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St. Cloud’s First Female Officer Hired – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Steven Wright

ST. CLOUD - December 15th, 1945 – Ruby Danielson becomes 1st female police officer in the city of St. Cloud

St. Cloud’s first female police officer, Ruby Danielson, began her work on this date, December 15th, in 1945.

Danielson was employed as a teacher and governess before taking two weeks of on-the-job training with other policewomen in St. Paul. After her training, she came to St. Cloud to work for St. Cloud Police Chief A.T. Anderson. Officer Danielson was assigned to work with local health and welfare authorities.

She was employed by the St. Cloud Police Department until January of 1947, when she resigned her duties in order to further her education.

Thanks to the Stearns History Museum, and their volunteer Spencer Brown, for their help with our series “This Date in Central Minnesota History” on WJON.

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