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5 Fun Facts About January 24 In Minnesota History

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1. On January 24, 1849, the Minnesota Territory was established. It was formed out of a part of the Wisconsin Territory, and included land that now makes up the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

2. On January 24, 1916, the Northern Pacific Railroad bridge over the Mississippi River in Brainerd collapsed while a train was crossing, killing 10 people. The cause of the collapse was attributed to the weight of the snow on the bridge.

3. In 1972, the iconic grain elevators in Minneapolis exploded and caught fire on January 24. The explosion rocked the city and was heard as far as 10 miles away. Miraculously, there were no fatalities, but the event left a lasting impact on the city's skyline.

4. On January 24, 1984, the third annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon began in Duluth. This race, which commemorates the legendary Ojibwe dog sled mail carrier John Beargrease, is still held every year and is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states.

5. In 1992, the Minnesota Twins announced their plans to build a new stadium in downtown Minneapolis on January 24. This stadium, which would later be named Target Field, opened in 2010 and has been the home of the Twins ever since.
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