Minnesota · Religion

Woman dies after being ritualistically flogged by husband

October 18, 1951 St. Paul, Minnesota Ardith Lennander dies after severe flogging during a religious ceremony to “beat the devil out” of her On October 17, the body of 64-year-old Anna Halvorson was “found in a pool of blood in a bed” in the Lauderdale home of her daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Patrick Doyle.… Continue reading Woman dies after being ritualistically flogged by husband

Minnesota · Newspaper clippings · School Violence

Teen shoots student, educator after years of teasing

October 5, 1966 Grand Rapids, Minnesota 15-year-old David Black shoots a fellow student and an educator at his high school Black had been teased for sometime. According to 14-year-old survivor Kevin Roth, Black was short for his age, heavy-set, and “could have shaved twice a day.” He was also prone to telling exaggerated stories, including… Continue reading Teen shoots student, educator after years of teasing

Minnesota · Newspaper clippings

Woman tied to a tree, raped, shot in face, and left to die

September 20, 1916 Good Hope Township, Minnesota School teacher Olga Dahl is raped, shot twice in the face, and left for dead According to an interview with Dahl’s children by the Itasca County Historical Society, Dahl had seen her assailant the day before the attack, staring at her as she ate her breakfast, though she… Continue reading Woman tied to a tree, raped, shot in face, and left to die

Minnesota

Man tarred, feathered for not proving his loyalty to US

August 19, 1918 Luverne, Minnesota John Meints, a farmer of German descent, is tarred, feathered, and run out of town As the end of World War I approached, anti-German sentiments flared. German-language newspapers closed when advertisers pulled their ads. Thousands of Americans of German descent and German immigrants were accused of being spies and forced… Continue reading Man tarred, feathered for not proving his loyalty to US

Minnesota · Newspaper clippings

Pop bottle suicide note found, later determined to be hoax

From The Chicago Daily Tribune July 25, 1896 A story appears concerning an apparent suicide note held within a glass bottle signed by a Harry Svensgaard. The following day, The Saint Paul Globe published a follow-up story, revealing the supposed suicide note was a hoax, either meant to be a joke or a malicious rumor.