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Which Minnesota city moved to secede from the union in 1977?

Frustrated by unsuccessful attempts to obtain a grant from the federal government for a water project, the Kinney city council votes to secede from the union and apply for foreign aid because “there is less paperwork.” Although the U.S. did not recognize Kinney as a foreign country, Duluth’s frozen food king Jeno Paulucci did, giving Kinney 10 cases of frozen pizza.


Here’s the official notice to U.S. Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance…

City of Kinney
Clerk’s Office

July 13, 1977

Honorable Cyrus Vance
Secretary of State
Washington, D.C.

BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Kinney, in Kinney, Minnesota, has decided to secede from the United States of America, and become a foreign country. Our area is large enough for it. We are twelve square blocks, three blocks wide and four blocks long. We will be similar to Monaco. It is much easier to get assistance as a foreign country, which we need badly, and there is no paper work to worry about. If necessary, we will be glad to declare war and lose. However, if this is a requirement, we would appreciate being able to surrender real quick, as our Mayor works as a nurse in a hospital, and most of our council members work in a nearby mine and cannot get much time off from work.


Mary Anderson, Mayor
Margaret Medure, Clerk
Al Helmin, Councilman
Lloyd Linnell, Councilman
Myron Holcomb, Councilman
Jim Randall, Village Attorney



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