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5 Fun Facts About October 11 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1867, the first permanent bridge was opened across the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The bridge was built with the help of local residents who raised funds to cover the costs of construction.

2. On October 11, 1909, the first airplane flight in Minnesota took place in an open field near Stillwater. Charles A. Johnson flew his biplane for approximately 20 minutes, marking the beginning of the state's aviation history.

3. The Minnesota Twins played their first World Series game on October 11, 1965, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Twins won the game 8-2 but went on to lose the series.

4. In 1975, Minnesota became the first state to ban the use of lead shot for hunting waterfowl. The ban was later adopted by the federal government and remains in place today.

5. On October 11, 1996, the Mall of America in Bloomington opened its indoor amusement park, which features a variety of rides and attractions. The park, known as Nickelodeon Universe, is one of the largest indoor amusement parks in the world.
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