On April 20, 2018, the state of Minnesota has proclaimed April 20, 2018, as “Knute Nelson Day.” The city of Alexandria has also recognized the day as a tribute to Knute Nelson.
Knute Nelson (R), was a renaissance man who was a prominent citizen and successful politican who fought for woman suffrage.. His career is depicted by a bronze statue which stands in front of the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul. The inscription reads: “Three years a soldier in the Civil War. Three times a member of Congress. Twice Governor of Minnesota, five times our United States Senator. A brave son of Norway, a true patriot devoted in his allegiance to America. A wise statesman uncompromising in support of the principles in which he believed. A distinguished citizen of Minnesota;”
The legacy of Knute Nelson continues as his home now serves as headquarters for the Douglas County Historical Society.