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Ember Reichgott Junge

Recently added to the Minnesota Historical Society manuscript collections are the papers of Ember Reichgott Junge, a Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) state senator who served in the Minnesota Legislature from 1982 to 2000.

In addition to her legislative files, much of which center on charter schools, the collection includes files relating to a book she was writing to be called Two Parties and a Jesse, which was to be an insider's look at legislating in an era of tri-party government during the governorship of Governor Jesse Ventura. Ventura, a former professional wrestler, served as the state's 38th governor from 1999 to 2003.

Much of the book was to be based upon Reichgott Junge's personal journal (Book Musings, 1999-2000), also a part of the collection, in which she made candid comments and observations about legislators, politics and the legislative process as the Republican-controlled House and the DFL-controlled Senate grappled with the celebrity Reform Party governor.

The collection includes drafts of two chapters of what was to have been a six-chapter book, commenting on legislative strategy, deal-making, the personalities of Ventura and of other legislative leaders, and law making in Minnesota's experiment with three-party government. The book, unfortunately, was never published.

The Minnesota State Archives also contain Jesse Ventura's gubernatorial records.

New and Updated Finding Aids - September 2016

Name/Abstract File No.
Agricultural Society: An Inventory of Its Annual and Related Reports gr00093
Annual reports, State Fair reports, and related reports documenting the activities of the society.
Agricultural Society: An Inventory of Its Miscellaneous Records gr01221
Posters, postcards, handbills, displayable items from scrapbooks, building specifications, a map, and other items pertaining to the Minnesota State Fair and fairgrounds.
Bethany Covenant Church (Richfield, Minn.): An Inventory of Its Records 00498
Historical miscellany, constitutions, annual reports, newsletters, and worship service bulletins of Bethany Covenant Church and its predecessor, the Swedish Evangelical Bethany Church, organized in Minneapolis in 1904. Some of the material is in Swedish.
Cass County: Byron Township: An Inventory of Its Records gr01219
Clerk's books, treasurer's records, annual meeting minutes, birth and death records, poll lists/election registers, summary statements of elections, a township history, and a justice of the peace docket book.
Cass County: May Township: An Inventory of Its Records gr01220
Birth and death records; burial or removal permits; civil and criminal dockets; clerk's books; and miscellaneous documents including a Motley-Taft circuit region map, road records, town meeting minutes, and correspondence with the State Health Board.
Cass County: Rogers Township: An Inventory of Its Records gr01224
Clerk's/town record books, treasurer's books, balance sheet, burial and removal permits, road record, and petition, and birth and death records.
Chisago County: Branch Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01225
Chisago County: Lent Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01226
Chisago County: Rush City: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01227
Birth and death register and reports, certificate record, and certificates.
Chisago County: Shafer Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01228
Minutes and related papers (1882-1984); financial records (1901-1985); reports (1961-1979); yearbooks, handbooks, and directories (1959-1990); annual meeting files (1985-1992); and historical information, constitutions, and bylaws (1882-1955) created by an organization founded in 1882 as a cooperative effort by Episcopal women to raise funds for missionaries and their families, later expanding its work to encompass all types of social action on behalf of diverse groups.
Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities: An Inventory of Its Agendas and Minutes gr01222
Agendas, minutes (some ribbon copies, some photocopies), and related documents of meetings of the Council (1995-2015) and its predecessors, the Governor's Planning and Advisory Council on Developmental Disabilities (1971-1976) and the Governor's Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities (1976-1995).
Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities: An Inventory of Its Chronological File gr00757
Incoming and outgoing letters and memoranda, regarding all aspects of the daily administration of the Council, including the activities of its directors, assistant directors, planners, grant administrators, and various office staff. Also present in the files are work plans, program materials, reports, and other related documentation.
Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities: An Inventory of Its Published Records and Reports gr00758
Publications either created or collected by the Council pertaining to all aspects of its duties and responsibilities. Included are incomplete runs of the Council's News Letter, News Briefs, and Futurity; annual, quarterly, and program performance reports; annual work plans; monthly activity reports; three-year and five-year state plans; the Council's May 1976 philosophy and mission statement; and a variety of related manuals, instructor's guides, guidelines, analysis, and reports. The latter cover such diverse topics as facilitated communication, medical assistance, legislation, positive learning, school integration, Welsch v Noot, state hospitals, community involvement, early intervention, the state schools for the blind and deaf, quality indicators, individual plans, education and training opportunities, and technology.
Human Services Department: An Inventory of Its Local Social Services Boards Member Files gr01223
Records documenting local (mainly county) social services boards established in 1937 [Laws 1937 c343] and charged with the administration of all forms of public assistance and public welfare, both of children and adults, and the supervision, in cooperation with the Board of Control, of the administration of all forms of public assistance, including aid to dependent children, old age assistance, veterans aid, aid to the blind, and other public assistance or public welfare purposes.
Human Services Department: Commissioner's Office: An Inventory of Its Logged Letters and Correspondence gr00519
Commissioner's office correspondence with citizens, legislators, public officials, welfare organizations, county law enforcement agencies, and federal and other state agencies, regarding all aspects of administration and client services of the Department of Human Services and its predecessor, the Department of Public Welfare. Also includes correspondence of assistant commissioners and other top staff.
Ember Reichgott Junge: An Inventory of Her Papers 00446
Ember Reichgott Junge Legislative files, including bill files and materials relating to charter schools, and chapter outlines and drafts, background information, news clippings, and recorded interviews and interview transcripts relating to a book to be titled Two parties and a Jesse being written by Ember Reichgott Junge, a Democratic-Farmer-Labor state senator during the governorship of Jesse Ventura, an era of three-party government in Minnesota. Includes Book musings, a personal political journal kept during the 1999-2000 legislative session, upon which much of Reichgott Junge's manuscript was based.
Minnesota Territorial Census Schedules: An Inventory of Census Schedules on Microfilm at the Minnesota Historical Society TerritorialCensus
Manuscript and published versions of population and nonpopulation census schedules for Minnesota Territory for the years 1849, 1850, 1853, and 1855, and related materials, compiled from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections of government records, historical manuscripts, books, serials, and newspapers. Supplementary materials include gubernatorial orders, laws passed by the territory’s legislative assembly, annotated transcriptions of census returns, corrections to misspelled names, and a newspaper account of a local census.
RIP - 35E ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND (SAINT PAUL, MINN.): An Inventory of Its Records 00653
Depositions, statements, exhibits, court records and other legal files, newspaper clippings, reports and similar records prepared by government agencies, and a few corporate records documenting legal strategies of RIP - 35E, an organization established to prevent completion of the Interstate 35E connection to Interstate 94 near downtown Saint Paul.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church (Saint Paul, Minn.): An Inventory of Its Records 00444
Minutes, financial records, annual and audit reports, and miscellaneous papers relating to an Episcopal church established in the Merriam Park neighborhood of Saint Paul, whose first services were held in 1885. Includes records of several of the congregation's women's organizations.
Henry G. Teigan: An Inventory of His Papers 00443
Henry George TeiganCorrespondence and miscellaneous papers, subject files, and newspaper clippings collected by Teigan as a participant in the Farmer-Labor movement; as secretary of the National Nonpartisan League (1916-1923); as secretary to United States Senator Magnus Johnson (1923-1925); as a newspaper publisher in Minneapolis; as editor of the Minnesota Leader, Saint Paul; and as a member of the Minnesota Senate from the 29th district (1933-1935) and of the United States House of Representatives from the 3rd district (1936-1938).

New and Updated Catalog Records

Agriculture Department. Dairy and Food Division. Miscellaneous records, 1970-2002.
Governor's proclamations (2000-2001) concerning food safety education week, certificates and awards (1986-2002) regarding superior public service and food inspection projects; and photographs (1970-2000) of the Agriculture Department's state fair exhibits and displays.
Elizabeth Blackwell Women's Health Center. Health Center records, 1973-1977.
Pamphlets, brochures, flyers, outlines, annual report (1976), membership lists (1974-1976), memoranda (1976-1977), retreat agendas (1976), survey forms, newsletters (1974-1977), a bibliography (1976), a syllabus, and a poster related to the history and activities of a women's health center in Minneapolis (Minn.) that focused on meeting women's needs in knowledge of and control over their own health care.
Health Department. Environmental Health Division. Asbestos and Lead Compliance Unit policies, 1996-2012.
Questions and Answers about the Asbestos Unit, April 1996 -- Inspection Strategy for the Asbestos and Lead Compliance (ALC) Unit, May 2011 -- Asbestos Inspection Policy, Asbestos and Lead Compliance Unit, May 2012.
Lynch, Mike, 1938- . View of Saint Paul from Indian Mounds Park papers, 1998-2003.
Documents, photographs, and working drawings created by artist Mike Lynch while commissioned by the Minnesota State Arts Board's Percent for Art in Public Places program.
Saint Louis County. Bassett Township. Records, 1904-1989.
Annual town meeting ballot for socialist and non-partisan candidates (undated), town meeting notices and petition (1913-1914), forrest road no. 11 project (1961-1989), road petitions (1913-1921), treasurer's annual statements (1919-1920, 1939), and wolf bounty certificates (1904-1916).

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