This week in state history


April 17, 2020

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week.

April 17

1990 The Minnesota State Lottery begins selling instant tickets. Within four months, sales reach $100 million.

1997 The Red River crests at 39.5 feet, 22.5 feet above flood stage at Fargo, breaking a 100-year-old record. Continuing into Grand Forks and East Grand Forks on April 21, the flood pushes water levels to 54.2 feet, 26.2 feet above flood stage. The worst flooding in the area in over a century, it causes more than $1 billion in damages and displaces 47,000 of the 50,000 residents of Grand Fo...

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