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The Mary Situation

by James McManus |  Published: Aug 29, 2007

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The Minnesota Territory became the 38th state on May 11, 1858, just in time to help elect Lincoln and provide him with 22,000 troops for the initial Union war effort. Meanwhile, thousands of Swedes and Norwegians kept arriving to farm the vast wheat fields and work in the forests and sawmills up north. With St. Paul and Minneapolis growing astride the headwaters of the Mississippi, and Duluth at the westernmost point of the waterway connecting Lake Superior to the Atlantic, Minnesota was emerging as a great North American crossroads.


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