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5 Fun Facts About September 27 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1825, Chief Little Crow was born near Kaposia Village in what is now South St. Paul. He later became a prominent leader of the Mdewakanton Dakota tribe and played a significant role in the Dakota War of 1862.

2. On September 27, 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state in the United States. The state capital was originally located in St. Paul, which remains the capital to this day.

3. In 1904, the first intercollegiate football game in Minnesota history was played between Hamline University and the University of Minnesota. The game, which was held at Northrop Field in Minneapolis, ended in a 17-6 victory for the University of Minnesota.

4. Paul Bunyan, the legendary lumberjack of American folklore, is said to have been born on September 27, although the exact year is unknown. Many towns in Minnesota and other states have erected statues of Paul Bunyan to celebrate his legacy.

5. In 1980, the town of Balaton in southwestern Minnesota was destroyed by a tornado. The tornado, which was part of a larger outbreak of severe weather in the Upper Midwest, killed two people and left many homes and businesses destroyed. The town has since been rebuilt and is home to around 600 residents.
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