, was found dead in the home along with four children, Dorrayne, 8; Laurene, 5; Darlene Kay, 2; and Danny, about two months. The father, Robert Doan, later signed a confession stating that he had beaten...

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