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5 Fun Facts About February 24 In Minnesota History

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1. Historic Snowstorm: On February 24, 1966, Minnesota experienced one of the deadliest snowstorms in its history. The storm, dubbed the "Blizzard of '66," dropped up to 2 feet of snow in some areas and created hurricane-force winds, resulting in 27 deaths and more than 1,000 injuries.

2. Minnesota's First Indoor Shopping Mall: On February 24, 1956, the Southdale Center shopping mall opened in Edina, Minnesota. It was the first indoor shopping mall in the United States and revolutionized the retail industry.

3. A Famous Minnesota Musician is Born: On February 24, 1955, Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The talented musician would later become a pop icon, known for hits such as "Purple Rain," "When Doves Cry," and "Kiss."

4. The Battle of Two Rivers: On February 24, 1863, the Battle of Two Rivers took place near present-day Olivia, Minnesota. The battle was fought between the Dakota Sioux and the United States Army during the Dakota War of 1862. The Sioux were defeated and the battle marked a turning point in the war.

5. Minnesota's First Female Governor is Elected: On February 24, 2018, Minnesota's first female governor, Mark Dayton, announced that he would not seek re-election. This opened the door for the election of Tim Walz, who was elected governor later that year. Walz's running mate, Peggy Flanagan, became the state's first female lieutenant governor.
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