This week in history


September 11, 2020

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week.

Sept. 11

1971 The first Minnesota Renaissance Festival opens at Lake Grace in Jonathan. One of the largest of its kind, the festival now operates from a permanent encampment near Shakopee. The 2020 run was canceled as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

Sept. 13

1930 Duluth’s municipal airport is dedicated, and a crowd of 15,000 attends the ceremony and air show.

Sept. 14

1996 The first NorthShore Inline Marathon is held in Duluth. The Rollerblades brand of inline skates is a Minnesota creation: Scott and Brennan Olson designed them so...

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