Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.
A landmark Supreme Court decision protecting freedom of the press has its origins in Minnesota. In the 1920s, a Minneapolis man named Jay Near began writing articles, many of them tinged with racism and anti-Semitism, about the influence organized crime had on Twin Cities’ government and law enforcement officials. Under Minnesota’s gag law, the state shut down Near’s proposed new paper, the Saturday Press, before it could be published. Near sued. His case reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 1931. The court sided with Near, overturning Minnesota’s gag law, and affirming censorship to be unconstitutional in most cases. MN90 producer Marisa Helms has the story.