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5 Fun Facts About January 4 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1895, the University of Minnesota played its first football game against North Dakota Agricultural College, winning 6-0.

2. In 1904, the Great Northern Depot in Minneapolis was completed. It was the largest passenger station in the city, and served as a hub for train travel throughout the Midwest.

3. In 1948, the Minnesota North Stars played their first game as a professional hockey team, defeating the St. Louis Blues 3-1.

4. In 1967, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton was named the NFL Player of the Year. He led the team to its first playoff appearance that season.

5. In 2013, temperatures in northern Minnesota reached -50°F, making it the coldest January 4 on record in the state. Schools and businesses in the area were forced to close due to the extreme weather conditions.
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