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After the Harvest, Before Winter*: The Connection Between Oct. 15 and November 3 (at least in Minnesota)

Nod to Colder Climate So, what IS the connection (you ask)? Both dates were chosen with farmers and an agrarian economy in mind, literally two centuries ago.** Here’s the explanation: When Congress in 1845 set Election Day on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, however, lawmakers were thinking of weather rather than...
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