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5 Fun Facts About September 8 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1862, the Battle of Yellow Medicine happened in Minnesota during the Dakota War of 1862. It was one of the bloodiest conflicts in the war, resulting in over 100 deaths.

2. On September 8, 1884, the Great Hinckley Fire broke out in Minnesota, devastating the towns of Hinckley and Mission Creek. The fire burned over 200,000 acres and killed over 400 people.

3. In 1902, the first streetcar line opened in St. Paul, Minnesota. The line ran from downtown St. Paul to the city's western limits.

4. On September 8, 1990, the new Guthrie Theater opened in Minneapolis, replacing the previous theater that had been destroyed by a fire in 1982. The new theater was designed by architect Jean Nouvel and is known for its distinctive blue exterior.

5. Minnesota native Jesse Ventura was sworn in as governor of Minnesota on September 8, 1999. Ventura, a former professional wrestler and actor, became the first third-party candidate to win a gubernatorial election in Minnesota.
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