This week in state history
June 19, 2020
Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week.
1852 Congress passes a resolution changing the name of St. Peter’s River to a form of its original Dakota name, Mni Sota, or Minnesota. It is translated as “waters that reflect the sky,” “sky-colored waters,” or “muddy water.” The river had been known to the French as “St. Pierre” (and to Anglophone Europeans as “St. Peter”) for 150 years, with increasing use of “Minnesota,” since the days of the explorer Pierre Charles Le Sueur.