On this day in 1993 ...


Mendota Heights native Ann Bancroft reaches the South Pole after a 67-day trek in Antarctica.

Bancroft and her crew of four women would become the first all-female expedition to reach the South Pole by crossing the polar ice caps.

The skier had reached the North Pole in 55 days via dogsled six years earlier, becoming the first woman to travel there by sled and foot.

Eight years later, Bancroft and Norwegian adventurer Liv Arneson became the first women to ski across Antarctica.

An outspoken supporter of gay rights, Bancroft publicly campaigned against a Minnesota ban of gay marriage in 2006. Now 58 years old, she resides in Scandia, Minnesota.

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