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5 Fun Facts About July 7 In Minnesota History

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1. The deadliest tornado in Minnesota history occurred on July 7, 1928, in the town of Sauk Rapids. The tornado killed 72 people and injured over 200 others. It left a trail of destruction that was 300 yards wide and 6 miles long.

2. In 1933, on July 7, construction began on one of Minnesota's most iconic landmarks - the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. The bridge was originally built to support the transportation of flour and lumber across the Mississippi River, but today it is primarily used as a pedestrian crossing.

3. On July 7, 1946, the temperature in Minnesota reached an all-time high of 114 degrees Fahrenheit in Moorhead. This remains the hottest temperature ever recorded in the state.

4. Minnesota native and baseball player, Paul Molitor, had one of his best performances on July 7, 1996, when he hit for the cycle during a game against the California Angels. Molitor became one of only 16 players in MLB history to achieve this feat more than once.

5. On July 7, 2007, the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed during rush hour, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others. The tragedy led to widespread calls for increased infrastructure spending and bridge safety inspections across the country.
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