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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

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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 for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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