The Minneapolis / St Paul station opened for operations on February 24, 1948 on the first day of scheduled service for  Wisconsin Central Airlines. Due to the severe weather conditions, the only systemwide activity on that inaugural day originated from Wold-Chamberlain Field (now Minneapolis/StPaul Intl Airport) to St Cloud and on to Hibbing/Chisholm, Minnesota. Non-stop service for that first schedule from the Twin Cities was to St Cloud, Minnesota and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. As the airline grew, "MSP" would become a major hub for the airline and in November, 1952, the airline's new headquarters and main operations base moved there from Madison, Wisconsin. This precipitated the name change from Wisconsin Central to North Central Airlines in December, 1952.

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