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5 Fun Facts About October 23 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1851, the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux was signed between the United States government and the Dakota tribes. The treaty transferred millions of acres of land from the Dakota to the U.S. government, leading to the forced removal of the Dakota people from their ancestral lands.

2. On October 23, 1956, a major snowstorm hit northern Minnesota, dumping up to 20 inches of snow in some areas. The storm caused widespread damage and power outages, and resulted in numerous traffic accidents.

3. In 1982, the Minnesota Twins won their first World Series championship, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. The series was notable for a dramatic Game 6, which saw the Twins come from behind to score three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to win.

4. On October 23, 1883, the Northern Pacific Railroad completed its line through Minnesota, connecting the region to the West Coast. The railroad played a major role in the development of the state's economy, allowing for the transportation of goods and people across the country.

5. In 2002, Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash along with his wife, daughter, and several staff members. Wellstone was known for his progressive politics and advocacy for social and economic justice, and his death was a major loss for the state and the country as a whole.
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