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5 Fun Facts About April 17 In Minnesota History

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1. The first ever edition of the Minneapolis Tribune newspaper was published on April 17, 1867.

2. On April 17, 1979, the Minnesota North Stars advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in the team's history.

3. April 17, 1937, marked the opening night of the iconic Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The center's collection now contains over 13,000 works of art spanning from ancient times to today.

4. A major tornado outbreak hit Minnesota on April 17, 1967. The twisters, which struck 11 counties across southern and central Minnesota, killed 13 people and injured nearly 700.

5. Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson declared April 17, 1993, as "Minnesota Aviation Day" in recognition of the opening of the new air traffic control tower at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The tower remains one of the tallest in the United States.
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