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5 Fun Facts About January 17 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1852, the Minnesota territorial legislature granted a charter to the city of Minneapolis, formally establishing the city government.

2. On January 17, 1893, the Minnehaha Depot, a beautiful train station located in Minneapolis, opened its doors. The station served as a key transportation hub for Minneapolis for over half a century, until it was closed in 1963.

3. On this day in 1920, Minnesota became the 14th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The amendment was officially adopted later that year.

4. In 1965, the infamous "Grain Belt" sign in Northeast Minneapolis was lit for the first time. The massive illuminated beer sign became a beloved landmark, but was eventually taken down in 2017 due to safety concerns.

5. On January 17, 1970, the state of Minnesota announced its plans to purchase the Minnesota Vikings football team for $7.5 million. The deal was completed later that year, and the Vikings have been a beloved part of Minnesota sports culture ever since.
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