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5 Fun Facts About October 1 In Minnesota History

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1. Minnesota became a state on October 1, 1858. Prior to this, Minnesota was part of the Minnesota Territory, which was established in 1849.

2. The first Minnesota State Fair was held on October 1, 1859. The fair has since become an annual tradition, drawing thousands of visitors from around the state and country.

3. The deadliest tornado in Minnesota history struck on October 1, 1896. The tornado, which hit the towns of Saint Cloud and Sauk Rapids, killed 74 people and caused extensive damage.

4. On October 1, 1908, the University of Minnesota's flagship campus in Minneapolis opened its doors for the first time. Today, the University of Minnesota is one of the top research universities in the country.

5. The Minnesota Vikings played their first game in the newly constructed Metrodome stadium on October 1, 1982. The stadium, located in downtown Minneapolis, served as the Vikings' home field until it was demolished in 2014.
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