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5 Fun Facts About September 16 In Minnesota History

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1. On September 16, 1904, the city of Bemidji, Minnesota was incorporated. Bemidji is home to Bemidji State University and Lake Bemidji, which is a popular spot for fishing and boating.

2. In 1978, the Interstate Commerce Commission authorized the Burlington Northern Railroad to abandon a portion of its line between Wadena and Fergus Falls, Minnesota on September 16. This rail line was part of a larger network that connected the Dakotas and Montana with Chicago and the eastern United States.

3. On September 16, 1919, a group of armed miners and sympathetic workers in Hibbing, Minnesota staged a protest against the Anaconda Copper Mining Company. The protest turned violent and the Minnesota National Guard was called in to restore order.

4. The Minnesota Twins clinched the American League Central division title on September 16, 2002. The Twins went on to lose to the Anaheim Angels in the American League Championship Series.

5. In 2010, Governor Tim Pawlenty declared September 16 to be "Minnesota Zoo Day" in honor of the zoo's 32nd anniversary. The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley and is home to over 4,300 animals representing 534 species.
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