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Extra! Extra! Protect Your Right to Drive Under New Minnesota Law

A 1945 ad for an insurance agent addresses the new Minnesota Motor Vehicle Responsibility Law.

June 1, 1945: In 1945, State Farm was there.

Local State Farm Insurance agent Roy Harmer's ad in the Dakota County Tribune attempted to drum up business from automobile owners by mentioning the new Minnesota Motor Vehicle Responsibility law.

Though the first car insurance legislation in Minnesota was passed in 1933, the 1945 law that replaced it "required a driver or owner involved in a motor vehicle accident causing personal injury, death, or property damage in excess of fifty dollars to furnish security in an amount sufficient to satisfy any judgment against the driver or owner arising from the accident," according to "A Primer on Minnesota No-Fault Automobile Insurance" by William Mitchell College of Law Professor Michael K. Steenson.

So, yeah, maybe car insurance was a good idea.

Just give Roy Harmer a call at phone number 323 for more information.

You can check out more events, exhibits and archives at the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 Third Avenue N, South St. Paul.

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