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5 Fun Facts About February 11 In Minnesota History

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1. On February 11, 1857, Minnesota became the 32nd state in the United States of America. It was admitted to the Union following the Minnesota Territorial Legislature's decision to apply for statehood in May 1857.

2. In 1971, on February 11, Minnesota became the first state in the United States to ban lead-containing ammunition for hunting waterfowl. The move was aimed at protecting wildlife and human health.

3. Legendary American author Sinclair Lewis, who became the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, on February 11, 1885.

4. The 2010 Winter Olympics torch relay passed through St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 11, 2010. It was the only stop in the United States for the torch relay, which covered over 45,000 miles on its way to Vancouver, Canada.

5. On February 11, 2019, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced her candidacy for the 2020 United States presidential election. She was one of several Democratic candidates running for the presidential nomination that year. Although she was not ultimately successful in securing the nomination, Klobuchar's campaign was notable for her reputation as a pragmatic, centrist candidate.
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