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5 Fun Facts About September 7 In Minnesota History

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1. On September 7, 1901, the city of Duluth experienced one of its worst fires in history. The fire, which began in a wooden building, quickly spread to neighboring structures and eventually destroyed 40 blocks of the city's commercial district. Over 200 businesses were destroyed, and the fire caused $30 million in damages (equivalent to over $900 million today).

2. September 7, 1921, marks the birth of playwright and poet James Wright in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Wright lived in Minnesota for a time and was a professor at the University of Minnesota. He achieved critical acclaim for his poetry, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for his collection "Collected Poems".

3. On September 7, 1949, the Minneapolis Lakers (one of the early NBA franchises) hired John Kundla as their head coach. Kundla went on to lead the Lakers to five NBA championships during his tenure, including three with George Mikan leading the way.

4. September 7, 1966, marked the dedication of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. The stadium served as the home for the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings for over 30 years before being replaced by U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016.

5. In 1973, the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign in Minneapolis was relit after being refurbished. The sign, which features a glowing bottle of beer and the slogan "Grain Belt Beer, Made in Minneapolis", has become a beloved landmark in the city and is often featured in local advertisements and art.
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