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5 Fun Facts About August 14 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1848, Minnesota became a United States territory. President James K. Polk signed the bill that officially recognized Minnesota as a organized territory of the United States.

2. On August 14, 1862, the Dakota War began in Minnesota. The conflict arose over unresolved issues between the Dakota people and the US government, including the failure to provide treaty-promised food and the forced removal of Dakota people from their land. The war would last for six weeks and lead to the execution of 38 Dakota men.

3. In 1909, the University of Minnesota dedicated its new stadium, known as Northrop Field. The stadium was eventually renamed Memorial Stadium and served as the home field for the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team until 1981.

4. On August 14, 1926, the Keller family of Albert Lea, Minnesota set a world record for the most miles traveled by car in a single year. George Keller and his wife Alice, along with their son and daughter, traveled a total of 36,337 miles across the United States and Canada.

5. In 2015, the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) celebrated "Maya Moore Day" on August 14. Moore, a star player for the Lynx, was awarded the WNBA's Most Valuable Player award for her exceptional play during the 2014 season. The team held a special ceremony in Moore's honor before their game against the Seattle Storm.
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