Sarah McKenzie

Revisiting the Minnesota Miracle


When Tom Berg was elected to the state Legislature in 1970, he beat out an incumbent Republican lawmaker who had represented the Minneapolis district for five terms.

Berg and his wife knocked on thousands of doors in southwest Minneapolis during his campaign. He was 30 when he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives and his victory was a shock to many in the area who typically voted Republican — a political atmosphere in stark contrast to the DFL-dominated southwest Minneapolis of today.


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