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On April 15, 1944, Evron M. Kirkpatrick and H.J. Griffith, representing the Democratic Party, and Sander Genis of the Farmer-Labor Party, appeared at the office of Secretary of State Mike Holm to file the necessary papers officially establishing the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota. Photo courtesy of Minnesota DFL Party

How 'DFL' got its name

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Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, is also home to a truly unique political history: It is the only state in the union with a Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party.

This party came about as the result of a merger between the Minnesota Democratic Party and the Farmer-Labor Party — a merger that took place 70 years ago this month.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers and editor of MN Boomers magazine for the past 13 years. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 847-3151
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