Mick Jagger, Bloomington, MN, 1972 (by Rich Zimmermann)
The Rolling Stones brought their S.T.P (Stones Touring Party) tour to Bloomington’s Met Center on June 18, 1972. It was only the second time the Stones had ever appeared in Minnesota. The first time was in 1964, when they played to a crowd of several hundred people at the old Danceland Ballroom at Excelsior Amusement Park. And therein lies a tale. Legend has it that Mick Jagger encountered a familiar Excelsior character named Jimmy Hutmaker (widely known as Mr. Jimmy) during that 1964 visit. At a local drug store, Jagger supposedly overheard Mr. Jimmy—who had just tried unsuccessfully to order a cherry Coke—observe that “you can’t always get what you want.” Sound familiar? Listen to the lyrics of the 1969 Stones anthem, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” and you’ll hear references to a drug store, cherry soda, and “Mr. Jimmy.” Jimmy Hutmaker attended the 1972 concert. By one account, he made the trip from Excelsior to Bloomington in a limo sent by his old acquaintance, Mr. Mick.
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Tony Oliva and Daughter Anita at Minnesota Twins Father-Kids Game, Bloomington, 1970
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World’s Largest Prairie Chicken, Rothsay, MN
The good folks of Rothsay, MN, unveiled a statue of the world’s largest prairie chicken on June 15, 1976. (Their town had recently been designated as the Prairie Chicken Capitol of Minnesota.) The 13-foot-tall, 9,000-pound creature was Rothsay’s contribution to the nation’s bicentennial celebration.
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Russell Bryan and the Trailer Home that Made History, 1976
On June 14, 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling in a Minnesota case that laid the legal foundation for the establishment Indian gaming in the United States. The case was brought by Russell Bryan, an Ojibwe who lived with his family in a mobile home on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. Bryan had gone to court to challenge a $147.95 property tax bill that he received from Itasca County. He and his lawyers argued that state tax and regulatory laws did not apply to American Indians living on Indian reservations. In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed. The ruling in Bryan v. Itasca County established the principle that states cannot regulate activities on Indian reservations without receiving explicit authority from Congress. With the threat of regulation lifted, reservations across the country started opening gaming operations—first, bingo, and later, full-fledged casinos.
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