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5 Fun Facts About February 15 In Minnesota History

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1. The Minnesota Statehood Day is celebrated on February 15. This day marks the anniversary of Minnesota's admission as the 32nd state of the United States in 1858.

2. In 1904, the Great Northern Railway passenger train crashed near Little Falls, Minnesota, killing 14 people and injuring numerous others. This accident is still considered one of the deadliest train crashes in Minnesota's history.

3. In 1931, the first Winter Carnival was held in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The carnival was organized to celebrate the city's winter season and has since become an annual event that draws visitors from all over the world.

4. On February 15, 1982, the Minnesota Twins baseball team announced that they would be moving to a new stadium in downtown Minneapolis. This move would eventually lead to the construction of Target Field, which opened in 2010.

5. In 2019, on February 15, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared a state of emergency due to extreme cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills. The declaration allowed the state to mobilize resources and help those in need during the severe weather conditions.
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