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5 Fun Facts About January 12 In Minnesota History

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1. On January 12, 1916, the Minneapolis Tribune reported that the U.S. Weather Bureau had issued a warning about an impending blizzard that was expected to hit the region later that evening. The storm ended up dropping over a foot of snow on the city, causing travel disruptions and power outages.

2. In 1956, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill establishing the state's first medical school at the University of Minnesota. The school, which was officially named the University of Minnesota Medical School, opened its doors to students later that year.

3. On January 12, 1972, the Minnesota Viking defeated the Dallas Cowboys 27-10 in a playoff game to advance to Super Bowl VII. However, they would go on to lose to the Miami Dolphins in the championship game.

4. The Minnesota Twins announced on January 12, 1987, that they had signed free agent pitcher Frank Viola to a $7.9 million contract, making him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball at the time. Viola would go on to win the American League Cy Young Award that year.

5. In 2001, Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura declared January 12 to be "Greg LeMond Day" in honor of the state's three-time Tour de France champion. LeMond, who was born in California but grew up in Minnesota, was recognized for his accomplishments as a cyclist and his contributions to the sport.
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