This week in state history


October 11, 2019

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this coming week.

Oct. 12

1892 The first car of iron ore travels from Mountain Iron to Duluth and assays at 65 percent iron. Minnesota would lead the country in iron ore production for many years, and iron, in the form of taconite, is still a major export.

Oct. 13

1857 The state constitution is ratified by popular vote. In the accompanying gubernatorial election, Henry H. Sibley beats Alexander Ramsey by a margin of 240 votes out of 35,340 cast.

Oct. 14

1946 After 126 years of service to the nation, Fort Snelling is closed as a military post and...

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