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5 Fun Facts About February 18 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1930, the original brick building of the Fergus Falls State Hospital in Fergus Falls, Minnesota was destroyed by a fire. It was eventually rebuilt, but the blaze resulted in the loss of valuable medical records and forced patients to be transferred to other facilities.

2. On February 18, 1965, the Minnesota Twins signed baseball player Harmon Killebrew to a three-year contract. Killebrew, who is considered one of the greatest players in the team's history, would go on to hit 559 home runs and be elected to the Hall of Fame.

3. In 1933, residents of Tenstrike, Minnesota reported seeing what they believed to be a UFO in the sky. The object was described as a large, silver, cigar-shaped craft and was seen by multiple witnesses.

4. On February 18, 1861, the Minnesota State Legislature approved the creation of a state Board of Education, which would oversee the education of children in the state. This marked an important step in the development of the state's educational system.

5. In 1937, a deadly blizzard known as the "Schoolchildren's Blizzard" struck Minnesota and other parts of the Midwest. The sudden storm caught many people off guard, including schoolchildren on their way home from school. At least 71 people died as a result of the blizzard.
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