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5 Fun Facts About April 11 In Minnesota History

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1. On April 11, 1961, the Minnesota Twins played their first game at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. The team had moved from Washington D.C. the previous year and played their first season at the ancient, decrepit Griffith Stadium before moving into their new home. Over the years, the stadium would host two World Series, three All-Star Games, and countless other memorable events before being demolished in 1985.

2. One of the most famous Minnesota-born artists, Robert Indiana, was born on April 11, 1928. Known for his iconic "LOVE" sculpture, Indiana grew up in Indianapolis but spent much of his later life in a converted Victorian mansion in Vinalhaven, Maine. His work is displayed in museums all over the world and remains an enduring symbol of the 1960s counterculture.

3. April 11 is also the birthday of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the man who put Saint Paul on the literary map. Born in 1896, Fitzgerald spent much of his childhood in the city and set several of his most famous stories, such as "The Ice Palace" and "Winter Dreams," in fictionalized versions of the area. His most famous novel, "The Great Gatsby," is still regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

4. On April 11, 1850, Minnesota's first state constitution was adopted in St. Paul. At the time, the state was still just a territory, but the document paved the way for Minnesota's admission to the Union eight years later. The original constitution is now housed at the Minnesota Historical Society's library.

5. Finally, on April 11, 1982, the Mall of America opened its doors in Bloomington, bringing more than 500 stores, dozens of restaurants, and countless other attractions to the Twin Cities area. The mall is still one of the largest in the world and draws millions of visitors every year.
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