WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) and U.S. Representative Angie Craig (D-MN) introduced a resolution encouraging the United States Postal Service (USPS) to issue a commemorative postage stamp for the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the invention of water skiing by Ralph Samuelson on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota. 

“In the land of 10,000 lakes, water skiing is a beloved recreational activity for many Minnesotans and visitors,” said Klobuchar. “As we recognize this milestone anniversary, I’m glad to introduce this resolution to lift up the great contribution of Ralph Samuelson and celebrate this sport.”

“Minnesota is known for a lot of cutting-edge things: our musicians, our writers, our sports teams, our Fortune 500 companies, and our colleges and universities,” said Sen. Smith. “We also have more than 10,000 lakes and a great love of the outdoors. So, it’s no wonder that Ralph Samuelson invented water skiing on Lake Pepin 100 years ago. Our resolution would recognize his achievement and the tradition of waterskiing that continues to this day, not only in Minnesota, but across the country.”

Samuelson, a native of Lake City, invented the sport of water skiing on July 2, 1922.

In addition to Craig, the House resolution was introduced by Representatives Dean Phillips (D-MN), Betty McCollum (D-MN), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

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