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5 Fun Facts About August 27 In Minnesota History

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1. On August 27, 1862, the Battle of Birch Coulee occurred during the Dakota War of 1862. The battle took place near present-day Morton, Minnesota, and resulted in a victory for the Dakota Indians over a group of soldiers from the United States Army.

2. In 1908, the first state fair was held at its current location in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. The fair has since become one of the largest and most well-known annual events in the state, attracting millions of visitors each year.

3. On August 27, 1955, the City of Saint Paul opened its first parking meters. The concept of using coin-operated meters to generate revenue for cities quickly spread throughout the country and has become a common feature in many urban areas.

4. In 1979, Minnesota's Mall of America got its start when a group of Twin Cities developers announced plans to build the world's largest mall on the site of the former Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. The mall officially opened its doors in 1992 and has since become one of the most visited tourist attractions in the state.

5. August 27, 2017, marked the final game for Minnesota Lynx basketball player Lindsay Whalen. Whalen, a Minnesota native, played 15 seasons in the WNBA and helped lead the Lynx to four championships. She is also the head coach of the University of Minnesota women's basketball team.
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