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Rural Becker County was the perfect location for making illegal alcohol

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In 1901, William “Pussyfoot” Johnson was tasked with closing down every saloon in the state of Minnesota. There were 13 in Detroit Lakes alone.

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He and his deputies were headed for Mahnomen, stopping along the way at each town, smashing containers and dumping the alcohol in the streets. By the time they got to Mahnomen though, they met some major opposition.

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